Spring Science Program
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we will not be opening for the Spring Science Program 2021. Be sure to check out our Sunflower Resources to celebrate 2021; the year of the sunflower.
Sunflower Planting Kits for Teachers Now Available
This kit includes everything you need for students to plant their very own sunflower. This is a fun hands-on activity for the kids. Kids can watch their sunflowers grow at home or in the classroom.
Available in a 12-pack, 24-pack, and 36 pack
How to plant
Our Sunflower Planting Kits for Teachers contain peat pots and peat pellets to plant seeds in. Watch this video to see how to plant seeds using a peat pot and peat pellet.
Science is especially prevalent at the Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm and Christmas Trees during our Spring Science Program 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: 9:00 am, 10:45 am, and 12:30 pm. Spaces are limited.
Minimum of 12 children for a group.
Cost is $9.00/child and $8.00/adult. No charge for the teacher.
Snack area is available for reservation at no extra cost.
Arriving late for your tour may result in a shortened program.
We wrote this children's story titled, Who Visits You? A Season of Change, Discovery, and Hope as the coronavirus pandemic began to unfold. The story can be viewed or downloaded as a PDF for free. It helps to remind us to look for the good amidst this historical life change for everyone in the world with the rise and spread of COVID-19. Even though many of our favorite places are closed during the pandemic, there are ways to stay connected to those around us and to our local communities. We want to encourage you to get to know your neighbors, and explore nature, wildlife, and insects in your area.
We would like to thank Millie and Ava Watters who beautifully illustrated this story and brought the words to life. And we never want to forget the essential workers who are true heroes. Our world needs you and we greatly appreciate you.
TO MAKE A GROUP RESERVATION
Call (925) 672-5198 and ask for Sharon
Sunflower Peat Pot Care
HOW 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.