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Education Programming, School Visits, and Tours

FALL 2021 UPDATE

As of September 2021, our fall education programming is fully booked. In case of cancellation, feel free to submit an official request through our RWCF Group Visit Reservation Form. We will follow up with you shortly after to discuss potential availability.

Please check back in winter/spring 2022 for updated information on education and service learning opportunities. Descriptions and more information about our general tour/field trip offerings are listed below.

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Our General Tour/Field Trip Offerings

Virtual Visit
28 Minutes

View the virtual farm tour video from the comforts of your home and and learn about us

Audience: Appropriate for all

Basic Tour
45 Minutes

  • A complete tour of the farm including the fields, greenhouse, beehives and solar house
  • Discussion of our mission, programs, sustainable farming practices and environmental stewardship

Audience: Appropriate for all ages.
Suggested program fee: $75 for up to 25 participants.*

Note: In order to provide every K-12 student with a hands on experience, our field trip number is limited to 20 students per tour. 

Sensory Exploration
1 hour

  • Tour of the farm including the fields, greenhouse, beehives and solar house
  • Follow your senses through the field, tasting, smelling and observing along the way.
  • Search for insects and pollinators
  • See up close what it takes to grow healthy and sustainable food.
  • Take a trip to our Discovery Garden to seed, water or harvest.Suggested program fee: $75 for up to 15 participants.*

Seed to Harvest Educational Tour
1.5 - 2 Hours

  • A complete tour of the farm including the fields, greenhouse, beehives and solar house
  • Discussion of our mission, programs, sustainable farming practices and environmental stewardship
  • Opportunities to taste, smell and observe along the way.
  • Cooking activity with produce from the fields

Audience: Appropriate for all ages.
Suggested program fee: $125 for up to 12 participants.*

Service Learning Visit
2-5 Hours

  • A brief introduction to the farm
  • 2+ hours of service in our fields or greenhouse. Activities include harvesting, planting, weeding, general field maintenance.

Audience: Appropriate for ages 12+, max group size is 12 participants.
Suggested program fee: $50 for 9/10am-12pm, $75 for 9/10am-2pm (with break for lunch)

* As a non-profit, the suggested program fee is an important part of how we cover administrative and staffing needs for your visit. However, no group will be turned away due to lack of funds. Those who pay the full suggested fee, or more, help to subsidize those groups that are unable to pay the entire amount. Fees can be paid via cash or check the day of or online. Thank you for your understanding and support.

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Let us know your interests! We are happy to address organic and sustainable farming methods, food systems, plant cycles, nutrition, compost, our solar home, our relationship to the wetlands and the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly, and any number of other topics that might resonate with your group. Read over our Field Trip Guide  for more information on various field trip options and how our content connects to your curriculum.

Trips take place both inside our Program Building and outside in our 12 acres of fields and parkland. This means participants should be adequately dressed and prepared for the weather. We welcome groups to stay for lunch from 12pm-1pm with our Growers, staff, and volunteers.

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About Red Wiggler

Located in northern Montgomery County, Red Wiggler Community Farm creates fertile ground to nourish a healthy and inclusive community:

  • Red Wiggler employs adults with developmental disabilities to grow and harvest Certified Organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
  • The Farm is committed to education and service learning programs for area youth and adults.
  • Finally, we carry out all our activities in cooperation with nature and through the lens of environmental stewardship.

Red Wiggler is a working farm; particularly in the spring, summer, and fall, students will be able to observe all the hard work that goes into planting, harvesting, and caring for our vegetables and land.

Hours of Operation:

Red Wiggler Community Farm is open 9am-2pm, Monday through Friday.

Facilities:

We offer an indoor classroom, two indoor restrooms on-site and indoor and outdoor seating and lunch areas.

What to Bring:

- Signed  Memo of Understanding

- Refillable water bottle

- Closed-toe shoes, long pants, hat to shade from the sun

- If staying for lunch, participants should bring their own lunch.

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DC Greens Field Trip Spotlight

Red Wiggler Community Farm is an approved DC Greens “Farm to School” field trip site.