“The smell of fruit blossoms fills the air and the sound of busy bees is everywhere.”


2017 Spring School Tours

 

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Apple Orchards bring to mind a busy harvest on a crisp fall day. However, the spring season is such a beautiful time and there is so much going on in the orchard. We invite you to bring your group to our “spring season classroom” and learn about the fascinating world of the honey bee, and its vital role in agriculture.

The blossom season begins with the apricot trees, followed by plums, peaches, pears, apples, raspberries, and finally strawberries.

 Typically, our 90 minute lesson is broken into two 45-minute sessions.

Groups of more than 25 children will be divided into two groups and rotate through sessions. We can accommodate up to 60 people comfortably. The cost for the tour is $6.00 per child. There is no charge for chaperones.

Some groups are interested in spending a full day at Montgomery Place Orchards. If so, we are happy to take your class for a Nature Hike on our beautiful trails at an additional cost of $2.00 per child. Most groups tend to start with the bee talks, have lunch at the farm, and then finish with the Nature Hike.

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Session I : The children will play the “Be a Bee” game to learn the insect’s body structure. This is then followed by a tractor-drawn hayride around the farm, to where they will see how we get honey from the hive and into the jar, as well as get a chance to sample different varieties of honey. We have a large observation hive and the students will get a great close-up view of honey bees at work (and hopefully find the Queen Bee). To finish this session, the students can play the “Pheromone Phind” game to learn how insects use smells to help communicate.

Session II : We will take a walk into the orchards to see fruit blossoms and the bees pollinating them. A study of the blossoms is done in an age-appropriate manner – younger children will identify the pollen, while older children will dissect and name parts of the flower. We will then have a lesson on the amazing beehive society, followed by an engaging hands-on activity where your classroom will be transformed into an active beehive and the students can act out each role.

 

About The Farm

We have been operating Montgomery Place Orchards for the past 28 years. We grow apples, peaches, raspberries, tomatoes, grapes, apricots, plums, pears, and an assortment of other produce. We sell everything we grow solely through our farm market.

We have been offering school tours like this for 23 years and think that we have refined it to a really great program that kindergarten and 1st grade children really respond to. In 2014, we had over 1100 students and 550 parents/teachers from 20 schools visit.

We do our best to fit in as many groups as possible during the peak apple blossom period. However, tours always rely on good weather. Should your tour need to be postponed due to rain, we like to reschedule later in the season when we can work with raspberry and strawberry blossoms.

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We hope that you consider us for this unique, educational field trip. We are a small family farm and feel very privileged and proud to be farmers in today’s technological world. Likewise, we feel a great responsibility to pass on our respect and understanding of agriculture.

** 2017 School Tours Update **

 

Our School Tour Calendar for the 2017 Spring Season is fully booked, and there will be no more openings for this year.

Thanks so much to everyone who scheduled with us – we are looking forward to meeting you!

HAPPY SPRING!

 

If you have any further questions, please call us at 845.758.6338 and ask for Talea, or email us at mporchards@gmail.com.