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EGLE. MDARD to host Agriculture and Environmental Education Academy course for teachers, others in July

The Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) are pleased to host a hands-on course for teachers and other educators interested in bringing lessons on agriculture, the environment, energy, and related careers to their classrooms.

Agriculture and Environmental Education Academy

This two-day, hands-on workshop will take place July 18-19 at the Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, Mich. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about where their food comes from, how to keep soil and water healthy, climate-resilient agriculture, best management practices for environmental protection, careers in agriculture and the environment, and much more. They’ll also walk away with lots of educational resources, including ready-to-use lesson plans on a wide variety of agriculture and environment topics.

 Presentations and field trips will cover topics including:

  • Food and dairy safety.
  • Agricultural best management practices.
  • Water quality.
  • Energy resources.
  • Climate resilience.
  • Careers in agriculture and the environment.
  • And more.

This event is targeted toward K-12 classroom teachers, but educators of all kinds are welcome to attend. Teachers will be able to earn up to 11.5 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) at no additional cost.

Registration for this event is only $35. Lodging is available on site or in nearby Kalamazoo – see Lodging Information when you register. Check out the event page to see the full agenda and register to attend.

If you have any questions, please contact EGLE’s environmental education coordinator, Eileen Boekestein, at or 616-403-1615.

Space is limited at this event, so secure your spot today.