Daily Farm Updates Wednesday, December 2, 2020

School Tours

NOTE: Home School Day is Thursday, October 22, 2020. We will not be offering our usual Apple, Pumpkin, or Daycare+Preschool Tours in 2020.

Center Grove Orchard is honored to help educate children about agriculture. With four different tours and acres of informative activities on a working farm, we’re like a giant exploration laboratory. And, at CGO, you never have to worry about not having an apple for the teacher.

Home School Day

Dates:Β Thursday, October 22, 2020

Ages: Any

Home School Day is self-guided tour day! You are invited to attend the four Tour Talk stations around the Farmyard where tour guides will present information about apple production, pumpkin production, farm produce and pollination, plus a hayride! The school bell will ring five minutes before each session starts.

Tour Talk times: 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM and 1:30 PM.

You will receive a card upon entrance to the Farmyard. Please take this card and have the tour guide stamp it upon the conclusion of the Tour Talk.

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Home School Day

Dates:Β Thursday, October 22, 2020

Ages: Any

Home School Day is self-guided tour day! You are invited to attend the four Tour Talk stations around the Farmyard where tour guides will present information about apple production, pumpkin production, farm produce and pollination, plus a hayride! The school bell will ring five minutes before each session starts.

Tour Talk times: 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM and 1:30 PM.

You will receive a card upon entrance to the Farmyard. Please take this card and have the tour guide stamp it upon the conclusion of the Tour Talk.

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Apple Tour

Dates: Not offered in 2020

Ages: Kindergarten through First Grade

Learn about Iowa agriculture, crops and orchards. Some learning points will be: new vocabulary, using the five senses, observing weather conditions and discussing the production of the apple crop.

The Apple Tour includes:

  • Watching apples being sorted and bagged in the apple grader room
  • Visiting the farm animals
  • Exploring our school house
  • Learning about the life cycle of an apple tree, caring for the apple trees and the tools used on the trees
  • Discussing why bees are important to our Orchard
  • Hayride to the Orchard (picking apples depending on availability)
  • Visiting the Country Store

For those groups who wish to stay longer with an “Apple Tour & Play” option, they may explore the following on their own: Super Slides, Jumping Pillow, Corn Pool, Hay Maze, Corn Maze, Spiderweb, Duck Races, Rope-a-Cow, Pedal Tractors, Storybook Land, Jumping Horses and the CGO Express train. There are several eating options available to make your day refreshing.

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Daycare + Preschool Tour

Dates: Not offered in 2020

Ages: 3 to 5 years old

For daycare and preschool groups, our tour focuses on physical activity and experiences for active little bodies. The children will enjoy playing during their Daycare + Preschool Tour and will explore the following areas on the farm:

  • Jumping Pillow
  • Three Little Pigs houses
  • Apple Tasting (picking apples depends on availability)
  • Farm Animals
  • Hayride

For those groups who wish to stay longer with a “Tour & Play” option, they may explore the following on their own: Super Slides, Jumping Pillow, Corn Pool, Hay Maze, Corn Maze, Spiderweb, Duck Races, Rope-a-Cow, Pedal Tractors, Storybook Land, Jumping Horses and the CGO Express train. There are several eating options available to make your day refreshing.

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Pumpkin Tour

Dates: Not offered in 2020

Ages: Any

Explore the Pumpkin Patch on a fun and educational tour!

The Pumpkin Tour includes the following:

  • Hayride to the Pumpkin Patch to learn about the pollination process and growth of the pumpkin plant before a pie-sized pumpkin is picked to take home
  • Playing in the Corn Pool
  • Exploring our School House to learn the life cycle of a pumpkin plant, how to care for the plants and the tools used on the plants

For those groups who wish to stay longer with a “Tour & Play” option, they may explore the following on their own: Super Slides, Jumping Pillow, Corn Pool, Hay Maze, Corn Maze, Spiderweb, Duck Races, Rope-a-Cow, Pedal Tractors, Storybook Land, Jumping Horses and the CGO Express train. There are several eating options available to make your day refreshing.

Tour Pricing + Registration

HOME SCHOOL DAY

Thursday, October 22, 2020

$10.95, ages 3 and older. Admission must be purchased to participate in the four Tour Talk sessions around the Farmyard.

Season Pass and other discounts do not apply to Home School Day.

APPLE TOUR

Not offered in 2020

Apple Tour Only (1 hour and 15 minutes): $To Be Announced/student, school staff and any sibling of the student 3 years and older.
$To Be Announced/parent or adult chaperone.

Tour & Play: $To Be Announced/student, school staff and any sibling of the student 3 years and older.
$To Be Announced/parent or chaperone.

Classroom teacher is FREE.

There is a 15-person minimum for tours. If you have a group smaller than 15, you are welcome to come for a tour at the 15-person price.

DAYCARE + PRESCHOOL

Not offered in 2020

Tour Only (1 hour and 15 minutes): $To Be Announced/student, school staff and any sibling of the student 3 years and older.
$To Be Announced/parent or adult chaperone.

Tour & Play: $To Be Announced/student, school staff and any sibling of the student 3 years and older.
$To Be Announced/parent or chaperone.

Classroom teacher is FREE.

There is a 15-person minimum for tours. If you have a group smaller than 15, you are welcome to come for a tour at the 15-person price.

PUMPKIN TOUR

Not offered in 2020

Tour Only (1 hour and 15 minutes): $To Be Announced/student, school staff and any sibling of the student 3 years and older.
$To Be Announced/parent or adult chaperone.

Tour & Play: $To Be Announced/student, school staff and any sibling of the student 3 years and older.
$To Be Announced/parent or chaperone.

Classroom teacher is FREE.

There is a 15-person minimum for tours. If you have a group smaller than 15, you are welcome to come for a tour at the 15-person price.

General Tour Information

  • We will not be offering Apple Tours, Pumpkin Tours, or Daycare+Preschool Tours in 2020.
  • Home school families are invited to participate in our Home School Day on Thursday, October 22.
  • Home School Day will be held rain or shine.
  • Picnic tables are available if you wish to bring sack lunches.
  • Tickets for Home School Day must be purchased online.
  • Admission discounts and Season Passes and other discounts do not apply to Home School Day.
  • Questions? Please contact us at [email protected] or 515-383-4354.

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Happy December !
Meet our very own Elf on the Farm!
Follow along with the CGO Elf up until Christmas as she explores the farm with all we have to see and do. We hope she can stay on Santa's nice list!
When you purchase a ticket for Brunch with Santa, you can meet our elf in person along with Santa & Rudolph. They all  will be excited to see you!
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You’ve been asking and here’s your answer!

Santa Claus is coming to town! πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Join us for Brunch with Santa each weekend until Christmas.  Tickets must be purchased online and include brunch 🍴, crafts and activities 🎨, a CGO Express train ride (weather permitting) πŸš‚, and of course...SANTA! πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Being safe is a gift we can all give each other this year, so Santa (masked) will be in the chair while children (masked) share their wishes with him from the straw bales behind the picket fence. Elves will help monitor the timing so that each child/family gets their best-that-2020-can-offer photo op πŸ“· with Santa. 

Tickets are limited for each time slot. 
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It was the laughter, the smiles, seeing your family hand in hand, the joy that was spread this season that fills us with so much gratitude. 
We at CGO are so grateful for our staff who came up with creative and adapting ideas then put more than πŸ’― effort into it. 
And you! Thank you! For your support, feedback and ideas so we can better provide the space for running, jumping, picking, laughing, playing and of course, eating! 
We hope the joy sustains you and your loved ones and you too feel the gratitude with memories that last a lifetime!
Happy Thanksgiving!
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