Applewood is currently closed for the season and reservations for in-person field trips are not available at this time. Please check back for updates in the spring!

Education programs are free and availability depends on timing and demand. We will be sure to post updates when we are able to resume reservations for tours and in-person field trips and welcome visitors to Applewood once again.

Students on a field trip look into the pond
Students on a field trip engage with a volunteer

Field Trips

Applewood welcomes school groups and organizations for in-person and/or virtual learning experiences. (As noted above, in-person experiences are not currently available). All pre-K through high school field trips align with state of Michigan curriculum standards. Using history, civics, science, and literacy skills, students on field trips explore how they are an important part of their community and ways to get involved!

Our staff works with groups of all ages and abilities. Funding for field trip transportation and meals may be available, with priority given to north Flint schools and organizations.

Our field trip options are detailed below and a field trip request form can be found at the bottom of the page. Please note that in-person field trips must be requested a minimum of two weeks in advance and all facilitated virtual field trips must be requested at least three weeks in advance.

3rd–5th Grades

Approximately 30 Minutes
Min. of 5 students/Max. of 25 students

This field trip explores the history of Applewood as a working farm and activities that can contribute to a more sustainable society. We will start with a virtual tour of the estate, highlighting areas that were important to historic farming operations and learn about key things in nature that are needed to grow crops. We’ll see how butter is made and try and make some ourselves. Finally, we’ll learn how to grow your own vegetables with a bean sprouting activity. While we encourage participation in the activities by gathering simple supplies, it is not necessary for participation in the virtual field trip. If your students are interested in doing these activities during or after the field trip and need assistance purchasing materials, please contact us and we may be able to help.

6th-12th Grades

Approximately 30-45 Minutes
Min. 5 students, Max. 30 students

Explore what civic participation means and how it applies to the Mott family’s commitment to their community. Learn how you can take an active role in making your community a better place. We will take a virtual tour inside the house and engage in a timeline exploration with an interactive game.

We encourage participation in the activities by gathering simple supplies, though it is not required. If students are interested in doing the activities during or after the field trip and need assistance acquiring the materials, please contact us and we may be able to help.

Pre-Recorded Virtual Materials

For additional digital content you can access and use at any time please visit our virtual program page.

Preschool – Kindergarten

Approximately 1 Hour
30 students maximum, 1 adult chaperone required for every 10 students

Students will learn about Applewood Estate and the Mott family using our historic apple orchard. Students will use motor skills, develop expressive language skills, and have the opportunity to taste something grown on site.

This experience supports the following Head Start domains of learning:

—Approaches to Learning
—Language and Communication
—Literacy

A child holds two apples

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

A child draws a picture at ApplewoodApproximately 1.5 Hours
75 students maximum, 1 adult chaperone required for every 10 students

We can learn about the natural world from each other as we get to know new people. Using the book “Hugs Around Your Neck,” students will engage with themes of diversity and inclusion while learning about butterflies and the role they play in our environment. As always, students will be able to taste something grown right here at Applewood.

This experience supports the following areas of Michigan curriculum standards:

Kindergarten:

  • Reading
    • Informational Text (Key Ideas and Details, Integration of knowledge and ideas, craft and structure)
    • Literature (Key Ideas and Details, Integration of knowledge and ideas)
    • Foundational Skills (Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, phonics and word recognition, fluency)
  • Science
    • Engineering Design

1st Grade:

  • Reading
    • Informational Text (Key Ideas and Details, Integration of knowledge and ideas, craft and structure)
    • Literature (Key Ideas and Details, Integration of knowledge and ideas)
    • Foundational Skills (Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, phonics and word recognition, fluency)
  • Social Studies
    • History (Living and Working Together in Families and Schools)
    • Geography (Human Systems, Environment and Society)
    • Civics and Government (Civic Participation)

2nd Grade:

  • Reading
    • Literature (Key Ideas and Details, Integration of knowledge and ideas)
    • Informational Text (Key Ideas and Details, Integration of knowledge and ideas, craft and structure)
    • Foundational Skills (Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, phonics and word recognition, fluency)
  • Social Studies
    • Geography (Human Systems, Environment and Society)
    • Civics and Government (Civic Participation)

3rd – 5th Grade

Students run a relay at ApplewoodApproximately 2 Hours
75 students maximum, 1 adult chaperone required for every 15 students

Students get to explore Applewood with farm chores and making butter while they learn how the farm functioned and how we grow fresh fruits and vegetables today.

This experience supports the following areas of Michigan curriculum standards:

3rd Grade

  • Reading
    • Informational Text (Key Ideas and Details, Integration of knowledge and ideas, craft and structure)
    • Literature (Key Ideas and Details, Integration of knowledge and ideas)
    • Foundational Skills (Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, phonics and word recognition, fluency)
  • Science
    • Engineering Design
  • Social Studies
    • History (The History of Michigan)
    • Geography (Human Systems, Environment and Society)
    • Economics (Market Economy)

4th Grade

  • Reading
    • Informational Text (Key Ideas and Details, Integration of knowledge and ideas, craft and structure)
    • Foundational Skills (Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, phonics and word recognition, fluency)
  • Science
    • Engineering Design
    • Energy
    • Structure, Function, and Information Processing
  • Social Studies
    • History (The History of Michigan)

5th Grade

  • Reading
    • Informational Text (Key Ideas and Details, Integration of knowledge and ideas, craft and structure)
    • Foundational Skills (Print Concepts, Phonological Awareness, phonics and word recognition, fluency)
  • Science
    • Engineering Design

6th – 8th Grades

Approximately 2 hours
50 students maximum, 1 adult chaperone required for every 15 students

Learn how technology played a role in Applewood’s history, and how it continues to aid us in food production today. Students consider both the positive and negative aspects of technology in agriculture and discuss ways that technological innovation in one industry can impact others. This experience includes hands-on activities and a visit to our weather station.

This experience supports the following areas of Michigan curriculum standards:

6th-8th Grade

  • Science
    • Engineering Design
    • Energy
    • Weather and Climate
    • Human Impact
  • Technology (Computer Science)
Youth on a field trip at Applewood look at a tablet with a map of Michigan

Approximately 2 Hours
75 students maximum, 1 adult chaperone required for every 15 students

Using historical examples and current practices, we invite students into a discussion about the roles they play within their community. Students will learn about the Motts’ legacy of civic participation and will engage in a guided debate to practice critical thinking and civil discourse.

This experience supports the following areas of Michigan curriculum standards:

6th–8th Grade

  • Science
    •  Engineering Design
    •  Weather and Climate
    •  Human Impact
  • Social Studies
    •  Geography (Human Characteristics of Places, Environment and Society)
    •  Public Discourse, Decision Making, and Civic Participation
    •  History (Historical Inquiry and Analysis, Historical Understanding)
  • English Language Arts
    •  Informational Text (Key Ideas and Details, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Craft and Structure)

9th–12th Grades

Approximately 2 Hours
75 students maximum, 1 adult chaperone required for every 15 students

Using historical examples and current practices, we invite students into a discussion about the roles they play within their community. Students will learn about the Motts’ legacy of civic participation and will engage in a guided debate to practice critical thinking and civil discourse.

This experience supports the following areas of Michigan curriculum standards:

9th–12th Grade

  • Science
    •  Engineering Design
    •  Human Sustainability
  • Social Studies
    •  Processes and Skills (Reading and Communication, Public Discourse and Decision-Making, Civic Participation)
    •  Civics (Structure and Function of Governments in the U.S., Rights and Liberties in the U.S., Citizenship and Civic Participation)
    •  Economics (Market Economy)
  • English Language Arts
    •  Informational Text (Key Ideas and Details, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Craft and Structure)
Field trip students read a book in the gardens

Approximately 2 Hours
25 students maximum, 1 adult chaperone required for every 15 students

Students explore potential careers by visiting with Applewood staff members. Career exploration may include horticulture, security, visitor services, volunteer coordinating, caring for historic objects, and education programming. Additionally, students will participate in hands-on examples of different tasks that each job entails.

This experience supports the following areas of Michigan curriculum standards:

  • Career and College Ready Skills
  • Social Studies
    •  Economics (Personal Finance)
  • English Language Arts
    •  Informational Text (Key Ideas and Details, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Craft and Structure)
Field Trip Students talking while sitting at tables in the barn classroom at Applewood

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Please note that most field trips are conducted in outdoor spaces in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Due to the large size of the estate there is a significant amount of walking over a variety of uneven terrain, such as paved and gravel walkways, grassy areas, and up and down hills.
  • We recommend students and chaperones wear comfortable closed-toe shoes, and dress in layers as weather may change over the course of the visit.
  • Field trips will be canceled in the event of dangerous weather such as thunderstorms or high winds, and every attempt will be made to reschedule.
  • All students attending a field trip must have a completed and signed release form on file. Multiple children in the same household may use the same form. Forms may be mailed or delivered ahead of time, or delivered the day of the field trip.

 

Fill Out This Form to Request a Field Trip

  • Field Trips must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance.
  • Please enter a number from 1 to 75.
  • If different than person submitting this form. Please include Name, Phone Number, Email Address for this person.
  • (Dietary, mobility, interpretation, etc.)