Junior Farmer Program
PRAIRIE GARDENS & ADVENTURE FARM
DATES AND TIMES: We are booking our “Junior Farmer” program now. Guided tours take a full 3 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 CONFIRMATION:The cost is $19.00 (plus GST). Teachers, teacher’s aids and our required ratio of parent helpers (1 adult per 5 students) are Free. Additional parents and siblings are $19.00 per person (plus GST) (Toddlers under 2 are free –with min booking fee of $200.00). Add on! Gem Mining Cost: $5 per person.
Dear Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-3 Teachers: This is a 3 hour GUIDED TOUR!
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. The 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 learn about the seasonality of our vegetable production
- Taste - try Sorrel, edible flowers, herbs, and seasonal crops on the farm
- Harvest - children will learn how to harvest different vegetables (plus they will take some home to enjoy for supper)
- Learn about our 30+ breeds of heritage chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, and guinea fowl
- Sustainability and Agri-tourism
- Planting - plant a fruit tree, fruit or nut bush, or perennial crop
- In-depth animal husbandry experience - learn about how to feed, water, groom, and take care of a variety of animals
- Pumpkin stations!
Children will discover who we are, who lives here, what’s happening on the farm and how we are all connected with our local food system. They will observe patterns and make observations, sort and classify and begin to grasp how we are all interdependent no matter where we live. We have designed learning opportunities to connect to the season to make learning rich and meaningful to children.
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.
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. 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 petting farm, pumpkin greenhouse, & scarecrow making indoors.
“BOO”-TIQUE SHOPPING: Visit our farm shop Pumpkins galore, tricks or treats, and Halloween fun.