Information for Visiting Groups

What to Expect

During your field trip, you can expect your students to have the opportunity to visit several different stations set up around the land, depending on the season. For example, we might have a tasting station on the CSA farm, a chicken station where the kids can feed and pet our resident chickens in the Troy Kids' Garden, and a nature game station set up in the restored tall grass prairie.

Please let us know if you have any classroom learning you would like supported during your visit. Though it won't always be possible, we will do our best to work it into your field trip experience. Your students will have an opportunity to have a hands-on sensory experience of the outdoors while learning a bit about gardening and, of course, having fun! If you have any questions before your visit, please feel free to contact our Ginny Hughes, ginny@communitygroundworks.org

What to Wear

Please stress proper dress to your students and chaperones. Layers of clothing will help students adjust to changing temperatures. If possible, wear clothes that can get dirty. We recommend tennis shoes.

What to Bring

If possible, student should bring their own water bottles to the Kids' Garden. We have plenty of water for refills, as well as a drinking fountain for any students without water bottles.

We encourage group leaders to provide students with simple name tags (masking tape & sharpies work great) - this helps our staff give more precise directions while traveling around the garden. We are also happy to provide name tags at the beginning of the trip if that is easier for you.

Weather

We garden rain or shine! It is a good idea to check the forecast the day before your trip so you can advise your students to bring sunscreen or a rain jacket - or both! We utilize wood chips at the Kids' Garden to minimize muddiness on wet days. While we don't mind rain, we do not have programs in severe weather, such as thunderstorms. If severe weather occurs during the majority of your program, we will work with you to reschedule. Please contact Ginny the morning of your field trip if you have weather related concerns.

Cancellations

Please give us at least one week notice on any non-weather related cancellations. Please be prepared to pay for sessions cancelled within less than one week's notice.

Allergy Information

Please let us know if any students have severe allergies. We do cook in the garden, so we like to be aware of any food allergies. Also, being outdoors - especially in a garden - there is always a chance for bee stings, so we like to know if any of the students have bee allergies. 

Amenities

We do have a drinking fountain near the garden as well as a single port-a-potty. While these resources are always available, we recommend that students get a drink and visit the restroom before arriving in order to get the most out of their time at the garden.

There is a large grassy area for folks to have a picnic lunch, but please pack out your trash.

Directions

Troy Gardens Address: 500 Block of Troy Drive, Madison, WI 53704

If you are coming from the East, take Sherman Ave, to Northport Dr. (or come in from Packers) and turn left. Follow Northport Dr. past Warner Park on your right, and turn left onto Troy Dr. Continue on Troy Dr., the gardens will be on your right.