The ExploreAg program is free to all high school students; deadline to apply is April 15, 2024.Read More
One of a kind science camps for teens
Ohio Farm Bureau’s signature ag literacy and workforce development program, ExploreAg, offers FREE week, multiday and daylong immersion programs for high-school students. In ExploreAg, teens learn about agriculture and related STEM fields from industry experts, scientists, and educators. Participants visit locations like Kroger and Bob Evans, manufacturers like John Deere and Certified Angus Beef, and college research laboratories at Ohio State, Wilmington and Findlay. Youth are able to develop their leadership and collaboration skills and prepare for college and further careers.
A camp like no other
The 10-year need for workers in agribusiness occupations totals nearly 470,000. More than 90,000 of this need is in farming occupations, including agricultural managers. Source: Regionomics
The recipient of American Farm Bureau’s 2020 New Horizon Award, the ExploreAg program offers one-week long camps, weekend camps and one day experiences for high school students free of charge. Students are immersed in hands-on learning exposing them to a multitude of careers in agriculture, including those careers in STEM.
High school students interact with and learn from internationally known teachers, scientists and researchers. Students are hosted on college campuses such as Ohio State University, Wilmington College and the University of Findlay and are introduced to various aspects of agriculture both in the classroom and through diverse hands-on learning experiences.
In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research, and introduce industry partners, to provide scholars with a glimpse of innovative careers in related fields.
ExploreAg is more than just a camp, it’s awesome to get to see how broad agriculture is while having fun and making new friends. You end up learning a lot without it ever feeling like work. It’s an awesome opportunity to have fun, gain new friends, make valuable connections and maybe even find your lifelong career.” Zach Z.
2024 Program Sessions
- COLT Electric Lineman Training, May 31
- Wilmington College, June 4-7
- OSU Columbus Campus, June 9-14
- OSU Wooster Campus, June 16-21
- University of Findlay, July 7-12
Applications for all camps are due April 15, 2024.
Virtual Question & Answer Session
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Curious to learn more about the 2024 ExploreAg summer camp experiences? Register for the virtual Q&A session to be held Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. via Zoom. Parents, guardians, prospective campers, and educators are all welcome to join. Be sure to come prepared with all your questions!
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Find your career in agriculture
ExploreAg introduces students to the various careers in science, engineering and technology in the food and fiber industry.Learn More
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