Professional Development

The Agricultural Learning Center at the Fairgrounds provides the Warren Welsh Series of Professional Development Workshops for educators on site, or in your district. We can tailor a presentation concerning agriculture to your needs.

Warren Welsh Professional Development Workshop Series New Jersey is the Garden State and Sussex County has a rich heritage of farming, but many students have little knowledge about the source of their food. Farmers’ markets, organic farming, school gardens and ‘foodies’ have put the these sources into the news.

These workshops offer teachers, grades pre K-5, a look at agriculture in New Jersey and Sussex County. The workshops are developed by the professional staff of the Agricultural Learning Center.


PreK-Grade 2: ‘Here a Chick’, ‘Bees & Barns’, ‘Cows and Cranberries’ Each of these workshops feature five learning stations chock full of activities for primary students including source books, take home materials & bibliographies. The topics include chickens, corn, soil, blueberries and pigs. Teachers will receive folders for each center with materials.

Grade 2-5: “Old Macdonald Likes to Read: Using Agriculture Based Picture Books in Your Classroom” This workshop features over 20 books with activities in the subject areas of language arts, math, social studies, science and art. This workshop has been presented at a Northwest Jersey Reading Council meeting and at the 2014 National Ag in the Classroom Conference.

Coming in Fall 2016
Choose It, Make It, Take It II:
Pre-K to grade 2 hands on projects to make and take. Date TBA