Gardens are a great space for kids to explore their environment, taste healthy foods, release their creative energy, and experiment with nature. Kids, ages 4-12, are invited to learn in our productive school garden program and two youth teaching gardens.
Youth Garden Club
Youth Garden Club is a program available to qualifying partnering social service agencies that work with youth ages 5-12. The classes aim to empower participating youth through a hands-on experience in growing, harvesting, and preparing local produce. The youth will experience the connection between the environment, community, and food systems, and the participating youth will take home the food that they helped grow and share the bounty with their families.
The partnering social service agencies are responsible for transporting students to and from the garden, supervising participants, and annual demographic reporting. Thanks to our community partners and scores of individual donors, Wasatch Community Gardens provides this program free of charge for qualifying agencies.
School Field Trip
The two-hour school field trip program is designed to meet the standards and objectives of the Utah State Core Curriculum for grades 1-4, focusing on plant science, nutrition and gardening. Each field trip is divided into 3 parts: 1) Garden grounds tour 2) Green smoothie and 3) Plant-based activity.
Our 2016 fall field trips are hosted Monday through Thursday from September 12 - October 20, and our 2017 spring field trips are hosted Monday through Thursday April 10 - May 25. All classes are held rain or shine at the Grateful Tomato Garden led by Wasatch Community Gardens' experienced youth educators.
Field trip size is limited to 35 students, and 1 adult is required for every 10 students. Additional chaperones may enter free of charge, but chaperones may not bring additional siblings. Reservations are required for all school groups. Complete the online application to begin the reservation process.
Field trips are free to all schools in the 2016 - 2017 school year.
Title 1 schools are eligible for a $100 per bus reimbursement. There are a limited number of reimbursements available. Please indicate on your application if you are seeking reimbursement for this expense.
Just getting your youth groups out into the garden is a great way to generate new enthusiasm and interest for our local environment, community, and food systems. Wasatch Community Gardens encourage youth groups of all kinds to explore the Grateful Tomato Garden through a 2-hour hands-on guided tour and personalized activities led by our knowledgeable youth educators.