Fall Self Guided School Field Trips
We're excited to welcome schools and children back to Prairie Gardens for our fantastic fall field trips! We take our responsibility for your well-being extremely seriously. Luckily one thing we are blessed with here is SPACE. We have almost 25 acres here on the farm, and we have been meticulously planning our re-opening to make the most of it.
We have a great selection of programs available: choose from our Pumpkins, Scarecrows & Fall in the County, Rock & Mineral Gem Mine Expedition, Junior Farmer, Forest & Rhythm in Nature, and Combined All-Day tours. Enjoy our wide open spaces, mazes, playgrounds, and pumpkin patches! As always, our field trip programs take place outside, which means children should dress for the weather - layers are great. We are also limiting the number of tours per time to make sure everyone stays healthy and safe. So make sure you book your preferred time and date early!
Teachers, staff, and parents are expected to complete the Alberta Health Daily Check-List before boarding the bus and observe covid-19 prevention measures, which may include: physical distancing, cohort-groups, masking, and hand-washing. As always, we only charge for program participants who are present on the day of the field trip. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of covid-19 must not visit the farm. Should any participants develop symptoms onsite, they will be given a mask while waiting, in a separate area, to go home.
FRIDAYS in September & October 2021 Available
Cost and ConfirmationAdmission is $15.00 (PLUS GST) per person. Teachers, teacher's aids and our required ratio of parent helpers (1 adult per 5 students) are Free. Additional parents & siblings are $15.00 per person (PLUS GST) (Babes in arms and strollers are free). Gem Mining Cost: $5/ each pail of ore.
Dear Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-3 Teachers: Spend the whole day with us in the countryside! The field trip begins on the bus with a welcome, map, and instructions for parents.
AROUND THE FARM
• Parents will guide the children around the farm and can enjoy all of our 4 playgrounds
• Experience a maze adventure, or two, or three! We have a corn maze, sunflower maze, and several bale mazes
• Observe the farm goats, sheep, bunnies, heritage chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and guinea fowl
• Learn about the pumpkins and observe pumpkins in our indoor 'Pumpkin Land'
• Team-build real life-size scarecrows with straw
• Optional - Hike the Nature Trail
• If they are brave, go through the spook-tacular Haunted Pumpkin Festival attractions - including the Haunted House, Cemetery, and Ghostly 'Boon' Accord
WAGON RIDE & SNACK TIME
The children will love the wagon ride! 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 on their straw bale seats.
EXTRA ACTIVITIESRequires 1/2 hour Extra Time & Extra Cost $5 + GST per person
LOST LEMON GEM MINE - Buy buckets of ore ($5) & pan for real gems to take home at the sluice. The kids will be delighted to find gems in their sieves as the water washes away the sand.
TAKE HOME: You will take home some great activity ideas for your classroom! Each student will take home a mini pumpkin, and a free admission ticket to our Pumpkin U-Pick Patch. Extra pumpkins for parents & siblings are a $2.00 each. Please order in advance.
LUNCH AREA & FOOD OPTIONSBYO Lunch to eat at a Private Outdoor Picnic Areas $50.00. We offer a private INDOOR lunch seating area for $75 (Optional) Lunch Options: Lunch Options: BBQ all beef hot dog, drink & chips for $7 Roasted Dilly Garlic Potatoes - Our own famous dill & garlic roasted farm potato; sour cream on side $7 Pumpkin Pie, Popsicles, and Little Bear Gelato cups are available ($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. Please note: there are NO water fountains/re-fill stations on the farm. Make sure to bring enough water and refreshments to last the entirety of your trip. Bottled water is available for purchase at the Country Store. Please do not bring hot lunches as there are no microwaves available.
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 the Lost Lemon Gem Mine, U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, and Scarecrow-Making indoors. Alternate dates are available for guided tours, please advise us of any changes 24 hours prior to your tour, so we are able to make staff arrangements.
“BOO”-TIQUE SHOPPING: Visit our farm shop Pumpkins galore, tricks or treats, and Halloween fun.
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