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School/Farm Tours

School Field Trips

Oregon Dairy offers tours of our Farm & Store to non-profit organizations and schools.

Tours are scheduled for Monday through Friday from 9 am till 2pm from March through October.

Oregon Dairy is now offering access to our Fall Corn Maze in September and October as part of our field trip packages for schools and organizations!


 

Farm and Store Tours

$5.00/person

Minimum of 10 people

  • Your students will enjoy an open-air tractor & wagon ride from the store to the barn where they will meet our herd of over 500 cows,see where they sleep and how they are milked.
  • Your students will have a chance to pet a calf.
  • They will learn about dairy farming, growing feed and how we process our own milk.
  • After the farm tour, they will ride back to the store to begin their store tour.
  • Students will visit each department including: produce, bakery, seafood, deli, meat & grocery and learn fun, educational facts about our grocery store. They will also receive snacks in some of the departments!
  • Students will also take a tour of our warehouse, learn about how we recycle cardboard and see where all the delicious ice cream is stored in our huge walkin freezers.
  • No tour would be complete without a sample of Oregon Dairy’s delicious Chocolate Milk and a mini-Vanilla Ice Cream Cone! PLUS…every student will receive a FREE Goodie Bag!
  • If time permits, Oregon Dairy has an amazing playground for the kids to enjoy before heading back to class. The playground includes a spiral sliding board inside a silo, tire swings, sliding boards and a “Secret” Cattle Chute!
  • Please allow for a minimum of 2 hours

 

Corn Maze Field Trip Packages
Available in September and October

  • Our Corn Maze offers fun and educational exercies!
  • Students will practice map reading and critical thinking skills
  • Students will also learn the value of working on a team as they navigate the Corn Maze
  • Pedal tractor rides, barrel train rides, hamster wheel races and jump pad rides available for an additional fee
  • Corn Maze Field Trips are only available in September and October – Monday through Friday from 9am – 2pm
  • RESERVATIONS NEEDED – Call Nancy Brown at (717) 656-2856 Ext. 247 or e-mail nancy.brown@oregondairy.com

Packages Available:

  • Corn maze, Farm and Store Tour  -$10.00 per person
    • Available September and October
    • Activities included with admission: straw tunnel, straw mound playground, Tire minion Playground, Pet a Calf, Feed the Goats, Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe and Pumpkin Checkers. Payment options: Credit card or checks
    • Unlimited Rides during the Corn Maze Field Trip (Additional fee) $5.00/person for children up to 16 years old – Rides Include: Barrel Train Rides, Pedal Tractor Rides, Hamster Wheel Races, and Jump Pad
    • Please call at least 3 weeks in advance to book your corn maze field trip
    • Please provide an accurate number of people for the field trip, and notify us if the number changes prior to your arrival
    • No charge for teachers on field trip (Chaperones pay the per person price)
    • Please allow 4-4.5 hours for corn maze, farm and store tour and activities
    • We recommend dividing classes into groups of 4-6 with one adult

 

  • Corn Maze-$5.00 per person
    • Available September and October
    • Activities included with admission: straw tunnel, straw mound playground, Tire minion Playground, Pet a Calf, Feed the Goats, Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe and Pumpkin Checkers. Payment options: Credit card or checks
    • Unlimited Rides during the Corn Maze Field Trip (Additional fee) $5.00/person for children up to 16 years old – Rides Include: Barrel Train Rides, Pedal Tractor Rides, Hamster Wheel Races, and Jump Pad
    • Please call at least 3 weeks in advance to book your corn maze field trip
    • Please provide an accurate number of people for the field trip, and notify us if the number changes prior to your arrival
    • No charge for teachers on field trip (Chaperones pay the per person price)
    • Please allow 2-2.5 hours for corn maze and activities
    • We recommend dividing classes into groups of 4-6 with one adult

 

  • Call Nancy Brown at (717) 656-2856 Ext. 247 or e-mail nancy.brown@oregondairy.com for pricing and more information


*Double The Fun* Tour Package with Oregon Dairy and Hands-On-House!

Double The Fun Group Package Tour Information:

Tour Days Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday (April thru October)
Hours: 9:30am – 11am (Lunch at Oregon Dairy) 12:30pm – 2pm
Cost: $9/person (No charge for babies in arms)

  • Group size: Min. of 20 children and up to 60 total. One adult chaperone (16 or older) per every 4 children is required.
  • Tour includes 1 1/2 hours at each location.
  • Groups can choose to start at Hands-on House or at Oregon Dairy.
  • Groups can bring a packed lunch and eat lunch at the playground/deck area at Oregon Dairy. (Picnic facilities not available at HOH)
  • For Reservations – Please contact Esther Martin or Kate Sauder at Oregon Dairy 717-656-2856 or Hands-on House at 717-569-KIDS.

Hands-on House Tour Information:

  • At Hands-on House, learning and playing are blended in a unique environment where there is fun around every corner!

Current Exhibits Include:

  • Right In Your Own Backyard:  Kids can go on a sound treasure hunt, explore an ant colony and do face painting.
  • Little Valley Farm: Kids can steer a tractor, pick & sort apples, and climb in the hayloft.
  • Mostly Make-Believe:  Kids can dress up and star in their own story adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following is required:

  • Call at least 3 weeks in advance.
  • Call between the hours of 8am – 4pm.
  • Minimum tour is 10 people
  • Payment options include credit card or check
  • Encourage comfortable clothing, including: clothing appropriate for outdoor weather (be prepared for seasonal weather changes!) and closed toe shoes.
  • Please provide an accurate count of people for your group. We ask that you have 1 adult per 4-5 children.
  • Prices vary based on size of group and what activities you would like to include, Please call TODAY to discuss your trip!

Making the Grade!

To make sure our Farm Tour meets your needs as a teacher, we did our homework. The result? You now have access to lesson plans that meet Pennsylvania’s State Standards in Math, Science, and Reading, as well as Common CORE standards in Literacy and Math. These lesson plans include State Standards, Lessons, Reading Guide Pamphlet, Worksheets and Key Vocabulary. We also have curriculum that includes a Lab Component for students in 6th-8th grades.  All four lesson plans include an answer keys as well as videos. This will help in planning your pre-trip lessons and also your post-trip lessons.

Lesson Plans Include:

Pre-School
“On the Dairy Farm”
Elementary School: 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade
Lesson One: “Makin’ Cows Smile.”
Lesson Two: “Keepin’ It Fresh”
Lesson Three: “Goin’ Round & Round”
Lesson Four: “Handin’ It On”
Lesson Five: “Choosin’ Keeps You Cruisin”Each lesson includes a video motivator, comprehensive lesson plan, reading guide, overhead transparencies or Ipad graphics, and assessment-based worksheets
Middle School: 6th, 7th & 8th Grade
Lesson One: “Animal Health”
Lesson Two: “Milk Quality & Safety”
Lesson Three: “Dairy in The Environment”
Lesson Four: “In The Community”Lessons tie into Common CORE and STEM standards for math, science and reading and address concepts such as selective breeding, balanced diets, food safety and chemistry, recycling nutrients, natural and capital resources, and the economy.

View our Lesson Plans