It is very important to us that the farm be a space for people in the Houston area, especially young people, to experience agriculture firsthand. We host school groups from all over Houston and students of all ages to learn more about where their food comes from.
Students can touch on a wide number of topics with our Farm Encounter visits or spend the whole day on the farm with us delving deeper into subjects through our Agricultural Immersion Field Trips. We look forward to hosting you out at the farm for a day full of exploration, learning, and fun for your entire group.
Farm Encounter Field Trips are designed to expose students to new ideas and concepts through hands on activities on a working farm. While these farm encounters may only scratch the surface of complex issues, this time is meant to get kids thinking about aspects of their daily lives in a new way and to enlighten them about the world around us.
When: Tues & Thurs 9:00am - 12:00pm, Sat 8:00am - 12:00pm
Size: MAX: 60 students, MIN: 15 students
Duration: 1.5 - 2.5 Hours
Price: $10.00/student*, $5.00/chaparone
*weekend field trips are $15.00/student, teachers/staff are free
Agricultural Immersion Field Trips are designed for students to spend the day delving into real world topics through interactive and thought provoking activities on the farm. These field trips provide students time and space to devote their attention to a focused topic to develop a deeper and more complete understanding.
When: Tues & Thurs 9:00am - 3:00pm, Sat. 9:00am - 3:00pm
Size: MAX: 30 students, MIN: 10 students
Duration: 3 - 5 Hours
Price: $25.00/student*, $8.00/chaparone
*weekend field trips are $35.00/student, teachers/staff are free
Field Trip Topics
How does our food end up on a shelf in the grocery store? Follow us as we guide you on the journey from seed to salad. Learn about seeding, transplanting, fertilizing, harvesting, and some of the challenges we face growing food organically.
Look closer and you’ll see the tiny living creatures helping (and hurting) our farm! Insects play a vital role in the farm’s ecosystem. Together we learn about the community of microscopic beings by overturning logs, lifting up leaves, and digging in the dirt in search of insects.
POETRY & WRITING
We are all poets and authors. Through a series of prompts and writing exercises, learn to observe and appreciate the beauty of the farm and tap into your inner writer. Students are given though provoking and place based writing prompts guaranteed to spark creativity.
CREATIVE FARM ART
Stop for a moment to observe the world around you. Take in the colors, shapes, textures. Our Creative Farm Art field trip helps students to closely observe the world around them and use their observations to create individual and collaborative art.
You are what you eat. And what you eat is what your food eats. Discover how plant health is directly related to human health through hands-on activities on an urban farm growing organic produce right here in the city.
Everything is connected. Students first learn about our small farm ecosystem and how many moving parts make a sustainable operation. Then we challenge them to think about bigger ecosystems, including in their own community and beyond.
How can each of us live more sustainably in order to protect our environment? We spend time defining sustainability, demonstrate a working model of sustainability (the farm), and challenge students to find more ways to live sustainably in their own lives
Food deserts are places where it is difficult to find or buy affordable and healthy food. Many Houstonians live without convenient access to grocery stores. We ask ourselves why, and brainstorm ways to combat the negative impacts of living in a food desert.
Let our farm staff strengthen the group dynamic of your students through a series of games, mini lessons, and fun! A farm like ours is perfect for alternative forms of learning. We use games and activities to teach students about farming and teamwork.
WONDERS OF WATER
Water is a valuable resource, and a potentially destructive force. Students gain a better understanding of what we do on our farm to minimize our water usage and gain a better understanding of how water impacts human lives and the landscape on a bigger scale.
THE 5 SENSES
Sight, sound, smell, taste, touch. Our senses are incredible and the farm is a perfect place to practice and explore using them. Our farmers will guide you and your students through a series of exercises intended to help you reconnect and fine tune your senses.
DESIGN YOUR OWN
Interested in exploring a topic not listed here among our standard field trips? Work with our field trip coordinator to customize your trip with relevant classroom material, games, activities, etc. NOTE: Design Your Own is available for an additional fee.
Setting the Table Field Trips
Setting the Table is a local nonprofit working to cultivate healthy change in eating by connecting kids to local farms and to set the table to inspire community. In addition to the nutritional and health benefits of preparing a meal from locally-sourced vegetables, studies show that family table time has significant intellectual benefits. Setting the Table believes that family table time is one of the most reliable ways for families to connect.
Setting the Table field trips at Finca Tres Robles provide a unique farm-to-plate experience for kids. This two-hour field trip starts with harvesting ingredients from the farm. Kids and volunteers then prepare a seasonally-inspired meal using the ingredients harvested. All participants share the meal together at a family table. Each participant will leave with fully bellies, recipe cards, and other educational handouts.