Soil and the Life Within

Last updated on
Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
Experience type: 
In-Person
Program Description

Did you know that soil is actually extremely rare? In this truly groundbreaking field trip, students will come away understanding the important differences between soil and dirt. They’ll dig deep into the properties and composition of soil, the amendments we add, and the benefits of supporting a healthy underground ecosystem where just one tablespoon could contain 50 billion microbes! We’ll find some of the larger invertebrates commonly found at Loutet Farm and investigate the cycle of compost on-site, where we build our own soil. Your day exploring one of the most species-rich habitats on earth will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the ground beneath your feet and inspiration for building and protecting it.

Big Ideas
  • New experiences, both within and outside of school, expand our career skill set and options.
  • Safe environments depend on everyone following safety rules.
  • Daily and seasonal changes affect all living things.
  • Humans interact with matter every day through familiar materials.
  • Plants and animals have observable features.
  • Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment.
  • Matter is useful because of its properties.
  • Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment.
  • All matter is made of particles.
  • Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.
  • All living things sense and respond to their environment.
  • Earth materials change as they move through the rock cycle and can be used as natural resources.
  • Everyday materials are often mixtures.
  • Earth and its climate have changed over geological time.
  • Healthy communities recognize and respect the diversity of individuals and care for the local environment.
  • We shape the local environment, and the local environment shapes who we are and how we live.
  • Individuals have rights and responsibilities as global citizens.
  • Local actions have global consequences, and global actions have local consequences.
  • COVID Precautions
    The Edible Garden Project is welcoming groups under 30 participants for in-person outdoor field trips to Loutet Farm. Groups may be further split up to ensure adequate physical distancing is maintained. Tools will not be shared if used during a trip, and are always washed and disinfected after handling. There is a hand washing station on site, and next door at Loutet Park (where washrooms are also located).
    Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Duration: 
    60 minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
    Fee Details
    Fee Notes: 

    $100/hr for <20 participants; $5/person after that. Please contact the Education Coordinator if you would like to customize your field trip in terms of duration, theme, or specific activities offered.

    Additional Notes

    All tours available by request during most daytime hours, and duration can be tailored to your group’s needs (price will vary accordingly). Contact EGP to inquire further. 

    Loutet Farm is located beside Loutet Park in North Vancouver. Washroom facilities are available while the park is open (generally from sunrise to sunset), and are wheelchair accessible. Although we do not have an official lunchroom, the farm does have a covered area with a sink, hand washing station, and food prep area if needed. Regardless, please dress for an outdoor trip and consider potentially variable coastal weather.

    There is free paved parking near the entrance to the farm (lot shared by Loutet Farm, Loutet Park, and Gerry's Garden). Once inside the farm, paths are wood chips, and there are no steep inclines on site. We may also use the dirt trails of the forest and/or the grass field during the field trip. There are no animals on site, but other allergens may be present - please contact EGP directly at schools@ediblegardenproject.com if you have questions or concerns.