Sustainable Ag Field Day for 4H & Informal Educators

Date: September 26, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Contact: Sarah L. Hanks,

4-H and other informal educators! Join us for the day to learn about sustainable agriculture at the Kellogg Biological Station’s Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) site, where scientists have been researching for decades ways to grow the food we need while enhancing and protecting our state’s natural resources.

During a field tour of the LTER site, participants will learn from scientists about cutting edge research in sustainable agriculture, participate in hands-on science activities designed for youth, and later brainstorm with colleagues ideas for weaving sustainable ag research into youth programming.

There is no cost for attending this event and lunch is provided. Lodging is available on the evening of Monday, Sept. 25 at KBS.

Event will be held rain or shine.  Please dress for the weather, we’ll be outside ‘in the field’, unless we have severe weather. 

Program agenda - Tuesday, Sept. 26

8:30 a.m. – Arrive at KBS Auditorium, registration and coffee

9:00 a.m. – Welcome and introductions (KBS Auditorium)

                    Kara Haas, Science Education & Outreach Coordinator, KBS

                    Dr. Julie Doll, KBS Long-term Ecological Research (KBS LTER) program Education & Outreach Coordinator

9:20 a.m. – Depart for the field (LTER Field Lab, 10378 40th St. Hickory Corners, MI 49060)

9:30 a.m. – KBS Long-term Ecological Research Field Tour and Overview

                    Dr. Steve Hamilton, MSU/KBS Professor of Ecosystem Ecology & Biogeochemistry

                    Dr. Julie Doll, KBS LTER Education & Outreach Coordinator

10:30 a.m. - Soil microbes, powerful and mysterious microscopic life!

                     Di Liang, PhD candidate, MSU/KBS, Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences & Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior

10:45 a.m. - Monarch Butterflies and Global Climate Change

                     Andrew Myers, PhD candidate, MSU Department of Entomology

11:00 a.m. - Rainout shelters to Better Understand Drought

                     Kate Glanville, PhD candidate, Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences       

11:15 a.m. – Sustainable Ag. Activities for K-4 – Hands-on and Field Based

                     Misty Klotz, KBS Community Outreach Assistant

                     Sarah Hanks, LTER Outreach Team

 12:00 - Lunch at McCrary Dining Hall (3700 East Gull Lake Dr., Hickory Corners, MI 49060)

 1:00 p.m. – Climate change and farmers (KBS Auditorium)

                     Dr. Adam Reimer, Postdoctoral Researcher, KBS LTER

                     Dr. Julie Doll, KBS LTER Education & Outreach Coordinator

 1:30 p.m. – Facilitated Discussion (KBS Auditorium)

In small groups we’ll discuss: What themes of Sustainable Agriculture Research are of interest to your target audiences?  How can you share current Sustainable Agriculture research with your audiences?  You will walk away with ideas and resources for your target audiences.

 3:00 p.m. – Adjourn



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