Destination Ag

Learning stations and exhibits connect guests to where their food, fiber, and shelter come from – agriculture! Destination Ag provides an interactive, educational experience for children and all guests focused on modern agriculture and natural resources.

Program Overview

Destination Ag is a dynamic educational program connecting students and teachers to the importance of agriculture and natural resources in their daily lives. 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 the Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation committed $1 million over the next four years to continue the program.

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!
  • Outreach Programs: Bring Destination Ag to your classroom! Destination Ag offers educational programs for in-classroom experiences focused on an agricultural and natural resources topic. 

On-Site Programs

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

Field Experience

Customize your group’s visit by selecting up to four lessons for your Field Experience on-site at Destination Ag.

Details

  • Each lesson is 30-minutes with time available for questions.
  • Groups can select up to four of the lessons listed below.
  • Lessons are adapted for grade level to ensure state educational standards are addressed.
  • Available for up to 120 students per day.
  • Groups may bring sack lunches to enjoy a 30-minute break at the Opry Shelter pavilion.
  • Groups may have time to visit the Drug Store, which provides ice cream and souvenirs for sale.
  • Field Experiences are $7 per student and include up to four lessons. Teachers, and bus drivers do not pay Museum admission. All other adults must pay general Museum admission upon arrival ($7.00 + tax).

 

Lessons

  • Agriculture & Natural Resource Careers: The career lesson will enable students to define agriculture, describe the roles and responsibilities of two careers, and experience demonstrations of career activities. For the 2020-2021 school year, the two feature careers are Livestock Veterinarian and Fertilizer Technician. In the Livestock Vet lesson students will learn about the tools that vets use as well as the procedure for placing a halter on a large animal. In the Fertilizer Technician lesson, students will learn how fertilizer helps plants, how technicians mix it using a recipe, and how push and pull forces help technicians to spread the fertilizer on crops.
  • Forestry Walk: (More details & bookings available Sept. 30, 2020)
  • Pollinator Walk: (More details & bookings available Sept. 30, 2020)
  • STEM Walk: (More details & bookings available Sept. 30, 2020)

Virtual Programs

Destination Ag comes alive on screen with discussion, demonstrations, and exciting visuals through our virtual presentations led by Destination Ag staff. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance, and are subject to availability.

Guided Live-Streaming Lessons

Experience Destination Ag from anywhere with Guided Live-Streaming Lessons!

Details

  • Each lesson is 30-minutes with time available for questions.
  • Available for up to 30 students at one time.
  • Groups can select one of the lessons listed below.
  • 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.
  • $45 per lesson for one classroom

 

Lessons

  • Agriculture & Natural Resource Careers: The career lesson will enable students to define agriculture, describe the roles and responsibilities of two careers, and experience demonstrations of career activities. For the 2020-2021 school year, the two feature careers are Livestock Veterinarian and Fertilizer Technician. In the Livestock Vet lesson students will learn about the tools that vets use as well as the procedure for placing a halter on a large animal. In the Fertilizer Technician lesson, students will learn how fertilizer helps plants, how technicians mix it using a recipe, and how push and pull forces help technicians to spread the fertilizer on crops.
  • Aquaponics: Students will view a functioning aquaponics system featuring catfish and leafy green vegetables and discover how this symbiotic relationship is an ecosystem in itself. Life-cycles and food webs will be explored while math skills will be put to the test as students calculate the different parameters of the aquaponics system. This program addresses the following Georgia Standards of Excellence: S2L1, MGSE2.MD.1, MGSE2.MD.2, MGSE2.MD.3, MGSE2.MD.4, S3L1, MGSE3.MD.2, S4L1, MGSE4.OA.2, ELAGSE4RI7, S4CS2, S4CS3, MGSE4.NF.7, S5L4, MGSE5.NF.6.
  • Georgia Georegions: Students explore Georgia’s geographic regions and discuss differences in agriculture, plants, and animals. A highlight of the session is meeting a live ‘region-specific’ animal and discussing its adaptations for survival. Students will come away with an understanding of how many products used daily do not originate from their own region. This program addresses the following Georgia Standards of Excellence: SS2G1, S3L1, S5L1, S4L1.
  • Let’s Bee Pollinators: Explore the world of pollinators and learn about their vital importance in agriculture. Students glimpse into the lives of a popular pollinator, the honeybee, and learn about their life cycle. A virtual walk through the Museum’s pollinator garden may allow students an opportunity to see a pollinator in action! This program addresses the following Georgia Standards of Excellence: S2L1, S3L1, S4L1, S5L4.
  • Swept Away: Students will learn how weather, specifically wind and water, cause changes to the environment. Students will observe wind and water erosion using an erosion simulation table. Through this lesson, students will define erosion, understand the effects of weather on erosion, and explore how erosion can be reduced. This program addresses the following Georgia Standards of Excellence: S2E3, S3E1, S4E4, S5E1.

Outreach Programs

Bring Destination Ag to your classroom! Destination Ag offers educational programs for in-classroom experiences focused on an agricultural and natural resources topic.

Museum Led Classroom Programs

Destination Ag staff can visit your school to provide educational and interactive activities focused on an agricultural and natural resources topic. 

Details

  • Each lesson is 30-minutes with time available for questions.
  • Groups can select two lessons from below to be taught by Destination Ag staff in their classroom. 
  • Lessons are adapted for grade level to ensure state educational standards are addressed.
  • Available for up to three classrooms (90 students) per day.
  • Single classroom visits are $210 + mileage($0.58/mile) to/from the school. Each additional classroom program at the same school on the same day is $50.

 

Lessons

  • Agriculture & Natural Resource Careers: The career lesson will enable students to define agriculture, describe the roles and responsibilities of two careers, and experience demonstrations of career activities. For the 2020-2021 school year, the two feature careers are Livestock Veterinarian and Fertilizer Technician. In the Livestock Vet lesson students will learn about the tools that vets use as well as the procedure for placing a halter on a large animal. In the Fertilizer Technician lesson, students will learn how fertilizer helps plants, how technicians mix it using a recipe, and how push and pull forces help technicians to spread the fertilizer on crops.
  • Georgia Georegions: Students explore Georgia’s geographic regions and discuss differences in agriculture, plants, and animals. A highlight of the session is meeting a live ‘region-specific’ animal and discussing its adaptations for survival. Students will come away with an understanding of how many products used daily do not originate from their own region. This program addresses the following Georgia Standards of Excellence: SS2G1, S3L1, S5L1, S4L1.
  • Let’s Bee Pollinators: Explore the world of pollinators and learn about their vital importance in agriculture. Students glimpse into the lives of a popular pollinator, the honeybee, and learn about their life cycle. This program addresses the following Georgia Standards of Excellence: S2L1, S3L1, S4L1, S5L4.
  • Swept Away: Students will learn how weather, specifically wind and water, cause changes to the environment. Students will observe wind and water erosion using an erosion simulation table. Through this lesson, students will define erosion, understand the effects of weather on erosion, and explore how erosion can be reduced. This program addresses the following Georgia Standards of Excellence: S2E3, S3E1, S4E4, S5E1.
  • Fire, Is it Good or Bad?: Students discover the world of fire ecology and the importance of fire to an ecosystem. Topics include the fire triangle, how fire changes an ecosystem, and how foresters use fire as a management tool. Students will see the different tools foresters use when managing a prescribed fire. This program addresses the following Georgia Standards of Excellence: S2L1.d, S3L1.c, S4L1.c, S5L1.b.

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.”

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. 

Art & Writing Contest

All students participating in Destination Ag that are a from participating school systems (Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lowndes, Tift, Turner, and Valdosta) may enter the agriculture and natural resource art and writing contest. The contest is designed to provide an opportunity for students to communicate the value of agriculture and natural resources in their daily lives through illustration and writing.

Winners

For each participating county in 2019-2020, a student winner will be awarded per bracket per county (Pre-K through First, Second through Third, and Fourth grade) along with his/her teacher. Awards for students will be a $100 Visa gift card and awards for teachers will be a $500 check and the opportunity to attend a professional development workshop at no cost.

Details

Teachers will receive entry forms during the Destination Ag field trip. Each teacher is allowed one student entry. All entries will become the property of the GMA to use, produce, or transfer rights as its sole discretion.

 

Plan Your Visit

  1. Select one of the program types.

  2. Determine a date.
    It must be Monday-Friday during school seasons, within September-December or January-May. Visits are possible during summer, please contact us for these requests. Double-check your date and plan a backup date.

  3. Register online.
    Reservation confirmations will be emailed within 48 business hours or the Education Operation Supervisor will contact you if your desired date is already booked.

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