Registration Due May 27

 

Educator’s Ag Institute 1.0
June 23-27, 2024

Educator’s Ag Institute 2.0
June 26-28, 2024

(for teachers who already attended 1.0)

 

Registration form is for
either Institute.

The PA Friends of Ag Foundation Educator’s Ag Institute provides a unique learning experience for PreK-12th grade formal educators, pre-service teachers and informal community educators. The Institute provides educational tours at Penn State University as well as local family-run farms where you will learn valuable information from those involved in agriculture including farmers, university professors and agricultural leaders. The learning experience also includes hands-on classroom sessions that cover topics such as plant and animal production, agricultural research, PA state education standards, ag history, and current/future farming trends in the agricultural industry.

There are two tracks available: 1.0 (for first-time attendees) and 2.0 (for returning attendees). Both tracks will feature a combination of classroom sessions and in-person tours which can last up to two hours. Attendees should be prepared to stand and walk often and for long periods. If you have concerns about accessibility, please contact us.

Educator’s Ag Institute 1.0

The PA Friends of Ag Foundation’s Educator’s Ag Institute 1.0 is being held on the main campus of Penn State University in State College. The Institute provides a unique learning experience for PreK-12th formal educators, pre-service teachers and informal community educators. The Institute provides educational tours to Penn State University’s main campus and local family-run farms where you will learn valuable information from those involved in agriculture including farmers, university professors and agricultural leaders. The learning experience also includes hands-on classroom sessions that cover such topics as plant and animal production ag, agricultural research, PA State Education Standards, ag history, and current/future farming trends in the agricultural industry. Once teachers have registered for the Institute, the Foundation will find a sponsor to cover most of the cost. Teachers are responsible for a $100.00 non-refundable deposit, and 1 dinner on their own. In addition to tours and presentations, teachers will receive educational resources and approximately 25-28 ACT 48 hours.

For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact Cassidy Schaeffer at crschaeffer@pfb.com

Keep checking back for more information about Educator’s Ag Institute 1.0.

Educator’s Ag Institute 2.0

The PA Friends of Ag Foundation also offers an Educator’s Ag Institute 2.0 on the main campus of Penn State University in State College June 26-28, 2024. This session is limited to 25 teachers who previously attended the first level Institute. Topics for this session will be different from last year and may include visiting the Penn State Herbarium, Organic Materials Processing Center (OMPEC), Deer Research Center, and more. Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Teachers are responsible for a $100.00 non-refundable registration fee and 1 dinner on their own. In addition to tours and presentations, teachers will receive educational resources and the opportunity to earn approximately 13-15 ACT 48 hours.

For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact Cassidy Schaeffer at crschaeffer@pfb.com

 

Keep checking back for more information about Educator’s Ag Institute 2.0.

Educator’s Ag Institute will provide you with:

  • An increased knowledge of agriculture
  • First-hand experiences with agriculture on field trips to local farms and agricultural industries
  • Lesson plan ideas and activities that are applicable to many subject areas you are teaching on a daily basis in your classroom
  • Resources and a network of people to assist you in bringing agriculture to your classroom
  • 25–27 Act 48 credits (will need a valid PA PPID)

Educator’s Ag Institute will prepare you to bring agriculture to life in your classroom and across your curriculum. It is a standards-based program that makes real connections. Teachers use the information they’ve received to integrate agriculture and information about the earth’s natural resources into their curriculum. Many educators form lasting bonds with other educators, which extends the idea sharing as they go forth to bring ag into their classrooms!