Spring Science Program
SPRING SCIENCE PROGRAM
April 8th - May 8th, 2019
Science is especially prevalent at the Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm and Christmas Trees during our Spring Science Program (April 11th - May 9th) for school groups. Our natural farm setting is ideal for children to explore and experience "Ag in the Classroom" to compliment your curriculum. Students see, touch, smell and hear science at our three learning stations where they discover new facts in the areas of Physical, Earth, and Life Sciences. Every student gets to take home a sunflower seed in a peat pot. And don't forget the most fun time of all, a ride on the Pumpkin Farm Express - our popular trackless train!
- Program is 90 minutes in length
- Three available start times include: 9:00 am, 10:45 am, and 12:30 pm. Spaces are limited.
- Cost is $8.50/child and $7.50/adult. No charge for the teacher.
- Snack area is available for reservation at no extra cost.
- Call (925) 672-5198 and ask for Sharon or email email@example.com to make your reservation.
Arriving late for your tour may result in a shortened program.
FOR KIDS & PARENTS WHO HAVE GONE ON THE TOUR:
How to Care for your Sunflower Seed in a Peat Pot:
Now that you have planted a sunflower seed in a peat pot, here are some helpful tips to care for your Sunflower.
- Put the peat pot in a sunny place with a dish under the pot to collect excess water.
- Water one to two times a day. The outside of the peat pot should be a dark brown color and feel like a damp sponge. Be careful to not over water and never let the peat pot dry out.
- In about 7 to 10 days you should start to see the plant starting to emerge from the soil.
- Once your plant has 2 to 3 sets of leaves on the stem or is approximately 3 to 4 inches tall you can then plant it outside or into a very large container.
- Dig a hole that is twice as wide and twice as deep as the peat pot.
- A light application of fertilizer mixed in at planting time will encourage strong root growth to protect them from blowing over in the wind.
- If both of your seeds sprout, you are going to have to separate the two plants. They need to be spaced a minimum of 12 inches apart so they can grow tall. To separate the plants, gently squeeze the pot to loosen the soil to make it easier to separate the two plants. Remove one plant from the peat pot and plant it in hole. Leave the other plant in the peat pot and plant it in another hole, remember to space it a minimum of 12 inches from the other one.
- Be sure to put it in a sunny location.
- Keep the soil moist (but not too wet) until the sunflower becomes established.
- Once the plant is established, water deeply though infrequently (check soil every 3-4 days) to encourage deep rooting. Mature plants tolerate drought well.
- The sunflower can reach a height of 6-8 feet or more.
Sunflowers were named for their habit of turning their faces to the sun. At the beginning of their development the sunflower will follow the sun in its course from east to west. Although the mature blossoms usually end up facing straight east.
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Answers to Spring Science Program Field Trip Journal: