The program is FREE to the schools and students of Highlands
County. All public, private and home schooled third grade
students are included in the program. Upon arrival at
Ag-Venture, each student receives a brightly colored cowboy
hat to distinguish their group. These hats set the mood &
get them ready for their Ag-Venture. Each student
participates in 6 of the 12 hands-on learning stations.
Agriculture commodity groups are recruited to conduct the
workshops at each learning station. The learning materials
for these stations are provided jointly by donations and the
commodity groups. Volunteers are recruited to help with:
hands-on activities, serving as bus greeters, timers, cooks
and servers for volunteer lunches. The third grade teachers
receive curriculum and pre/post tests that relate to the 6
stations their students attend.
Alligators: Students will learn about alligators in the wild
and how they are farmed commercially. They will get up close
and personal with baby alligators.
Animals: Students look at and pet various types of farm
animals. They learn about their care and their value to man.
Beef: Students learn about the many by-products of the beef
cow. They play Beef-o- Bingo and meet real cowboys.
Bees: Students talk about the importance of bees in
agriculture. They are shown a "live hive" and the equipment
necessary to harvest honey. They get to find the "queen" bee
and try on bee keeping equipment.
Caladium: Students will learn how caladiums are grown,
harvested and shipped. They will be able to plant a tuber to
Citrus: Students are shown many different types of citrus
and given samples to taste. They squeeze and drink their own
orange juice and learn about citrus production, by-products
and its economic impart on our county.
Dairy: Students get to pet dairy calves, see the types of
feed they eat, learn about dairy products and how milk gets
from the "cow to you". Then they make and taste their own
Forestry: Students are shown cross sections of trees and
talk about the life of a tree, as well as the importance of
forestry and controlled burns. They learn about the
importance of forestry to wildlife as well as forestry
by-products. Each student gets to take home a pine sapling.
Grapes: "New for 2004" Students will learn how grapes are
grown and about the many by-products that some from them.
They will also taste grapes.
Ornamental Horticulture: Students are shown the various
methods of growing plants; including from seeds, cuttings
and plant division. They learn what it takes to have a
healthy plant and pot their own plant to take home.
Poultry: Students talk about the poultry industry, egg
production and the use of eggs. They watch an omelet being
cooked and sample the results.
Strawberries: Students are shown how strawberries are grown
on beds with a discussion on cold protection and harvesting.
They pot their own strawberry plant and make milkshakes.
Soil & Water Conservation: Students will learn about the
water cycle and how we can all protect our waters from
damaging runoff. They will make a water cycle bracelet.
Vegetables: Students talk about the various parts of the
plant that are edible and view a variety of seeds, plants
and vegetables. They then plant their own mini-garden to
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