Michigan Agriculture and Environmental Education Workshop for Educators

August 5, 2019 | Michigan State University Tollgate Farm and Education Center - Novi, Michigan


The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy hosted the Michigan Agriculture and Environmental Education Workshop for educators on August 5, 2019, in Novi, Michigan.  This workshop was provided for formal K–12 educators and non-formal educators (e.g., nature center staff, 4H and scout leaders, and other outdoor educators):

The workshop was approved for 6 State Continuing Education Clock Hours  (SCECHs).




8:00 am

Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 am

Welcome –  Ken McFarlane (MDARD) and Regina Strong (EGLE)

9:00 am

Farm to Lunchroom

Kaitlin Koch—Wojciak, MSU Extension

Farm to institution and how local foods promote nutrition and a strong connection to our agriculture roots.

9:45 am

Gardens as a Classroom for Environmental Education

Neha Shah, Ann Arbor Public Schools

Learn about sustainable school gardening that intersects ecological awareness, cooperative learning, and immersion in hand on learning opportunities for students through garden-based educational concepts.

 Breakout Sessions

Agriculture and the Environment

MEECS Water Quality

10:45 am

Sourcing Ag Careers Randy Showerman and Nathan Westfall, Institute of Agricultural Technology, MSU

Water Resources - Lesson 1: Where is all the Water in the World

Water Resources  - Lesson 2: How We Use Water

Jessica Wagenmaker, Holton Public Schools

12:45 pm

Food Safety Sleuths

Robin Danto, MSU Extension

Learn about foodborne illness, its prevention, and the people and organizations that are involved in food safety. Conduct an experiment to learn how hand washing affects the presence of bacteria on their hands.

Water Quality Lesson 3: Watershed 101

Jessica Wagenmaker, Holton Public Schools


2:00 pm


Andrea Stay, MDARD, and Hannah Reynolds, Eaton Conservation District

Get your hands wet while you learn about the basic geography of a watershed, how water flows through the system, and how people can impact the quality of our water. 

Water Quality Lesson 4: How do Land Uses Affect Water Quality?


Water Quality Lesson 8: How do we Stop Storm Water

Jessica Wagenmaker, Holton Public Schools


3:00 pm

Closing Session – Next Steps

3:30 pm

Adjourn – Optional Tour of Tollgate Farm






MSU Extension logo


barn like structure in rural setting

MSU Tollgate Activity Center