Orchard Tours

A field trip at Sunshine Valley Farm offers children a chance to get in touch with nature and see where food comes from. Curriculum varies depending on the age of the student; we can discuss apple pollination and varieties or place more emphasis on the ecology of the orchard. Many birds and animals visit the orchard to eat apples, trees or roots (or each other); this can be an interesting topic for children older than preschool age.

  • Field trips are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings starting at 9:30.
  • The trip includes meeting  for a short discussion about apples and a walk through the orchard. Each student picks an apple before returning to the porch for a small snack of apple cake and cold water.
  • Field trips last between 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the age of the students and the size of the group.
  • Parking for the field trips is down the driveway in the big space by the lower barns. This will accommodate buses as well as chaperone cars.
  • Should the field trip occur when apples are  not ripe for picking, children will have the chance to choose an apple from a box before the end of the trip.
  • We request that parents or teachers wait to take photos until the end of the trip so that we may conclude in a timely manner. After the organized part of the trip, chaperones may create “photo ops.”
  • The cost of a field trip is $3 per person. We require one chaperone for every five students. The mandated chaperones are not charged admission, but any other adults or children over the age of 18 months are charged.
  • You can make reservations for a tour by calling the Farmstand at 417-753-2698.