Fall GUIDED School Field Trips
We're excited to welcome schools and children back to Prairie Gardens for our fantastic fall field trips! 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, Turtle Island Indigenous Conservation Program. 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.
COST AND CONFIRMATION1.5 Hour Programs $16.00/student 3 Hour Program $20.00/student Turtle Island Indigenous Conservation Program $50.00/student Teachers, teacher’s aids and our required ratio of parent helpers (1 adult per 5 students) are Free. Additional parents and siblings will be charged the program cost/student. (Babes in arms or strollers are free.)
Mondays to Thursdays in September & October 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 2022: Turtle Island Indigenous Conservation Program3-hour Interpretive Program - The objectives of our Turtle Island Conservation program are provided under the guidance and wisdom of Elder Bill Bertschy: 1) To foster respect for self, community, Mother Earth, and the Creator 2) To recognize and share natural landscapes valued by First Nation communities 3) To integrate traditional ways of knowing with western science to monitor, protect, respect natural landscapes 4) To integrate language, art and crafts to sustain traditional ways of knowing and among non-Aboriginals 5) To facilitate understanding of diversity of First Nation culture and ways of knowing among non-Aboriginals. As part of the program, the youth will have numerous hands-on immersive learning opportunities to learn about the Medicine Wheel, and the teachings shared by Knowledge Keeper, Elder Bill Bertschy (Prairie Gardens' Resident Elder)$50.00/student + GST For more information about this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 some fall “scavenger hunt” finds, and one of the following items depending on your program: A) Mini Pumpkin & Gems, B) Mini Pumpkin, C) Gems, D) Mini Pumpkin. Extra pumpkins for parents & siblings cost $2 each.
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:
- 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. Please do not bring hot lunches as there are no microwaves available.
Dear Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-3 Teachers: We have some wonderful options for field trips at our farm!
A) Combined All Day Junior Farmer Tour - Pumpkins and Gem Mining Cost: $20.00/person + GST
B) Pumpkins, Scarecrows Fall in the Country Program 1.5 hour Tour Cost: $16.00/person + GST
C) Gem Mine Expedition, Maze and Petting Farm with Train Ride. Cost $16.00/person + GST
D) NEW! Turtle Island Indigenous Conservation Program 3 hours $50.00/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 farm
- 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.
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.
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