Another option for a group is to schedule a field trip...which reserves a specific date and time for your group at the farm. We provide structured activities and charge a per-student fee. We recommend multiple parent chaperones for your group....it makes it more fun for the kids - and great memories for the parents. There is no charge for adults. We're glad you're here to enjoy the pumpkin patch with your kids. Please see the sibling policy below. (We try to make that reasonable, too).
For scheduled field trips we offer a series of structured activities which students rotate through in small groups. These activities may include a story, a pumpkin trail adventure, an autumn craft, a pumpkin-themed slingshot, a sing-a-long-song, a visit with our animal farm friends -including a small scoop of animal feed, a trip down the pumpkin slide, a pumpkin barrel ride, time to enjoy our lil pumpkin play area, a walk through the pumpkin pallet maze, and always a pumpkin to take home. These activities are selected by the Creek House Farmers based upon the size, age and other interests of each individual group. We cannot guarantee any specific activity for any group - but we do strive to make sure your group has a wonderful time here. We typically do not offer tractor/hay rides during field trips, but sometimes they are included as a special treat if we have to make adjustments in another area.
Field Trip Fee Structure
(please select only one option for your whole group)
Option A: Full Farm Adventure Experience including a pre-picked (conventionally grown from an off-site farm) sugar pumpkin that students select from our special field trip area. $10/student
(This is our most popular field trip option - it establishes a standard rate per student which makes it easier for groups to collect funds, and minimizes the time for young students to select their special pumpkin)
Option B: Full Farm Adventure Experience including an organically grown Creek House Farm pumpkin picked from the patch by each student.
$7.50/student plus the cost of the pumpkin (weighed at the farmstand)
(This allows students to go out into our patches to select their pumpkins - but the differences in price vary greatly depending upon the weight and variety of pumpkin each student selects -it takes a lot more time for young students as they are out in the patches searching for their special pumpkin).
Option C: Lil' Pumpkin Special is a special offer for lil' pumpkins in the 2yr age range. We shorten the overall experience - offer fewer activities - and include a pre-picked (conventionally grown from an off-site farm) sugar pumpkin from our special field trip area. If you have an active group of 2s they may enjoy the Full Farm Adventure, but we like to offer this option for the little ones who wear out more easily. (Note: this option is not available for students ages 3 and up...as they really enjoy the Full Farm Adventure!)
Sibling Policy for Scheduled Field Trips
If a sibling is within the age range of the students in the field trip, we charge (and they participate) just like the other students in the group. If the sibling is outside the age range of the rest of the group (either younger or older) and they are accompanying their parent, we offer a special reduced fee structure option for that sibling. We call these "tagalong siblings" and they only pay for individual activities for which they participate (like a pumpkin barrel ride or a craft or animal feed). If they would like to take a pumpkin home, they may choose any pumpkin they like - and we will weigh and charge for the pumpkin at the farmstand. If the sibling chooses to participate in everything (which is most common), it is more cost-effective to pay the field trip rate. We rely upon the parents to communicate to us at the end of the field trip which activities the sibling participated in, and to weigh the chosen pumpkin. Our goal is to make it affordable for families to bring along all of their children if they prefer. (With 10 children of our own, we know the value of being able to do things affordably with everyone included.)
Scheduling Your Field Trip
We begin taking reservations on August 1, and we do tend to fill our time slots quickly, so please review the available slots in our calendar below, and then let us know your preferred date(s) & time(s) to schedule a field trip so we can get you scheduled soon.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGES IN 2019! We are so grateful for the many wonderful groups who visit us each fall. Some of you have been with us since our first year! We truly look forward to sharing our farm with you! For several years, we have booked the farm solid for the month of October and had to turn groups away -even groups who have been here for years. So sad! We have made a couple of changes in 2019 in our field trip scheduling which we hope will allow us to accommodate more folks who would like to make a visit to Creek House Farm part of their autumn tradition. First, we have changed the structure of our field trip visit to more easily accommodate groups of up to 60 children... with some variations which allow over 100 children to visit at once (this takes some preparation, including additional staff, but is possible). Groups of less than 30 students may be scheduled along with another small-medium group for the same time slot. (With the hope that the combined group total number of children won't exceed 60, including students and their siblings.) Your group will remain in your own small groups as you rotate around the farm, but there may be another group here simultaneously. Many of you like to schedule your field trips on the same day/general time frame as your students typically attend school, and we would like to honor that - as well as allowing other small-medium groups to do the same. If you prefer to have the farm exclusively to your group, you may wish to combine your classes to form a group of 30 or more students. The second change we've made is to add additional field trips on Friday. We are NO longer offering OPEN FARM on FRIDAY afternoons, and instead expanding to 3 field trip opportunities on Fridays. (We have added weekday evenings for Open Farm for the first 2 weeks of October). Our hope is that these changes will allow more opportunities for children to visit, while still preserving the personal attention and family-farm feel we desire to offer all of you.
Take a look at our calendar, and see which date and time slot will work best for your group. Please contact us via email (email@example.com) to select your date/time and make the reservation for your group. We will do our best to update our calendar as quickly as folks make reservations, so you can see what is available to choose from. We hope this will work out for everyone and allow more guests to come and enjoy the farm in October.
PLEASE CONTACT US (preferably via email, firstname.lastname@example.org) IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. Sincerely, The Creek House Farm Family