Road Trip

Coming to a community near you.


Introducing Road Trip. This 32-foot double decker bus acts at The Ecology Center on wheels. Equipped with interactive displays, a kitchen classroom, hands-on DIY stations, and everything needed to host a community celebration, it allows us to bring our transformative, educational programming off our property, and into communities near and far.

Get to Know Road Trip

Learn how Road Trip can transform your school into a thriving community ecosystem.

Take a look inside.

Equipped with state of the art features, Road Trip will take students and community members on an ecological journey. Activations inside of the bus will include DIY stations, a kitchen classroom, and hands-on workshops like pickling, canning, and planting. Those who join us on Road Trip will leave with new skills that will allow them to become more connected with their community and ecosystem.

What if Every School had a Community Ecosystem?

by Dr. Meg Hesinger

What if Every School had a Community Ecosystem?

An ecosystem is comprised of a series of relationships between all things and species. And when you think about it, that’s what a community is as well. In that spirit, we began thinking of school gardens as a catalyst for community ecosystems some years ago through our Grow Your Own school garden program. Starting at schools, these gardens turned into community hubs, connecting plants, animals, students, families — and ultimately, the community as a whole.

Now with Road Trip, we’re imagining that any and every school can become the epicenter of a community ecosystem. A mobile version of The Ecology Center, Road Trip allows us to easily share skills and inspiration to transform and redesign spaces into thriving ecosystems that support all life forms. From different plants and pollinators to the perfect space for a farm-to-table dinner, through Road Trip, we’re creating habitat for all species.

A community ecosystem should be a place where children, parents, and families can learn how to work and play and grow together in healthy ways. That’s why we’re teaching the skills to build, from start to finish, the types of experiences that grow a true community system — whether it be a garden build or a shared meal or a farmers market.


The hands-on skills we showcase on Road Trip are inspired by generations that have come before us. Putting our hands in the soil and learning how to tend to the land, also helps to build a healthy community. Skills like pickling, seed saving, and natural dyeing are a reminder of our commitment to humanity. Our ancestors passed down these skills to ensure our land stay fruitful and also so their families could thrive in their ecosystems. The Ecology Center’s skills-based learning approach ensures a healthy and abundant future for all.

DIY / Grow

How To Make a Seed Ball

Become a guerrilla gardener by planting flowers, fruits, and vegetables wherever you go

DIY / Grow

How To Make Recycled Newspaper Pots

Plant a seedling with newspaper pots, you can recycle and grow food all at once.

DIY / Eat

How To Quick Pickle

Waste less, eat well and savor the flavors of every season, all year long.

Apply for a visit

We are rolling out to schools throughout the region in Fall 2018. Click below to bring Road Trip to your students.


Shop the tools we use on Road Trip

Do you want to help bring Road Trip to life? Click below to donate and become part of the journey.