BUGS Programs

Dig in and learn more!

Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) cultivates hands-on, inquiry based education with kids and adults across the Treasure Valley. Our students gain knowledge through “real life” experiences in the garden, farm stand, kitchen, and classroom. A student that is able to dig in the soil, plant a seed, and watch it grow, is excited to eat the fruits of their labor, and will understand the science behind a sprouting seed or photosynthesis. For more information on BUGS Programming, check out our BUGS Program FAQ Information.

Field Trip Lessons 

Schools and youth programs are invited to wander the BUGS garden each spring and fall.  These hands-on experiences plant the questions of where food comes from, and why it matters, in the minds of the children. Participants tour the garden and “dig in” to activities that will give them a new understanding of the art and science behind an organic garden. Lessons preceded by an “F” indicate field trip lessons. Lessons preceded by and “O” indicate and outreach lesson.

Outreach Lessons

If you can’t come to us we’ll come to you! Due to the popularity of the three outreach lessons we piloted this winter, we have made them available this spring. Please see the Field Trip lesson page for listings and to sign up! Lessons precede by an “F” indicate field trip lessons. Lessons preceded by an “O” indicate outreach lessons.

Summer Camps

Using the BUGS education garden as our summer grow lab, children enrolled in our garden camps will have the opportunity to explore and discover what grows and lives in our garden (not just plants!). There will be lots of hands-on activities (gardening and experiments), games, arts and crafts and wonderful lunches made daily by our culinary students.

If you love food and are interested in cooking, our culinary camp may be the right place for you. Each week a small group of young “chefs in training” learn a variety of culinary skills and put together creative, healthy and flavorful meals for the garden campers. Culinary participants harvest from the BUGS garden, serving local and seasonal garden fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.

BUGS Barn Days

Click on 2017 January-March – BUGS BARN DAYS for more information on upcoming events!  Join us on Saturday, March 4th for Thinking Ahead: Garden Planning Using the BUGS garden as a model, Naomi Davenport, BUGS Garden Specialist, will walk you through planning and developing your own garden.  9 to 11 AM. RSVP 208-376-3006.

Just Add Water 

Our tool kits helps schools create and maintain a school garden program of their own. Within this manual, BUGS provides lesson plans for educators, garden plans, and the option of ongoing teacher training from BUGS staff.