Field Trips/Outreach Lessons

Field Trip/Outreach Information (Schedule Your Lesson Below!)

BUGS provide thematic field trips at our garden site, located at 2995 N. Five Mile Road in Boise. Through the outdoor garden classroom, students connect with nature, science and the source of their food.

  • Students: Kindergarten-6th grade
  • Fall: August-November – Tuesdays – Fridays at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm time slots vary
  • Spring: March – June  – Tuesdays – Fridays 10:00 am & 1:00 pm time slots vary
  • 60-120 minutes
  • Pricing: FIELD TRIPS – $30/class/hour OUTREACH – $30/class/hour. Prices increase with the length of the lesson. Class size = 10 to 30 students. Field Trips: 60 student maximum per time slot.

For more information on BUGS Field Trips, check out our BUGS Field Trip FAQ information.


**NEW – Please visit BEE.CITYOFBOISE.ORG to register for field trips or lessons


Field Trip Themes

Please choose one of the following themes for your field trip experience.  We have aligned our following themes to best address each of the listed grade’s common core standards of learning.

F = Field Trip Lessons      O = Outreach Lessons

F – Story Hour, Craft & Garden Tour (Pre-K – Kinder)

Students will read a garden related story, make and take a craft related to the story theme and tour the BUGS garden.  60 Minutes.

F- Insects & Pollinators (Kinder-1 Grade)

Students will learn about the important role that insects and pollinators play in our garden including how pollinators turn flowers into food.  Activities may including studying the difference between an “insect” and a “bug”, leading bug hunts in the garden, and hands-on activities that model pollination. 60 Minutes.

F – Seeds (Kinder-2 Grade)

Students will participate in activities that center around the structure and function of seeds.  Activities may include planning and conducting an experiment to determine what a seed needs to germinate, dissecting seeds, and investigating seed dispersal methods. 60-90 Minutes.

F- Plant Growth & Parts (Kinder-2 Grade)

Learn what a plant needs to grow including the structures of the plant that support plant growth.  Through garden scavenger hunts and activities, students will discover what is growing in the garden, the many different parts of the plant that we commonly eat, and the lifecycle of a plant.  60-90 Minutes.

F – Soil, Compost & Critters (3-5 Grade)

A successful garden begins with healthy soil.  In this field trip students will learn about how healthy soil supports plant growth.  Activities may have students investigate soil composition, nutrient cycles, decomposers, and the process of recycling waste into compost for the garden. 90 Minutes.

F – The Garden Ecosystem (5-6 Grade)

When we practice organic gardening we are taking the health of the whole garden ecosystem into account.  Students will investigate what it means to garden organically and how the introduction of chemicals into a garden can impact the whole ecosystem that supports our garden’s growth. 90 Minutes.

O – Alive & Green (K-1)

This lesson is designed to introduce students to plants as living organisms, as well as teach about their structures and functions. This lesson will use multiple activities to familiarize students with the basic structures that can be found in most vascular plant life (roots, stem, leaves, and flower). Students will also learn what is necessary for plants to live (light, air, water, and soil). 60 Minutes.

O – How Plants Grow (2-3 Grade)

In this lesson students will learn what the minimum requirements are for plant growth. Through a costume dress-up activity students will then learn about the basic parts of a plant and what each part does to help it function and produce seeds. Students will also get to build a simple experiment and grow their own plant from seed. 60 Minutes.

O – Creepy, Crawley, Insect Symmetry (4-5 Grade)

Arthropods make up over 80% of the described animal life on the planet. They play an integral role in our gardens, as well as our ecosystem as a whole. Students will take a closer look into the world of arthropods from classification and grouping to individual anatomy and adaptations. 60 Minutes.

O – Decomposers: Nature’s Rotten Recyclers (3-5 Grade)

Students will discover the different types of decomposers and their importance in the environment. A game and experiment will help students understand what types of materials decompose, factors that promote decomposition, and the role of decomposition int he food web.


Kristin Armstrong Scholarship Request Form

Boise City schools classified as Title One schools may be eligible for scholarship funding to pay a portion or entire expense of school group programs held in cooperation with Boise Urban Garden School. To be eligible for scholarships, the below form must be submitted and approved prior to the date of the program.

BUGS Group Scholarship Form

Contact Dirk at, or give us a call at 208-376-3006.