Activities for Field Trips at Troy Gardens

All of our field trips engage students in hands-on, garden-based activities in our outdoor classroom. Most activities can be tailored to meet the needs of any age level or ability.  While specifics vary by season and often depend on what is happening in the garden, below are a few of the activities that frequently occur at Troy Gardens.

Planting

Whether planting seeds or transplants, students learn about growing food right from the start. This includes learning about plant needs and care, as well as soil and it's resident decomposers. Detours to investigate worms and spiders are encouraged. Planting occurs mainly in spring and late summer. In the late fall, we often harvest seeds to use the following spring!

 

 

Weeding, Mulching, Watering, and Composting

Gardening is hard work - but hard work that pays off! Our student gardeners are invited to experience all the steps involved in bringing food from seed to table, with a little plant biology along the way. No matter the task, students practice working cooperatively and accomplishing a collective goal. We also believe in whistling while you work - longest-root weeding competitions, compost target practice, and dirty-hand high fives wind their way into our garden chores. 

 

 

Garden-to-Table Cooking

Fresh garden salsa on the bike blender, smoky kale chips grilled over the fire, mulberry cobbler cooked to sweet perfection in the sun oven - these are just a few of the delicious recipes students prepare in our Culinary Arts Outdoor Classroom.   Cooking activities are available for all ages, and always include plenty of tasting. As we strive to use as many ingredients as possible straight from the farm, recipes may vary by season. 

 

Outdoor Art

The outdoors is the perfect place to be inspired, and to create. Students may create art for use in the garden, such as colorful garden signs or display pieces, or art inspired by the garden, such as poems and drawings based on their experience. Students may also create ephemeral "Earth Art" from natural objects, or edible art with vegetables and flowers.

 

Natural Areas Exploration

The tallgrass prairie, herb garden, edible forest, and maple woodland at Troy Gardens offer unique opportunities for sensory explorations.  Bird watching in our prairie grotto, exploring predator/prey relationships, and identifiying trees using bark rubbings are just a few of the activities we offer in our natural areas.  For our youngest students, we may explore senses, colors and shapes, or the path of a bee in the garden. 

 

 

Chickens

The Troy Kids' Garden is proud to provide residence for five friendly chickens:  Mamacita, Rachel, Dino-chicken, Jelly and Goldilocks.  Our girls are excellent teachers, and help teach kids where food comes from, along with the importance of treating animals with respect. Children delight in feeding the chickens right out of their hands!