This year the Annual Ag Expo was held as a weeklong self-directed study during the month of February. Teachers who registered received a recorded Illinois agriculture lesson, five virtual field trip links, and a downloadable booklet for their students. Student viewed a new field trip each day and used the corresponding booklet to review the information. This year 528 students from 13 schools participated! We’re hoping to be back with an in person event next year!
2020 Ag Expo
2020’s Ag Expo was held on February 12th and 13th. Third and Fourth graders throughout the county were invited to attend this exciting experience. Held annually at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, the Expo teaches students about agriculture and how it pertains to a favorite treat – pizza! This year, 389 students attended the Expo.
Stations and experts included:
Bees – Joe Dittmann & Rita – Fox Valley Beekeepers
Dairy – Sarah Lenkaitis & Marilyn DeVries – Lenkaitis Holstiens & DuPage County Farm Bureau, Ag in the Classroom Educator
Grains – Bill Pauling & Tom Wiesbrock – DuPage County Farm Bureau, Board of Directors
Livestock – Lisa Carpenter & Staff – Kline Creek
Nutrition – Andrea Farrier & Amy Henschen – University of Illinois Extension
Pizza – Suzy Anderson & Denise Hall – DuPage County Farm Bureau, Ag in the Classroom Educators
Vegetables – Haley Siergiej – Nutrients for Life
Students learned where their favorite food really comes from, and even got the chance to see real livestock! The event concluded with students enjoying a piece of pizza!