Farm Turned Classroom

December 10, 2015

We renovated The Farm with education and community in mind, and we are happy to say we are ending this year with a new beginning: Farm field trips!

Youth Science Center Soil Filtration Demo Students watch a demo of soil filtration at The Farm 

Today we turned our Farm into a classroom for lessons in agriculture and botany for middle school students from the Youth Science Center.

The Farm at Fairplex crops They started their day with a tour of The Farm. Our Ambassadors led them through our specialty crops, teaching the students about irrigation, the history of The Farm and the importance of California agriculture.

Farm tours are a sensory experience. Students were able to taste various fruits, herbs and vegetables and pick from crops to take home to their families.

After lunch, the students are led through a series of agricultural and botanical workshops, using curriculum designed by The Learning Centers at Fairplex.

Today we had four lessons in place: Soil sampling, plant dissection and bio diversity, soil filtration, and pH scales.

Science experiments conducted at The Farm at Fairplex

Like The Learning Centers at Fairplex, the Youth Science Center believes in hands-on learning, integrating real-life experiences with textbook knowledge.

Our Farm offers the perfect place to do just that. Instructors led students through a series of experiments and demos, so that they could see how agriculture and botany works in real-time.

All in all, a great way to end the semester!

For more information on our curriculum and learning opportunities for schools and the community, visit

The Youth Science Center promotes science programs in local schools by providing additional learning opportunities for students. For more information on the Youth Science Center, visit


  1. What a great idea! I hope the Fairplex will continue to offer farm programs and advertise them to the San Gabriel region. Boy and Girl Scout troops, 4H clubs, ag classes and many other organizations would benefit from this study. Thanks to the Youth Science Center for helping out with the event!

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