EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Kids are so important to the Orchard mission to preserve the land and the ecosystems that sustains it all. We offer programs for elementary through middle school learners and family groups that offer our young minds an engaging way to learn about the environment, the critters that make their homes in the fields and the apples that grow on the trees. Still young at heart but past the activity sheets and crayons? We also have a weekend program geared more for adults—more indepth stories and an opportunity to enjoy live music from front row seating. You might even enjoy an apple treat with a scoop of our delicious ice cream. Laugh a little . . . take advantage of a photo op with your head in one of our stand up props. It all part of the Orchard experience for all ages.

UPDATE: At the O, we want all the experiences to be fun, rewarding, educational, and safe. Now that the restrictions have lifted for activities, there are lots of things for kids to learn in the General Store/Education Center—the monarch and honeybee habitats, barn swallows on the back deck. And don't forget the stand ups standing out in the Orchard waiting for tiny heads to poke through. Take a scavenger hunt and return for an activity packet. Schedule a "heyride". Please join the "Tiny Tree Project" for the big Clinchfield Train Project and plant a "tiny tree". And there are games for all ages on the back deck. Take a look and try your luck. It's all fun. And remember to be safe, do safe.
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SCHOOL GROUPS:
  1. Storytelling that speaks to the history of the Altapass region with Bill. True stories of the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain, the coming of the Clinchfield Railroad, the first settlers, and more (more appropriate for older children, grades 4 and up),
  2. A fun scavenger hunt around the red barn. Each participant receives an activity sheet to follow and color as they learn about the workings of the Orchard,
  3. An inquiry lesson on pollinators (bees or Monarch butterflies) and their importance to the Orchard, other animals and plants, and to humans,
  4. An apple segment–select, peel or "core and slice." Apples are covered with hot caramel and enjoyed while learning about the varieties. (In season only, July-September).
  5. Pick an apple variety of your choice (either red or white), and "plant" it in a section of the Orchard Cinchfield Railroad model layout. Each child receives a certificate with the location of their tree,
  6. Experience U-Pick guided apple picking in Orchard (when available).

Wednesday-Friday
Children/adults ~ $10 each
FAMILY/WEEKEND GROUPS—CHILDREN:
  1. Storytelling on the history of the Altapass region with Bill. True stories of the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain, the coming of the Clinchfield Railroad, the first settlers, and more (more appropriate for older children, grades 4 and up)—BEFORE 2 PM.
  2. A fun scavenger hunt around the red barn. Each participant receives an activity sheet to follow and color as they learn about the workings of the Orchard.
  3. An inquiry lesson on pollinators (bees or Monarch butterflies) and their importance to the Orchard, other animals and plants, and to humans.
  4. Peel an Orchard heirloom apple and enjoy it topped with hot caramel as you learn about the varieties. (In season only, July-September).
  5. Pick an apple variety of your choice (either red or white), and "plant" it in a section of the Orchard Cinchfield Railroad model layout. Each receives a certificate with the location of their tree,
  6. Enjoy a hot cup of delicious cider.
  7. Enjoy a scoop of one of the many favors of ice cream.
  8. Experience U-Pick guided apple picking in Orchard (when available).

Friday-Sunday 10 to 4
Each of above activities ~ $2
Includes reserved parking at office/house (max 15 cars)
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FAMILY/WEEKEND GROUPS—ADULTS
  1. Storytelling on the history of the Altapass region with Bill. True stories of the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain, the coming of the Clinchfield Railroad, the first settlers, and more (more appropriate for older children, grades 4 and up)—BEFORE 2 PM.
  2. An inquiry lesson on pollinators (bees or Monarch butterflies) and their importance to the Orchard, other animals and plants, and to humans.
  3. Experience U-Pick guided apple picking in Orchard (when available).
  4. Enjoy a hot cup of delicious cider.
  5. Peel an Orchard heirloom apple and enjoy it topped with hot caramel (in season only)
  6. Enjoy a slice of hot apple pie with ice cream*
  7. Reserved front row seating (Saturday/Sunday) at afternoon live music performances (check events for dates and performers; subject to change or cancellation)

Friday-Sunday 10 to 4
Each of above activities ~ $2
Includes reserved parking at office/house (max 15 cars)
* Apple pie and ice cream ~ $6

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DETAILS

Minimum group number ~ 10
School Groups:

Free to teachers~assistants~bus drivers

Bring a picnic lunch to eat in our pavilion
Stories told in the pavilion
Handicapped accessible
Busses welcome

Please notify the staff of any student allergies or health conditions, so that every child enjoys their time here.

CALL TO RESERVE YOUR EXPERIENCE
828-765-9531

Cancellation 10 days in advance

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Want to be on your own?

Just stop in the red barn and pick up these child-friendly brochures, then head out on the trails. Kids learn by doing, seeing, and experiencing.
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ADDRESSES

ADDRESS:
1025 Orchard Road

Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Blue Ridge Parkway
(mile marker 328.3)

PHONE:
828-765-9531
TOLL-FREE:
888-765-9531

EMAIL:
information@altapassorchard.org

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