Educational Tours
At Bill's Berry Farm learning and fun are synonymous and our creative lessons and choices of topic vary depending on the season. We offer educational farm tours for all ages- ranging from preschoolers all the way to senior citizen groups!

 since 1994

Educational Farm Tours

At Bill’s Berry Farm learning and fun are synonymous! Mrs. Bill’s creative lessons and choices of topic vary depending on the season. We offer educational farm tours for all ages- ranging from preschoolers all the way to senior citizen groups! Allow 1 to 1 ½ hours for the tour depending on the age the tour is geared towards and the type of tour you choose.

Groups are free to bring a sack lunch and enjoy our picnic area or our Tractor playground either before or after their tour. Sack lunch time limited to 1 hour for large school groups so that other groups can use the space also.

Adult Tours

These tours are perfect for senior groups, book clubs, community groups or just a group of friends who want an outing at the farm. Your time here includes the stations listed below as well as time to visit our farm store for fresh produce, frozen berries or pies, or shop for gifts, home decor and local food products. Hard ice cream cones available daily.

 Adult Tours Includes 3 stations:

  1. A hayride around the farm with a stop to pick a little produce (apples or pumpkins)
  2. Time to visit the animals in our Animal Farm
  3. A visit with Mrs. Bill about one of the topics below over a cup of hot cider and a warm donut

 Farm History Lesson

History on the farm on how things have changed over the years from commercial agriculture to direct farm sales

The Amazing Bee Lesson

All about bees and pollination and how important they are to agriculture in our valley and our farm

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Educational Children’s Tours

Educational Children’s Tours include 4 stations:

  1. An age-appropriate educational lesson on agriculture (see choices below). Preschool groups may substitute a Barnyard Train Ride for the lesson if they wish.
  2. Hayride tour of the farm with a stop to pick seasonal fruit or plant a seed
  3. A visit with our “Barnyard Buddies” at the BBF animal farm
  4. A donut and apple juice snack (hot cider for adult tours) and time to play on our playground

Lessons start at 9:30am, 11:00am and 12:30pm for both Spring and Fall tours.

Each lesson time can accommodate up to four classes.  Each class will start at a different station and rotate through the stations until each class has visited all the stations.

    Spring Tours

    Signs of Spring Tour

    Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays during the last three weeks of May

    Children learn about seasons, blooms or bees and pollination, take a hayride around the farm to spot the different signs of spring, as well as have a hands on experience planting a seed to take home.

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    Fall Tours

    Apple Orchard Tour

    Thursday and Friday on the last week in September

    Children learn about the parts of an apple tree and how it grows, take a hayride to the orchard to pick a few apples and enjoy an apple juice and a fresh made apple cider donut.

    Pumpkin Patch Tour

    Wednesdays and Thursdays during the month of October

    Children learn about pumpkins…their parts, how they grow and how they keep us healthy. They enjoy a hayride to the pumpkin patch to get a child size pie pumpkin and a fresh made pumpkin donut and apple juice.

    Corn Maze Tour

    This “tour” is for groups wanting just a fun outing!  Students learn team building and problem solving skills while playing in our corn maze. Much like the board game CLUE, they must work together and find the clues in the corn maze to figure out which barnyard animal kidnapped farmer Bill. Also included is time to play in our FarmLAND with pedal cart track, large slides and more. Groups get 1 1/2 hours to complete the maze and play in FarmLAND. Maze tours do NOT receive a hayride, a pumpkin, snack or a visit at the animal farm. Because we have had vandalism in the past we require all student groups to be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the maze and FarmLAND.

    Pricing

    Adult Tours:
    $7 per person; $90 minimum per tour

    Children’s Tours:
    $7/child, $2/extra chaperones, parents, & grandparents*

    $90 minimum per tour group

    Teachers and 2 aides per class are FREE

    * We encourage children to make this a special event by inviting their parents/grandparents and siblings to meet up with your group at the farm. All siblings who want to participate, plant the seed/pick the pumpkin and eat the snack will be charged the $7/child fee. Babies and toddlers who do not participate are free.

     

    PAYMENT IN FULL IS DUE UPON ARRIVAL – NO EXCEPTIONS! WE DO NOT ACCEPT P.O.’s.   If you require an invoice, please let us know at least a week in advance of the tour and we can email you one. Please plan ahead!

    THE ORGANIZING TEACHER IS RESPONSIBLE TO COLLECT and TALLY ALL MONIES FROM SCHOOL, STUDENTS AND/OR EXTRA ADULTS AND PAY FOR EVERYONE AT ONE TIME.   We do not have time to track down parents and children for payment.

    Personal, school or PTO checks are accepted as well as cash. Groups may also pay by credit/debit but we do pass on the 3.5% processing fee. Please make checks payable to Bill’s Berry Farm. WE DO NOT ACCEPT P.O.’s

    book your tour today

    Our tours book up well in advance so we advise that you book your tour with us as far in advance as possible.  Spring tours are often booked in the fall or early spring, and Fall tours are often booked in the spring before school is out or in August. The larger your group (four classes or more), the further in advance we suggest you book.

    Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions.

     

     

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