More than 1,400 third graders from Turlock, Denair and Keyes school districts attended the 2nd annual AgEdventure Day, hosted by CSU Stanislaus Agriculture Studies Department on Friday.
Amongst dozens of ag-related activities, students had the opportunity to handle live Madagascar cockroaches, plant tomatoes, pet rabbits, observe deformed eggs, learn about the migratory patterns of birds through the Central Valley, and tour CSU Stanislaus’ world-class sustainable garden.
Turlock Unified School District and CSU Stanislaus teamed up to organize the massive event, which included sponsors and instructional booths from the Almond Board of California, the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, Garton Ford Tractor and area egg producers.
“We wanted to create an experience where kids can touch, smell, see, hear and learn about all aspects of agriculture,” said TUSD Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Lacrisha Ferriera.
“This is a great success, we’ve had the opportunity to share the ag story and the kids learned about local commodities and what goes into the food they eat every day,” said Dr. Mark Bender, Ag Studies Department chair.
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