Educational Tours

One of our favorite things to do at Apple Hill Orchard is to teach oth­ers how apples are grown — espe­cially chil­dren. We have a won­der­ful staff that loves chil­dren and enjoys teach­ing about our orchard and how it oper­ates. The inter­ac­tive lessons we pro­vide help teach­ers meet the edu­ca­tional objec­tives of their cur­ricu­lum in a fun and excit­ing way.

Reser­va­tions

Reser­va­tions can be made by call­ing Von Bun­ton at 828–430-9319.

High­lights

Our tour includes:

  • A cov­ered wagon ride in the orchard
  • A les­son on bees and honey production
  • Apple and cider tasting
  • A visit to the apple cold stor­age room
  • A visit to the Cider Mill
  • View apples being sorted on the apple grad­ing line
  • A les­son on how apples are grown and harvested

What you take home:

  • A quar­ter peck bag of apples (each stu­dent is allowed to choose their apples from large apple bins)
  • Mem­o­ries of a fun day

Teach­ers and par­ents may visit our Coun­try Store (stu­dents are allowed to shop if given per­mis­sion by teach­ers and parents).

Mis­cel­la­neous

Tours begin at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Each tour lasts approx­i­mately one hour and 15 min­utes. Please be on time — if you are late your tour time may be short­ened.
Chil­dren should wear ten­nis shoes. Jack­ets and rain­coats are rec­om­mended for cool, rainy days.

The Apple Pickin’ Pic­nic Shel­ter is avail­able for tour groups to use for a pic­nic lunch. The Apple Pickin’ Pic­nic Shel­ter must be reserved when you book your tour.

Clean indoor restrooms and a hand wash­ing sta­tion are avail­able for tour groups to use.

What If It Rains?

We encour­age schools to keep their reser­va­tions unless there are heavy rains. Please call the orchard 437‑1224, the morn­ing of your tour to check on our weather con­di­tions. If you must can­cel, we will work to resched­ule your group.

Please keep in mind that all activ­i­ties are located in cov­ered areas. The tour wagon is also covered.

Com­ments From Schools

“Fan­tas­tic job again this year!”
 — Hud­son Elementary

“As always we greatly enjoyed our visit. Your staff is so great with our class.”
 — West Mar­ion Elementary

“This is a won­der­ful field trip. Thanks for all you do!” — 
Mar­ion Elementary

“You were very kind to us and we appre­ci­ate it. The ‘bee lady’ was excel­lent. The ‘trac­tor lady’ was great as well!”
 — Gran­ite Falls Elementary