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Gammondale Farm provides education through positive experiences in our natural world: promotes healthy lifestyles and nutrition for families; fosters a lifelong interest in nature and history; and increases awareness of the importance of agriculture and the environment in our community.

At Gammondale, there is a large barn with farm animals, a Log House with a modern kitchen, Canada’s largest Catapult and a farmyard full of fun activities.

Gammondale Farm is located at 426 McCluskey Drive, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 4V2; 4km west of Hwy 61; about 15km south of the Thunder Bay airport. Latitude 48.3077 Longitude -89.5166

For more information about the educational tours, please call Sue Gammond at 475-9609 or email farmfun@tbaytel.net

To Book:  Call 807-475-9609.

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Gammondale Farm Tours can be designed to meet Ontario Provincial Curriculum guidelines for Science and Technology, Drama and Music, heritage and Citizenship, Health and Physical Education for children in Primary School.

Tours are usually 1 ½ to 2 hours, but longer tours can be arranged.

Bring your own snacks or catering is available.

Cost depends on the programming.

Out of town groups are welcome and may reserve a longer tour.

 

2019-2020 School Tour Programs

 

NEW in 2019 Sue and Gerry Gammond regret to say that the Fall Tours are no longer offered to local Thunder Bay schools.

However, they will continue to offer Christmas Tours and Spring Tours to local Thunder Bay schools.

Please contact Sue to discuss options for tours.

farmfun@tbaytel.net or 807-475-9609.

1.Thanksgiving, Harvest and Halloween

Available only for out of town schools and special needs classes.

These 2 hr. tours are suitable for up to 40 – 50 students, divided into groups of 10 – 15 students, each with their own adult supervisors. Choose from a variety of farm activities to meet your educational goals. Special arrangements can be made for out of town groups. The Homestead Cabin along with the Historic Log House provides shelter. On ‘poor’ weather days, alternate activities are substituted.

Optional Activities include:

  • Take a Tractor Pulled WAGON RIDE along the foothills of Candy Mountain to see the beautiful fall colours.  Observe a farm using all 5 senses. This activity is optional, hiking is an alternative
  • Visit the PUMPKIN PATCH and pick out a pumpkin and small gourds
  • Observe and describe how the growth of plants is affected by changes in environmental conditions
  • Talk about HARVEST TIME
  • Describe how humans prepare for daily and seasonal changes
  • Visit the FARM ANIMALS
  • Demonstrates the needs and characteristics of living animals
  • Watch CANADA’S LARGEST CATAPULT chuck pumpkins high into the air
  • Celebrate Halloween in the BOO BARN and decorate a mini pumpkin.
  • TO TAKE HOME: Each classroom receives a jack-o-lantern pumpkin and all the students receive a colourful gourd.

Nutritious Snack: Food is not included with tour, please bring a biodegradable snack on the tour. Local snacks and drinks are available. Please order food ahead (e.g. Hot Dogs, Apple Juice, Caramel Apple Slices, Chocolate Lollies, Cookies etc.)

Times: The morning (finishing before noon) and afternoon (starting after 12:30). Programs are 2 hours long.

Costs: The tour cost is $8.00 / student (+HST). Adults are FREE. Payment by cheque is due at time of tour

To Book: Please call 807-475-5615 or email us A confirmation letter will be emailed or faxed to you. Information about our Spring, Fall and Christmas tours will be sent to you on request.

 

2. Local food Program, JK to Grade 3

Our School Tours ours are designed to compliment and adhere to the Ontario Science & Technology Curriculum, Drama & Music Curriculum, Heritage & Citizenship Curriculum and Health & Physical Education Curriculum for children in Kindergarten to Grade 3. This an easy and fun way for teachers to enrich their educational programming.

Optional Activities include:

LIVING HISTORY: The Pioneer Log House

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & MOTOR SKILLS: Take a hike or wagon ride from the bus to the Homestead, a great opportunity to observe the farm using all 5 senses. Or explore the forest maze with boreal animal cutouts. Play on the tire swing in the hayloft of the 1930’s barn and jump on the straw mountain. Play in the corn stalk maze and ride a gentle giant draft horse

Music Curriculum, Heritage & Citizenship Curriculum and Health & Physical Education Curriculum for children in Kindergarten to Grade 3. This an easy and fun way for teachers to enrich their educational programming.

Optional Activities include:

LIVING HISTORY: The Pioneer Log House

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & MOTOR SKILLS: Take a hike or wagon ride from the bus to the Homestead, a great opportunity to observe the farm using all 5 senses. Or explore the forest maze with boreal animal cutouts. Play on the tire swing in the hayloft of the 1930’s barn and jump on the straw mountain. Play in the corn stalk maze and ride a gentle giant draft horse

PIONEER LIFE:  Visit the farm animals including baby chicks, laying hens, bunnies, goats, sheep, the donkey, ponies and draft horses

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: Visit the Pumpkin Fields. Learn how pumpkins grow and why they are nutrition and good for us to eat. Take home seeds for planting and learn about the sun and water, and how they help plants grow.

TRADITIONS: The Pioneer Log House

Nutritious Snack: Please ensure that everyone has a nutritious snack that is either from foods that can be grown and locally or homemade. There will be a demonstration of the Apple as the World at snack time and a discussion about being grateful for healthy nutritious food.

Times: The morning (before noon) and afternoon (after 12:30pm). Programs are about 2 hours.

Costs: Tour is $8.00 (+HST) There is no charge for helpers. Most of our tour is under cover, so rain is not a problem and alternate activities can be substituted. Payment is due at the time of the tour.

To Book: Please call 807-475-5615 or email us A confirmation letter will be emailed or faxed to you. Information about our Spring, Fall, and Christmas tours will be sent to you on request.

 

3. Pioneer Christmas Program For Primary and Pre School Children

December

Gammondale Farm School Tours are designed to meet Provincial guidelines. These tours are made to suit the students needs. Each tour will be unique.

Our School Tours ours are designed to compliment and adhere to the Ontario Science & Technology Curriculum, Drama & Music Curriculum, Heritage & Citizenship Curriculum and Health & Physical Education Curriculum for children in Primary School and Preschool.

Most of our tour is under cover, so rain, snow or cold is not a problem and alternate activities can be substituted.

Nutritious Snack: Food is not included with tour, please bring a biodegradable snack on the tour. Local snacks and drinks are available. Please order food ahead (e.g. Hot Dogs, Apple Juice, Caramel Apple Slices, Chocolate Lollies, Cookies etc.)

Times: The morning (before noon) and afternoon (after 12:30pm). Programs are about 2 hours long.

Admission: $8.00 (+HST)). There is no charge for teachers, helpers, parents or bus drivers. Payment is due at the time of the tour. Arrangements can be made for an invoice. Cheques are accepted.

To Book: Please call 807-475-5615 or email us.  A confirmation letter will be emailed or faxed to you. Information about our Spring, Fall and Christmas tours will be sent to you on request.

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Location

Sue and Gerry Gammond
426 McCluskey Drive
Slate River, Ontario
P7J 0B3
(near Thunder Bay)

GPS Coordinates:
N48 18.48 W89 30.95

From Thunder Bay:
Take Hwy 61 south, about 15km south of the Thunder Bay Airport, turn right onto McCluskey Drive. The straight ahead for 4km and Gammondale is on the right hand side.

Contact Us

T: 807.475.5615 (for information)
T: 807.475.9609 (for reservations)
E: farmfun@tbaytel.net

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