Field Trips
Bringing Learning to Life

Fresh Roots in Vancouver

You don’t have to travel far to give your students a farm experience in our outdoor classrooms. Situated at Vancouver Technical and David Thompson secondary schools, our schoolyard farms are a short walk from many elementary schools and community centers.  Our standard field trips are 2 hours long and include a farm work experience, as well as a tasting of farm-fresh veggies when available. One hour versions of some programs may be available – ask when you book. Read on for all the details and programs designed with your class in mind!

New this year, you can book the farm for your own programming! We’ll provide the space, you provide the students, teachers, and activities. Check the “All Ages” programs for more details!

COVID-19

The best place to learn right now is outside! Our all-outdoor programs are COVID-conscious. Please read our complete COVID-19 safety policies here (on page 2). If there are additional precautions you need to be safe and comfortable bringing your group to the farms, please ask and we will accommodate you if we are able.

Cost

We have added more flexible pricing options to support smaller classes and distance learning groups. For 2020-2021 school year, our prices are:

Number of Students One Hour Program Two Hour Program
10 or under $75 $100
11-20 $125 $175
21-30 $175 $250

VSB Discount! All VSB classes will receive a 20% discount on their field trips, farm bookings, and multi-visit programs. Van Tech and David Thompson Family schools are also eligible for a 50% reimbursement thanks to the VSB Office of Sustainability.

Multiple program discount! Sign your class up for 2 or more field trips in a school year and receive a 10% discount on the second and subsequent programs! Multi-visit programs have discounts built into the price.

We strive to make our programs accessible to all groups. If cost is a barrier, please let us know on your request form.

Group Size

We can host up to 30 youth (35 max including teachers/chaperones) on either of our farm sites.

We require 1 teacher/chaperone for every 8 grade K-3 students and for every 10 grade 4-12 students. Required adults are included in the group cost; additional adults will be charged at the student rate.  If your group needs more adult assistance, please let us know on the registration form.

Scheduling

Spring 2021

Spring field trips will be available April 12 through June 18. We’ll begin booking Spring field trips in mid-January, in the order requests were received. We can’t wait to see you!

Fall 2021

Fall field trip season will be September 21- October 29. Fall field trip bookings will open in August.

More Details

Click here for more information about our field trip policies. Click here to get a glimpse into what experiential learning on the farm looks like.

Got questions?

Email our Experiential Learning Manager at education@freshroots.ca or call 778-764-0344, ext 100.

Jump to programs for:

All Ages

Grades K-3

Grades 4-7

Grades 8-12

All Ages

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!

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.

All Ages

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! A uniquely designed program will be priced accordingly.

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Grades K-3

Multi-Visit Program

Grade K-3

Spring on the Farm

Available for VSB schools only
Cost: $300
Program includes: 2 Fresh Roots-led 2 hour field trips (April and June), and an hour of Farm Booking time.
Missed out on our Year on the Farm program this fall? Join us for the spring! This 3-visit program helps 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 and visit the farm monthly through the spring. This program is space-limited, and only available to VSB schools. Please email to inquire about availability!

Single Field Trips

Grades K-3

All About Cycles

Spring to winter to spring and seed to fruit to seed, experience how the cycle of the seasons affects 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.
  • 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.

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 K-3

Flower Power

May and June only!
Flowers are more than just pretty decorations. Learn why flowers are important to plants, pollinators, and our food, and maybe even get to taste some!

Flower Power supports these Big Ideas.

Career

  • 2,3: Effective collaboration relies on clear, respectful communication

English Language Arts

  • 2: Through listening and speaking, we connect with others and share our world.
  • 2: Curiosity and wonder lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us.

Physical and Health Education

  • 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.

Science

  • K: Daily and seasonal changes affect all living things.
  • 1: Observable patterns and cycles occur in the local sky and landscape.
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Grades 4-7

Multi-Visit Program

Seed to Salad – Spring

Available for VSB schools only
Grades: 4-7
Cost: $300
Program Includes: 2 two-hour Field Trips and 1 hour of Farm Booking time

This 3 visit program will let your class experience their food from seed to salad! Engage your students with facilitated field trips in April and June, plus an hour of Farm Booking time.  This program is space-limited, and only available to VSB schools. Please email to inquire about availability!

Seed to Salad supports these Big Ideas.

ADST

  • 4, 5: Skills are developed through practice, effort, and action.
  • 4, 5: The choice of technology and tools depends on the task.
  • 6, 7: Complex tasks require the acquisition of additional skills.
  • 6, 7: Complex tasks may require multiple tools and technologies.

Career

  • 4, 5: Exploring our strengths and abilities can help us identify our goals.
  • 6, 7: Safe environments depend on everyone following safety rules.
  • 6, 7: New experiences, both within and outside of school, expand our career skill set and options.

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.
  • 6, 7: Healthy choices influence our physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Science

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Single Field Trips

Grades 4-5

Healthy Farm, Healthy You

What do people and plants have in common? Why do we all need a healthy environment? Explore what “healthy” means for the planet and ourselves, get some physical activity and taste delicious, nutritious food 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 4-9

Unexpected Eats

Van Tech Only
“You can eat that???” Yes, you can! Explore often overlooked foods on our farms and in our indigenous plant garden as you learn about ethical foraging and some of the traditional food and medicine uses of common plants.

Unexpected Eats 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.
  • 6-9: Healthy choices influence our physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
  • 7: Learning about similarities and differences in individuals and groups influences community health.

Science

Social Studies

  • 4: Interactions between First Peoples and Europeans lead to conflict and cooperation, which continues to shape Canada’s identity.
  • 5: Natural resources continue to shape the economy and identity of different regions of Canada.
  • 8: Human and environmental factors shape changes in population and living standards.
  • 8: Changing ideas about the world created tension between people wanting to adopt new ideas and those wanting to preserve established traditions.
  • 9: The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.
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Grades 6-7

Evolution on the Farm

How many plants are related to broccoli? Why can’t we grow coconuts in Vancouver? Explore these questions and more as we dive deep into the evolution of food crops through natural and human 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 6-12

Student Team Build

Available Mondays and Thursday only.
Team Builds are a chance for students (and teachers and chaperones!) to get their hands really dirty helping our farmers grow Good Food for All. This program includes an introduction to Fresh Roots and the many things we do, and plenty of time to work on projects around the farm, from weeding to building. Exact projects will vary depending on the group and the needs of the farm.

Student Team Builds support these Big Ideas.

Career Education

  • 6, 7: Safe environments depend on everyone following safety rules.
  • 6, 7: New experiences, both within and outside of school, expand our career skill set and options.
  • 8: Reflecting on our preferences and skills helps us identify the steps we need to take to achieve our career goals.
  • 8: The value of work in our lives, communities, and society can be viewed from diverse perspectives.
  • 8: Adapting to economic and labour market changes requires flexibility.
  • 8: Our career paths reflect the personal, community, and educational choices we make.

Career-Life Connections

  • A sense of purpose and career-life balance support well-being.
  • Lifelong learning and active citizenship foster career-life opportunities for people and communities.
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Grades 8-12

Grades 4-9

Unexpected Eats

Van Tech Only
“You can eat that???” Yes, you can! Explore often overlooked foods on our farms and in our indigenous plant garden as you learn about ethical foraging and some of the traditional food and medicine uses of common plants.

Unexpected Eats 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.
  • 6-9: Healthy choices influence our physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
  • 7: Learning about similarities and differences in individuals and groups influences community health.

Science

Social Studies

  • 4: Interactions between First Peoples and Europeans lead to conflict and cooperation, which continues to shape Canada’s identity.
  • 5: Natural resources continue to shape the economy and identity of different regions of Canada.
  • 8: Human and environmental factors shape changes in population and living standards.
  • 8: Changing ideas about the world created tension between people wanting to adopt new ideas and those wanting to preserve established traditions.
  • 9: The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.
See BC Curriculum Alignment

Grades 6-12

Student Team Build

Available Mondays and Thursday only.
Team Builds are a chance for students (and teachers and chaperones!) to get their hands really dirty helping our farmers grow Good Food for All. This program includes an introduction to Fresh Roots and the many things we do, and plenty of time to work on projects around the farm, from weeding to building. Exact projects will vary depending on the group and the needs of the farm.

Student Team Builds support these Big Ideas.

Career Education

  • 6, 7: Safe environments depend on everyone following safety rules.
  • 6, 7: New experiences, both within and outside of school, expand our career skill set and options.
  • 8: Reflecting on our preferences and skills helps us identify the steps we need to take to achieve our career goals.
  • 8: The value of work in our lives, communities, and society can be viewed from diverse perspectives.
  • 8: Adapting to economic and labour market changes requires flexibility.
  • 8: Our career paths reflect the personal, community, and educational choices we make.

Career-Life Connections

  • A sense of purpose and career-life balance support well-being.
  • Lifelong learning and active citizenship foster career-life opportunities for people and communities.
See BC Curriculum Alignment

Grades 8-9

Farming Then and Now

From the invention of crop rotation to the industrial revolution to the creation of Genetically Modified Organisms, agricultural technology is always changing. See what technologies, modern and ancient, we use on our farms to grow delicious food, and even give some of them a try!

Farming Then and Now supports these Big Ideas.

ADST

  • 8: Design can be responsive to identified needs.
  • 8: Complex tasks may require multiple tools and technologies.
  • 9: Social, ethical, and sustainability considerations impact design.

Social Studies

  • 8: Human and environmental factors shape changes in population and living standards.
  • 8: Changing ideas about the world created tension between people wanting to adopt new ideas and those wanting to preserve established traditions.
  • 9: Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.
  • 9: The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.
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Grades 9-11

Reproduction on the Farm

Plants grow from seeds that develop from flowers pollinated by bees. Except when they are pollinated by wind. Or grow from runners. Or tubers. Or bulbs. Or more! Discover some of the many, many ways plants reproduce sexually and asexually on our farm.

Reproduction on the Farm supports these Big Ideas.

Science 9

  • Cells derive from cells

Science 10

  • DNA is the basis for the diversity of living things.

Life Sciences 11

  • Life is a result of interactions at the molecular and cellular levels.
  • Organisms are grouped based on common characteristics.
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Grades 9-12

AgroEcosystems

Is the farm an ecosystem? We will look at the attributes of an ecosystem, and search for evidence of those on our farm. This can a good introduction to ecosystems, or a chance to apply prior ecosystem knowledge.

AgroEcosystems supports these Big Ideas.

Science 9

  • The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.

Science 10

  • Energy is conserved, and its transformation can affect living things and the environment.

Earth Sciences 11

  • Earth materials are changed as they cycle through the geosphere and are used as resources, with economic and environmental implications

Environmental Science 11

  • Complex roles and relationships contribute to diversity of ecosystems.
  • Changing ecosystems are maintained by natural processes.
  • Human practices affect the sustainability of ecosystems.
  • Humans can play a role in stewardship and restoration of ecosystems.

Environmental Science 12

  • Human actions affect the quality of water and its ability to sustain life.
  • Sustainable land use is essential to meet the needs of a growing population.
  • Living sustainably supports the well-being of self, community, and Earth.
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