Agriculture Education Programs

Inside Education is growing our suite of agriculture education programs to build on 31 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

Our 2016 Agriculture Education Programs were a huge success!

Inside Education’s agriculture education programs reached 3000 students in 94 classrooms across Alberta in 2016 and we are developing new and exciting programs to kick off 2017.

Teacher Professional Development

1S3A2330 copyAgriculture in Alberta Education Program
May 26-28, 2016 in Calgary/Lethbridge

The Agriculture in Alberta Education Program was a multi-day learning experience for 26 school teachers representing schools from across Alberta. The program explored the agricultural sector as a key component of sustainable natural resource development in Alberta. From touring a feedlot to an internationally recognized agricultural research centre we created a one-of-a-kind education event that inspired conversations, ideas and classroom connections. Read the report and view photos.

Classroom Programs

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Edmonton Northlands and Inside Education are working together on an exciting initiative – bringing agriculture education to Edmonton area classrooms!

Act now to find out more about an interactive classroom presentation, an urban farm field trip – or both!

Grades 4-9 teachers are invited to request a classroom visit from Inside Education or to find out more about Spring 2017 Northlands Urban Farm field trips.

Cultivating Stewardship Classroom Program, Ongoing

This presentations aligns with grade 7 curriculum. 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 cattle farming 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

Careers in Agriculture
November 2, 2016 Brooks

Inside Education believes in inspiring students to consider their career paths as a way to become lifetime stewards of our environment and natural resources. On November 2, 2016, Inside Education hosted the 2016 Agriculture Careers Education Program in Brooks, Alberta. 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 encouraged 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 Week
We invited high school students and teachers to participate in an inquiry-based study of Agriculture and Climate Change. They took  part in an exciting live video conference event March 3, 2016 complete with pre & post workshop materials.
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