What is Destination Ag?
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 in the two industries.
Destination Ag is currently offering programming at no cost to students in grades pre-k through first grade in Colquitt, Cook, and Tift county public school systems. 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 17,000 students in grades pre-k through fifth grade from eight surrounding counties.
Destination Ag is a half-day program featuring four 30-minute learning stations on agriculture and natural resource topics. Three stations are taught by current ABAC students and the free time station is overseen by visiting teachers. Schools enjoy sack lunches during a 30-minute break under the newly renovated Opry Shelter.
The program includes pre and post lesson activities for teacher use in classrooms. The curriculum is tied to Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and exposes students to Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Math (STEAM) principles.
Sample program itinerary
*Program itineraries vary based on grade and number of teaching groups.
|Group Name||Pine Trees||Bumble Bees||Peaches||Sheep||Mules|
|9:45-10:15 AM||Plant||Animal||Career||Free Time||Plant|
|10:25-10:55 AM||Animal||Career||Free Time||Plant||Animal|
|11:05-11:35 AM||Lunch at Opry Shelter|
|11:45-12:15 PM||Career||Free Time||Plant||Animal||Career|
|12:25-12:55 PM||Free Time||Plant||Animal||Career||Free Time|
|1:05-1:20 PM||Wrap Up at Orpy Shelter|
|1:20-1:30 PM||Restrooms/Board Buses|
Connection to Georgia Standards of Excellence
Destination Ag programming targets Georgia’s new Standards of Excellence (GSE) in Science and the College and Career Readiness Performance Index. Below is a chart detailing the standards that your students will explore during their field trip.
Growing Up CD-SC1; CD-SC5
Plant CD-SC1; CD-SC3.4a; CD-SC5
Animal CD-SC1; CD-SC3.4a; CD-SC5
Animal S1L1b, c
Art & Writing Contest
Download the official contest flyer here!
All students participating in Destination Ag 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 (Colquitt, Cook, and Tift in 2016-2017), a student winner will be awarded per grade level (Pre-K, K, 1st) along with his/her teacher. Awards may include supplies, gift cards, or monetary amounts.
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 entry deadline for 2016-2017 is Friday, April 28, 2017.
For questions or more information, please contact Brittney Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 229.391.5204.