Elementary School Groups


While the end of the school year didn’t end quite the way we expected, we hope the fall will be the beginning of a return to normality. We at the Applebarn are planning ahead anticipating the best. For us, the best means having you and your students back on the farm learning and laughing at one of our fall school tours.

In order to keep your students safe and socially distanced, we will be making a few changes to our school tours. There will be fewer time slots each day and there will be fewer groups booked into the remaining time slots. We will also be setting strict limits on the number of people permitted in each group. That and a whole lot of handwashing and sanitizing are just some of the ways we’ll be adapting this year’s tours! With these changes in mind, we encourage you to reserve your spot now so you won’t be disappointed later.

For those of you who prefer to stay a little closer to home this year, we are developing a virtual school tour experience that you’ll be able to use right in your own classroom. If you’d like more information about this choice, send us an email at bookings@tavesfamilyfarms.com.

We greatly admire and respect our community of educators and we hope to see you back on the farm soon! Thank you for being a part of our farm family.

FALL TOURS (Apple Tour & Apple Pumpkin Tour)

APPLE TOUR: $9.25 per student, which is only available in September.

APPLE AND PUMPKIN TOUR: $10.50 per student, which is available in October.  Each student brings home a pumpkin!

It’s become tradition to have a fall field trip at the Applebarn. The fresh autumn air and dazzling display of seasonal colours is not to be missed.

For almost 30 years, the Taves have been working with teachers to provide a first-class educational tour. Not only will the children learn about the life cycles of apples, pumpkins and honey bees, they also get to hug the goats and pet the bunnies. The old fashioned apple-sorting machine is another unique feature of our tour where kids watch how yesteryear apples were sized from small to large. A slice of a crunchy farm-grown apple and a taste of freshly pressed pasteurized cider is always a welcomed treat after viewing how cider is made!

Tours for elementary school children are both educational and fun!  Here is a comprehensive list of everything included in one of our fall tours:

  • Dwarf apple orchard tour and pictorial discussion of apple trees in each season.
  • Viewing of the cider press and explanation of the cider making process.
  • Viewing and discussion of an old fashioned apple-sorter.
  • Bunny Town and Petting Barn.
  • Pictorial discussion of the pumpkin lifecycle
  • Observation bee hive and pollination discussion
  • Sample of our apple cider and an apple slice
  • Hayride around the farm
  • Pick out a pumpkin (October only) at the Pumpkin Patch

 

*The tour takes about 1.5 hours, but, if time allows, the children can enjoy an additional 15-30 minutes on the playground and jumping pillow with permission.*

*Each teacher will be given a bag of apples to take back to class and share with their students

BOOK YOUR TOUR NOW

BOOK YOUR TOUR NOW

Cancellation Policy:
We understand that unavoidable circumstances arise and appointments sometimes have to be cancelled or rescheduled. We ask that you do so as early as possible. Due to COVID 19 and ongoing changes to the current situation, we reserve the right to cancel, reschedule or adjust programs and operations as required in order to follow the most currant provincial health regulations.

School tours can always be rescheduled provided there is still space available for your group. To reschedule or cancel your tour please contact us at least 10 business days prior to your appointment by email (bookings@tavesfamilyfarms.com) or by phone (604.853.3108). Tours should not be considered cancelled or rescheduled until a confirmation email has been sent.

Tours rescheduled or cancelled less than 10 business days prior to your tour date will be charged a $25.00 per group admin fee. There is a $100.00 per group no-show fee for groups that simply don’t show up on the day of their tour without cancelling in advance. All fees are PER GROUP of 15 to 30 people, NOT PER SCHOOL. If you have any concerns, please call us to discuss your specific situation.

Party area rentals can be cancelled or rescheduled with 10 business days notice. No refunds will be issued with less than 10 business days notice.


SPRING TOURS

(Bookings can be made starting on March 17, 2020)

SPRING TOUR: $9.52 plus GST (total of $10) per student. Each student brings home a planted seed!

We take great joy in having school groups here to learn about apples and pumpkins in the fall, and are so excited to invite you all to visit us in the spring as we learn about the beginning of the life cycle!

Here is a comprehensive list of everything included in our spring tours.

Students will

  • go on a hay ride and learn about the seasons of our crops.
  • plant a sunflower seed and take it home.
  • learn all about the different parts of a flower and how it relates to pollination
  • visit the beehive and listen to a talk on pollination.
  • receive an apple cider sample and honey stick
  • pet barn animals and bunnies at the Petting Barn and Bunny Town.
  • have time to go on the jumping pillow and playground.
  • Bonus: Teachers will be given a blossom craft and parts of a flower worksheet for students to work on during class time.

*Tour takes about 1.5 hours, but, if time allows, the children can enjoy an additional 15-30 minutes on the playground and jumping pillow with permission.


PRICING

APPLE TOUR: $9.25 per student, which is only available in September.

APPLE AND PUMPKIN TOUR: $10.50 per student, which is available in October.  Each student brings home a pumpkin!

SPRING TOUR: $9.52 plus GST (total of $10) per student. Each student brings home a planted seed!

A minimum charge will be applied for groups of less than 15 students*. There is a maximum of 30 people (students, teachers, EA’s, parent volunteers, and extra siblings all included) per group. Please make sure you book enough groups to accommodate everyone who will be coming with you.

We allow one free adult supervisor for every four children, in addition to teachers and EA’s as they are always free. We encourage you to limit the number of adults on the field trip. The additional adult rate is $3.81 plus GST (total of $4.00), for adults over and above your 1 to 4 ratio.

Siblings of students will be charged the regular student rate regardless of their age if they are participating in the tour and picking a pumpkin from the patch (in October) or planting a sunflower seed (in spring).

PLEASE NOTE: if additional people arrive with your group that are not accounted for in your submitted numbers, we cannot guarantee that they will be able to participate in the tour. If, at any time, you are aware of a change in your numbers, please contact us immediately so we may do our best to accommodate you.

BOOK YOUR TOUR NOW
BOOK YOUR TOUR NOW

 

Cancellation Policy:
We understand that unavoidable circumstances arise and appointments sometimes have to be cancelled or rescheduled. We ask that you do so as early as possible. Due to COVID 19 and ongoing changes to the current situation, we reserve the right to cancel, reschedule or adjust programs and operations as required in order to follow the most currant provincial health regulations.

School tours can always be rescheduled provided there is still space available for your group. To reschedule or cancel your tour please contact us at least 10 business days prior to your appointment by email (bookings@tavesfamilyfarms.com) or by phone (604.853.3108). Tours should not be considered cancelled or rescheduled until a confirmation email has been sent.

Tours rescheduled or cancelled less than 10 business days prior to your tour date will be charged a $25.00 per group admin fee. There is a $100.00 per group no-show fee for groups that simply don’t show up on the day of their tour without cancelling in advance. All fees are PER GROUP of 15 to 30 people, NOT PER SCHOOL. If you have any concerns, please call us to discuss your specific situation.

Party area rentals can be cancelled or rescheduled with 10 business days notice. No refunds will be issued with less than 10 business days notice.