The Orchard at Altapass has announced the completion of the “Props Project for Kids.”

Keith Moir from Penland School of Craft translated black and white images into vibrant, kid-friendly, plywood props that are installed around the Orchard.

Kids have already begun to poke their heads through holes or windows and become those icons of Orchard life, past and present—apple, honey bee, Monarch butterfly (a favorite) and caterpillar, Clinchfield Railroad engine, tractor, and banjo player.

Executive director Beth Hilton said part of the Orchard's mission is to educate people about the land, and for kids, that means fun activities.

All the props are within close walking distance to the red barn.

The Orchard is located at 1025 Orchard Road near Spruce Pine at mm 328.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), working orchard, heritage, and educational venue.

Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM, open Wednesday-Sunday.

Family- and pet-friendly. Wheelchair accessible.

For information, please visit or call 828-765-9531.