Wonder and Wander

Hi kids!

Join us for one or more of the adventures below in summer and fall by visiting a real working farm. Your guide from NSO may read you a book, treat you to tastes of some yummy farm foods, and/or do a themed-related activity in addition to taking you on a hike around the farm. Most adventures will take about 1 hour, and age ranges listed below are simply guidelines. Many of them (especially the Scavenger Hunt) can be enjoyed by various ages!

All events are finished for this year, but check back in spring for opportunities next year!

Reservations are required so we can get ready for you.

Please have your grownup(s) read through all of the information below to help make your farm adventure awesome!

 
  • Diary of a Worm

    This is the diary of a worm who lives with his parents, plays with his friends, and even goes to school. But unlike you or me, he never has to take a bath, he gets to eat his homework, and because he doesn't have legs, he just can't do the hokey pokey!
    (Ages 4-8)

      (Adventure Details)

  • Tops & Bottoms

    Lazy Bear sleeps through every planting season, so conniving Hare makes a deal. Tops & Bottoms celebrates the trickster tradition of using one’s wits to overcome hardship, while exploring different types of garden crops.
    (Ages 4-8) (Adventure Details)

  • Farm Flu

    Mom leaves the farm in her son's hands for the day and while she is gone, the animals all come down with the flu. Caring for the sick creatures in the manner that he knows his mother would care for him, the boy puts the cow to bed, complete with tissues and alfalfa tea.
    (Ages 4-8) (Adventure Details)

  • Johnny Appleseed

    Learn (or re-learn) about the "hero" of backyard orchards and a bit about tall tales! Then see how all of that relates to what we do here at NSO
    (Ages 4 to 10)

      (Adventure Details)

  • Farm Art: Through Georgia's Eyes

    Artist Georgia O'Keefe loved big color and made big paintings of some not-so-big things. Explore color and shapes like she did and make some art at the farm!
    (Ages 5-10) (Adventure Details)

  • Scavenger Hunt

    Do you know who Beatrix is? Nope - not Beatrix Potter, but our own NSO Beatrix! What is a Brownie? You'll find out on this unique cooperative Scavenger Hunt adventure!
    (Suitable for all ages)
      (Adventure Details)

The Blue Star Barn at NSO:
3232 Limestone Rd. Cochranville, PA 19330

Call 484-502-7360 if you need help finding us

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled starting time

Parking, walkways, buildings, and restrooms are all handicapped-accessible.

The farm itself is not handicapped accessible
(we'll be walking only over grassy terrain; it is not wheelchair, walker, or stroller-friendly)

Late arrivals: We will be starting on time. If you arrive late, you'll have to join in at whatever point in the adventure we're at.

 

Grownup Guidelines: This is a working farm and orchard which makes it a very busy place. Your tour guide and the farm staff are committed to presenting your group the adventure subject you have chosen. Adults are expected to maintain control and ensure proper behavior of children during the entire visit. In order to maintain a safe environment, no roughhousing, disrespect of nature or other people, and/or outright damage to crops or plants is allowed. Activities for your group are planned to ensure your safety and to provide you with an fun & educational experience, so tour groups must remain with their guide. 

Each child or group of up to 3 children must have at least one grownup participate in the adventure. Please be respectful and helpful to your guide by being active in the control of your child(ren) for the enjoyment and safety of all.

Things to bring with you:

Snacks as desired. We will provide snack time at the end of your tour, and will have samples of seasonal farm produce available for your enjoyment. However, due to dietary restrictions and preferences, we suggest you bring snack items suitable for your needs. 

Beverages: We don't want our guests to wilt faster than the plants in the garden! Please have members of your group come with a water bottle if at all possible. Plentiful water refills are free, and we'll have individually-packaged beverages (water bottles, juice, milk) available for purchase.

More Guests?: If you wish to add additional children and/or adults after you have registered, please contact us ahead of time, so we can plan accordingly for your group.

Please do not bring animals/pets on your visit.

 

Weather conditions can vary and change quickly. Please check the forecast and make sure you are prepared with the proper attire for the projected weather and outdoor conditions. Be prepared for changes in temperature, wind, or a surprise rain shower by bringing a light jacket.

All tours at NSO are walking tours, and NSO is a working farm. Sensible enclosed shoes or sturdy sandals (like Keens or Tevo types) are recommended as the dirt and grass paths may be uneven, damp, and/or muddy. Stay safe and leave your fancy footwear at home.

Some other weather-related items you may want to bring are sunscreen, bug spray, and sunglasses or a hat. 

In case of inclement weather, we will cancel due to weather only if we feel the conditions would make your visit unsafe or valueless. A threat of a shower or light rain will not neccesarily cancel your event. If we decide to cancel due to the weather, we'll contact you the day before or morning of your reservation.

If your plans change, you may modify/cancel your reservation up to 7 days prior to the date booked and receive a full refund. Any cancellations that occur less than 7 days prior to your scheduled tour date will be refunded at 50%. Cancellations initiated by you less than 48 hours prior to tour date are not refundable.

We will cancel a tour if there are not at least 8 people scheduled to attend the tour (this number includes children and adults). We'll be in touch with you at least 3 days in advance of your tour in that case, to either reschedule or refund.

If we need to cancel your adventure for any reason, we will work with you to either come up with an alternative date for you or will refund your registration fee. 

Tours are $5.00 per child over age 3 (under 3 are free). Adults/Chaperones are $2.50.

All reservations require full payment via credit card at the time of booking the reservation online. 

Each group must have at least 1 attending adult/chaperone per every 3 children.

 

NSO is a working farm, and while we strive to provide as safe an environment as possible, we require your help in maintaining the safety of your group and other farm visitors. Please:

  • Adhere to all instructions and/or warnings your guide, farm staff, or farm signage provide.
  • Review above suggestions on this webpage about what to wear and bring so you remain comfortable and safe.
  • Be pro-actively mindful and involved with the children and others in your group to make sure all follow farm and tour guide safety protocols.

Your tour guide and the North Star Orchard farm staff reserve the right to cancel/stop your activity in progress if the above guidelines on this webpage are not adhered to. Our concern is for the safety of the group, our staff, and the farm itself. Refunds will not be issued if an event is stopped in this manner.

The responsible party for your group will be required to read and agree to our "Release of Liability" document when signing up for a class.

Laurie Brundage has been giving tours and teaching students of all ages since working in the Halophyte Biology Laboratory at the University of Delaware where she earned a Master’s of Science Degree.  

She has taught in Delaware public schools, college laboratories, various nature centers, home school co-ops, and on summer field trips for a private school in Virginia.  She especially enjoys teaching “in the field” where students can learn by doing.

 

Lisa Kerschner is one of the owners of North Star Orchard. She is a former homeschool mom and is an artist in her spare time. She enjoys reading, exploring, and learning alongside children and adults, and loves to work with color and texture in her artistic endeavors, which are on display in various locations around the various farm buildings.

 

Please contact us if you have any questions