In-School Visits

Bring Wylde Center’s environmental science or Farm to School classes to your campus! Our classes take advantage of your on site resources, like your school garden, woods, nature walk, or stream to teach or reinforce standards that your students learn in the classroom. We also have many indoor classes available, which still give your students hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. We are happy to visit one class or a whole grade over the course of a day (or more, if needed).

Studies show that learning outdoors leads to better health, lower stress levels, increased motivation to learn, better behavior, and an increase in self-reliance, culminating in better grades. Having our educators come to you is a simple way to give more of your students’ the opportunity to experience these benefits than if a single class comes to one of our sites for a field trip.

Click “Farm to School” or “Environmental Science” to the left to find out more about booking a visit, pricing, and class offerings. Choose from our menu of classes, or contact Allison Ericson at to have a lesson tailored to the specific needs of your school.

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About Farm to School

The Wylde Center offers Farm to School programming for the indoor and the outdoor classroom or garden. Our classroom component of Farm to School, which has many manifestations, gives students hands-on, experiential connections to their classroom standards, while introducing them to new foods and teaching them the basics of gardening, food systems, and/or meal preparation. By providing on-site education and garden maintenance, we deliver an exciting garden-based education that engages students’ minds and bodies in a hands-on learning experience. Check out our class menu below!

Through the Farm to School Program, we offer:

  • Garden Education, conducted by our highly trained Farm to School Educator on site at your school, teaching children not only how to plant, harvest, and cook what we grow, but how we relate to our food and the environment.
  • Choice of Classes among over two dozen classes for grades preK-12. We strive to work closely with teachers to link lessons to their ongoing curriculum and Georgia Performance Standards for science, math, language arts, and many other subjects.
  • Regular Visits, preferably on a weekly or biweekly basis, to enable as many children as possible to experience the garden and make real-world connections to their lessons.
  • Ongoing Curriculum Development by our Farm to School Manager and Education Director to constantly improve our program, match it to your school’s needs, and align it with the most current standards and practices.
  • Gardening and Cooking Experience for participating classes, as children learn how to plant, grow, harvest, and prepare their own garden vegetables.

Current Farm to School partner schools

  • City Schools of Decatur
  • College Heights Early Learning Childhood Center
  • The Frazier Center at Decatur High School
  • Oakhurst Elementary
  • Clairemont Elementary
  • Glennwood Elementary
  • Winnona Park Elementary School
  • Westchester Elementary
  • Renfroe Middle School
  • 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue
  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Whitefoord Elementary
  • Benteen Elementary


Class Menu

Click to see our full Farm to School Lesson Menu 2016 or check out some example courses by grade below:


Worms (SKCS3, SKCS5, SKCS6, SKL1, SKL2)

Discover the anatomy, importance, and delight of worms in the garden.

Rocks (SKE2, SKP1, SKL1, SKCS3, SKCS5, SKCS6)

Explore what rocks are made of, the three main types we see, and the role they play in healthy soils.

Soil Types (SKCS1, SKCS3, SKCS5, SKCS6, SKE2, SKP1, SKL1)

Learn about soil composition and what’s in the soil at school.

Soil Health (SKCS1, SKCS3, SKCS5, SKCS6, SKE2, SKP1, SKL1)
Learn about what makes soil healthy for plants and for people, test the soil at your school, and determine what it needs to be healthy.

1st Grade

Weather in the Garden (S1CS1, S1CS5, S1CS7, S1E1, S1E2, S1L1)
Learn about and observe weather patterns in the garden and how they affect plant growth.
Plant Parts (S1CS1, S1CS5, S1L1)
Explore plants we eat by learning to identify the different parts and the job they perform to keep the plants alive and healthy.

Second Grade

Compost (S2CS1, S2CS3, S2CS5, S2P1, S2L1)

Discover why we compost, what’s in it, and how it goes from food scraps to healthy soil.

Three Sisters Gardens (S2CS6d, S2CS7, SS2H2)
Learn the fascinating history of where these plants and food come from, who helped them become the plants we know today, and why the Native Americans utilized this valuable companion planting model.

Third Grade

Soil Types (S3CS1, S3CS3, S3CS5, S3CS7, S3CS8, S3E1)

 Learn about soil types and what’s in the soil at school.

Soil Health (S3CS1, S3CS3, S3CS5, S3CS7, S3CS8, S3E1)

Learn about what makes soil healthy for plants and for people, and test the soil at your school and determine what it needs to be healthy.

Food Webs and Garden Ecology (S3CS1, S3CS4, S3L1, S3L2)

Discover the plants and animals that live in the garden and how they are all interconnected.

4th Grade

Water Cycle (S4E3)

Boil, shock (halt the cooking process with ice water), and taste a garden veggie (likely beans or sugar snap peas).

Collect and Analyze Weather Data (S4E4)

Add rain gauges, thermometers, etc. to garden beds and check regularly to predict weather patterns and hypothesize how our food may be affected.

Food Webs and Chains (S4L1)

Compost role play game; in-depth study of compost and the microbes that make the process possible.

Simple Machines (S4P3)

Use farm and garden tools and implements to study hand-held simple machines we use to work soil and grow food.

British Colonial America (SS4H3)

Study heirloom seed varieties, particularly ones that came to the colonies and are still grown and eaten today.

Using Tools and Instruments for Measuring and Manipulating Objects; Communicating Scientific Ideas through Drawing (S4CS3, S4CS5)

Scientific drawing and salad dressing preparation lessons.

Fifth Grade

Weathering and Erosion (S5E1b)

Study how these forces affect our soil and food system.

Physical and Chemical Changes (S5P2)

Prepare sweet potato apple soup; demonstrate the difference between a physical and chemical change.

Inherited Traits (S5L2)

Explore plant families and the shared characteristics of the plant foods we eat.

Microorganisms (S5L4)

Study ways sustainable farmers and gardeners use beneficial microorganisms, cover crops, and compost as alternatives to petroleum-based chemical inputs for building soil health.

Amendments to the Constitution (SS5CG2)

Take a peek inside the Farm Bill and determine what amendments are needed to ensure access to affordable, healthy food for all.

Consumers and Businesses (SS5E3)

Explore how competition, markets, and price influence behavior as it relates to how we purchase and consume food in the US.


What does a lesson cost?

Please contact Allison Ericson at for pricing.

Tell me more or Sign me up!

For more information or to get Farm to School at your school, please contact Allison Ericson (Education Director) at or call 404-371-1920.

About Environmental Education

The Wylde Center offers environmental science programming that takes advantages of the unique on-site natural resources at your school. Because our programs are centered around your school’s landscape, whether that includes a stream, pond, woods, or nature trail, our programs are often developed with your specific class and resources in mind. All of our programs give your students the benefits of outdoor learning (like better health, lower stress levels, increased motivation to learn, and better behavior), inspire a love and appreciation for nature, and cover topics outlined in state standards.

Through our in-school visits, your students will get an exciting, hands-on, project-based learning experience that will broaden their idea of where learning happens, helping them see the whole world as their classroom.

Our Environmental Science classes offer:

  • Outdoor Education conducted by our highly trained educators.
  • Choice of Classes tailored to the specific needs and resources of your class and aligned with state standards.
  • Entire Units of Study. Want to reinforce a whole unit, like Habitats or Rocks and Soils? Our educators can come to your school multiple times in a semester to deliver a series of classes that provide a comprehensive outdoor exploration of your classroom study.

Sample Course

The following is a sample course list for a fifth-grade life science unit:

  • Vertebrates vs. Invertebrates (S5L1): Use your school’s woods or walk to a nearby greenspace to hunt for organisms and determine whether they are vertebrates and invertebrates. Use your stream to study aquatic insects and amphibians.
  • Plant Classification (S5L1): Take a walking tour of a greenspace or your school grounds to learn about the parts of the plant, plant cell functions, and the differing characteristics of vascular and nonvascular plants.
  • Fungi Hunt (S5L1): Go on a fungi hunt at your school or a nearby greenspace. Learn about the importance of fungi, how they differ from plants, and how they reproduce and grow.

What does a lesson cost?

Please contact Allison Ericson at for pricing.

Tell me more!

For more information, please contact Allison Ericson, Education Director at
Click here to see our 2015-2016 Garden to Classroom Lesson Menu!