If you’re interested in signing your group up for a field trip/tour, make sure to sign up using the form at the bottom of this page, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Click here to learn more about the Welland Community Orchard.
The Welland Community Orchard is open to the public. Please feel free to bring your group by for self-guided tours (email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance if you plan to bring a large group).
Learning about Garry Oak ecosystems at Knockan Hill park can take place year-round, but activities in the orchard vary by season.
|9:00 am|| Opening circle: Welcome to the orchard!|
– History of the orchard
|9:15 am|| Orchard Tour & Scavenger Hunt|
– Fruit tree identification & care
– The importance of locally grown food
|9:45 am|| Hands-on Activity in the Orchard|
– Taste testing fruit
– Pressing apples for apple cider
|10:15 am||Snack Break|
|10:30 am|| Walk to Knockan Hill (300 meters)|
– History of Garry Oak Ecosystems
– Indigenous plant identification & uses
|11:30 am||Walk back to the Orchard|
|11:45 am||Closing Circle|
|12:00 pm||Return to school|
*please note that activities vary by season and availability of materials
*we will adjust our programs appropriately for different age groups
Our field trips are designed to be half-day field trips (approximately 3 hours) and they are offered on Wednesdays throughout the school year. You will have an opportunity to request specific times and durations when filling out the sign-up form at the bottom of this page.
We are offering our fall 2022 field trip series from Wednesday, October 5th to Wednesday, November 23rd. Spring 2023 field trips are available from Wednesday, March 22nd to Wednesday June 14th. Winter field trips are also available upon request.
The field trip cost will depend on the duration of the field trip. Half day (3 hour) field trips will be $150; the cost of shorter/longer field trips will be adjusted accordingly.
A limited number of Field Trip Grants are available for schools. If your class is in need of support to pay for the bus or to cover the cost of the field trip, please note this when you fill out the request form at the bottom of this page, or contact email@example.com
All educators who sign up for a field trip will be entered to win a spring local produce box!
What are educators saying about our workshops and field trips?
“Thank you for a wonderful day! My students are still talking about the delicious apple cider they made!”– Grade 11 Teacher
“Well Done! This was one of the best field trips I have had with a class. It was very organized and the children were all engaged.”– Grade 3 Teacher
“My group is such a tough one, you all did great with them. The activities were well planned and facilitated…Your flexibility was a major part of making the day a success.”– Grade 8 Educator
“I was impressed with how many students were engaged for the activities… [G] etting them moving up Knockan hill was beneficial for all. Thank you for being okay with students that are not engaging with the discussions.”– Grade 8 Educator