Providing students with opportunities to explore the variety of educational and career opportunities open to them is always a struggle. At the same time, our society is faced with the great challenge of feeding a growing world population while doing so sustainably. It is going to take this generation of students to get the job done.
That’s why the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is excited to be offering its signature ag literacy and workforce development program, ExploreAg, again in 2023.
ExploreAg offers FREE weeklong camps and one-day experiences for high school students. Students are introduced to various aspects of agriculture, food science, environmental sciences, and more, both in the classroom and through opportunities for hands-on learning both on and off-campus at the Ohio State University, University of Findlay, and Wilmington College. Students will interact with and learn directly from internationally known teachers, scientists and researchers.
Subject areas include food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology, and agricultural business. In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research and meet industry partners to provide a glimpse of various careers in related fields.
With ExploreAg, we hope to expose students to opportunities in the agriculture industry. ExploreAg is designed for students currently in traditional agriculture education programs and for students who might never have considered studying agriculture as a career.
Weeklong immersive sessions will be held:
- The Ohio State University Columbus Campus – June 11-16
- The Ohio State University ATI Wooster Campus – June 18-23
- University of Findlay- July 9-14
Mini-Camp immersive sessions will be held:
- Wilmington College – June 4-7
- Hocking College – July 31- Aug. 2
One-Day scheduled immersive sessions will be held:
- COLT Electric Lineman Training – June 9
- Rio Grande College – June 30
- John Deere Training Facility – July 7
Note: More one-day sessions are being planned.
The ExploreAg program is free to all high school students and includes on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, program materials, and transportation. Supervision is provided at all times by faculty, staff, and program counselors who are current college students in related majors.
The deadline to apply is April 10 and details can be found at exploreag.org. Applicants will be asked to submit the email of one reference along with a short application. Students selected will be notified in April of their selection.
Please share this information and the flyer with your students and their parents. This is a science camp they will not want to miss! If you have any further questions, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
ExploreAg and Ag Literacy Specialist, Ohio Farm Bureau