“Ag in a Day” Teacher Workshops Scheduled

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Join area County Farm Bureaus at the “Ag in a Day” teacher workshops for hands-on activities, grant opportunities, farm tours, and free resources for your classroom. The workshops will be held on June 10th and 11th. The workshops are completely free to attend and will include lunch and refreshments both days.

The “Ag in a Day” workshops are open to all teachers and educators. Teachers will have the choice to attend workshops at two different locations:

June 10: Coal Valley Happy Joe’s, 320 W 1st Ave, Coal Valley, IL 61240. Tours will take place in area surrounding Coal Valley.

June 11: Oak View Country Club, 1601 SW 3rd Ave, Aledo, IL 61231. Tours will take place in Aledo and surrounding area.

Teachers are invited to attend all courses, or whatever date and location is most convenient. Educators will receive free teaching materials, participate in hands-on activities, view Ag in the Classroom educational kits, and take field trips to areas of interest in order to learn more about agriculture. CPDU’s will also be available at each workshop. There is no cost to attend and there will be ample opportunities for teachers to win prizes and resources for their classrooms.

At the Coal Valley workshop, teachers will learn about resources available from Illinois Ag in the Classroom, learn about lessons that can be taught on butterflies, a trip to Niabi Zoo, and the day will conclude with a tour of the vineyard at Lavender Crest Winery in Colona.

In Aledo, teachers will learn receive a lesson on animal tracks, learn about lessons that can be taught on recycling, learn about the importance of fish and their habitats, receive a lesson and resources on soils, go on a grounds tour of Oak View Country Club, and the day will end at Landmark Landscaping where teachers will learn about how a nursery grows and takes care of trees and plants.

The workshops are designed for Preschool - High School educators who wish to expand their curriculum to include topics related to agriculture – the world’s food and fiber system. The workshops will focus on how to integrate available resources and hands-on activities about agriculture into an existing classroom curriculum.

The deadline to register is May 16, 2014. You may register by contacting the Knox County Farm Bureau. A registration form is available online at www.knoxcfb.org. You can also register by calling (309) 342-2036 or e-mailing knoxcfb@knoxcfb.org.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Mercer County Farm Bureau office at (309) 582-5116. The workshops are sponsored by the Henry, Knox, Mercer, Stark, and Warren-Henderson County Farm Bureaus.