“The atmosphere of libraries, lecture rooms and laboratories is dangerous to those who shut themselves up in them too long. It separates us from reality like a fog.” ~Alexis Carrel
FIELD TRIPS & ACTIVITIES:
Stores, Farms, and Factories
Apple Annie's Orchard
Apple Annie's Orchard is a family-owned fruit orchard north of Willcox. To get there, take I-10 to Willcox, exit 340. Turn West on Ft. Grant Rd., travel 5 1/2 miles to Apple Annie's sign; turn right and follow the apple signs. Apple Annie's specializes in tree-ripened fruit, apple cider, pies and other treats. Their cider mill is the largest in Arizona, producing thousands of gallons of freshly pressed flash-pasteurized apple cider each year. U-pick tree-ripened apples are available beginning in July. They have seasonal festivals and offer field trips and tours. It's like spending a day in the country! Apple Annie's baked goods and apple cider are also available all year round at Costco stores. Did You Know…? According to Anne Holcomb of Apple Annie's Orchard, the apple bread that they sell at Costco is the result of her son's homeschooling project when he was 8 years old. He developed the recipe himself and did all of the baking until he was 12 and they started baking for Costco. When he realized that they would have to hire bakers and he would no longer receive all of the profits, he negotiated for a royalty on each loaf!
(Chandler Fashion Center, Arizona Mills, Outlets at Anthem)
Children can learn how pretzels are made, receive a free mini pretzel and activity sheets at this family franchise founded by Anne Beiler, an Amish-Mennonite from Lancaster County, PA.
Buckelew Farm (Tucson)
Annual Pumpkin Festival, Corn Maze, and field trips for schools, scouts, and small groups. New for 2006 is the Ag Education Center, which provides information on Arizona agriculture and the history of Buckelew Farm. To further enhance your educational experience, you may wish to view sample lesson plans that were submitted by teachers in the past.
Cerreta Candy Company
Corner of 54th and Glendale Ave., Glendale AZ
Cerreta’s strives to create a fun, lively atmosphere where everyone can see candy magic being made. Take a special guided tour of this family-owned hometown candy factory and get free samples of sweet treats. 30-minute guided tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10am and 1pm. For groups of 30 or more, please call (623) 930-1000 and arrange for a private tour of "the sweetest place in Arizona."
Crow's Dairy (Tolleson)CLOSED
AZ's Original Dairy Farm Experience. However, the farm was sold in 2006 and they are no longer doing tours of any kind. :(
Date Creek Ranch
Phil and Karin Knight are the owners of this family ranch and organic orchard near Wickenburg, Arizona. They are located about 25 miles northwest of Wickenburg on Highway 93. Turn off at milepost 177.5. In addition to Organic Early Blaze apples, they produce beef, pork, and peaches. Fruit is available for picking from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm at 50 cents per pound or at the ranch fruit stand on weekends from August through September. When you come to pick apples, you can also hike along Date Creek and have a picnic. Call them at 928-776-8877 for more information.
Dugan's Dairy FarmCLOSED
2471 S. Dobson Road, Chandler
Dugan's farm, a piece of Chandler's history that showed what life was like on a real working farm, conducted its last tour on May 13, 2006. Richard Dugan decided to scale down the farm business and cancel the public tours after having to undergo continued treatment for head injuries after a car accident in 1997.
Duncan Family Farm (Goodyear)CLOSED
Arnott and Kathleen Duncan designed Duncan Family Farm to educate children and other visitors about food production and the environment. For more than 10 years the Duncan Family Farm attracted visitors to its organic u-pick vegetables, sweet corn and melons. But then they were told that the farm is in a dangerous fly zone due to its proximity to Luke Air Force Base, and they had to discontinue the festivals, school trips, and u-pick fields. Duncan Farm is now closed. :(
Fairytale Brownie Factory
6280 W. Erie Street, Chandler
Probably the most delicious of Chandler's Metro Phoenix attractions. Childhood friends, Eileen Spitalny and David Kravetz, have been baking their secret family brownie recipe for over 10 years now, and invite you to visit their facility in Chandler. Watch a short video of the brownie making process, tour the factory and enjoy yummy brownie samples. Public tours run January through August at 11:00 am on Fridays. Private tours for groups of 10 - 25 people are available Monday through Thursday between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required for all tours.
The Farm at South Mountain
6106 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042
(Located just south of Southern Avenue on the west side of 32nd Street)
A 12-acre organic oasis and lush pecan grove where families can view the beautiful gardens, browse a farmer's market for freshly baked bread and organic vegetables, shop for antiques, and eat in one of three on-site restaurants.
Fry's Store Tour
Why not visit your neighborhood Fry's Store for an interesting class outing? As a community service, Fry's offers educational tours to elementary schoolchildren. Depending on the individual store, you may be able to visit their produce department and receive lessons in nutrition, go behind the meat dept. to see how meat is stored and prepared, in the dairy case, and/or in the back where stock is unloaded and stored. Often you are given cookies or other treats. Call 1-800-942-7753 for info.
Hickman's Egg Ranch (Buckeye)
The town of Buckeye is making its place as one of the last farming towns near Phoenix. Before the population boom, Arizona was known as the land of perpetual harvest. Buckeye still maintains that sense of small town. Hickman's Egg Ranch has provided fresh eggs since 1944 and is Arizona's only source for fresh, locally produced eggs. Hickman's Egg Ranch is committed to enriching the community in a variety of ways, including educational presentations.
Holsum Bakery is Arizona’s oldest family-owned business and is a world-class bakery. A tour of Holsum Bakery is a fun and educational addition to any curriculum!
We welcome tour groups of between ten and thirty-five people. Our tour schedule is Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. For the best dates, please call as soon as possible.
The tour consists of a brief history of Holsum Bakery and a tour of our Tolleson facility located at 9600 West Buckeye Road. Students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade are eligible to take the tour, which lasts approximately one hour. Participants will be given a goody bag to take home.
Jewelry is not permitted while touring the plant due to safety reasons. This includes earrings, necklaces, rings, and watches. Additionally, all participants must wear closed toe, non-skid shoes (e.g., tennis shoes). No gum or candy is allowed in the bakery. Hairnets are required and will be provided to all participants prior to entering the bakery.
Jordan Historic Park/Sedona Heritage Museum Located at 735 Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona, this park and museum focuses on Sedona's first industry - raising apples. Drive across the bridge on Mormon Wash and park in the lot; then take one of the scenic pathways through the fruit orchard and past vintage farm implements to the museum. Expect to spend at least an hour or as many as three hours looking at the exhibits and touring the historic buildings. The 4000-square-foot Apple Barn houses a 40-foot-long apple sorting machine from the 1940's. The museum opens daily at 11:00 am, admission is $3.00, and the last tour of the day begins at 3:00 pm.
Morton Salt Mine (Glendale)
I've been told that they don't give tours anymore, but you can still drive by and see a big pile of salt.
Mother Nature's Farm (Gilbert)
1663 E. Baseline Road
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Bring your class, or your whole school for a fun farm experience. We have a package of fun waiting for you and your students. It includes a small pumpkin, decorating your pumpkin, the straw bounce, a hayride, the air bounce, feeding the farm animals and Alexander's Adventure Maze. There are also many photo opportunities. If you book a tour of 20 children or more the cost is $5.00 per child and $2.00 per adult, otherwise the cost is $7.00 per child and $3.00 per adult. Be prepared to bring the extra $2 per child and $1 per adult if there are not enough children.
The Peanut Patch
4322 E. County 13th Street, Yuma AZ 85365
The Peanut Patch has become a rich tradition in Southwest Arizona. A trip to or through Yuma simply would not be complete without stopping by for a visit. You will be a welcome guest of the George family. The Peanut Patch gives free tours of their facilities every Tuesday and Friday at 10:00 am, in the months of January, February, March and November. They are open Monday - Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, October 1 - April 30th. The Peanut Patch tour will teach you how peanuts are processed and stored. The tour is free and handicapped accessible.
Petco's "Fur, Feathers & Fins" program allows children to learn about the characteristics and habitats of fish, reptiles, birds, and small animals as they develop a respect for animals. The field trips are 60-90 minutes in length and are limited to group sizes of 10-30 participants.
Peter Piper Pizza
Good Student Awards, Reading
for Pepperoni certificates, Perfect Attendance Pizzas, and Pizza
Tours for teachers and school groups; contact your local Peter
Piper Pizza for details.
Corner of Cloud Rd. and Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek
300-acre u-pick organic garden (apricots, peaches, plums, sweet corn and other vegetables) in addition to a country store with local honey, nuts, dried fruit, specialty foods, crafts, and bakery. Petting corral, park, school and group tours, birthday parties. RV hook up and camping. Special Events: Pumpkin Festival, American Heritage Festival.
Shamrock Farms Tour
40034 W. Clayton, Stanfield AZ 85272 (off Maricopa/Casa Grande Hwy.)
With interactive displays, games, a tram ride, and a focus on family fun, this isn't just a tour - it's an adventure! Shamrock Farm tours are available throughout the year, except during the summer. The tour is given in an open-air tram that takes you around the farm. Please plan on arriving 15 minutes before your tram tour time - it helps us keep the herd all together! The farm is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm. Tuesday and Thursday morning tours are reserved for school field trips; all other times are open for everyone. Starting in November they will be offering tours on Wednesdays too. See their website for details. Tour reservations are highly recommended. Tours last approximately 60 minutes. Extra time can be added if you want to bring your own picnic lunch inside the Welcome Center Barn, visiting the Gift Shop, purchasing ice cream and other activities.
Stout's Cider Mill
A favorite stop for travelers just off Interstate 10 in Willcox, Stout's Cider Mill specializes in fresh, homemade products using no preservatives. Their apple cider, apple butters, apple-nut cakes, and apple pies are all made from apples grown in their Arizona apple orchard. Stout's Cider Mill has over 10,000 apple trees of 18 different varieties. Willcox is approximately 75 miles east of Tucson and about one hour west of the New Mexico border. Take exit 340 (Rex Allen Drive) and head north (a left turn over the overpass if you're east bound, a right turn if you're west bound). Then make an immediate right onto Circle I Road. Follow Circle I Road just a few hundred feet, and you can't miss the Cider Mill.
3440 S Hawes Rd, Mesa AZ 85212
Superstition Farm in East Mesa, a working dairy farm owned and operated by the Stechnij family, all native Arizonians, has recently opened its doors for public tours. The Stechnij family will personally take guests for a hayride tour of the 28-acre dairy and provide an educational lesson in the Resource Center, showing children the tools of the farm trade and the process of getting milk from the cow to their breakfast table. Guests will also be given the chance to pet farm animals at the Animal Expo. Children of all ages will enjoy running through the "HayMazing" haymaze. Superstition Farm allows guests to "Gather their Senses" by SEEING the day to day work on the farm, HEARING the sounds of the farm life, TOUCHING the animals, TASTING the food on the farm, and SMELLING that fresh country air. Picnic tables are available for guests that want to bring their lunch.
Tolleson Dairy Plant
See how milk and juice are processed once received from the dairy and packaged to sell to the public. Also, see an orange crushing machine. 99th Ave./Lower Buckeye Rd. Contact person: Aimee @ 623-936-2363; free.
5726 N. 75th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85303
Garden tour, u-pick area (each child will be allowed to harvest produce to take home,
bags will be provided) classroom in the corn, corn maze, train ride, farm animals,
picnic area, ice cream, pumpkin patch (each child will be allowed to take
1 small pumpkin home). All tours are by appointment only and must have a group of 20 or more to schedule a tour. Approximate time of guided tour is 45 minutes, (add 1 hour extra for fall tours if group goes through whole corn maze).
At your local Wild Oats, an interactive field trip geared toward K-8 students explains the importance of natural and organic food choices for health and wellness.
Young's Farm is located in Dewey, AZ which is southeast of the junction of Highways 69 and 169 near the rapidly growing communities of Prescott Valley and Prescott, and within a short drive from the greater Phoenix area. The farm offers educational opportunities for school children that demonstrate the practice and importance of agriculture, and numerous social activities and festivals are held throughout the year. Young's Farm began in 1946. For the next sixty years, through three generations, they have been growing sweet corn, pumpkins, barley, hay, and a variety of vegetables. Young's Farm also produces chickens and the only fresh turkeys in Arizona. Young's Farm will be open to the public through the end of 2006, but then they will be relocating to central Oregon.