|We take pride in our orchards, farm, gardens, market and employees and love to share that with the community. The perfect way to learn about the importance of farming, food production, and respect for nature is to visit a real working farm. Our tours are fun and informative for all ages. It’s no wonder that teachers return year after year to tour Brown’s Orchards. |
We’ve been doing this a long time! Farmer Stan Brown and his wife Nona, a former elementary school teacher, enjoy sharing their farm and knowledge with community groups. Over the years the Brown’s family have been involved in promoting Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, the 4-H Club and the Farm and Natural Lands Trust and many more. Stan and Nona began hosting school groups over 25 years ago and have continued to educate 1,000’s of youth each year since then. Nona developed a fun and educational program that keeps students and teachers coming back. With new and exciting features always being added to the farm, today’s tour staff relies on Nona’s core program while incorporating these new additions each year.
Learn, Have Fun & Experience our Working Farm & Market! There is so much to see and learn about at Brown’s! Each spring, summer and fall, we offer fun, educational tours of Brown’s Orchards in Loganville for school kids and groups of all sizes and ages.
Our tours can enrich classroom or home school programs in social studies, farming and environmental issues, healthy eating, Pennsylvania studies and a host of other topics. We meet many Pennsylvania Core Curriculum Standards. Group leaders are encouraged to identify curricular areas they would like the guide to emphasize.
Call Sue to discuss your needs at 717-428-2036, ext. 261.
All tours are designed to meet the ages and interests of your group.
Groups may choose to arrive early or stay after the tour is over, to enjoy the pavilion or playground areas (as available and not being used by other tour groups) however your group must be ready to begin their tour at their scheduled time. Please reserve the pavilion in advance
Picnics: We have picnic tables if you wish to bring sack lunches, and a large lawn to play on after lunch.
15-person minimum for tours: (Smaller groups are welcome to come out on their own and visit the Honey House, Native Plant Garden and Market.)
Rain: We can work around a light rain but will discuss the possibility of
re-schedulng in case of hard rain.
Teachers: Contact us to get free apple lesson plans and activity sheets to incorporate them into your fall program. The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau also provides educational resources, programs, and funding opportunities to support those who teach children about agriculture.
Tour Staff Sue Myers: Brown’s Education and Events Coordinator is an experienced teacher, landscape designer, gardener, artist and six year Brown’s Orchards' employee. Her energetic and knowledgeable group of tour guides lead the way. In addition to their experience of working with children of all ages, Sue and her staff bring a wealth of creativity, energy, and knowledge to each tour they lead.
Sarah Lehman: Sarah has worked with children for the past 20 years as an educator, youth coordinator and volunteer and enjoys the opportunity to bring positive experiences and learning opportunities to children as often as possible. Sarah is a mother of two and is a tour guide and event specialist at Browns.
How do I book a tour? It is very helpful if you have ready the following information when you make your reservation request:
- Date and time (morning or afternoon) you prefer, as well as alternative dates in case your first choice is not available
- How many children are coming
- Age of the children
- Any children with special needs or bee/ peanut allergies?
- Phone numbers at which to reach you both day and evening
- Email address
Email Sue Myers or call her at 717-428-2036 ext. 261. After booking, Sue will email you a confirmation containing any additional information you may need. If you have questions about the confirmation message or do not receive it, please email Sue.
Teachers and parents don't forget your cameras. We have wonderful photo opportunities for individual children or the whole class.