Field Trips
Bringing Learning to Life

Looking for a fun, hands-on field trip that will help your students connect with food, the land, and each other? Want an out-of-classroom experience designed to support the new BC Curriculum? We would love to welcome your class or youth group to visit our farms!

You don’t have to travel far to give your students a farm experience. Situated at Vancouver Technical and David Thompson secondary schools, our schoolyard farms are a short walk from many elementary schools and community centers.  All field trips are 2 hours long and include a farm work experience, as well as a tasting of salad or other veggies.

Cost: $150 for up to 25 youth; $6 for each additional youth.

Adult Assistance: We require 1 teacher/chaperone for every 6 grade K-3 students, 8 grade 4-5 students, 10 grade 6-7 students, and 12 grade 8-12 students. Additional adults will be charged at the student rate.  If your group needs accommodation for more adult assistance, please let us know on the registration form.

Group Size: We can host up to 30 youth on either of our farm sites.  If you have a larger group, consider booking both a morning and an afternoon session, and have the whole group enjoy lunch together!

Scheduling:  Our farms hibernate in the winter. We are now accepting field trip reservation for trips after March 12, 2018. Looking for a winter Fresh Roots program? Consider bringing a workshop to your school!

More Details: Click here for more information about our field trip policies.

Curriculum-Aligned

Grades K-3

A Year on the Farm

Full-Year Program
A Year on the Farm is now full for 2017-2018. This full-year program expands on our “All About Cycles” field trip, helping your students develop deep connections with the land through the cycle of the seasons, as they explore how plants grow and how weather and seasonal changes affect life on the farm. Classes in the program will have the opportunity to plant in their own plot on the farm, visit the farm monthly through the school year, and be invited to a summer harvest celebration. Learn more here!

 

Grades K-3

Farm Stories

Explore stories of growing and eating food from around the world, learn the story of the farm, and create a story of your farm experience!

Farm Stories supports these Big Ideas.

English Language Arts

  • K, 1: Stories and other texts can be shared through pictures and words.
  • K, 1: Stories and other texts help us learn about ourselves and our families.
  • K, 1, 2: Everyone has a unique story to share.
  • K, 1, 2: Through listening and speaking, we connect with others and share our world.
  • K, 1, 2, 3: Language and story can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • 2, 3: Stories and other texts connect us to ourselves, our families, and our communities

Physical and Health Education

  • K, 1: Daily physical activity helps us develop movement skills and physical literacy, and is an important part of healthy living.
  • K: Learning about ourselves and others helps us develop a positive attitude and caring behaviours, which helps us build healthy relationships.
  • 2, 3: Daily participation in physical activity at moderate to vigorous intensity levels benefits all aspects of our well-being.
  • 2: Learning how to participate and move our bodies in different physical activities helps us develop physical literacy.
  • 3: Movement skills and strategies help us learn how to participate in different types of physical activity.

Social Studies

  • K: Our communities are diverse and made up of individuals who have a lot in common.
  • K: Stories and traditions about ourselves and our families reflect who we are and where we are from.
  • 1: Our rights, roles, and responsibilities are important for building strong communities.
  • 1: We shape the local environment, and the local environment shapes who we are and how we live.
  • 3: Indigenous knowledge is passed down through oral history, traditions, and collective memory.
  • 3: Indigenous societies throughout the world value the well-being of the self, the land, spirits, and ancestors.
  • 3: Learning about indigenous peoples nurtures multicultural awareness and respect for diversity.
  • 3: People from diverse cultures and societies share some common experiences and aspects of life.
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Grades K-3

All About Cycles

Learn how the water cycle and the cycle of the seasons affect the life cycle of the plants we eat.

All About Cycles supports these Big Ideas.

Science

  • K: Daily and seasonal changes affect all living things.
  • K: Plants and animals have observable features.
  • 1: Observable patterns and cycles occur in the local sky and landscape.
  • 2: Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment.
  • 2: Water is essential to all living things, and it cycles through the environment.
  • 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.
  • 3: Wind, water, and ice change the shape of the land.

Physical and Health Education

  • K, 1: Daily physical activity helps us develop movement skills and physical literacy, and is an important part of healthy living.
  • 2, 3: Daily participation in physical activity at moderate to vigorous intensity levels benefits all aspects of our well-being.
  • 2: Learning how to participate and move our bodies in different physical activities helps us develop physical literacy.
  • 3: Movement skills and strategies help us learn how to participate in different types of physical activity.
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Grades 4-5

Dirt, You Made My Lunch!

Learn about the nutrient cycle, soil composition, and compost food webs, and see how they all come together to make delicious, nutritious food!

Dirt, You Made My Lunch! supports these Big Ideas.

Physical and Health Education

  • 4, 5: Personal choices and social and environmental factors influence our health and well-being.
  • 5: Daily physical activity enables us to practice skillful movement and helps us develop personal fitness.

Science

  • 4: All living things sense and respond to their environment.
  • 4: Energy can be transformed.
  • 5: Earth materials change as they move through the rock cycle and can be used as natural resources.
  • 5: Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment.

Social Studies

  • 5: Natural resources continue to shape the economy and identity of different regions of Canada.
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Grades 4-5

Healthy Farm, Healthy You

Learn how a healthy environment, healthy food, and healthy people are connected. We will learn about the farm as an ecosystem, explore what “healthy” means for the planet and ourselves, and give our bodies nutritious food and physical activity to help us be our healthiest selves.

Healthy Farm, Healthy You supports these Big Ideas.

Career

  • 4, 5: Exploring our strengths and abilities can help us identify our goals.

Physical and Health Education

  • 4, 5: Personal choices and social and environmental factors influence our health and well-being.
  • 4, 5: Understanding ourselves and the various aspects of health helps us develop a balanced lifestyle.
  • 4, 5: Knowing what we enjoy doing and knowing about our opportunities to participate in those activities helps us develop an active lifestyle.
  • 5: Daily physical activity enables us to practice skillful movement and helps us develop personal fitness.

Science

  • 4: All living things sense and respond to their environment.
  • 4: Energy can be transformed.
  • 5: Earth materials change as they move through the rock cycle and can be used as natural resources.
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Grades 6-7

Evolution on the Farm

Why are there so many different kinds of apples? Why can’t we grow coconuts in Vancouver? How does biodiversity help the farm? Explore these questions and more as we dive deep into the evolution of food crops through natural and unnatural selection, and the effects of climate on our food!

Evolution on the Farm supports these Big Ideas.

Career Education

  • 6,7: New experiences, both within and outside of school, expand our career skill set and options.
  • 6,7: Practising respectful, ethical, inclusive behaviour prepares us for the expectations of the workplace.
  • 6,7: Safe environments depend on everyone following safety rules.

Physical and Health Education

  • 6: Daily physical activity enables us to practice skillful movement and helps us develop personal fitness.
  • 7: Daily participation in different types of physical activity influences our physical literacy and personal health and fitness goals.

Science

  • 6: Everyday materials are often mixtures.
  • 6: Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment.
  • 7: Evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things.
  • 7: Earth and its climate have changed over geological time.
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Grades 6-7

Becoming a Food Citizen

At Fresh Roots, we believe in Good Food For All. But what is “Good Food,” and why don’t we all have it already? Explore the social, environmental, and economic impacts of the food we eat.

Becoming a Food Citizen supports these Big Ideas.

ADST

  • 6, 7: Design can be responsive to identified needs.

Career Education

  • 6,7: New experiences, both within and outside of school, expand our career skill set and options.
  • 6,7: Practising respectful, ethical, inclusive behaviour prepares us for the expectations of the workplace.
  • 6,7: Safe environments depend on everyone following safety rules.

English Language Arts

  • 6, 7: Exploring and sharing multiple perspectives extends our thinking.

Physical and Health Education

  • 6: Daily physical activity enables us to practice skillful movement and helps us develop personal fitness.
  • 7: Daily participation in different types of physical activity influences our physical literacy and personal health and fitness goals.

Social Studies

  • 6: Economic self-interest can be a significant cause of conflict among peoples and governments.
  • 6: Media sources can both positively and negatively affect our understanding of important events and issues.
  • 7: Economic specialization and trade networks can lead to conflict and co-operation between societies.
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Just for Fun!

All Ages

Welcome to Fresh Roots

Get a taste of what Fresh Roots is all about!  Activities will vary, but you can expect to learn about how Fresh Roots came to be, learn about food and food systems through play, participate in farm work, and try some farm-grown food!
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All Ages

Play With Your Food

Art is all around us, including on the farm!  Try your hand at making root veggie stamps, painting with leaves, dying cloth with plant-based dyes, or other plant-based art projects.  Exact projects will vary depending on plant availability.

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Personalized Field Trip

If you are interested in a field trip longer than two hours, or would like to work with our Experiential Learning Manager to craft a program to meet your learning objectives, fill in the registration form and we will get in touch to figure out how we can help make it happen!

Cost: A uniquely designed program will be priced accordingly.
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