Destination Ag

Destination Ag provides an interactive, educational experience for children and all guests focused on modern agriculture and natural resources. Through a variety of programs, guests connect to where their food, fiber, and shelter come from – agriculture!

Program Overview

The program began in 2016 thanks to an initial gift of $250,000 from the Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation to the ABAC Foundation. In 2017, the Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation committed $1 million over the next four years to continue the program. The Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation continues to support Destination Ag providing free programing to public schools in the following districts: Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift, Turner, Valdosta City, and Worth. Grades PreK, first, third, and fifth from these schools can visit Destination Ag for no program cost.

Destination Ag does provide programming to school systems (public, independent, or homeschool) and grades beyond those listed above. If interested, please call (229) 391-5221 or email kscott@abac.edu for further information.

Mission

The mission of Destination Ag is to be a dynamic educational program connecting students and teachers to the importance of agriculture and natural resources in their daily lives. Destination Ag provides educational activities directly focused on agriculture and natural resources. The goals for Destination Ag include:

  1. Providing interactive programs that link curriculum standards, utilize Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) principles, and share career opportunities within agriculture and natural resources.
  2. Developing program outreach that includes teacher education/professional development opportunities at the GMA, a series of Family Farm books highlighting Georgia farm families and their commodities, partnerships with industry organizations to provide schools and the public with educational resources.
  3. Involving ABAC students in teaching/mentoring roles for the children participating in Destination Ag programming.

State Educational Standards

The Destination Ag curriculum is tied to Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS) along with the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and incorporates principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). View the specific standards addressed under each lesson description or in the Program Guide.  

Program Types

Destination Ag offers a variety of programming options to suit different needs of educators. Review the available programs to determine what works best for your group. 

  • On-Site Programs: Spend a day with Destination Ag at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture as students explore agriculture and natural resources in our outdoor classroom!
  • Virtual Programs: Destination Ag staff provide live, online learning straight into your classroom.

On-Site Programs

On-Site Programs provided by Destination Ag feature multiple field experiences on agriculture and natural resource topics. 

Field Experience

Customize your group’s visit by attending two to four sessions during your Field Experience on-site at Destination Ag.

Details

  • Third and fifth-grade sessions are 45-minutes.
  • Field experiences are available for third and fifth grades in the fall and Pre-K and first grade in spring.
  • Field experiences include two to three sessions plus a 30-minute lunch break at the Opry Shelter pavilion. The number of sessions is determined by the amount of time the visiting school has available. A full program day (three sessions) may start with a 9:00 am arrival and end with a 1:30 pm departure. PreK groups may leave by 12:15 p.m. See the Programming Guide for more details.
  • Groups can select up to two sessions. Free Time is included with all Field Experiences. 
    • During Free Time, students visit the agriculturally themed playground under the supervision of their teachers (Museum staff do not lead this session). Schools may ask to switch Free Time to visiting the Drug Store. The Drug Store provides ice cream and souvenirs for sale which students may buy under visiting adult supervision. Schools must request switching from Free Time to the Drug Store prior to their field trip date.
  • Lessons are adapted for the grade level to ensure state educational standards are addressed.
  • Groups may bring sack lunches to enjoy a 30-minute break at the Opry Shelter pavilion.

Pricing

  • If you are booking for grades PreK, 1st, 3rd, or 5th from a public school in the following districts (Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift, Turner, Valdosta City, and Worth), then your school receives no-cost programming, and may already have a field trip scheduled. Confirm with your principal prior to completing this form.
  • For groups not listed above, pricing is $7 per student.
  • Teachers, other school staff, and bus drivers do not pay for Museum admission. All other adults must pay general museum admission upon arrival.
3rd & 5th Grade Lesson Descriptions
  • Fluke or Fortune: In this economics-based lesson, students will learn about two Georgia commodities and the common problems each industry faces, while also getting a glimpse at how quickly misfortune can ruin it all. Throughout the lesson, students will get the chance to test their luck by rolling the dice to see if they would come out victorious or surrender under the circumstances. This program addresses the following GSEs: SS3E1, SS5E3, S5L4.
  • Animal Academy: Students will explore the animal world by visiting with some of the museum’s resident animals, including a Virginia opossum. Adaptations, classification, conservation, and myth debunking are the main focus of discussion. A visit to the Langdale Nature Center is included with this lesson. This program addresses the following GSEs: S3L1, S5L1.a.
  • ANR Career-Erosion Specialist: An erosion specialist is an underemphasized but vital career that impacts us all. Students will be introduced to the career, erosion and how to limit its impact, and the importance of soil. With the help of an interactive erosion table, students will be able to see erosion in action! This program addresses the following GSEs: S3E1, S5E1.
  • Coastal Plains: Discover why Georgia’s largest georegion, the Coastal Plains, is so unique! Students will learn why the Coastal Plains is known as the ‘Peanut Belt;’ visit Georgia’s state reptile, a gopher tortoise; and discover why prescribed fire is important to the Coastal Plains and the longleaf pine ecosystem. This program addresses the following GSEs: S3E1.b, S3L1, SS3G3, S5L1.a, SS5H1.b.
  • Free Time: *This lesson is included for all field experiences. Students learn through play while enjoying non-structured time at our agriculturally themed play area. Groups may visit the aquaponics system, say hi to our livestock, or even visit the Drug Store in the Historic Village (not available on Mondays) for souvenirs and snacks. Visiting teachers are responsible for their students during this session. More than one class may be at Free Time area during one period.
  • Drug Store: Students visit the Drug Store in the Historic Village (unavailable on Mondays) and are able to buy snacks and souvenirs. The teacher must be inside with the students when they are in the Drug Store. Schools may pre-purchase ice cream for their students. Contact Tonia Carpenter at 229/391-5205 or tcarpenter@abac.edu if interested. Schools may visit the Drug Store instead of taking the free time session (notify the Museum if this is preferred).

Virtual Programs

Destination Ag comes alive on screen with discussion, demonstrations, and exciting visuals through our virtual presentations led by Destination Ag staff.

Guided Live-Streaming Lessons

If your school cannot travel to Destination Ag, then allow the program to come to you virtually! Experience Destination Ag from anywhere with Guided Live-Streaming Lessons!

Details

  • Each lesson is 30-minutes with time available for questions.
  • Live-streaming lessons are available for 3rd and 5th grades in fall and Pre-K and first grade in spring.
  • Available for up to four classrooms at one time.
  • Groups receive two lessons. 
  • Virtual lessons are provided using Google Meet.
  • Lessons are adapted for grade level to ensure state educational standards are addressed.
  • Destination Ag staff will email worksheets and additional resources for your selected program(s) prior to your scheduled date.
  • Recording Destination Ag Virtual Programs is prohibited.

Pricing

  • If you are booking for grades PreK, 1st, 3rd, or 5th from a public school in the following districts (Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift, Turner, Valdosta City, and Worth), then your school receives no-cost programming, and may already have a virtual program scheduled. Confirm with your principal prior to completing this form.
  • For groups not listed above, pricing is $45 per session.
3rd-5th Lesson Descriptions
  • Animal Academy: Students will explore the animal world by visiting with some of the Museum’s resident animals. Adaptations, classification, conservation, and myth debunking are the main focus of discussion. This program addresses the following GSEs:  S3L1, S5L1.a.
  • Coastal Plains: Come discover why Georgia’s largest georegion, the Coastal Plains, is so unique! Students will learn why the Coastal Plains is known as the ‘Peanut Belt;’ visit Georgia’s state reptile, a gopher tortoise; and discover why prescribed fire is important to the Coastal Plains and the longleaf pine ecosystem. This program addresses the following GSEs: S3E1.b, S3L1, SS3G3, S5L1.a, SS5H1.b.

Outreach Programs

Bring Destination Ag to your classroom! Destination Ag offers educational programs for in-classroom experiences focused on agricultural and natural resources. These resources are offered all schools throughout Georgia!

Traveling Trunks

As part of the Destination Ag and Georgia Farm Bureau partnership, Traveling Trunks were developed to teach children throughout the state of Georgia about agriculture and natural resources. Traveling Trunks provide a hands-on experience to engage students in a grade-specific & standards-linked interactive lesson. Georgia Farm Bureau houses the trunks within each of its 10 regions. Volunteers or local county office members can bring the trunks and present the provided lessons to groups at no cost! 

Contact your local Farm Bureau office to schedule a visit to your classroom today!

All About Trees 

All About Peanuts 

Family Farm Book Series

These literary resources are written for elementary-level readers providing an entertaining and unique look into Georgia’s agriculture industry. Students gain a deeper connection to where their daily food and fiber products come from. Currently, Destination Ag offers “Our Family’s Tree Farm” and “My Family’s Peach Farm.” Books are available at no cost in a downloadable PDF, and as printed copies shipped to educators. To order printed copies, complete the Family Farm Book Order Form.

Visit the Family Farm Book Resources to download free lessons which incorporate math, ELA, and social studies. “Our Family’s Tree Farm” lessons are designed for third and fourth grades while lessons for “My Family’s Peach Farm” is geared for third through fifth grades.  All lessons address Georgia education standards to assist with incorporating these resources into classrooms. 

Plan Your Program

  • If your class grade is PreK, 1st, 3rd, or 5th AND you are from a public school in the following school districts (Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift, Turner, Valdosta City, Worth), then your school may already have a field trip scheduled. Confirm with your principal prior to registering.
  • If your class is from a different school system (public, independent, or homeschool) please contact us for a possible program. Call (229) 391-5221 or email kscott@abac.edu.

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