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3501 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC, 20002
United States


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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:

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?

Please click here to register. This program is offered Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from April through October.  Please check the calendar for available times.  Groups are schedule 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 the full 90 minutes.

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. 

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.

Please choose from the following options to submit a payment for your SPROUT field trip:

$25 Deposit (for one trip)

$75 Remainder fee payment (for a reduced price trip, when deposit has already been paid)

$100 Full fee payment (for a reduced price trip)

$175 Remainder fee payment (for a full price trip, when deposit has already been paid)

$200 Full fee payment (for a full price trip)

Other amount (When paying for multiple trips, etc.)

Payments are processed through our PayPal Account (hosted by FONA)


*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.