Strawberry Blossom Tours
Strawberry Blossom Tours are an enjoyable, educational spring field trip for children preschool through third grade. Students can experience a working farm; see how food is planted and grown; learn about honeybees and pollination; and enjoy a hands-on planting activity. Our Blossom Tour leaders are professional educators, which makes your group’s experience more valuable.
HOW IT WORKS – 2016 STRAWBERRY BLOSSOM TOURS
- Strawberry Blossom Tours take place when the fruit is in blossom. Each person gets a strawberry plant to grow at home. Your group will not be picking strawberries.
- Strawberry Blossom Tours are open to any group of at least 20 children and adults (combined). We welcome day care groups, mom’s groups, home school groups, you name it, AND…
- You asked for Strawberry Blossom Tours without a minimum group size, so we’re offering two days this year when anyone can make a reservation of any size and bring the kids!
- On Tuesday, April 26 and Friday, May 6, both the 10:00 am and 11:30 am Blossom Tours will be open to reservations with no minimum size requirement.
- 2016 dates & times for Strawberry Blossom Tours:
- April 22 through May 6, 2016 Tuesday through Friday mornings
- Reservation times are 10:00 am or 11:30 am
- Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your start time
- The fee is $8.75 per person, including all children and all teachers/chaperones. Under one is free unless they want to plant a strawberry to take home. We do not offer any special pricing.
- Strawberry Blossom Tours are divided into stations and each small group will rotate through all the stations in about 1-1/2 hours, in no particular order:
- Tractor-driven wagon ride blossom tour of the farm
- See the strawberry life cycle
- Suzy Strawberry felt board story
- Plant strawberries to take home
- Picnic / Playtime is an additional ½ hour before or after your program depending on your reservation time.
- Group leaders will receive a Blossom Bulletin for each child. This facts and fun worksheet can be used in the classroom to reinforce material learned on the farm and provide a grade-level appropriate activity.
- Please expect to be on the farm for at least 2 hours. Each reservation includes about 1.5 hours of programming and half an hour for optional picnic/play time. Please bring your own food and beverages.
- 10 :00 am reservation- programming begins at 10:00am, picnic/ play time is at 11:30 am
- 11:30 am reservation- picnic/play at 11:30 am, program starts at 12 Noon and runs until 1:30 pm
- Reservations are made online via the link at the bottom of this page. No payment is necessary when making your reservation. You will receive an email confirming your reservation. We will contact you again by telephone a few days prior to your visit to review the details of your tour.
- You will pay the day of your visit for the final number of people in your group. Minimum due = $175 (20 people @ $8.75 each; except for reservations on April 26 and May 6 when the minimum group size is waived.) You may use cash, school check, or MasterCard/VISA. Please collect all money in advance and make one payment for your group.
- Billing: If your group requires an invoice for a check request from a central office, please contact our office at 301-428-0444 as soon as you make your reservation. We will respond as quickly as possible so your check can be ready by the day of your event. Any refunds are processed through our office only. The refund check will be sent to the issuing institution to the address on the check. Please allow 1 week to 10 days to receive refunds.
Note: Prior to your arrival: If your group is over 30 people we ask that you please divide your children and adults into smaller groups of no more than 30 people each.
Special Note for Groups Arriving by Bus:
Busses should approach Butler’s Orchard via Route 27 directly to Davis Mill Road. Map and directions are on our website at ButlersOrchard.com. (There is a steep, hairpin turn coming from the other direction and every year busses get stuck.) PLEASE share this information with your bus driver.
- GROUPS: Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled start time. Have your group leader check-in and pay at our Farm Market. Our farm host will meet your group leader, accept your payment, and direct your group to the field.
- Our Strawberry Blossom Tour leaders will meet your group when you arrive in the field. A Blossom Tour leader will be assigned to each group.
- FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 26 and FRIDAY, May 6: Please follow Strawberry Blossom Tour signs directly onto the farm. There is no need to stop at the farm market. Payment will be collected at the gate in the field.
- Please bring your own snacks or lunch for the picnic/play time portion of your day on the farm. We do not sell any food or beverage during Strawberry Blossom Tour, however, a water cooler and cone cups will be available at the Food Barn.
- Please dress appropriately for the weather and a day on the farm. Bring sunscreen and bottled water if it is expected to be very warm. In cooler weather, remember a light jacket or sweater.
- Special Needs Groups: Please call us at 301-428-o444 if your group has special needs of any kind so we can discuss potential accommodations.
- Please call us at 301-428-0444 if:
- You need to adjust or cancel your reservation.
- There is any doubt about the weather. Strawberry Blossom tours can go rain or shine, but if it is too wet we are happy to help you reschedule.
- If you have lost something on the farm. Please note that Butler’s Orchard is not responsible for lost items.
- Service animals only, please.
- The farm has portable restrooms.