DuPage County Farm Bureau

Agriculture in the Classroom

What is Agriculture in the Classroom?

Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) is a statewide educational program. Its goal is to help students and teachers gain awareness of agriculture in their daily lives. By having agricultural educators come into your classroom, students will learn about the industry and take part in hands-on activities that will enrich their lesson. The best part? Everything is FREE.

But we live in DuPage County, there are no farms here…

Despite our suburban surroundings, agriculture touches everyone daily. Did you eat breakfast? Brush your teeth? Get dressed? Play with a football? All of these things rely on agriculture. When teachers choose to implement AITC in their curriculum, students gain a larger understanding of the industry that many parts of the state are involved in. By utilizing agricultural topics, we are exposing students to concepts that help them become aware of ideas and products that they might not know of. They will also begin to see how much agriculture is involved in their daily lives. AITC is a wonderful program for teachers and students to achieve their classroom objectives as well as meet current learning standards. Last year, AITC saw 13,575 students in DuPage County.

We would love to come visit you!

We can come into your classroom, your club meeting, after-school activity, special event, career fair, library program, summer camp – if you can learn, we can be there. We teach lessons on many topics, including, but not limited to: apples, careers, corn, dairy, Illinois specialty crops, livestock. pizza, pumpkins, soil, and soybeans. Let’s come up with an idea! These topics can be implemented into many areas of your curriculum.

Check out our AITC Brochure to learn more about each lesson!

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Contact Melanie Krawczyk to become involved dupageaitc@dcfb.org, or 630-668-8161

AITC Participants as of July 2017

Addison Library
Alden Garden, Bloomingdale
All Saints Catholic Academy, Naperville
Ardmore School, Addison
Army Trail School, Addison
Bartlett Library
Bensenville Park District
Bloomingdale Park District
Bower School, Warrenville
Briar Glen School, Wheaton
Carol Stream Park District
Clarendon Hills Park District
Cowlishaw School, Naperville
El Sierra School, Downers Grove
Ellsworth School, Naperville
Elmhurst “Courts Plus” Park District
Fullerton School, Addison
Glen Hill School, Glendale Heights
Glendale Heights Park District
Gower West School, Downers Grove
Hawthorne School, Wheaton
Immanuel Lutheran School, Elmhurst
Indian Trail School, Downers Grove
Johnson School, Warrenville
JT Manning School, Westmont
Kingsley School, Downers Grove
Lake Park School, Addison
Lincoln School, Addison
Lincoln School, Wheaton
Longfellow School, Wheaton
Madison School, Wheaton
Manor Hill School, Lombard
Mark Delay School, Darien
McCarty School, Aurora
Medinah Park District
Murphy School, Woodridge
Naper Settlement
Naperville Library
Owen School, Naperville
Pheasant Ridge School, Glendale Heights
Pierce Downer School, Downers Grove
Pleasant Hill School, Winfield
Roselle Park District
Salt Creek Primary School
Sandburg School, Wheaton
St. Isidore School, Bloomingdale
St. Joseph School, Downers Grove
St. Matthew’s School, Glendale Heights
St. Pius School, Lombard
Stella May Swartz School, Oak Brook Terrace
Stone School, Addison
Villa Park Library
Villa Park Park District
Warrenville Park District
Wiesbrook School, Wheaton
Westmont High School
Whittier School, Downers Grove
Whittier School, Wheaton
Willowbrook High School, Willowbrook
Winnebago School, Bloomingdale
Woodridge Park District
York Center, Lombard