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