Fall Guided School Field Trips
PRAIRIE GARDENS & ADVENTURE FARM
“Scarecrows, Pumpkins, & Fall in the Country” Guided Field Trip
Junior Farmer Field Trips
Rocks and Minerals Field Trips
September 19 -30 & Oct 1-31, 2016
DATES AND TIMES: We are booking our “Scarecrows, Pumpkins & Fall in the Country” program now. Guided tours take a full 1½ hours. We are booking for 9:30 am, 11:30 am or 12:00 pm tours. Please check with your bus company about loading and driving times, as you will want to be prompt in order not miss a moment of this program. Please call to discuss your tour itinerary
COST AND CONFIRMATIONThe cost is $11.00 (plus GST) per person.
Teachers, teacher’s aids and our required ratio of parent helpers (1 adult per 5 students) are Free. Additional parents and siblings are $11.00 per person (plus GST)
(Toddlers under 3 years are always free – with min booking fee of $200).
Add on! Gem Mining Cost: $5 per person.
Dear Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-3 Teachers: We have some wonderful options for field trips at our farm!
#1 Pumpkins, Scarecrows Fall in the Country Program 1.5 hour Tour Cost: $11/person + GST
#2 Gem Mine Expedition, Maze and Petting Farm with Train Ride. Cost $11.00/person + GST
#3 Combined All Day Tour – Pumpkins and Gem Mining Cost: $16.00/person + GST
#4 – Junior Farmer Program NEW! 1.5 hours Guided Farming Tour Cost: $11.00/person + GST
#5 – Junior Farmer All Day Program NEW! 3 hours Participatory Farming Tour Cost: $16.00/person + GST
ADD! Mega Maze Challenge
time to complete approx. 30-60 min. Cost: $5.00/person + GST
A typical field trip begins on the bus with a welcome and program introduction, followed by safety instructions for the wagon ride. Please ensure children and volunteers are dressed appropriately for fall weather! Winter boots, scarves, hats, mittens and warm jackets are best if cold. As this is a rural working farm, please prepare children for the ‘outhouse’ experience.
AROUND THE FARM
- The children will get ‘lost’ in a maze
- Pet the farm goats
- Sheep and bunnies while visiting the petting zoo
- Learn about the pumpkins, observe pumpkins in our indoor ‘Pumpkin Land’
- Team-build real life-size scarecrows with straw
- Optional hike the Fairy Tale Trail,
- If they are brave, go through the (optional) spook-tacular Haunted Pumpkin Festival attractions – including the Haunted House, Enchanted Forest and play areas.
- Games this year: Musical Garden!
THE PUPPET SHOW & SNACK TIME The children will love the puppet show- where lasting relationships grow with the help of Prairie Gardens’ characters! All are invited to enjoy a Halloween Cookie. Please advise children to bring a beverage. The children will have this time to enjoy their cookie while sitting in the cozy warm greenhouse on their straw bale seats.
NEW OPTIONS & ACTIVITIESNew! JUNIOR FARMER PROGRAM 1.5 hour Interpretive Program or All Day – To cultivate curiosity and wonder, we engage children’s exploration of the farm fostering joyful relationships between children and their immediate world. We immerse students in local heritage and sustainable farm culture with the first-hand experiences of a real working farm. $11.00 + GST
LOST LEMON GEM MINE The children are provided with mini buckets of “paydirt” ore to take to the sluice to pan for real gems to take home. The kids will be delighted to find gems in their sieves as the water washes away the sand. This is followed by a gem and mineral investigation and discussion. Temperature sensitive – water sluice does not operate below freezing.
TAKE HOME: You will take home some great follow-up activity ideas for your classroom! Each student will take home a mini pumpkin, some fall “scavenger hunt” finds & a Pumpkin Festival downloadable coupon – a $5 Off Family Admission coupon (open each weekend through October). Extra pumpkins for parents & siblings cost $1.50 each.
LUNCH AREA & FOOD OPTIONSBYO Lunch to eat at a Public Outdoor Picnic Areas (FREE).
We offer a private lunch seating area for $35 (Optional)
- BBQ all beef hot dog, drink & chips for $7
- Farmers lunch Potato Boat- Our own famous dill & garlic roasted farm potato; sour cream on side $5
- Four slices Grilled Farmer Sausage (80%beef & 20% pork) locally made Add $2
- Pumpkin Pie & Foothills Ice Cream Cones are available ($3-$5).
Please indicate if you will require a lunch area for your group at booking time. All lunch orders must be pre-booked
& pre-paid refunds given with one-week cancellation notice.
WHAT IF IT RAINS OR SNOWS? We will do as many outdoor activities as the weather will
allow. We have room inside to hold an alternate program including puppet show, petting farm, pumpkin
greenhouse, & scarecrow making indoors.
“BOO”-TIQUE SHOPPING: Visit our farm shop Pumpkins galore, tricks or treats, and Halloween fun.