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 schools outside the gift funded districts and grade levels! If interested, please call (229) 391-5221 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

  • Each session is 20 to 30-minutes (grade dependent). 
  • Field experiences are available for Pre-K and first grade in spring 2022.
  • Field experiences include two to four 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 (four sessions) may start with a 9:00 am arrival and end with a 1:30 pm departure. See the On-Site Lead Teacher Guide for more details.
  • Groups can select up to three sessions. ANR Careers is included with all Field Experiences. 
  • Lessons are adapted for 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.
  • Two non-Museum staff-led sessions are available to choose from:  Free Time and Drug Store. During Free Time, students visit the agriculturally themed playground under the supervision of their teachers. The Drug Store provides ice cream and souvenirs for sale which students may buy under visiting adult supervision.

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. 
  • Teachers, other school staff, and bus drivers do not pay Museum admission. All other adults must pay general Museum admission upon arrival.
3rd-5th Grade Lesson Descriptions
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources Careers: *This lesson is included for all field experiences. The career lesson will enable students to describe the roles and responsibilities of two careers and experience demonstrations of career activities. For this school year, the two feature careers are school food nutritionist and plant geneticist. In the school food nutritionist lesson, students will learn about the five food groups, proper food proportions, and how to prevent food-borne illness. In the plant geneticist lesson, students will learn the roles that plant geneticists play in creating the foods we enjoy, like how to identify plant traits and crossbreeding. This program addresses the following GSEs: S5EL4, S5L2.b.
  • Moos and Moolah: Students will explore the evolution of the beef and dairy industry and discuss how technology influenced the farmers of yesterday and today. Through visiting various historic sites, interacting with our mini-Hereford cows, and seeing our fiberglass milking cow, students will gain further understanding of agriculture and economics. This program addresses the following GSEs: SS3E1, SS3E3.b, SS3E3.c, ELAGSE3SL1.c, ELAGSE3SL3, SS5E1, SS5E3, ELAGSE5SL1.c.
  • Forests For Us: Students discover the different methods used to manage our forests and how the primary management goal affects what techniques are used. With a quick visit to the Museum’s nature center and sawmill, students complete the lesson by determining what management method is best in their own ’forest.’ This program addresses the following GSEs: S3L1.c, SS3E1.a, SS5E1.a, SS5E1.b, SS5E2.a, SS5E2.b, SS5E3.b.
  • Processing the Past: Students will learn about simple machines and see the many ways they have been utilized in agricultural, from the founding of the United States to modern times. Students will visit our historic cane mill and cotton gin, compare modern and historic machines, and participate in a simple machine I-Spy among hundreds of agricultural inventions. Throughout this lesson, students will learn about processing and how the agricultural products we know and love undergo many changes before making it to our plates and clothes. This program addresses the following GSEs: SS3E1, S3P1, SS5H1, ELAGSE5SL3, S5P1.
  • Georgia Georegions: Students will ‘travel’ through Georgia’s georegions, exploring the differences between topography, climate, and soil type; leading to discussions of how these differences impact the organisms living there. Students will have the opportunity to meet with a keystone species and a representative of the Georgia state reptile, a gopher tortoise. This program addresses the following GSEs: S3E1, S3L1, S5LE1.
  • Free Time: Students learn through play while enjoying non-structured time at our agriculturally themed play area. Visiting teachers are responsible for their students during this session. More than one class may be in the 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.

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 20 to 30-minutes (grade dependent) with time available for questions.
  • Live-streaming lessons are available for 3rd and 5th grades in fall 2021 and Pre-K and first grade in spring 2022.
  • 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.
3rd-5th Lesson Descriptions
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources Careers: This lesson is included for all virtual guided lessons. 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 2021-2022 school year, the two feature careers are school food nutritionist and plant geneticist. In the school food nutritionist lesson, students will learn about the five food groups, proper food proportions, and how to prevent food-borne illness. In the plant geneticist lesson, students will learn the roles that plant geneticists play in creating the foods we enjoy, like how to identify the traits of plants and crossbreeding. This program addresses the following Georgia Standards of Excellence: S5EL4, S5L2.b.
  • Georgia Georegions: Students will ‘travel’ through Georgia’s georegions, exploring the differences between topography, climate, and soil type; leading to discussions of how these differences impact the organisms living there. Students will have the opportunity to meet with a keystone species and a representative of the Georgia state reptile, a gopher tortoise. This program addresses the following GSEs: S3E1, S3L1, S5LE1.

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

  1. Select program type: on-site or virtual. 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.

  2. Determine a date. It must be Monday-Friday during September-December or January-May. Third through fifth grade programming is available in the fall, while PreK through second grade occurs in the spring. 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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