Destination Ag

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. This mission is implemented through hands-on experiences and a focus on career paths in these industries.

Program Overview

It all started with a conversation about furthering children’s education within agriculture and natural resources. The Georgia Museum of Agriculture (GMA) wanted to enhance its educational offerings in agriculture and natural resources, while the Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation wanted to increase children’s connection between their daily lives and agriculture and natural resources. The generous support of the Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation provided the opportunity for the GMA to create Destination Ag – an experiential learning program which connects agriculture and natural resources to children’s daily lives and educates them on career opportunities within the industry.

Destination Ag is currently offering programming at no cost to students in grades pre-k through fourth grade from ten participating school systems: Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lowndes, Tift, Turner, and Valdosta. During each year, an additional county and grade level will be added in the program. At the completion of five years, Destination Ag plans to serve nearly 28,000 students in grades pre-k through fifth grade from twelve surrounding school districts.

Curriculum Details

Destination Ag is a half-day program featuring multiple learning stations on agriculture and natural resource topics. Stations are taught by current ABAC students and the free time area is overseen by visiting teachers. Schools enjoy sack lunches during a 30-minute break under the renovated Opry Shelter.

The curriculum is tied to Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS) and Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and incorporates principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Learn more about Destination Ag’s curriculum and connection to Georgia Education Standards in the Lesson Summaries.

Art & Writing Contest  

All students participating in Destination Ag that are a part of participating school systems (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.

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.

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

The official contest flyer and entry deadlines will be available in August 2019.

Teacher Resources

Destination Ag Book List

Destination Ag Brochure

Destination Ag Lead Teacher Guide 18-19

Destination Ag Teacher Preview PowerPoint

Our Family’s Tree Farm Lessons and Resources

Our Family’s Tree Farm Math lesson

Our Family’s Tree Farm Perimeter vs Area Worksheet

Perimeter vs Area PowerPoint

Our Family’s Tree Farm ELA lesson

Our Family’s Tree Farm ELA PowerPoint

Our Family’s Tree Farm is available in hard copy! If you would like a set for your classroom or youth group, complete the online order form. The book is written at a 3rd grade reading level. Book availability is dependent upon current supplies. Orders will be approved and filled based on availability of books. Allow 6-8 weeks for processing and delivery.

Reports

Annual Report 2017-2018


Annual Report 2016-2017

Questions

For questions or more information, please contact Kelly Scott at kscott@abac.edu or 229/391-5221.