What is SPROUT?
Science Program Reaching OUT (SPROUT) is the Washington Youth Garden’s field trip program that invites youth and educators from all over the Washington metro area to visit to our demonstration garden site at the U.S. National Arboretum.
Pre-K through High School students are invited to participate in a ninety minute interactive garden science experience based on one of our themes:
Students learn the basics of maintaining a healthy garden, with a focus on the needs of plants within the broader garden cycle. Learn more here.
Soil & Compost
Students investigate the recipe for healthy soil, how we make and use compost, and why both are important in the garden. Learn more here.
Students recognize the important work of pollinators, including insects, birds, and occasionally mammals, and even wind, all which help plants reproduce. Learn more here.
Students gain an understanding of the importance of plants and plant-based foods to human health, through harvesting and cooking together. Learn more here.
Students, in middle school grades and above, explore how food gets from the farm to our plate. Learn more here.
Students explore how water moves, and the importance of clean water for plants, humans, and our broader environment. Learn more here.
Depending on the season, we might pick a strawberry, harvest asparagus, or taste some juicy cherry tomatoes in our fruit and vegetable production area. We also maintain a large herb garden, compost area, and themed gardens, like our MyPlate garden, that change annually-- so there's plenty to explore!
How can I bring my group?
Reserving a field trip is simple! Complete our online registration or give us a call at 202-245-2709. This program is offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from April through mid-November. Groups are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and available dates are visible on our registration form.
We can accommodate groups of up to 30 students for a 90-minute program or up to 60 students for two, 60-minute programs. Groups are responsible for arranging their own transportation to the garden. Here are directions to the garden from the main entrance and a helpful checklist for groups.
How Much Does it Cost?
A non-refundable deposit of $25 is due within two weeks of the date we confirm your reservation in order to hold your scheduled time. Fees are based on the percentage of students eligible for Free or Reduced Price meals (FRP) and must be paid in full by the day of the field trip and:
0-40% of students eligible for FRP = $200.00 per field trip
40-100% of students eligible for FRP = $100.00 per field trip
These fees offset some of the staff and materials costs for the program, but we are committed to making this living classroom accessible to as many youth as possible. A limited number of scholarships are available. Please submit a completed scholarship application and one of our staff members will contact you soon.
How do I pay for my trip?
You may pay by check to: Washington Youth Garden, 3501 New York Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002. Or, you may pay securely below with your credit card or via PayPal.