SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS & TOURS AT ECKERT'S FARMS


We offer School Tours and Field Trips during Peach Picking, Apple Picking and Pumpkin Picking seasons at our Belleville, Grafton and Millstadt farms. Crop availability varies by farm.

Click below to make a tour reservation at one of our farms:


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peach picking tours

Available at the Belleville Farm in July & August.

  • The perfect field trip for Child Care Centers and Summer Camps

  • Available July 21, 22, 28 & 29 and August 4 & 5 from 9am – 2pm.
  • Cost: $6 per child.
  • Kids will ride a tractor-pulled wagon to the orchard where they will pick a small bag of peaches to take home.
  • Eckert’s requires a minimum 1:5 adult to student ratio to ensure the safety of our guests and the preservation of our orchards.

Classic Apple & Pumpkin Picking Tours

Available at the Belleville and Grafton Farms in September and October. There are no tours Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • Apple & Pumpkin picking at the Belleville or Grafton farms: reservations available on Wednesdays-Fridays.
  • Apple Picking Tours are available: September 9 – October 7 from 9am – 2pm (no tours available on Mondays or Tuesdays).
  • Pumpkin Picking Tours are available: October 12- October 28 from 9 am to 2 pm (no tours available on Mondays or Tuesdays).
  • Cost: $7 per child – you will “hold” your spot through the online reservation system, but you will pay for the field trip at the gate.
  • Kids will ride a tractor-pulled wagon to the orchard/patch where they will pick apples or a pumpkin to take home.
  • Grades Pre-K through 4th grades (Ideal for pre-K and Kindergarten students).
  • Eckert’s requires a minimum 1:5 adult to student ratio to ensure the safety of our guests and the preservation of our orchards.

Millstadt Fun Farm Tours

Available at the Millstadt Farm in September and October. There are no tours Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • Apple & Pumpkin picking at the Millstadt farm: reservations available on Wednesdays-Fridays.
  • Apple Picking Tours are available: September 9 – October 7 from 9am – 2pm (no tours available on Mondays or Tuesdays).
  • Pumpkin Picking Tours are available: October 12- October 28 from 9 am to 2 pm (no tours available on Mondays or Tuesdays).
  • The Millstadt farm is our entertainment farm and is packed full of fun including: Billy Bob’s Pig Races, the pumpkin canon show, jumping pillow, mine shaft slide, Fort Eckert play area and other fun activities.
  • Cost: $8 per child– you will “hold” your spot through the online reservation system, but you will pay for the field trip at the gate.
  • Kids will ride a tractor-pulled wagon to the orchard/patch where they will pick apples or a pumpkin to take home.
  • Grades Pre-K through 4th grades (Ideal for pre-K and Kindergarten students).
  • Eckert’s requires a minimum 1:5 adult to student ratio to ensure the safety of our guests and the preservation of our orchards.

Tour/School Field Trip Includes

  • Apple or pumpkin picking (depending on date)
  • Apples or a pumpkin per paid child to take home
  • Time in the Kids Corral Play Area
  • Petting Farm
  • Educational Show
  • Tractor and Wagon Ride
  • Cup of Apple Cider

Supervision

Eckert’s requires a minimum ratio of 1 adult for every 5 children to better ensure the safety of our guests and the preservation of our orchards. Please share this handout with both your students and their parents to help us increase student safety and decrease waste in the orchard.

No Call No Show Fee

In respect of other tour groups and to maintain booking flexibility, there is a $25 fee for any tour group that misses its appointment without first contacting Eckert’s within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment.

Inclement Weather

If in question of the weather, the above fee will be waived for all cancellations, and Eckert’s will be happy to assist in rescheduling your tour.

Picnicking

Eckert’s has plenty of space for picnicking; however, you may want to bring blankets for additional seating.

Educational Materials

Eckert’s recommends visiting the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom website for additional educational resources, including the free and printer-friendly Apple Ag Mag and Pumpkin Ag Mag.

Making a Reservation

Click here to make a reservation or call (618) 233-0513 and we can help you.

Field Trip and Tour Details

Please allow at least 2 hours for the Classic Tours. Spaces are limited, and reservations are required. Book your tour online or call (618) 233-0513 today!