Frequently Asked Questions About Our School Tours:
What kinds of tours do you offer?
We offer different kinds of tours depending on the season. All of our tours are $8.95 per person, and if you are a tax exempt organization, please send us your tax exempt form in advance of your visit. A Deposit of $75 is required to reserve your date and time. The deposit amount will be deducted from your final invoice the day of the trip.Download The Group Tour Reservation Form Here
- Baby Animal Tour
The Baby Animal Tour is our Spring Time favorite! Come out to see our baby animals! Help your students learn about the wonder of animals by holding, touching and petting our new babies! The children can see, touch and hear the new additions to our farm, and learn about motherhood and family groups in the animal kingdom
- Greenhouse/Pot-a-Plant Tour
Your class will be amazed as they walk through our greenhouses, and experience the colors and fragrances of the flowers and vegetables starting to grow in our greenhouses. The tour guides can help you and your chaperones talk about what plants need to thrive. The children will then pot their own plant (typically a tomato plant) to take home.
- Pick Your Own Tours
Starting with strawberries in the middle of May, and continuing through the beginning of November, we will have our delicious, healthy homegrown fruits and vegetables for your group to pick. Learning to pick fresh fruits or vegetables will give your group a connection with the earth, and a chance to know what type of plant their fruits and vegetables come from, as well as teaching them about seasonality and the changing seasons on the farm.
- Corn Maze Fun
Our Giant Corn Maze is an adventure and learning experience all in one! Groups can follow the amp and learn directional skills to race each other through the maze. Additionally, our Maze has a theme every year, and we have trivia questions at intervals through out the maze. Incorrect answers to the questions may lead to a dead end, or simply the wrong way! Great for all ages, our corn maze will challenge everyone!
How Many People Can You Accommodate?
We can accommodate any size group. When you make your group’s reservation, please let us know how many people you anticipate. We will also send you a confirmation and if the numbers change, please let us know as soon as possible.
When is the best time to visit the farm?
Each season is beautiful at the farm. We are open year-round.
Do you have a picnic area we can use?
We have shaded picnic tables and friendly farm animals, as well as a giant hay bale pyramid for your group to enjoy.
Are you wheelchair accessible?
The farm is wheelchair accessible, albeit a bit bumpy terrain! We have many special needs groups that visit the farm and have a wonderful time.
How and when do I pay?
You can pre-pay or pay the day of your tour. We accept cash, checks and credit cards. A Deposit of $75 is required to reserve your date and time. The deposit amount will be deducted from your final invoice the day of the trip.
Can I pay by P.O.?
You may submit a purchase order to pay through your district, but it must be approved in advance of your trip. We cannot accept a P.O. the day of the trip without advance notice.
Alstede Farms strongly believes in the importance of learning about farms and the natural world for our children. We strive to make learning fun and hands-on so that what they learn on the farm will stay with them. We offer a unique farm experience especially tailored to the needs of school groups. The Educational Components consist of a compilation of activities to meet the learning levels of each group. These may include:
- Seasonal changes on the farm
- Plants we eat
- How plants grow
- The role of bees
- Farm animals
- Farm machinery, past and present
- Farm safety
- Crop management and conservation