Kuipers Family Farm

A 230-acre working farm, Kuipers Family Farm specializes in growing apples, pumpkins and Christmas trees. The Apple Orchard Tour is a guided, educational one hour tour that includes apple variety sampling, a glimpse into cider making, honey bee observation hives, orchard hayride and cider doughnuts for all. Pumpkin Farm Tour include activities such as hayrides, viewing farm animals, navigating the corn maze, haunted forest, a pumpkin for everyone and much more. Field trips for school groups and scout outings available. Located just an hour west of Chicago it’s easily accessible with ample parking for school busses.

contact info

Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 9AM-6PM, Sun. 10AM-6PM.

School

On field trips to Kuipers Family Farm, students will learn all about farm life. The Apple Orchard Tour (September 11 – October 4) is a structured, guided, educational tour that will discuss apple growing, bees and pollination, apple varieties, harvesting technique, and cider processing. Our Pumpkin Farm Tour (September 25 to October 31) is primarily unguided and allows groups to explore our activity area at their own pace.

Pricing:
Apple Tour - $8/student
Pumpkin Tour - $7/student

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies, Science.

topics covered:
Agriculture, animal science, harvesting, nutrition, pollination, science.

contact info
Name: Reservations
Phone: 815-827-5200 ext. 101

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School Group Size: 20 minimum. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 -3 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1. Registration: Online. Food Options: Call for information. Cost: Fee

Farm Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

The average American may eat 125 pounds of potatoes each year, but corn is actually America’s number one field crop, providing ingredients for cereals, peanut butter, snack foods and soft drinks. The average person eats 68 quarts of popcorn a year alone! Use a trip to an agricultural farm to find out where our fruits and vegetables come from. Compare organic, pesticide-free, and genetically engineered crops. Research the products made possible by crops grown in the U.S. (shampoos, crayons, and baseball bats all come from agricultural products, for example). Ask your local farm about the benefits of eating local or growing your own garden.

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Kuipers Family Farm

A 230-acre working farm, Kuipers Family Farm specializes in growing apples, pumpkins and Christmas trees. The Apple Orchard Tour is a guided, educational one hour tour that includes apple variety sampling, a glimpse into cider making, honey bee observation hives, orchard hayride and cider doughnuts for all. Pumpkin Farm Tour include activities such as hayrides, viewing farm animals, navigating the corn maze, haunted forest, a pumpkin for everyone and much more. Field trips for school groups and scout outings available. Located just an hour west of Chicago it’s easily accessible with ample parking for school busses.

contact info

Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 9AM-6PM, Sun. 10AM-6PM.

Scouts

Scout groups are welcome to visit Kuipers Pumpkin Farm & Corn Maze on weekdays or weekends for fun farm activities. Corn Maze Scout Patches, meal vouchers, and picnic tables are available.

supports scout badges in:
Physical Education.

topics covered:
Agriculture, Navigating a Maze, Self-Guided.

contact info
Name: Reservations
Phone: 815-827-5200 ext. 101

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: 10 for group rates. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 -3 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone. Food Options: Food vouchers available online. Cost: Fee

Farm Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

The average American may eat 125 pounds of potatoes each year, but corn is actually America’s number one field crop, providing ingredients for cereals, peanut butter, snack foods and soft drinks. The average person eats 68 quarts of popcorn a year alone! Use a trip to an agricultural farm to find out where our fruits and vegetables come from. Compare organic, pesticide-free, and genetically engineered crops. Research the products made possible by crops grown in the U.S. (shampoos, crayons, and baseball bats all come from agricultural products, for example). Ask your local farm about the benefits of eating local or growing your own garden.

View Lesson Plan>>

Kuipers Family Farm

A 230-acre working farm, Kuipers Family Farm specializes in growing apples, pumpkins and Christmas trees. The Apple Orchard Tour is a guided, educational one hour tour that includes apple variety sampling, a glimpse into cider making, honey bee observation hives, orchard hayride and cider doughnuts for all. Pumpkin Farm Tour include activities such as hayrides, viewing farm animals, navigating the corn maze, haunted forest, a pumpkin for everyone and much more. Field trips for school groups and scout outings available. Located just an hour west of Chicago it’s easily accessible with ample parking for school busses.

contact info

Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 9AM-6PM, Sun. 10AM-6PM.

Homeschool

Homeschool groups can enjoy educational tours, providing a glimpse into work at the orchard and pumpkin patch. Depending on their choice of tour students can enjoy hayrides, pumpkin picking, lessons on apple cidering, a visit to the Bee Barn Observation Hive, and more. Each child receives a Kuipers bookmark after the tour.

supports classroom learning in:
Environmental Studies, Science.

topics covered:
Agriculture, Animal Science, Harvesting, Nutrition, Pollination, Science.

contact info
Phone: 815-827-5200 ext. 101

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School Group Size: Minimum 20 students for group rates. Program Type: Day Trips, Self Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5-3 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 5:1. Registration: Online. Food Options: Call for information. Cost: Fee

Farm Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

The average American may eat 125 pounds of potatoes each year, but corn is actually America’s number one field crop, providing ingredients for cereals, peanut butter, snack foods and soft drinks. The average person eats 68 quarts of popcorn a year alone! Use a trip to an agricultural farm to find out where our fruits and vegetables come from. Compare organic, pesticide-free, and genetically engineered crops. Research the products made possible by crops grown in the U.S. (shampoos, crayons, and baseball bats all come from agricultural products, for example). Ask your local farm about the benefits of eating local or growing your own garden.

View Lesson Plan>>

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