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. Watch a short video about our field trips here.
Pre-K through High School students are invited participate in a ninety minute interactive garden science experience based on one of five themes:
- Garden Basics
- Soil and Compost
- Food Systems (6th grade and above)
- Water (coming June 2017)
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 several educational theme gardens, like the sunflower house, that change annually-- so there's plenty to explore!
How can I bring my group?
This program is offered Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from April through October. Please check the calendar for available times. Groups are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis and are responsible for arranging their own transportation to the garden. We can accommodate groups of up to 30 students for a 90 minute program. Please click here to register.
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 must be paid in full by the day of the field trip and are based on the percentage of students eligible for Free or Reduced Price meals (FRP):
50-100% of students eligible for FRP = $100.00 per field trip
0-50% of students eligible for FRP = $200.00 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.
Please click HERE for directions to the garden from the main entrance.
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.
*If the field trip is cancelled by the Washington Youth Garden for severe weather and cannot be rescheduled, we will refund your fee and deposit.