Agricultural Learning
Center Programs

Class Trips

All programs can be adjusted to fit your time constraints. The three grade level experiences described below offer age appropriate information and activities, and were designed by elementary level educators. Each program is about two hours long. Staff can work with you to personalize a visit. Classes may bring snack and or lunch as part of their visits. For more information, or to make a reservation, contact Program Director Kathy Cafasso at kcafasso@njstatefair.org.

‘DOWN ON THE FARM’ This program has been developed for kindergarten and Pre-K students. Located in the agriculture area of the fairgrounds, the program consists of hands on activities for children at interactive stations. Parent volunteers assemble at the fairgrounds 30 minutes before students’ arrival and are briefed by staff on the operation of pedal tractors, washboard laundry, gathering apples and eggs and making scarecrows stations. The staff runs the ‘where do fruits and veggies grow’, dairy, planting veggies and horse stations. Students will bring home a vegetable seed they planted. Arrangements can be made for seating for snack or lunch. This program runs between 90 minutes and 2 ½ hours. ‘Down on the Farm’ operates in May & June. Admission is $4 per student, adults are free.

‘DOWN ON THE FARM’ operates in May & June. Admission is $4 per student, adults are free.

‘PASSPORT TO PLANTS’ This program highlights plants. It is suitable for grades 1-4. There are six stations covering Pollinators, Worms, Soil, Germination, Where Do Fruits and Vegetables Grow? and Early Harvesting Equipment. The visit includes a visit to the Fairgrounds greenhouse and the Conservatory Courtyard Garden. Students will bring home a seed germination project. Arrangements can be made for seating for a snack or lunch. This program runs between 90 minutes and 2 ½ hours. ‘Passport to Plants’ operates in May and June. Admission is $4 per student, adults are free.

‘AGRICULTURAL TIME MACHINE’ This program has been developed for fourth grade students and runs 2-2 ½ hours. It is located in the Snook Agricultural Museum and the Shotwell 4-H Building in the Agricultural Area of the Fairgrounds. The program consists of a look at agriculture in the past and present in Sussex County and New Jersey and supplements the study of the history of New Jersey.

Students visit six stations, three in the past, and three in the present. In Agriculture Past, farm equipment used to harvest crops, shell and grind corn are demonstrated. The farm kitchen is full of labor saving devices from the early 1900s and students make & eat their own butter. Supplies for animals on the farm are shown in the Hay/Straw station, where students learn their differences and uses, as well as the uses of silage and corn plants. The three stations for Agriculture Present require students to examine displays for dairy cows, sunflowers and chickens, answering questions while doing hands on investigations.

Arrangements can be made for snack or lunch to be eaten during or after the program. Admission is $4 per student and adults are free. This program runs in October and very early November.

In School

Learning Center staff is available to do programs in your classroom. Programs can be developed for your specific needs. Contact the Program Director for rates.

‘GEORGE WASHINGTON, FARMER’ This 40-60 minute presentation highlights Washington’s lifelong work as a farmer at Mt.Vernon – his favorite job. It demonstrates his hands on approach to increasing the yield of his crops and breeding of his animals along with quotes from his correspondence concerning his agricultural pursuits. Suitable for grades 3-5

‘NATIVE AMERICAN AGRICULTURE’ This 60 minute presentation highlights The Three Sisters of Native American agriculture- corn, bean and pumpkin/squash. Students learn about companion planting and what is the contribution of each of the companion plants. Students may also make their own Three Sisters seed packet and recipe book.

Pre-K to grade 2: Choose It, Make It, Take It. Hands-on projects to make and take.

Comments from local schools

” It’s truly a teacher and student favorite- Thanks!… ” — Franklin School

“ This is a wonderful trip for kindergarten! It is age and developmentally appropriate for this age child. …”
— Montague School

“ Thank you for all of your hard work planning and putting this program together. It really was a wonderful day for the children and a great learning experience. …”

— Green Hills School

Endorsements from county & state officials

“ Your program appears to be well-planned and structured for age appropriate activities. …”

— Mary Jane Tanner, Sussex County Office of Education

“ There are a number of activities that children are going to be learning and at the same time having fun. So when you put those two things together it is great fun for kids…At the very earliest level of education this is a great program and I hope it replicates itself across all areas of the state. …”

— Douglas Fisher, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture

Endorsements by second grade teachers

“ The children were occupied at all times and were interested in the concepts being presented. …”

“ Each station was unique and interesting. I could tell my class was learning and having fun. …”

— Clifton E. Lawrence School

Comments from local schools

“ Interesting and worthwhile information that directly related to the study of NJ Agriculture was provided during interactive presentations. Students were actively engaged during each station’s activities. …”

— Sandyston Walpack School

“ The different activities your facilitators designed appropriately fit into our New Jersey Social Studies curriculum by expanding students’ knowledge of local history of Sussex County. …”

— Frankford School

“ Several students wrote that it was their favorite field trip so far! One said it was so much fun because ‘we got to do things…
Not just sit and listen. …”

— Wantage School

“ Several students wrote that it was their favorite field trip so far! One said it was so much fun because ‘we got to do things…
Not just sit and listen. …”

— Wantage School

“Your presentation was great. My favorite part was about the mules. I love animals. I also loved learning about the different things about George Washington. The only thing I knew about George Washington was he was the first president. It had so much information. The fact I learned was that he was a farmer I was pretty surprised, because you’d think his favorite job was being president. You know because you get this huge house to you and the people you live with, and you all don’t have to use the same bathroom. Thank you so much for teaching everybody about George Washington …”

— fourth grade student, Frankford School

“Perfect amount of time” “The activities were especially engaging.” Very appropriate presentation for third grade.” Frankford Township third grade teachers