Tour of local tree farm gives students chance to learn and have fun
Eager for Christmas, students from a local preschool recently got a tour of the Wilderson Tree Farm, located on Parallel Road in Basehor.
On Friday, Nov. 16, students and teachers from Stepping Stones Day Care Center toured the tree farm, many of them peering up at the tall pine trees.
The purpose of the tour, one of many the tree farm will host this holiday season, was for the young students to pick out a Christmas tree that will decorate their classroom this year.
"We will come out when it gets colder and we'll get the tree and take it back to the school," said Cindy Harvey, Stepping Stones Day Care Center director.
Although many of the students were impressed by the enormous amount of trees at the tree farm, one student in particular had an enjoyable time.
"We got to play hide and seek and the trees were tall and skinny and green," said Brianne Kennedy, a younger student at the day care center.
In preparation for Christmas, the tour was a benefit to students in learning more about the trees, Harvey said.
"They get a lot out of it," she said. "They are starting to get excited for Christmas and they get to learn about the trees and how deer come here and things like that."
The tours are something the Wilderson Tree Farm has done in the past and will continue to do in the future, said Chuck Wilderson, Wilderson Tree Farm owner.
"We have been doing it for seven or eight years now," Wilderson said. "Some tree farms charge (admission) but we give it for free and we give out candy canes and hot chocolate. That's just part of the atmosphere."
And while the tours provide good advertising for the tree farm, Wilderson said providing the kids with a good tour is the main purpose.
"It's both but it's more of a community service," he said. "I really like for the kids to come out and see the trees and they seem to have a good time coming out."