Summer Teacher Tours registration opens on March 4, 2024!
What is a teacher tour?
The Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Program (MAITC) is excited to offer a unique summer professional development opportunity for K-12 educators. Our Summer Teacher Tours allow educators to observe and experience current agricultural production, processing and distribution techniques, as well as exposure to a wealth of standards-based, agriculture themed lesson plans and resources. Participants will network and share how they intend to use these experiences and resources to integrate agriculture into their curricula to improve student achievement by applying authentic agricultural examples to teach core curriculum concepts in science, social studies, language arts, math and nutrition.
2024 Summer Teacher Tours
Discover Minnesota's vast agricultural diversity and bring it back to your classroom! Teacher Tours are designed to give educators hands-on experience with Minnesota agriculture and have a good time while doing it!
Submit to Your District
Need to submit a payment request to your district to attend? Use the fillable form below! Online registration is still required even if your district is mailing in payment.
The Hands that Feed Us
Discover the journey your food takes from farm to plate by learning directly from the hands that feed us: Farmers. On this teacher tour you will have the opportunity to tour and connect directly with farmers who are growing and raising food for not only their local communities, but the world. You will walk away from this experience with a deeper personal understanding of where food comes from. In addition to a deeper appreciation of Minnesota agriculture, you will be equipped with resources and knowledge to bring back to your students in the fall. Best of all, the connections and collaboration you will forge with other area educators will expand your insights about how others are bringing agriculture learning into their classroom experiences.
Beginning and Ending Location: Compeer Financial, Mankato, MN
Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm
Orchard to Market
If teachers were apples, we would pick you to join us as we learn about how this tasty fruit is researched, grown, and made into delicious products in the Twin Cities. This summer, we will go on a wagon ride amongst the trees of Pine Tree Apple Orchard as we learn about plant growth, insect and pest management, weather protection, tree care and their connection with University of Minnesota research. We will step behind-the-scenes at Bix Produce Co. to learn about produce processing and distribution from one of the area’s leading produce distributors. Bailey Nurseries is excited to share how their locations are involved with fruit and landscape plant production locally, as well as across the country. Finish the day by having your taste buds tickled with apple beverages at Pine Tree Apple Orchard.
Beginning and Ending Location: Pine Tree Apple Orchard, White Bear Lake, MN
Time: 8am - 5pm
Farm, Fiber and Fabrication
Join us for an exciting exploration of agricultural found in northern Minnesota. We’ll start the day at Wells Technology and be immersed in their Fabrication and manufacturing processes that have ties to John Deere as well as many other important businesses and industries. Next, we’ll investigate Fiber and the process of using wool to create garments, blankets and more at Bemidji Woolen Mills. This teacher tour will also take you to the Gustafson beef and crop Farm to dig into food production and conservation. A delicious farm-to-table lunch, and time to build connections with fellow educators while filling your tool box with standards-based, ag-themed resources will be part of the FUN!
Beginning and Ending Location: Wells Technology, Bemidji, MN
Time: 8am - 5pm
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