More than 70 third-grade classes from the Fort Collins area will visit Colorado State University’s research and teaching farm for Ag Adventure this week. The event, organized by students from the College of Agricultural Sciences, teaches school groups about livestock production, crop production, animal husbandry, land stewardship and the “farm-to-plate” process through a series of hands-on activities.
Ag Adventure takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30, at Colorado State University’s Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center, located just north of Fort Collins.
Ag Adventure is an annual event for local students to learn about crops and animals. Students will learn about agricultural subjects such as agronomy, soil, grass, erosion, milk cows, safety around farms and large equipment. Educational opportunities include: learning about milk and beef while students visit a dairy cow and her calf, and how seeds grow into plants that provide food and experiment with planting seeds about food crops from around the world. University students will demonstrate and explain sheep shearing and wool spinning. This year’s event will also include an equestrian demonstration by students in Equine Sciences, including measurements of horses, the history of the pony express, and examining several different live breeds of horses.
The event is based on state classroom educational curriculum standards for students in the third grade. The day is presented by various clubs in the College of Agricultural Sciences along with freshmen in the college. Attendance for third-grade students is arranged in advance by College of Agricultural students through school district classrooms.
For more information, contact Agricultural and Resource Economics Professor Marshall Frasier at (970) 491-7766 or Marshall.Frasier@colostate.edu.