JB TREE FARM

 

Fall Frenzy Days begin September 16, 2016

Parties and Tours

Offer a truly unique day of fun to your students, family, clients, or associates! The tree farm is a wonderful place for school field trips, birthday parties, family outings, celebrations, company picnics, or just about any occasion, with tons of activities to make your event memorable.

Please call 814-832-3430 or 888-826-9928 or email bookhammer@aol.com to schedule your party or tour.

School Groups

At JB Tree Farm, our goal is to present memorable, informative lessons and activities to your group.  There will be some tasting as usual so be ready for a food adventure! We continually watch for and try new tasting and touching opportunities so that the 20-minute "lesson" is full of fun for everyone, from children to adults. School Group tours can be scheduled for any time of the day.

Basic School Tour

The Basic tour is $6.00 per person, including other parents and adults accompanying the groups; with two free passes for teachers per 20 paid admissions. Groups rotate through varying numbers of the possible activities listed, depending on number of groups you have. Each person receives a decorating project item. Leaders also chose a medium pumpkin for their room.

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Standard activities:

Optional Activities:

*Everyone recieves one small pumpkin or gourd in the decorating activity which goes home with them. This includes groups with participants who are unable to decorate due to handicaps.

Maze Tour

The Maze tour includes the Basic tour and a trip through the 6 acre corn maze. Do the whole maze or we can adjust the difficulty of the maze path to match the age of your group. $8.00 per person.

Consider a Cookout

A traditional hot dog roast is a fun alternative to packing lunches. We can pre-cook your hot dogs or you can roast them yourselves. We offer one or two hot dogs with condiments and rolls, water, hot chocolate, an apple, pretzel or chip snack bag, and marshmallows to roast. A fun choice in lieu of snack bags is popcorn which we can pop for you, or you can pop it over a fire. You may use our picnic tables free of charge; just let us know ahead of time so we can be sure to have enough tables for everyone!

Basic Tour plus Cookout

The cookout lunch with the basic tour is $9.50, or the light lunch with one hot dog is $9.00 per person.

Maze Tour Plus Cookout

Includes basic tour, corn maze, and hot dog roast for $11.50, or with one hot dog, $11.00 per person.

Important Notes

Inclement weather need not stop your class; most groups come to the farm even on rainy days. We have a covered hayride, two or more activities that are inside the barn, and a large barn area to accommodate packed or cookout lunches that need to be inside. More inside activities can be planned if necessary. Contact us if you have any questions.

All tours require a minimum of 15 participants or payment equal to that number. If your group is too small we will try to blend you with another small group to remedy this.

Two free passes are allowed for teacher's tour activities excluding meals or those arranging tours for each group of 20. For example, a class bringing 60 children, three classroom teachers and/or three aides (six adults) will receive a free pass for activities. However, if that class brings another 15 parents, grandparents, etc. along as chaperones, the extra adults will pay the normal tour cost.

Teachers, chaperones, and all participating adults will receive the same tour, rides, samples, and decorating project that child participants receive. We encourage these chaperones to be sure to try the food, decorate a pumpkin, ride the hayride, and enjoy the whole tour experience!

Each classroom/group will be given a medium pumpkin at the end of their tour. Please ask for these if it seems like it is not going to happen!

Basic Tour Activites Detailed:

Farm and Nature Classroom

2015 theme: "Beans, the many splendored food." Beans are a staple food in many areas of the world. We will explore the many reasons beans are such an important food. Children will see and touch beans, bean plants, and other examples.

Decorating Activity

Each participant, including teachers and parent chaperones, receives a small pumpkin or other item on the tour. Many groups decorate the pumpkins using natural and assorted craft items and markers. We provide a bag in which to carry the decorated item home. Decorating has moved to our wreath decorating room inside the barn. This will shorten our tour rotation distance and allow more time for each tour station! It will also keep most tour stations inside or under a roof.

Hayride

Your scenic hayride will pass through fields of Christmas trees bordered by woods and mountains covered with trees in blazing fall colors, and the cow pasture where Hereford calves and moms are often visible from the hayride.

Animal Visit

Our Nigerian Dwarf goats will be kidding before tours start. We never know how many or what gender or color the kids will be but they are very friendly and quite popular as are their moms, Penny and Eva. Several of our Mediterranean Miniature donkeys will again be glad to meet your children and adults.

Harvest Playground

For a tour with more leisure time, we can build the playground into the rotation. Just request this station when you reserve your tour date. If your students are more active or very young, the playground can replace one other aspect of your tour such as the educational presentation. This is also helpful if your group has to return to school without extra time for play.

Self-guided Nature Walk

The nature walk is a popular activity for the children on their trip to the country. Ask for the self-guided nature list. Numbered signs mark the path and correspond to numbered items for your group to observe. Adults and older students can explain these items of interest from the guide sheet for younger participants, or just enjoy the hike. Allow at least 20 minutes. This path goes through fields so bare legs, open shoes, and sandals are not recommended.

Self-guided Scavenger Hunt

To play the scavenger hunt game we provide you with lists of natural items found in a field adjacent to the Christmas shop. You divide your group into two teams and give leaders the provided lists and bags in which to collect the items. Set a time limit and let the two groups collect as many items as they can find. Check and count the two sets. The team finding the most items on the list is the high scoring team. Allow around 30 minutes.

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Parties

We are open weekends starting September 16. Have a leisurely day enjoying hayrides, hiking, and pumpkin picking. Find the correct path through the trails in the corn maze and complete the game card. We have a great selection of all sizes of pumpkins, cornstalks, Indian corn, and popcorn. The children can visit with our friendly animals and enjoy our enlarged play area, which includes a fantastic hay pyramid with rooms and tunnels, a boat, sliding board on a climbing fort, wooden train, and playhouse, and a rocket climbing slide and a short school bus.

In case of rain, we have two wagons with canopies, plus a large barn for your cookout. To hold your group's time, we require a 25% deposit payable at the time you reserve your party. This can be mailed to: JB Tree Farm, 7880 Barker Road, Alexandria, PA, 16611, or charged on any major credit card.

Normal admission fees apply for groups of under 20: $10 for Regular, ages 10 to 61, $7 for Senior, 62 and older, and $7 for Junior, ages 4 to 9. Part of the admission fees will be used for missions again this year.

Admission includes:

We no longer serve cookout meals, but we encourage you to bring your own food. You can also buy food in the Christmas Shop. Several party areas have electrical outlets available.

Customize your party with some or all of the following:

To schedule a party, call 814-832-3430 for available dates and times or email bookhammer@aol.com. In case of rain, we have two wagons with a canopy, plus a great new barn complete with decorations for your cookout. Parties can be scheduled during these times.

Party Hours

Large groups could also be scheduled on a Saturday morning.

IMPORTANT:

We must have your final count of participants at least 48 hours before your party. Call 814-832-3430, or call or text Evelyn at 814-934-0432. You can also email bookhammer@aol.com. We will try to have your tickets and invoice ready for you. One contact person for your group should come into the shop for instructions and payment. Do not stand through the line. Go to the side of the counter to the left and ask for Evelyn. Please pay by cash, single check, or credit card when you arrive, at least 20 minutes before your start time. A receipt and wristbands and slingshot tickets (if purchased) will be issued to you.

General Information for Parties

Many party sponsors want to pay for the children they invite to parties but not cover all of the parents bringing or accompanying the children, which is very understandable. If you wish to communicate this with the parents of the children whom you invite please explain that the party will take place within the General Admission area for reasons of safety and security. The General Admission area is contained by a fence and every person must be wearing a purchased wristband to gain admittance to the General Admission area. There is a check point as one leaves the barn area and before entering the picnic and play area. Wristbands must be worn inside of the picnic and play area.

Party sponsors are responsible for being sure ALL guests receive a wristband either purchased by party sponsors or the guests themselves. Guests may not come out into the picnic area before acquiring the wristband. If sponsors purchase the bands, please wait in the large barn or the small party waiting area near pumpkin pay register until all of your party arrives. If guests are to purchase their own, please instruct guests to come INTO THE CHRISTMAS SHOP upon arrival before coming out into picnic area. Party sponsors may give staff a list of children for whom they have purchased wristbands so that parents will know they do not need to buy a pass for these children.

Prices are $10 Regular admission (ages 10 to 61), $7 Senior admission (ages 62 and up), $7 Junior admission (4-9), and Munchkins (3 and under) are free. If any of the guests are not interested in doing the Maze and Hayride, but would still like to accompany the Party, they can purchase a "Play Area Only" wristband for $3; this will allow them to be in the Play Area and Party Area, but they cannot go in the Maze or on Hayrides.

Group Discounts

If you have 20 or more paid admissions in your group tour rate will be discounted by 10%. Admission MUST be paid all at the same time, by one form of payment, by one person.

Youth groups and other church groups of 20 or more will receive a special discount however the discount will be given only after the youth groups have finished the maze under the conditions that follow: Unfortunately, we have had increasing problems with youth groups damaging and rule breaking in the maze. We love having these young people here and believe it is very important for them to come however if you bring a youth group these rules must be followed. The rules are not in place to inhibit the enjoyment of the youth but instead to allow the maze to exist for all to enjoy it. These are the simple common sense rules: No running, smoking, corn picking or corn throwing, stay on the path and do not cut through the corn. Countless hours of planning, planting, construction, weeding, forming, and maintenance have gone into the maze each year. Out maze staff works hard to assure that vandalism is not happening, but we also need the accompanying adults to stand firm about this please.

The purpose of JB Tree Farm is to glorify the Creator in all of its operations. We are committed to share the joy of our faith in Jesus Christ through word and example. We endeavor to operate the JB Tree Farm in a way that respects its resources as a gift from the Lord, understanding that we are stewards of that gift.

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