Agriculture Education Project

Inside Education is growing our suite of agriculture education programs to build on 33 years of award-winning programming that supports Alberta teachers and students.

Our suite of programs develop agricultural literacy through an emphasis on understanding the science, technology, careers and stewardship initiatives that shape the agriculture and agri-foods sector.

“Inside Education plays a very valuable role in linking students with industry partners and expertise through authentic, hands-on, and highly engaging experiences.”
Cathy Price, Acme School

Inside Education’s agriculture education programs reach thousands of students in communities across Alberta (impact report) and we are developing new and exciting programs to kick off 2019.

Teacher Professional Development

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Agriculture Innovations Program
Spring 2019

The Agriculture Innovations Program is a multi-day learning experience for K-12 teachers representing schools from across Alberta to come together to learn about agriculture in Alberta. The program will explore the agricultural sector as a key component of sustainable natural resource development in Alberta. This one-of-a-kind education program will create networks,  and inspire conversations, ideas and classroom connections. View photos from our previous programs.

Student Programs

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Aligning with the grade 7 program of studies and taking an ‘Agriculture 101’ approach, this program provides relevant agriculture connections to student’s lives – Where does my food come from? What are environmental issues related to agriculture? What’s being done to help reduce these concerns? We also address careers in agriculture. Request a program.

“It was a great thought provoking intro (to agriculture). We took it a lot further the next day with students. They often don’t make this connection and this programs made it clear to kids about their personal connections. They also felt more open to understanding the diversity of agriculture.” Mike Tyler, Vincent Massey School

Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest

The Inside Education student field program at the Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest includes themes related to ranching in Alberta. The on-site program demonstrates how various land users, including grazing, work together to balance natural resource development on the landscape. More than 1500 Calgary-area school children participate each spring. During the fall months, the site is home to a grazing lease – meaning cattle roam freely through the area.

“All of staff and students thoroughly appreciated the strong connections to the Alberta curriculum, the organization of the day, the knowledgeable/respectful staff, as well as the variety of activities planned. We could not be more thrilled to have had the opportunity to visit JumpingPound and hope to so do again in the future! “ Krissa Donahue, C.W Perry School, Airdrie

Youth Education Summits

Cultivate 2020

Using our award-winning model for engaging high school students though meaningful dialogue, access to experts, project-based inquiry learning Inside Education is excited to announce CULTIVATE 2020!

Careers in Agriculture

Inside Education believes in inspiring students to consider their career paths as a way to become lifetime stewards of our environment and natural resources.  This agriculture education initiative provided a unique opportunity for junior and senior high students to consider the myriad of career options available in their own backyards. The program encourages students to discover local career opportunities, engage with professionals working in a variety of agriculture careers in the region and have day-in-the-life agriculture career experiences. Through a series of presentations, field trips and job shadows, students were exposed to a variety of agriculture and agriculture-related careers are available today and tomorrow. Check out photos from the Youth Summit. 

“Thank you for letting our school come and enjoy a day of learning. The whole day was really fun and I am glad I went. :)” – Jadelynn, Student, St. Joseph Collegiate, Agriculture Careers Program

Navigate Youth Education Program
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Each March Inside Education hosts our annual gathering of high schools students, teachers and experts in even numbered years the youth summit theme is water and environmental leadership. Navigate 2016 brought 20 high schools from across Alberta participate in a three-day learning experience on themes related to water and Alberta’s environmental future. As was the case in each of the two previous “Navigate” summits, sustainable development, agricultural use of water and best practices for maintaining water quality were important themes. Read more.

Special Projects

Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month – Learn more.

Nutrients for Life

Grow hands-on learning through your school’s garden! In addition to providing funding for your project, this initiative will give you access to curriculum resources related to agricultural sustainability and the science behind food production.
Learn more and apply