Visit Us at Grow It Green!
We welcome small groups of all ages at The Urban Farm or Early Street Community Garden
Join our Farm staff at the Urban Farm or Early Street Community Garden for an opportunity to help sow the seeds of change in our community. The Urban Farm is New Jersey’s largest public school garden and the perfect site for your next scout group or class outing! This agricultural teaching garden, located on land owned by the Morris School District, allows us to bring high-quality, agriculture education to the Morristown Area Community in an urban setting, where vacant land is difficult to come by. Lessons are adapted to seasonal changes, as well as what produce is available at the Urban Farm at the time of the field trip.
Lessons can be geared for children pre-school age through college. Typically visits include a planting activity and educational component. Lessons are one hour in length.
Spring educational lessons available for in-person at farm for small groups
Responsible caregiver is needed to stay on-site.
Maximum 15 children in each group.
Social distancing and masks required.
$15 per student
Lessons can be adapted for all age groups
Perfect for Girl Scout Groups, Boy Scout Groups, homeschool groups, or families looking for an on-farm program.
Urban Farm Field Trip Lesson Examples -
Spectacular Seeds: Students will investigate the amazing world of seeds. Inside each tiny seed are the makings of a new plant. Students will dissect and observe a seed, sow some seeds for growing, and gather seeds for future planting (recommended for August-October all ages)
Goodnight Garden: (in-season) Help Farmer Shaun prepare the garden for the winter by planting cover crops, garlic, and covering plants with row covers. Learn how we extend our growing season at the farm into the winter in our high tunnels. Gather seeds from flowers surrounding the farm to create your own seed packet to plant next year. (Recommended October-November for all ages)
“Sense”ational Farming: Students will develop their observation skills by using their five senses to explore the farm as we investigate what is growing. Students will go on a scavenger hunt around the farm and receive a fun recipe with herbs to take home. (recommended for pre-k/elementary age)
Composting Chickens: (in-season) Help us tend to the chickens during this lesson. Learn all about the lifecycle of a chicken, how to feed and take care of them, how to prepare their coop for the winter, and how they help our farm reduce waste. Also learn how we can use their manure in compost to fertilize our crops. Make a chicken lifecycle craft to take home as well as learn about the benefits of composting at home. (recommended May-November for all ages)
Eat a Rainbow: Students will learn how a nutritious colorful diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps them grow healthy and strong. All students will get a chance to take home some fresh veggies and colorful recipes as part of the lesson. (recommended for all ages)
Plants as Art: (in-season) Find out how plants can be used as natural dyes like beet roots and onion skins to create a naturally tie-dyed shirt or vegetable stamped artwork. Make a seed mosaic flower card and nature weaving using materials gathered at the farm. (recommended June-November for all ages)
Flowers and Pollinators: Students will observe the busy pollinators at work and play a game where they pretend to be a bee. Students will learn how the pollinators make all of our fruits grow! (recommended June-September all ages)
Magnificent Monarchs: (in-season) Listen to the story Hurry and the Monarch and learn about the incredible journey monarch butterflies take from New Jersey to Mexico every year. Learn all about and observe examples of the monarch life cycle from egg to butterfly. Play a game in the field where you get to simulate the difficult migration to Mexico. Milkweed seeds will be available to take home. (recommended July-September)
Insect Detectives: Students will learn about the helpful and harmful insects and worms that live at the farm. We will observe them and discuss how they benefit the farm through pollination and making compost. (recommended for all ages)
Food Justice: Students will get an opportunity to discuss local food access, food deserts, and food systems as it applies to people living in urban areas. Students will have the opportunity to plant something that will be harvested and donated to local families in need. (recommended for middle and high school only)
Biodiversity: Students will get an opportunity to investigate the benefits of biodiversity in farming. Students will learn how regenerative farming plays an important role in combating climate change. Students will have the opportunity to plant something that will be harvested and donated to local families in need. (recommended for middle and high school only)
We offer a variety of hands-on educational activities and can tailor field trips to your needs and interests.
To learn more or to schedule a trip, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.