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Strawberry Field Trip at Panola Orchard
Our field trips are FUN and EDUCATIONAL! Contact us soon to schedule!
Where: Panola Orchard
1413 FM 1186
De Berry, TX 75639
*Accurate directions available on Google Maps*
When: April - mid May 2023 (We book April first and then start booking May if strawberries are still producing)
**CURRENTLY BOOKING APRIL 4-27 ONLY**
Tuesday-Friday 9:00-11:00am or 11:30am-1:30pm
**Any group other than a public or private school is scheduled from 11:30-1:30pm only**
*9:00am group will pick strawberries first then eat lunch (lunch provided by school/parent)*
*11:30am group will eat first then pick strawberries.*
What’s Included (included for all packages): maximum of 2 hours at the farm.
*Minimum of 15 students and maximum of 60 students per field trip*
Guided tour to strawberry field on the farm wagon OR walk to strawberry field adjacent to farm store.
Educational presentation on the life cycle of a strawberry plant (from planting through harvesting)
Pick-your-own strawberries in a bucket to take home (lid provided)
Use of picnic tables for lunch (sack lunch provided by the school). No lunches available to purchase at farm.
Available Packages and Prices: Package prices apply to students, siblings, and parents/guardian. One teacher and one paraprofessional (if applicable) per class will each receive one free quart bucket. If more than one paraprofessional per class, please bring a container in order to divide out the strawberries or be prepared to pay for any additional buckets. For homeschoolers, one coordinator and one co-coordinator per group/organization may each receive one free quart bucket.
Package #1: $5/student
One quart bucket for picking strawberries (lid included)
Package #2: $8/student
Half gallon bucket for picking strawberries (lid included)
Optional Add-ons to packages: prices for add-ons are for students and teachers only. Anyone else wanting to purchase ice cream must do so in the farm store and pay regular price.
4 oz cup of vanilla soft serve ice cream $1 per student/teacher
4 oz cup of homemade strawberry ice cream: $2 per student/teacher
Educational strawberry coloring book with crayons (students only): $1 per student
**The SAME package must be chosen for each student **
Frequently Asked Questions:
When is payment due?
Payment is due when you arrive at the farm BEFORE your field trip begins. At arrival, a teacher/coordinator needs to come into the Farm Store to get the buckets and make the payment. Payment must be the lump sum for all students. In order to stay on schedule, we are not able to take individual payments from each student or homeschool family. We accept cash, check, or credit cards. Make checks payable to Panola Orchard.
What happens if we are running late to our field trip?
Field trips must begin and end at scheduled times. We often have multiple groups coming in each day, so we must stay on schedule. We are unable to delay the start of a field trip in order to wait on someone’s arrival. If a group arrives late then we will have to make changes to the field trip in order to stay on schedule. This means less time for picking fruit, a shortened or omitted guided tour, or no lunch time at the farm.
Is there an admission fee for parents/guardians or siblings?
No. There is no admission fee to our farm. Although we encourage parents/guardians and siblings to share the experience by picking strawberries, they are NOT required to pick. Parents/guardians and siblings are welcome to enjoy the outing without any obligation to make any purchases. If they choose to pick, we will honor the same package prices as above. Discounts are only offered for strawberries only. Parents/guardians/siblings who purchase ice cream, must pay regular price. Parents/guardians/siblings may come into the farm store at arrival to purchase a bucket for picking. If a parent/guardian wants to pick a large quantity of strawberries, then we also have a “pay by the pound option” and gallon buckets can be purchased inside our farm store at arrival.
What happens if it rains?
We cannot do a field trip in the rain. Any field trips that are rained out will be rescheduled (if any openings are available) or canceled (if no openings are available).
Are there any other reasons (other than rain) that would cause a field trip to be rescheduled or canceled?
We always do our best to prevent rescheduling or canceling field trips, but farming can be very unpredictable. Weather can drastically affect a crop and the fruit (hail storms, excessive rain, drought, etc.). Please understand that some things are beyond our control and there is no guarantee; therefore, we do not take deposits.
What if the group needs to cancel a field trip (for reasons other than weather)?
Cancelations must be done no later than 48 hours prior to the field trip start time. Call the farm store at 903-766-2440 to cancel.
Do we need to bring anything with us for the field trip?
We highly recommend bringing water. Ice chests can be taken on the farm wagon and to the strawberry field if needed. We also recommend bringing a marker in order to write students’ names on the buckets (particularly for elementary aged students). For those traveling on a school bus, it’s best to bring a large box for transporting all of the buckets back to the school.
**Note: WE NO LONGER LABEL THE BUCKETS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL DUE TO TIME RESTRAINTS AND CHANGES TO WHO IS ATTENDING.
Additional Important Information
-We have a large, open field adjacent to our picnic area for children to play. You are welcome to bring balls, frisbees, jump ropes, etc. for the children to enjoy after lunch time.
-We will contact you a few days before the field trip to go over details and answer any questions you may have. Thank you!
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