Experience the farm as a living classroom!

The HEAL Project offers educational programming at The San Mateo County School Farm (SMCSF) in Half Moon Bay.

Our goal is for every student to come away with a greater understanding of where their food comes from and why it matters.

All of our field trip program options provide age-appropriate activities and lessons focused on science, the environment and health. We offer 4 different options based on season and grade level: Setting Roots, Fall Harvest Trip, Spring Explorers, and The Full Farm Experience.

Our Farm Educators work with teachers and organization leaders to complement and reinforce your educational goals. Our curriculum is based on Next Generation Science Standards, is hands on and experiential. The farm is a unique living classroom for students to get their hands in the soil, grow, and harvest.

Learn more about how we connect to Next Generation Science Standards Here:

Farm Field Trip California State Education Standards

Questions? Read our Teachers Guide to find out more about the day of your trip:

Farm Field Trip Information

Teacher Resources

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Field Trip Key Themes

Eco Literacy

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We develop students’ environmental literacy through practical experience of farm-based, food systems management. We build or reinforce each students’ understanding of the connections between food, health, and the environment.

Seasonal Learning


Our field trip key themes and concepts are best reinforced by a multiple touchpoint model. When students engage with seasonal learning they learn about how agriculture is tied to earth systems and natural cycles.

Science Inquiry Learning


Field Trips at the San Mateo County School Farm are designed to reinforce inquiry based science learning. We use the farm as an outdoor classroom to explore, make observations, ask questions, and wonder about the natural world around us.

Health Literacy


We develop health literacy through farm-based, food systems education which seeks to inspire or reinforce students’ attitude toward healthy food and healthy eating.

Your educational field trip is by far one of the best programs I have ever taken a class to. This was a very special learning experience for the students and has inspired me to renew my efforts to dedicate more time to the outdoor classroom.”

— Pauline, 3rd Grade Teacher