Field Trip: Apple Orchard and Cider Mill {Includes Apple Study Resources!}

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It’s the time of year!  Apples, apples everywhere!

I decided to organize a field trip to a nearby orchard and cider mill with a informal group that I’m in and I’m so glad that I did!  We had a great time and the kids learned a lot!

We had such a large group that we were split into two separate groups.  Our group started off sitting at some picnic tables to listen to one of the employees describe the workings of the orchard: how they grow apples, how to pick apples, what they do with bad apples, how they store the apples, etc.

She talked to us about the bags that the pickers use to collect apples. I did not know that there was a rather specific way to successfully pick an apple from a tree!

We got to sample some apples AND the apple cider (made on the premises and sugar and preservative free!).  This was actually the first time I had ever tasted apple cider.  It was delicious.  We ended up purchasing a half gallon from their shop before we left for the day!

My Lydia eating her apple

Next we were allowed to each take a 1/4 peck bag of apples home.  We ended up with 5 of these since every one of us (except that baby) got one.

My husband helping our youngest daughter

After this informative lesson, we took a wagon ride through the grounds to tour the orchard.  Our guide talked to us about how they maintain the orchard.  We learned how and why they prune some apples off of full branches and how they collect the apples that fall to the ground to sell for hunters to use (to attract deer) and to make cider.

This particular orchard also houses bees and produces their own honey.  We got a lesson on how bees make honey and how they harvest it at the end of the tour.

Asher just rode along taking in the sights 🙂

It was a beautiful day for the trip.

Last we toured the cider mill to see how they processed the apples to get this seasonal drink.

We purchased homemade fudge, apple cider, and a few other homemade treats from the shop.  Yummy!  We had a fabulous time and plan to visit again next year!

This trip would have been great to take when we did our apple nature study unit last fall.  I will keep that in mind for next year!

Here are some other Apple themed resources if you’d like to do your own study:

Printables/Curricula:
All About Apples! A Fun Study! by Homeschool Bits
Apple Unit by 2 Teaching Mommies
Johnny Appleseed Lapbook by In the Hands of a Child
Apples Notebooking Set by Bradenburg Studies
Johnny Appleseed Mini Unit from Adventures with Jude
A is for Apple Mommy School Packet from Oopsey Daisy
Apple Bingo Game by Projects for Preschoolers
Apple Themed Printables by 1+1+1=1
Apple Tree Nature Study by Handbook of Nature Study
Life Cycle of an Apple Printables by Montessori for Everyone
Apples in Autumn: A Unit Study at Deep Roots at Home
The Apple Pie Tree Lapbook from Homeschool Share
A is for Apple Preschool Pack from Our Country Road

Apples Color Chant with printable from School Time Snippets
Apples Activity Pack by 3 Dinosaurs
Apple Calendar Cards by 3 Dinosaurs


Recipes:
Warm Apple Pie
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Strawberry and Cinnamon Applesauce
How to Can Cinnamon Apples at Kids with Food Allergies
Glazed Apple Cookies by Home to 4 Kiddos
Allergy Friendly Apple Pie Canning at Kids with Food Allergies
Crockpot Apple Butter by Changing My Destiny
Apple Rice Krispie Treats by Gourmet Mom on the Go


Crafts/Activities:
Apple Magnets
Apples and Pumpkins Busy Bag
Apple Prints
Apple Pie Scented Playdough
Felt Apple Pie Pretend Play by The Pleasantest Thing
An Apple Investigation by Inspiration Laboratories
Coffee Filter Apple Art by Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Easy Apple Crafts for Kids at No Time for Flashcards
Handprint and Button Apple Tree Craft from Moments of Mommyhood
String a Wormy Apple craft by Thrifty Scissors
Apple Tree paint stamping activity by Our Crafts N Things
Paper Plate Apple Tree craft by Our Crafts N Things
Yarn Apples by 3 Dinosaurs
Torn Paper Apple Trees by 3 Dinosaurs

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