ROYAL OAK FARM ORCHARD
FAITH ~ FAMILY ~ FARMING ~ FRUIT

Educational Orchard School Tours are a favorite for School Groups with three School Tour Packages to choose from...
Mid-August thru Mid-November
(Contact us at 815-648-4141 for scheduling.)
School Tour Hours: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday - Friday

Royal Oak Farm Orchard is the perfect place for young school children to enjoy the fresh air and experience the joy of being on the farm orchard. Public School groups, Home School groups, Girl/Boy Scout groups, Brownie Troops, Day Care groups and many other children's groups have enjoyed our School Tours for over 15 years. Now, with three different School Tour Packages to choose from, yours can be scheduled any weekday beginning in August. Depending on the tour package you choose for your group, your tour can include any or all of these activities..........


SCHOOL TOUR ACTIVITIES MAY INCLUDE ANY OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

VIDEO & EDUCATIONAL TALK

 
Your first stop is inside our Teepee for the viewing of our video production lasting approx. 7 minutes.  Our video will explain to the children the pollination process of our apple trees by our bees and how the bees pay us back in return with the honey harvested in our "Honey House".  They will also learn about the trimming of the trees and the orchard operation.   We will also have a short talk about the American Indians that inhabited the orchard area in the previous centuries.

APPLE PICKING

 
Go on an approx. 30 minute orchard tour on an antique tractor drawn wagon.  We provide an experienced tour guide, who will tell you about our orchard and answer any questions you might have along the way.  For those with allergy concerns, hay is not used in the wagons on these tours. See all the acres of the orchard, visit the bee hives and enjoy hearing about the history of our apple orchard. Then make a stop in the orchard to pick your 5 apples.* Picking takes 10 to 15 minutes.

AMAZE 'N APPLES EXPERIENCE

 
Experience a trip through the winding trails of the country's first all apple tree maze, AMAZE 'N APPLES! Hear the tale of Princess SnowSweet® and the story of Amaze 'N Apples and experience the various learning activities as you make your way through the maze.   Our Amaze 'N Apples has approximately 1 and a half miles of trails, activity areas and includes nine different varieties of apples.  


OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

SNACK/LUNCH TIME
 
At the conclusion of the school tour each student will receive one of our famous apple cider donuts and have an opportunity to sample our delicious apple cider  inside our beautiful Pavilion. School provided sack lunches may also be eaten at this time.

PLAY TIME
 
Following the snack and lunch time, you can spend as much time as you like visiting our petting zoo* and playing in the play area.  You may also visit our active bee hive inside our Harvest Barn and see some of our bees at work through the special viewing glass! 

TAKE A RIDE
 
Hop on the "Royal Oak Carousel" and round up one of the 14 horses or take a seat in the chariot as you listen to old fashioned calliope music. Or take a ride on the "Royal Oak Express"- a 19th century replica train inspired by authentic railroad tradition.  (additional $2-3/person depending on size of group)

*The feed machines in the Petting Zoo require quarters and the "Royal Oak Express" train or "Royal Oak Carousel" require $3.00 tokens to board if your tour has time.  Tokens may be purchased at the Snack Shop Check-in upon arrival.

SCHOOL TOUR PACKAGES

PACKAGE #1 - Traditional Tour

Tours are available Tuesday-Friday.
Cost:  $7.50/person (minimum 10)
Time:  1.5 hours

$7.50 Fee includes:

Educational talk and video in Teepee on pollination, growing and picking apples
Orchard tour via antique tractor drawn wagon
Picking of 5 apples or 1 pumpkin or 2 pre-picked apples depending on crop availability
Apple cider donut and cup of apple cider

Optional activities:
Time for Play Area and Petting Zoo
Group provided sack lunch in pavilion
Rides on Carousel/Train (additional $2 to $3/person depending on size of group)
Picking of apples and/or pumpkin for additional participants (additional $2/person)

School Tour Bus parking is free!

PACKAGE #2 - Amaze N’ Apples Tour

Tours are available Tuesday-Friday.
Cost:  $7.50/person (minimum 10)
Time:  2 hours

$7.50 Fee includes:

Educational talk and reading of our special storybook which tells a tale of the maze
Instructions on different games which can be played in the maze
Time to go through the maze
5 pre-picked apples per person
Apple cider donut and cup of apple cider

Optional activities:
Time for Play Area and Petting Zoo
Group provided sack lunch in pavilion
Rides on Carousel/Train (additional $2 to $3/person depending on size of group)
Picking of apples and/or pumpkin for additional participants (additional $2/person)

School Tour Bus parking is free!

PACKAGE #3 - All Inclusive Tour

Tours are available Tuesday-Friday.
Cost:  $12.00/person (minimum 10)
Time:  2.5 to 3 hours

$12.00 Fee includes:

Educational talk and video in Teepee on pollination, growing and picking apples
Orchard tour via antique tractor drawn wagon with a stop to pick 5 apples per person
A stop at our apple tree maze
Instructions on different games which can be played in the maze and time to go through the maze
Apple cider donut and cup of apple cider per person.

Optional activities:
Time for Play Area and Petting Zoo
Group provided sack lunch in pavilion
Rides on Carousel/Train (additional $2 to $3/person depending on size of group)
Picking of apples and/or pumpkin for additional participants (additional $2/person)

School Tour Bus parking is free!

CONTACT US FOR RESERVATIONS

School tours can be arranged by filling out a School Tour Reservation Request Form online or calling us at (815) 648-4141, Ext. 202. Tours must have reservations and groups of less than 15 may be combined with others.  Fees apply to both children and adults. Groups are allowed (1) free teacher per each 15 children over 2 yrs. of age; maximum is (6) teachers for 90 children or more.  Children 2 years and under are free but do pay $1.00 for the donut and cider if they choose it.

Royal Oak Farm Orchard
15908 Hebron Rd.
Harvard, IL 60033
(815) 648-4141 Ext. 202

Royal Oak Farm Orchard - 15908 Hebron Road - Harvard, IL 60033- -815.648.4141