Tours & Field Trips

Interested in learning more about food and nature in the city? Community GroundWorks offers a variety of guided tours and hands-on field trips of Troy Gardens upon request.

Guided Tours of Troy Gardens

Claire speaking to a group of visitors.We offer guided tours of Troy Gardens year-round by request. Groups may take a tour of the entire Troy Gardens project or choose to focus on one particular area such as our organic CSA farm, award-winning Kids’ Garden, community gardens or urban natural areas.

Tours cost $5/person.  To schedule a tour, please email us at or call us at 608-240-0409.

Self-Guided or Virtual Tour of Troy Gardens

You are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the land on the The Sol Levin Memorial Trail (new in 2012).  Download the beautiful and informative trail brochure or pick one up at the kiosk on the left side of the driveway into the co-housing.  If you download it to take a "virtual" tour, please start at #1 (on page 2).

Field Trips at Troy Gardens

Youth petting a chicken.Provide your school class, community center group or church youth group with an opportunity to participate in such popular hands-on activities as harvesting carrots on our farm, wrangling chickens in our Kids’ Garden, smelling flowers in our tallgrass prairie, and making tea in our herb garden.

Field trips are $5/participant, and chaperones are free. Scholarships may be available upon request.  To schedule a field trip please contact Kids' Garden Manager, Ginny Hughes at or 608-957-9352. 

Field Trips at the Goodman Youth Farm

Students engage in a diversity of hands-on activities at our half-acre farm on Madison's east side. Activities include planting, harvesting, and cooking fresh veggies, as well as art-in-nature and environmental education experiences.  

Field trips are $5/participant, and chaperones are free. Scholarships may be available upon request.  Limited funding for bus transportation is available for MMSD schools. To schedule a field trip or for more information, please visit the Youth Farm field trip page or contact Jennica Skoug at or 608-957-4406.