ExploreAg gives campers a unique opportunity to really evaluate what the agriculture careers of today, and tomorrow, will look like for them. Through a series of hands-on activities and tours inside state-of-the-art laboratories, students will gain an understanding of how they can define, and build, their own unique career path in agriculture.

Students will learn from, and interact with, the top agricultural science researchers and companies across Ohio. Campers will get to network with leaders in the industry while gaining new perspectives on the variety of careers available to them in Ohio related to food and fuel production. 

Example Weeklong Camp

Sunday

3 p.m. Registration and move in

5 p.m. Introductions, Camp Rules and ExploreAg Overview

6 p.m. Dinner

7 p.m. Leadership Training: Goal setting for the week

8 p.m. Evening Activities-Program Staff

9 p.m. Return to Dorms

10 p.m. Lights Out

Monday

7 a.m. Rise and shine

8 a.m. Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Ag Challenge Team

9:45 a.m. Depart for Entomology Lab

10 a.m. Entomology Lab

Noon Lunch

1 p.m. Depart for Certified Angus Beef

1:30 p.m. Certified Angus Beef Tour

3 p.m. Depart for tour of Smuckers Discovery Center

3:30 p.m. Tour of Smuckers Discovery Center

5 p.m. Depart for campus

6 p.m. Dinner

7 p.m. Evening Activities-Program Staff

8:30 p.m. Free time and ExploreAg Challenge teamwork

10 p.m. Lights out

Tuesday

7 a.m. Rise and Shine 

8 a.m. Breakfast

9 a.m. Animal Science Labs at barn facilities

11:30 a.m. Depart for Mohican State Park

12:30 p.m. Mohican River Environmental Lab

3 p.m. Outdoor Exploration

4:45 p.m. Depart for campus

6:30 p.m. Dinner

7 p.m. Evening Programming- Election Game

9 p.m. Free time and ExploreAg Challenge teamwork

10 p.m. Lights out

Wednesday

7 a.m. Rise and Shine 

8 a.m. Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Depart for Berry Lab

9 a.m. Food Science Berry Lab

11:15 a.m. Lunch

12:15 p.m. Depart for Buckeye Country Creamery

12:45 p.m. Tour of Buckeye Country Creamery

2:30 p.m. Depart for campus

3 p.m. RISK Management Activity

Farm Credit Mid America and Nationwide Insurance

4:30 p.m. Free time

6 p.m. Dinner

7:30 p.m. Evening Activities-Program Staff

9 p.m. Free time and ExploreAg Challenge teamwork

10 p.m. Lights out

Thursday

7 a.m. Rise and shine

8 a.m. Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Depart for BioOhio Research

9 a.m. BioOhio Research

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:15 p.m. Industry panel

1:15 p.m. Final ExploreAg Challenge Prep Time

1:45 p.m. Depart for Soils Lab

2 p.m. Soil Lab tour

4 p.m. Return to dorms for free time

6 p.m. Celebration Dinner on campus

8 p.m. Final assignment prep work

9 p.m. Free time

10 p.m. Lights out

Friday

7 a.m. Rise and shine

8 a.m. Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Ag Career Pathway Planning

10:30 a.m. Ag Challenge Team Final Report

11:45 p.m. Lunch

12:30-1 p.m. Participant pickup

Example Weekend Camp Schedule

Friday 

5 p.m.    Registration 

6 p.m.    Dinner

7 p.m.    Leadership Activities                    

Saturday

9 a.m.      Tour – Equine facility 

Noon  Lunch 

1 p.m.      Tour – Soil Science Lab

3 p.m.      Food Science Tour/Activity 

5 p.m.      Professional Development      

6:30 p.m.      Dinner 

7:30 p.m.      Evening Activities 

Sunday 

9 a.m.       Dairy Farm Tour 

11:30 a.m.     Lunch 

12:30 p.m.     Blanchard River Demo Farms 

3 p.m.       Camp Celebration 

4 p.m.       Adjournment