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University of Maryland offers summer AGsploration program for 5-8th graders

The University of Maryland's summer AGsploration program lets students explore Maryland agriculture, healthy eating and environmental issues.Are you interested in learning about Maryland agriculture, healthy eating, and environmental issues? The University of Maryland Extension AGsploration action team is excited to announce that it will be offering six “Adventures in AGsploration” programs this Summer throughout Maryland. Each will be a one-day educational program for youth who have completed 5th through 8th grade by the end of the school year.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about agriculture by engaging in fun, hands-on science-related activities, network with people involved in the Agricultural Industry, tour and visit local agriculture operations, and learn about potential education and career opportunities based in agro-science and science, technology, engineering and mathematic skills (STEM) fields, all while having fun and making new friends!

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Registration cost is only $15 for each participant and is limited to the first 50 youth at each site. The deadline for registration is Friday, June 1. The AGsploration program includes lunch, snacks, transportation to field trips, t-shirt and educational programming.

More information and registration forms can be found here.

The focus of the program is to enhance youth’s STEM through interactive lessons that focus on one of Maryland’s top industries: agriculture.

2012 Dates and Locations include:

  • Tuesday, June 19th- Baltimore County Extension Office, Cockeysville, MD
  • Thursday, June 21st- Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park, Centreville, MD
  • Tuesday, June 26th- Washington County Extension Office, Boonsboro, MD
  • Tuesday, July 24th- Thendara 4-H Camp Center, Hurlock, MD (Dorchester County)
  • Thursday, July 26th- Montgomery County Extension Office, Derwood, MD
  • Thursday, August 2nd- Maryland 4-H Center, College Park (Prince George’s County)

You can select which one of the six locations you would like to attend. Please note that registrations are available on a firstcome, first-serve basis and when maximum capacity is reached at each location registration will be closed. The deadline for registration is June 1, 2012.

The cost for participation is $15 which covers facility use, meals, field trip transportation and event materials. For more information contact April Hall Barczewski at 410-996-8134 or adhall@umd.edu.

Meals covered will includes lunch, snacks and drinks. If you have any special dietary needs please, notify us by June 1, when you send in your forms.

In order to provide a positive environment for all, participants are expected to behave in an acceptable manner in accordance with the “Maryland 4-H Behavioral Expectations and Code of Conduct” and are expected to obey the state and national 4-H rules at all times. Participants are expected to participate in all activities, unless authorized by the AGsploration committee.

All completed forms along with the $15 fee must be received by June 1, 2012 to the University of Maryland Extension-AGsploration Summer Program, Attn. April Hall Barczewski, 200 Chesapeake Blvd, Suite 1500, Elkton, MD 21921.

Questions about the event or responsibilities may be directed to: April Hall Barczewski at (410)-996-8134, (410)-996-5280, adhall@umd.edu. Written Correspondence may be sent to: April Hall Barczewski, 200 Chesapeake Blvd, Suite 1500, Elkton, MD 21921 or e-mailed to adhall@umd.edu.

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