EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Kids are so important to the Orchard's mission to preserve the land and the ecosystems that sustain it all. We have 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 program geared more for adults—more indepth stories and an opportunity to hear 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.

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SCHOOL GROUPS:
  1. Storytelling that speaks to the history of the Altapass region—of the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain, the coming of the Clinchfield Railroad, the region's first settlers, and 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, plants and animals including you and me,
  4. An apple segment—peel or "core and slice." Apples are covered with hot caramel and enjoyed while learning about the different heirloom varieties. (In season only, late July-September).
  5. Experience U-Pick guided apple picking (when available).

Wednesday-Friday
Children/adults ~ $10 each
FAMILY/WEEKEND GROUPS—CHILDREN:
  1. Storytelling on the history of the Altapass region—the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain, the coming of the Clinchfield Railroad, the first settlers, and 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, plants and you and me,
  4. Peel an Orchard heirloom apple and enjoy it topped with hot caramel as you learn about the heirloom varieties. (In season only, late July-September),
  5. Enjoy a hot cup of delicious cider,
  6. Enjoy a scoop of one of the many favors of ice cream,
  7. Experience U-Pick guided apple picking (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—of the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain, the coming of the Clinchfield Railroad, the first settlers, and 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, plants and you and me,
  3. Experience U-Pick guided apple picking(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 number ~ 10
(not incl adults/chaperones)

teachers~certified assistants~bus drivers—free

Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy

Handicapped accessible
Busses welcome

CALL TO RESERVE
828-765-9531

Cancellation 10 days in advance

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Please notify the staff of any student allergies or health conditions to insure each child enjoys their time.

Homeschool groups? Please call 828-765-9531 for information.

Want to be on your own?

Just stop at the trail entrance and pick up these child-friendly brochures, then head out on the trails. Kids learn by doing, seeing, and experiencing.
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CONTACT

ADDRESS:
1025 Orchard Road

Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Blue Ridge Parkway
(mile marker 328.3)

PHONE:
828-765-9531
TOLL-FREE:
888-765-9531
STORE:
828-467-4282

EMAIL:
information@altapassorchard.org

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