Fall GUIDED School Field Trips

Welcome Back!

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.

COST AND CONFIRMATION
The cost is $15 (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 $15 per person (plus GST) (Babes in arms or strollers are free.)

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Mondays - Thursdays in September & October 2021 Available

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 and 12:30 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. NEW! 15 Acre Pumpkin Patch - 1 kilometer north of Prairie Gardens - please make sure you have bussing between the two sites, if you'd like to participate in this experience.

Dear Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-3 Teachers: We have some wonderful options for field trips at our farm! 
A) Combined All Day Tour - Pumpkins and Gem Mining Cost: $19.00/person + GST

B) Pumpkins, Scarecrows Fall in the Country Program 1.5 hour Tour Cost: $15.00/person + GST

C) Gem Mine Expedition, Maze and Petting Farm with Train Ride. Cost $15.00/person + GST

D1) NEW! Forest Rhythm in Nature & Pumpkins Program 4 hours $25.00/person + GST *September Only*

D2) Junior Farmer All Day Program 3 hours hours Guided Farming Tour Cost: $19.00/person + GST *October Only*

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 farm
  • Learn about our 30+ breeds of heritage chickens, turkeys, geese, and ducks
  • Learn about the pumpkins, observe pumpkins in our an indoor ‘Pumpkin Land’ or outdoor Pumpkin Patch
  • Team-build real life-size scarecrows with straw
  • If they are brave, go through the (optional) spook-tacular Haunted Pumpkin Festival attractions – including the Haunted House, Cemetery, and '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.

NEW OPTIONS & ACTIVITIES
FOREST RHYTHYM IN NATURE & PUMPKINS PROGRAM 4 hour Interpretive Program - To cultivate curiosity and wonder, we engage children’s exploration of our 15 acre forest, fostering joyful relationships between children and their immediate world. We immerse students in local heritage and sustainable ecosystems with the first-hand experiences of the wild and free natural world. $25.00 + 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. Choose either Option A or Option C to participate in this experience!

TAKE HOME: You will take home some great follow-up activity ideas for your classroom! Each student will take home some fall “scavenger hunt” finds, a free admission ticket to our Pumpkin U-Pick Patch, and one of the following items depending on your program: A) Mini Pumpkin & Gems, B) Mini Pumpkin, C) Gems, D1) Mini Pumpkin and Forest Finds, D2) Mini Pumpkin and Farm Finds. Extra pumpkins for parents & siblings cost $2 each.

LUNCH AREA & FOOD OPTIONS
BYO Lunch to eat at a Private Outdoor Picnic Areas $50.00. We offer a private INDOOR lunch seating area for $75 (Optional) 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.

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 petting farm, pumpkin
greenhouse, & scarecrow making indoors.
BOO”-TIQUE SHOPPING: Visit our farm shop Pumpkins galore, tricks or treats, and Halloween fun.

Looking for SELF-GUIDED field trips on Fridays? Click here!

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