Agricultural and Environmental Science Day Held in Elizabethtown
October 14, 2021- On Thursday, Oct. 14, fifth graders in the Elizabethtown Area School District took part in a hands-on lesson on the contributions agricultural and environmental sciences have on the local community at the District’s annual Agricultural and Environmental Science Day. High school students enrolled in Elizabethtown Area High School’s agricultural program hosted the Bear Creek School students at the Elizabethtown Fairgrounds.
While at the Fairgrounds, the fifth graders spent the day rotating through various stations developed by the high school students. The stations include dairy science; poultry science; equine science; PA wildlife education; swine science; environmental science; agriculture equipment education; aquatics resources; small animal and vet science; and plants, seeds, and soils.
Members of the high school’s Future Farmers of America Club (FFA) presented at each learning station. Each FFA member had a working knowledge of the subject area they presented, and many of the stations included live animals. Each station included a review game or activity that allowed the elementary students to participate within the station. In addition to the review activity, many of the stations included interactive activities in which the fourth graders participated.
The purpose of the educational event was to introduce elementary students to agricultural and environmental issues at the state and national levels. The learning stations addressed several state academic standards that all students need to know before graduation. In addition, the learning station presentations provided a public speaking experience to the high school students.