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Nurture the Joy of Growing

The dynamic programs offered by Toledo GROWs make use of critical thinking and problem solving skills, for both adults and children, to effectively achieve real world learning.

Please take time to explore the hands-on programming offered at our urban farm or in the classroom or meeting space.

Feel free to contact our educator at 419.720.8714 or

You can become engaged in the educational programming at Toledo GROWs as a sponsor. There are various levels of sponsorship for our educational programming.

Contact Yvonne Dubielak for more information:


Learn More About Program Sponsorships


Information on our various programs can be found below.

The following programs are available for your group. 


In Class
1 hour program at your location for up to 30 students.
Available year round.

Fruits and Veggies
Did you know a potato is a root or that celery is a stem?  Through silly dances, interactive games, and hands-on activities, students will work on sorting and counting skills wile learning about different parts of the plant that humans eat.

Recommended Grade:     Preschool

Garden Animals
Explore the natural world of gardening, bugs, and other critters!  Learn how animals in the garden help plants grow through fun dances, books, and activities.

Recommended Grade:     Preschool

Plants on Your Plate
Eating fruits and vegetables is no chore when it’s connected to science! Discover a variety of plants you can eat and their health benefits, while learning the basics of botany.

Recommended Grades: K-5th
Standards Covered:K.LS.1, K.LS.2, 1.ESS.1, 1.LS.1, 1.LS.2, 2.LS.1, 3.LS.1, 4.LS.1, 5.LS.1, 5.LS.2
Scout Badges Covered: Tigers' Tiger Bites  

Garden Puzzle
It takes many pieces to make a whole. Plants, animals, and weather are a few of the factors that make up a garden. Learn how each piece relies on the next and discover how we humans fit the puzzle.

Recommended Grades: K-5th
Standards Covered: K.LS.1, K.LS.2, 1.ESS.1, 1.LS.2, 2.LS.1, 3.LS.1, 4.LS.1, 5.LS.1
Scout Badges Covered: Brownies' Bugs, Juniors' Gardener  

Build a Bin
Using the scientific method discover what worms eat, see and do all day long.  Learn why worms are so important to Earth, humans, and gardening and how you can start your own worm composting system.

Recommended Grades: K-5th
Standards Covered: K.LS.1, K.LS.2, 1.LS.2, 2.LS.1, 3.ESS.1, 4.ESS.2, 5.LS.1
Scout Badges Covered: Bears' Fur Feathers and Ferns

Animal Detective 
Learn about a variety of animal traits and characteristics using hands-on materials.  Explore scat, tracks, fur and camouflage while learning about animals found in Ohio.

Recommended Grades: K-8th
Standards Covered: K.LS.1, K.LS.2, 1.ESS.1, 3.LS.1, 3.LS.3, 5.LS.1, 5.LS.2, 8.LS.1
Scout Badges Covered: Bears' Fur Feathers and Fern

Buzz in the Garden 
Bees are not the only thing buzzing around a garden.  Students will become pollinators to learn how pollination works and why it is so important to growing food.

Recommended Grades: K-12th
Standards Covered: K.LS.1, K.LS.2, 1.LS.1, 2.LS.1, 5.LS.1, 7.LS.1, ENV.ES.1
Scout Badges Covered: Brownies' Bugs

Pollution Solutions

Investigate how pollution affects all organisms, big and small, using hands-on activities to look at water, air, and soil pollution.  Fred the Fish will help students visualize the effects of pollution in their local environment.

Recommended Grades: 4-12th
Standards Covered:  4.ESS.2, 6.ESS.4, 7.ESS.1, ENV.ER.3, ENV.GP.2, PG.ER.3

Field Trips:
 hour field trip to Toledo GROWS Farm for up to 30 students.
Available Mid-April to Mid-October

Junior Farmers
Explore the farm and see what it's like to get your hands dirty.  Plant seeds, feed the chickens, and see how much fun it is to be a farmer for a day!

Recommended Grade:     Preschool

Things with Wings
Games and activities lead young learners to the wonder and mystery of birds, bees, butterflies, and bugs, as they learn new things about these beautiful friends of the garden!

Recommended Grade:     Preschool

Farmer for a Day
Students learn about the plant life cycle and put their plant knowledge to practice on the farm. Students participate in one of the stages of the plant life cycle, from planting to harvesting, depending upon the season.

Recommended Grades: K-8th
Standards Covered: K.LS.1, K.LS.2, 1.ESS.1, 1.LS.1, 2.LS.1, 4.ESS.2, 5.LS.1, 6.ESS.4, 7.LS.1

Scout Badges Covered:  Lions' Ready, Set, Grow!, Juniors' Gardener

Chicken and the Egg
Students discover the food and habitat that is required to keep chickens happy and. See the coop, search for eggs and complete an egg investigation to compare farm-raised eggs to store-bought eggs. High school students will focus on how chickens are an important part of the fossil record and extinction story.

Recommended Grades: K-12th
Standards Covered: K.LS.1, K.LS.2, 1.ESS.1, 1.LS.1, 2.LS.1, 3.LS.1, 4.LS.2, 5.LS.1, 7.LS.1, 8.LS.2, B.DI.2 

What would we do without bees? Learn how bees pollinate plants and how, without bees, we would not have many of our favorite foods. High school students will focus on why biodiversity is important and what is causing declines in bee populations.

Recommended Grades: K-12th
Standards Covered: K.LS.1, K.LS.2, 1.LS.1, 2.LS.1, 5.LS.1, 7.LS.1, 8.LS.1, B.DI.1

Scout Badges Covered: Tigers' My Tiger Jungle, Brownies' Bugs

Worms at Work
Start at the “ground level” of life students get down and dirty collecting soil and insect samples. Using the scientific method and tools to identify decomposers and evaluate the soil quality as they gain an appreciation for the beauty of dirt. Junior high and high school students will focus on how dirt is created through weathering and erosion.

Recommended Grades: K-12th
Standards Covered: K.LS.1, K.LS.2, 1.LS.1, 1.LS.2, 2.LS.1, 3.ESS.1, 4.ESS.2, 5.LS.1, 6.ESS.5, 8.ESS.3, ENV.ER.4
Scout Badges Covered: Bears' Fur Feathers and Ferns

For all ages and ability levels.
We will work with you to adapt for the abilities of your inclusive class.

Programs designed with everyone in mind. Each curriculum is adaptable for a variety of audiences but has a primary emphasis on students with disabilities. Our educator will work with you to create the perfect program for your group.

In Class: 1 Hour Program

Container Gardening
Gardens grow inside and outside! It doesn’t matter if you live in a tiny apartment or on a giant farm, you can grow your own food wherever you are!

Beautiful Bugs
Bugs play a vital role in the success of a garden and are such fun to study. We will look at how pollination works, life cycles, and create a fun bug craft.

Field Trips: 1½ Hour Program

Farm Skills
There are so many things to see and do in a garden! Learn fun job skills and have a blast practicing social skills with our pretend vegetable stand.

Sights and Sounds
Gardens are a beautiful place to use your senses. Get your hands dirty in one of our sensory bins, use your ears to hear the sounds of our chickens, and use your eyes to take in the sights around you.


For the health and safety of all involved in our programs, Toledo GROWs has the following procedures in place:

  • Individuals exhibiting symptoms of illness or having a fever should not take part in programs or come to Toledo GROWs urban farm
  • Leaders of groups of children are responsible to conduct health screenings of participants before taking part in Toledo GROWs programming
  • Attendance for programs at Toledo GROWs’ urban farm is limited to 30 participants
  • Toledo GROWs reserves the right to require masks while indoors, based on recommendations of local and state health officials at the time of the program
  • Anyone feeling sick during the program is expected to leave
  • Toledo GROWs staff frequently cleans and sanitizes our building and program materials
  • When the weather and program permit, lessons at Toledo GROWs are conducted outdoors


Program Pricing

Field Trips to Toledo GROWs

- $5 per participant  ($75 Minimum)

Classroom or Other Site

Within 10 Miles of Toledo GROWs
- First program    $70
- Additional programs / same day     $50 each

11 - 30 Miles from Toledo GROWs
- First program   $85
- Additional programs / same day      $50 each

Feel free to contact our educator at 419.720.8714 or

Gardens Revitalize Our World

Don't have a green thumb? Don't worry, you can still impact your community. We invite you to tour our gardens, get your hands dirty, or help us with events.