Beyond the Classroom/Outreach (SANR)

ABOUT Beyond the Classroom/Outreach (SANR)

The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources takes pride in getting involved in the local community. With various services programs, camps and educational opportunities, The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at ABAC opens its doors and the minds of its students and faculty to teach the community about this important field.

Student with horse

Horse Boarding

The ABAC horse stables is an on-campus self-care horse boarding facility for students. The ABAC stables is just a short walk from the center of campus and dorms and provides stalls, pasture space, riding arena, and trails. Through student clubs, several events will take place at the ABAC stables during the year including barrel races, team roping, and a rodeo during homecoming week. Please see the steps for boarding your horse at ABAC and FAQ link below.   Steps for boarding your horse at ABAC

  • Acquire a boarding contract.
    • There is a waiting list, so you will need to submit a contract to have your name on the list. When a stall opens, you will be contacted.
    • Contact the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources Kathy Cooper, Senior Administrative Assistant ABAC 8, 2802 Moore Highway Tifton, GA 31793-2601 Phone: 229-391-4790 Fax: 229-391-4791
  • Read, understand, and complete the contract.
  • Return the contract to Kathy Cooper.
  • When we have your contract and a stall opens, you will be contacted and will need to provide the following:
    • Proof of ABAC Acceptance.
    • $100 deposit (check made payable to ABAC).
    • Up to date vaccine record and negative Coggins (see contract for required vaccines).
    • Photo of yourself and horse for identification purposes.

Everything must be received before the stall is committed.

Sunset over ABAC Beef Unit

J.G. Woodroof Farm

At nearly 400 acres, the farm includes both cultivated and grazing land. Major crops grown include cotton, soybeans, peanuts, and corn.  Pasture and forage crops include bermudagrass, alfalfa, and winter annuals for our commercial cow-calf beef herd. The farm also includes turfgrass teaching and research plots (1.12 acres of five different species of turfgrass) along with greenhouse and nursery facilities.  The farm provides experiential learning opportunities for students to apply the concepts learned in the classroom.

Turf Student mowing grass

Turfgrass Teaching Green

The 5,000 square feet Turfgrass Teaching Green is composed of two bermudagrass cultivars, TifEagle and TifGrande.  The green allows students to conduct hands-on greens management practices such as mowing, aerification, vertical mowing, and topdressing

Forest Lakes Golf Course

Forest Lakes Golf Club

Forest Lakes is a 9-hole golf course (par 72; 6,970 yards from gold tees for 18 holes) located six miles east of campus at 80 Moorman Drive in Tifton.  It is open to the public from 8 am to sunset seven days a week.  In addition, it provides an ideal learning lab for SANR students to get real world, hands-on experience in turfgrass and golf course management.  Forest Lakes is also home to the ABAC Men’s Golf Team.

Student Jumping Barrier

John W. and Margaret Jones Langdale Forest

At nearly 1,000 acres, this property, located 10 miles north of campus off Willis Still Road, includes two fields, several pastures, two ponds, and trees covering 60-70% of the property.  Due to the diverse ecosystems available, the forest provides unique hands-on learning experiences for students primarily in the Natural Resource Management program.

ABAC Nature Study Area

Nature Study Area

This 24 acre property, managed by the ABAC Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, includes a one acre green tree reservoir and pond; grass flat, five acres of large mixed pine species trees, 3.5 acre early successional scrub mid-story under a pine canopy, 1.5 acre pollinator and wild flower cover type, and a half mile of walking trails.  Prescribed fires are set every 1-3 years as part of fire ecology classes, invasive species are controlled; and many native, uncommon plant species either occur naturally or have been planted. The Nature Study Area provides students a diverse, hands-on learning environment.

Student Fishing

Lake Baldwin

Lake Baldwin, managed by the ABAC Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, provides excellent fishing opportunities for bass and other fish. Only currently enrolled students are allowed to fish the lake. A state fishing license and a free ABAC fishing license (available at the Yow Building) are required. State fishing regulations must be followed, as well as additional regulations posted on two signs on either side of the lake. The lake is used as an outdoor classroom for students in fisheries and wildlife courses (Natural Resource Management).

Natural Resource Conservation Workshop Logo

Natural Resources Conservation Workshop

Available to Georgia’s Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. This workshop focuses on the value, protection, and conservation of Georgia’s wildlife, forestry, soil, and water resources, including conservation in Georgia’s mining industry. The workshop provides students with a taste of college life while delivering valuable insight into careers through their counselors and instructors. (Students who have previously attended the workshop are not eligible)

Information about the Program:

  • Dates of NRCW June 9-13, 2019
  • Camp takes place at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA
  • More than $17,000 in college scholarships will be awarded during the workshop.
  • Features field trips, classroom instruction, and recreational activities.

 

Early Bird Registration Deadline May 1, 2019.
*Tuition:  $175 if paid prior to May 1 or $200 if paid after May 1.

All Registrations must be received by June 1, 2019

 

To apply for the Natural Resource Conservation Workshop:

  1. Complete the pre-application
  2. Once pre-application has been submitted, a District Program Assistant will reach out to you to complete the registration process.
  3. You will receive an Acceptance Email once all steps have been completed and your paperwork has been received and processed by the workshop personnel.

Reminder:  In order to receive the Early Bird Registration Fee of $175, all information must be received by the workshop office by May 1, 2019.  Applications submitted after May 1, 2019 must include the $200 registration fee.  All applications must be completed by June 1, 2019 in order to attend the 2019 workshop. NO refunds will be made after June 1.

 

NRCW – Bus Ride Information
The Blue Ridge Mountain Conservation District and the Limestone Valley Conservation District coordinates buses that make various scheduled stops in order to transport workshop attendees to and from the workshop.  The scheduled bus routes and pick-up/drop-off locations for 2019 can be found below.
*A District Program Assistant will assist with bus registration once the online application is submitted.

 

Natural Resources Conservation Workshop is Sponsored by:
Georgia Association of Conservation Districts
Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Society
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Participating Agencies:
Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission
Georgia Forestry Commission
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

For more information, call 229.391.5072 or email nrcw@abac.edu

Career Connections

The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources strives to provide our students with plenty of opportunities to prepare for their future careers.  Career fairs, internship, and other networking opportunities are made available to enhance our students’ educational experience. Career Connections is a great place to meet and recruit future interns and employees in the fields of Agriculture, Horticulture and Natural Resources.  Students can connect to future careers at the annual Career Connections.  It’s a great place to meet potential internship opportunities and employers.

More information will be shared once the upcoming dates have been set.