EDUCATION & EVENTS
Education is at the forefront of our purpose and is interwoven in everything we do. Whether exploring the museum exhibits and living history displays on your own or on a guided tour, you’ll gain a greater understanding of our agricultural past and future.
We are continually amazed, challenged and motivated by the number of visitors with little knowledge of how agriculture affects their daily lives. The Ag Center reaches audiences of all ages, learning levels and life experiences through a variety of educational activities. These services include educators’ workshops, research opportunities and an array of educational programs, with a special emphasis on reaching youth. Our programs are created to be age-appropriate and aligned with curricular standards.
We offer engaging natural resource and agriculture themed programs to foster a child’s natural curiosity about the world around them. Every program is an opportunity for participants to explore, create and record their activities. Their own discoveries become new references to share with family, friends and the world. Programs can be virtual or on-site.
The Explorer Backpack program inspires children’s natural sense of wonder, stimulating their curiosity about the world around them by exploring their yard or neighborhood. We provide monthly calendar of activities and kits of supplies to help curious minds discover and record their adventures.
2021 programs include:
- Farm Tales: A Story and Agriculture Adventure –monthly themed adventures for children ages 4-12. FREE but you must pre-register. Programs are planned for April 15, May 20, June 17, June 19 and July 15. New program about John Deere on September 16. See the details on each month’s Farm Tales and register.
- Poster contest “From Farmers’ Fields to Our Tables; benefit for Harvesters. Get details.
- Inventors Who STEAMed up Agriculture, grades 3-5, May 4-6
- We can customize programs for your groups including:
- Farmer Tales – Story time with a farmer
- Growing Gardens – Our food then and now
- Famous Farm Faces – Ag Hall of Fame members
- Researching Recipes – Story telling of family and regional favorite recipes
- Digging into Soil – Uncovering the secrets held within the soil
- Live, Livestock – Animals on the farm
Contact us for more information on these programs or to customize a program for your group.
Year-long events celebrate our 60th anniversary, “Honoring Farmer-Veterans: Those Who Feed and Defend the Nation.”
- Precision ag planting in May and fall harvesting demonstrations
- Bee Boot Camp and Chick Days – virtual or on-site educational seminars, March, May, September
- Celebrate National Ag Day: Robert Moffa performs his orginial composition “The Bridge to Humanity – Our Farmer” in our Agricultural Hall of Fame, March 23 at 5:30 PM.
- KC Symphony’s Mobile Music Box concert, “Salute to the American Farmer,” Monday, April 5 at 6:30 PM. Museum and Hall of Fame will be open at 4:00 for visiting. Free concert, weather permitting, bring your chairs and blankets. More information.
- Chick Day – May 1, seminar 12-1 PM, chick sales 1-3 PM, rent a chicken coop, get the details.
- Farm Fit crossfit competition with Cobra Command CrossFit, May 22, register today
- Tractor Cruise with the Greater KC 2 Cylinder Tractor Club, May 1
- Family Fun Farm Tales on June 19 – 3 Scoops of Fun, Dairy Godmother story time and expanded activities for the entire family, get the details
- Show ‘n Shine Car Show, July 24
- Tractor Show with the Greater KC 2 Cylinder Tractor Club, July 31 – kiddie pedal pull, antique tractors, tractor games, get the details
- Beer & Bagel Off-Road Run, August 14, get the details and register
- International Lineman’s Rodeo, October 16
- Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductions, October 23
- Santa’s Express holiday lights drive-thru and visit with Santa – a benefit for local food pantries, December 3-5 & 10-12