Kindergartners from Tye River Elementary School plus parents, guardians, and teachers gathered at Drumheller's Orchard in Lovingston last week to enjoy the turning foliage, ripe apples, and pumpkin patch.

Michelle Lucado, a kindergarten teacher, said this annual field trip correlates with what the students are learning in the classroom.

"We're learning about the life cycle of apples and pumpkins and the four seasons," Lucado said.

Five-year-olds Nevaeh Benton and Kinsley Campbell, along with the rest of the 59 students from the three classes, got to pick apples from bins in the shop to take home, learn what the orchard does year round, and how every apple is used for various products the orchard produces. They also got to pick out their own pumpkins.

"I like the apples," Nevaeh said.

This annual field trip has been happening for at least the past eight years for the youngest group at Tye River.

"We've gone every year I've been here, maybe longer," Lucado said.

What's next for the kindergartners at Tye River? Pumpkin carving, just in time for Halloween.

"We're celebrating Halloween soon. Each class will get to make Jack-O-Lanterns. We'll learn about all the different parts of the pumpkin," Lucado said.

Erin Conway covers Nelson County. Reach her at (434) 385-5524 or

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