General Field Trip Information:
Cider Mill School Field Trips run from early September through November. They are designed for 1st-3rd grade students in groups of 35 or more. Pre-K, Kindergarten, 4th and 5th graders are welcome, as well. Times are scheduled for 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m. on regular school days, preferably Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Visits take about 45 minutes. We will accommodate multiple classes from one school if that is better for you.
Field Trip arrangements can be made anytime of the year by simply completing a request form on-line.
The Cider Mill in Endicott has introduced generations of children to traditional cider-making and the taste of pure, old-fashioned, fresh-pressed, sweet cider.
In recent years, over 1,500 children from area schools visit the Cider Mill annually. In addition to watching the cider-making process, they can view our kitchen where Cider Mill old-fashion, cake-batter doughnuts and Two-Day cookies are made, fresh-baked pies are taken from the oven, and crisp apples are poked with wooden skewers, rolled in one of six old-time syrup flavors, and cooled on end into Cider Mill Candy Apples.
Often, field trips will include a guided walk through the Cider Mill Farmstand where varieties of fall apples, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, mums and other seasonal harvests fill the outdoor display.
Finally, there’s stop at the
Cider Mill Playhouse theater for a cup of cool, sweet cider and a warm, fresh doughnut to top off each school child’s tour.
Each visiting child gets a copy of the “The Cider Mill Primer”. This is a small, 12-page children’s
coloring book with images and text describing the history and importance of apples and cider-making to life in our community and our country.
The goal of our school field trips is to keep an interest alive in all things healthy for body, mind, and soul, including the traditions of apple growing, cider-making, and harvesting the gifts of the seasons.