We can almost hear the school bell ringing atop our school house! As Fall approaches, we invite you and your school children to experience Applecrest Farm's educational tour program and the excitement of the harvest season. Your group will have the opportunity to hand-pick our apples directly from the trees, enjoy a tractor-drawn hayride through the sprawling orchards and witness first-hand our nearly 100 year-old farming operation. Fun, informative and extremely hands-on, our privately-led tours make a lasting and, we think, valuable impression on young minds about the vital importance of local agriculture.
Please look over our list of tour options. We think we've designed a wonderful program. If you have ideas about how we can customize our tour content to fit your specific educational needs, please let us know. We love new ideas and we do appreciate and understand the burden teachers and educators face in meeting state and federal curriculum requirements. All of our tours are guaranteed to be fun and educational.
Green Apple Tour
+ Tractor-drawn hayride through the orchard
+ Bag of apples hand-picked directly from a tree
+ In-the-orchard instruction on apple tree development, growth and care
+ Honeybee lesson using glass observation hive with live working bees
+ Snack: our world famous cider donut and a glass of pasteurized apple cider
+ Activity sheet
Ages: 4 and younger (pre-school)
Time: Approximately 1 hour
Cost: $9.00 per person (please note we require a minimum of 10 children per tour)
Red Apple Tour
Includes all of the above Green Apple Tour activities, plus:
+ Guided tour of farm operations, including our controlled-atmosphere storage facilities, the apple sorting and packing line, the cider mill, and the farm stand
+ Video of the cider pressing and bottling process
+ Extended education in apple growing, harvesting, health and history
Ages: All ages
Time: Approximately 1.5 hours
Cost: $11.00 per person (please note we require a minimum of 10 children per tour)
Pumpkin Picking Add-On
No fall day is complete without picking a pumpkin. Our pumpkin patches are loaded with small pumpkins (3 to 5 lbs.) grown especially for the children on our school tours.
+ One sugar pumpkin picked by hand from the Kiddie Patch
+ In-the-field lesson on growing pumpkins and well-known Halloween legends
Age: All ages (available on a group basis only)
Time: Approximately 1/2-hour beyond chosen tour length
Cost: $3.00 per person
As always, teachers are our welcome guests at no charge. Chaperones may pick a bag of apples and enjoy our cider and donut snack for $5.00 per person. To schedule a tour or make further inquiries, click below.
Bug Alert: Applecrest has implemented a mosquito control program. Additional repellent will also be available to you at the time of the tour.