Field Trips

Education: For Children, Families, and all Community Members

We manage the orchard with innovative techniques that reduce the need for harmful pesticides. Through guided field trips, signage, and displays we strive to share our management approach with others.

Field trips are a cooperative effort between Chapin Orchard and Saxon Hill School

Due to our continued concerns regarding COVID-19 we will not be offering guided field trips in 2021.  We hope to resume our guided field trip program in 2022.

Resources for Teachers

LITTLE APPLES (Sing to the tune of “Ten Little Indians”)

One little, two little, three little apples,
Four little, five little, six little apples,
Seven little, eight little, nine little apples,
All for apple cider.

APPLES OFF MY TREE (Sing to the tune of “Skip to My Lou”)

Pick an apple off the tree,
Pick an apple off the tree,
Pick an apple off the tree,
Now sit down and eat it!

(Sung to tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes)

Head, thorax, abdomen – abdomen,
Head, thorax, abdomen – abdomen-e-en,
Antennae, eyes, and an exoskeleton,
Head, thorax, abdomen – abdomen.


Here is my trunk,  (Hands start at feet and move up the body)
I’m an apple tree.  (Spread arms out like branches).
In springtime blossoms bloom on me. 
They open; they open.  (Open hands.)

Here is my trunk, 
I’m an apple tree.
In summer apples grow on me.
They grow; they grow.  (Hands in fists.)

Her is my trunk,
I’m an apple tree.
In autumn apples fall from me.  (Turn fists over.)
They drop; they drop.   (Open hands downward.)

Here is my trunk,
I’m an apple tree.
In winter snowflakes fall on me.
I rest; I rest.   (Rest head on arm/branch)


Play a singing circle game to the tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.” Children skip in a circle, holding hands, while singing the first verse.

Verse 1:
Here we go round the apple tree,
The apple tree, the apple tree.
Here we go round the apple tree,
Here at the apple orchard.

Verse 2: This is the way the blossoms bloom…… so early in the springtime.

Verse 3: This is the way the bees buzz round…..and pollinate the blossoms.
Verse 4: This is the way the apples grow….all throughout the summer.
Verse 5: This is the way the apples are picked……at the orchard in the autumn.

Apple Song
(Sung to the tune of “Have You Ever Seen a Lassie”)

Have you ever seen an apple, an apple, an apple
Have you ever seen an apple, that grows on a tree?
A red one, a yellow one, a green one, a pink one
Have you ever seen an apple, that grows on a tree?


Apples here (point to yourself)
Apples there (point away)
Apples are growing everywhere (hands form a circle…the world)
Some are high (point up)
Some are low (point down)
Look for apples wherever you go (point to eyes)
Apples on the left (extend left arm)
Apples on the right (extend right arm)
Pick one, eat one (reach for pretend apple, bite pretend apple)Tastes just right (rub stomach)


Way up high in the apple tree (stretch arm up high)
Two red apples smiled at me (hold up 2 fingers)
I gently twisted, turned sepal (bottom) to the sky

Got one more apple for apple pie.


This is the tree
With leaves so green.
(make leaves with fingers outstretched)
Here are the apples
That hang in between.
(make fist)
When the wind blows
The apples will fall,
(falling motion with hand)
Here is the basket to gather them all.
(use arms to form basket)

Sing to the tune: I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little apple, red and round,
I make a munchy, crunchy sound,
Take a juicy bite right into me-
‘Cause I’m delicious as can be!

Five Little Apples

Sung to “Five Little Monkeys”

Five little apples swinging in a tree
I sure wish one would fall to me
One fell down
And hit the ground
Now how many apples do you see?

Keep singing until all apples have fallen.

Apple Butter
(sung to tune of “A peanut sat on the railroad track”)

An apple sat on the railroad track,
its heart was all a flutter.
Along came the 6-15,
and smoosh, squish Apple butter.

Apples and Bananas

I love to eat, eat, eat
apples and bananas
I love to eat, eat, eat
apples and bananas

I love to ate, ate, ate
apples and bananas
(say with the long A sound)
I love to ate, ate, ate
apples and bananas

I love to eat, eat, eat
epples and benenes
(say with long E sound)
I love to eat, eat, eat
epples and benenes

I love to ite, ite, ite
ipples and bininis
I love to ite, ite, ite
ipples and bininis
(Long I sound)

I love to oat, oat, oat
opples and bononos
(Long O sound)

I love to ute, ute, ute
upples and bununus
(Long U sound)

I love to eat, eat, eat
apples and bananas.

(It’s a great song when your kids are already acting silly. It’s also good for teaching the long vowel sounds.)

(sung to tune of “Are you Sleeping?”)

Picking apples
picking apples
one by one
one by one
Put them in a basket
Put them in a basket
Oh what fun!
Oh what fun!

another option:

Red and crunchy,
Green and munchy
Yellow, too, yellow, too
Juicy and nutritious,
Tasty and delicious,
Good for me, good for you.

(Tune: “BINGO”)

I know a fruit that grows on trees,
An apple is its name, oh!
An apple is its name, oh!

In autumn it is cool and crisp.
It’s time to pick an apple!

It may be sweet or may be tart,
It’s red, or green, or yellow!

A McIntosh or Liberty,
A Freedom or Delicious!

Make applesauce and cider, too
Or apple pie with apples!


Apples, apples,
One, two, three,
Apples for you,
Apples for me.
Apples big,
Apples small,
Apple trees tiny,
Apple trees tall.
Apples sour,
Apples sweet,
Apples, apples,
are nice to eat.

The Apple Star

Take an apple round and red.
Don’t slice down
Slice through instead.
Right inside it you will see
A star as pretty as can be!

Take an apple round and red.
Don’t slice down, slice through instead.
Look inside it and you’ll see,
A special star for you and me!

Apples, Apples
(Tune: “Twinkle, Twinkle”)

Apples juicy, apples round,
On the tree or on the ground.
Apples yellow, apples red,
Apple cider, pie, and bread!
Apples crunchy, apples sweet,
Apples are so good to eat!

Apple Poem

A is for Apple,
Round and Sweet,
Red, Green Apple,
Good to eat.

Here’s a quick game:

Make a game based on “Hi, Ho Cherry-o” board game. Each child has his/her own tree – either one printed off the Internet or one made by the student. Each student receives 6 red buttons (apples) which s/he places on his/her tree. Students take turns rolling a die. Whatever number the die says is the number apples the student takes from his/her tree and places in his bucket (recycled snack applesauce
container. If the student rolls the number 4, all the apples in his bucket go back on the tree.

Apple History and Apple Lore

Apple Facts (Vermont varieties)

Apple Nutritional Information

Educational Links and Web Quests
(Life cycle of an apple tree) (apple proverbs)

Recipes and Preserving (you can use an electric food dehydrator instead of the oven; follow directions of your food dehydrator)

Apple Crafts and Projects