School Programs

Pietree Orchard offers school tours that can be customized to your students’ ages, and can help you meet some of your educational program goals. The orchard is an ideal place to learn about eco-systems and life cycles, practical meteorology and applied mathematics, the history of our state, and the real-world implications of immigration and agricultural policies and global food pressures and opportunities.

Our school tours are customized to your students’ ages, and can help you meet some of your educational program goals. The orchard is an ideal place to learn about eco-systems and life cycles, practical meteorology and applied mathematics, the history of our state, and the real-world implications of immigration and agricultural policies and global food pressures and opportunities. Curricular emphases we can offer include:

Ecology – Life Cycle
    •    Life-cycle of trees (introductory, middlers); perennial, biennial, and annual
    •    plants (middlers+); plant propagation methods (high school)

Ecology – Sustainability
    •    Introduction to Sustainability in Farming (middlers+), eco-systems and
    •    crop selection (elementary, middlers+), integrated pest management (elementary, middlers+)

Ecology & Geology – Soil & Water
    •    Basic Soil Composition, Soil Testing (ph, nutrients, organic matter),
    •    Amendments, Watershed, Soil & Water Conservation (all grade levels)
    •    Health – Simple Ways to Enjoy What’s Fresh Now (all grades)

Meteorology & Farming
    •    Weather Station (all grade levels), Climate & Micro-climate (upper elementary+)
    •    Optimal Growth & Dangerous Weather (Dewpoints, Heat, Hail, Frost) (upper elementary+)
    •    Dormancy & Plant Health (middlers+)

Mathematics & Farming
    •    Volume vs. Weight (all grades), Metric & Imperial conversions (upper elementary+)
    •    Tractor Wheel Base & Field Planning (upper elementary+)
    •    Planting & Weeding Measurements (middlers+)
    •    Wind Speeds & Nutrient Application (high school)

History & Social Studies
    •    Orchard History (middlers+)
    •    The orchard development effort of the 1920’s & 1930’s
    •    changes in farm-to-market
    •    return to local foods as part of ecological movement
    •    relationship of farm policies with immigration policies
    •    rural development & commodity policies
    •    seed & plant patents & royalties

Social Studies
    •    Immigration & H2A Program (high school)

Learn about local, healthy food, the roles of bees, the proper way to harvest apples, the art and science of agriculture, and much more at our orchard featuring terrific views of the White Mountains and tours customized to your curricular goals. During apple season, every student learns how to pick apples and picks their own ¼-peck to take home.