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EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Kids are so important to the Orchard mission to preserve the land. We offer three school program segments in the spring and four in the fall that are consistent with the North Carolina essential standards for social studies, science, and music for elementary and middle school learners 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.

COVID-19 UPDATE: At the O, we want all the experiences to be fun, rewarding, educational, and completely without risk. We are waiting for government directives for our 2021 season and will let everyone know when it is safe to resume our structured children's programs.

In the interim, there are lots of things for kids to learn about in the General Store/Education Center—the monarchs, barn swallow, honey bee habitat. Not to forget the stand ups standing out in the Orchard waiting for tiny heads to poke through. Take the scavenger hunt and return for an activity packet. And there will be upcoming "apple tree making" workshops for the Clinchfield Railroad Project (information coming).Thank you.

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THE PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
  1. A storytelling heyride detailing the history of the Altapass region. True stories are told of the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain, the coming of the Clinchfield Railroad, the first settlers, and more,
  2. An inquiry lesson on pollinators (bees or Monarch butterflies) and their importance to the Orchard, to other animals and plants, and to humans,
  3. A traditional song and dance segment,
  4. An apple segment–students select, peel and eat an apple, learning about the varieties during the heyride. (Apple segment is not included in the spring program.)
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DETAILS


$6 per student

Free to teachers~assistants~bus drivers

Bring a picnic lunch to eat under in our covered pavilion
In case of inclement weather, heyride stories will be told under the picnic shelter
Handicapped accessible
Busses welcome

Please notify the Orchard 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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2021 HOURS

May 8-May 31
Sat-Sun

June 1-October 31
Wed-Sun

Subject to change

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