School Tours

Fall Tours

Get your students out of the classroom and into a fresh educational environment. We are gearing up for our 13th season of hosting school groups at our farm. The stations hidden around the 2017 corn maze are a collection of facts about Canadian agriculture, along with some fun farmy jokes. A trip to our farm provides students with a glimpse into both modern farming practices as well as pioneer farming practices. Students of all ages will benefit from the experience. We also host school tours in the spring time at the maple sugar bush.

Half Day Programs (approx. 2 hours)

Option A: From dirt to butter. Students will think like a pioneer farmer, circa 1860 for the day. Students will see an old plow and learn what a pioneer would have to do in order to plow, clear land, or plant crops. Farmer James will talk about his great great grandfather who farmed and some of the equipment he might have used. Many of the pieces of equipment are on display for students to see and use in our heritage barn. Students get to finish off the day by whipping cream to make butter. This program also includes time in the corn maze OR a wagon ride to our neighbour’s apple orchard and apple picking.
This program also helps to develop the following learning skills:
Responsibility
Initiative
Collaboration
Self-Regulation

How does our educational corn maze program meet the Ontario Curriculum expectations?

Option B:  Meet Mr. Bear and Mr. Hare, the two lovable characters in the story “Tops and Bottoms” as told by Farmer James.  Mr. Bear learns from the wily Mr. Hare about which vegetables grow above the ground and which ones grow under the ground.  This option is popular with our early primary school groups and provides an age appropriate and fun introduction to how pumpkins grow.  Includes time in the corn maze OR a wagon ride to our neighbour’s apple orchard and apple picking. .

 ***Options A and B include a small pumpkin to take home for each student OR one large pumpkin for the classroom

Prices

$ 5.50 per student    ($100 minimum) plus HST

Supervisors up to 1:5 students are free

Additional Adults are $5.50 each plus HST

Pricing for school tours are only valid on weekdays for school groups (including homeschoolers)

We are available for school tours Monday to Friday in September and October.

Maple Syrup Tours

Bring your class to the farm and learn all about maple syrup production and much, much more. Our 2 hour program includes a wagon ride to the sugar bush, explanations of modern and early syrup making, a tour of the sugar shanty and evaporator, learning how to tap a tree, a chance to make maple taffy, learning about the different tools used in making maple syrup, and of course, experience the taste of pure maple syrup on some fresh, hot pancakes.

This program also helps to develop the following learning skills:

  • Initiative
  • Collaboration
  • Self-Regulation

Tours are available on weekdays from February 26th to March 29th, 2018. Dress for the weather we will be outside!

Tour plus Pancake snack            $7.50 plus HST per student

(minimum of 20 students per group for this pricing)

(includes one pancake with pure maple syrup, and apple juice)

Tour only                                   $6.00 plus HST per student

(minimum of 20 students per group for this pricing)

Parent volunteers pay the same as students. Teachers and assistants are free.

Due to wagon load restrictions, we can accommodate a maximum of approximately 80 people (including supervisors) in a school group.

Call for more info or to book your tour.

Contact James or Kirsten for more information and bookings at 905-774-7507 or info@richardsonsfarm.com