Field Trips to the Goodman Youth Farm

We would love to have your classroom or community group visit the Youth Farm. Our field trips help students learn about sustainable agriculture through hands-on experience. From planting seeds to cooking with the produce they harvest, students are involved in every step of the farming process. Field trips help students connect classroom topics to lived experiences on the farm, and we strive to make connections to relevant curriculum wherever possible. If you are curious to know what other teachers have said about their visit to the Youth Farm, be sure to check out our teacher reactions page! 




Types of Groups: We welcome groups of any age and ability level. Groups come from Madison-areas schools, community centers, after school programs, summer camps, daycare centers, college prep programs, and more.  Some groups visit the farm on a single occasion, and others make multiple trips. We will do our best to accommodate all student needs within the capacity of our outdoor landscape.  If you are interested in visiting the Youth Farm as an individual or family, check out our Family Field Trips page!

Spring and Fall Field Trip Times: From April 24-June 7 and September 12-October 26, the Youth Farm welcomes field trip groups at the following times:

Tuesday 9:30am-11:15am
Tuesday 12:30pm-2:15pm
Thursday 9:30am-11:15am
Thursday 12:30pm-2:15pm

Summer Field Trip Times: From June 20-August 10, the Youth Farm welcomes field trip groups at the following times:

Monday 9:30am-11:15am
Monday 12:30pm-2:15pm
Tuesday 9:30am-11:15am
Tuesday 12:30-2:15pm
Thursday 9:30am-11:15am

*Field trip start and end times are flexible by 15 minutes in either direction. Our standard field trip time is 1 hour 45 minutes, but we are happy to plan field trips as short as 1 hour and as long as 2 hours, per group request.

Field Trip Cost: $5/student, teachers and chaperones attend free. 

Scholarship rates may be available for some schools based on need. Apply here. 

We also offer discounted rates for groups that make three or more visits with the same students. Rates are as follows:

Cost for 3+ Visits Number of Students
$20/visit 1 to 10
$40/visit 11 to 19
$60/visit 20 to 45
$80/visit 45 to 75

We are committed to making Youth Farm programming available to all students. If finances are a barrier for your group, please contact Youth Farm Manager Jennica Skoug. We will do our best to work with you so a field trip fits within your budget. 

Busing Assistance: Due to generous funding from the Goodman Foundation, we are able to offer assistance with bus transportation costs to schools in the Madison school district. Funding is limited - please inquire about bus assistance when scheduling your field trip.

Picnics: Groups are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on site before or after their program!

Join a Youth Farm field trip with a Challenge Course visit: The Goodman Youth Farm is lucky to be located directly next to MSCR's Elements Challenge Course! We encourage groups to schedule a challenge course visit in conjunction with a Youth Farm visit for a fun, engaging day in the outdoors. To schedule a trip to the Youth Farm, contact Jennica Skoug. To schedule a visit with Elements, contact Emily Peffer

Join the Community GroundWorks Youth Programs Mailing list:  We'll let you know when field trip registration opens in spring, summer, and fall, and make sure you're in the know about community events at the Youth Farm so your students can stay engaged even after their visit! Sign up here. 

Youth Farm Field Trip Contact

Jennica Skoug, or 608-240-0409 x5.