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College of Agricultural Sciences Spring Open House - April 16, 2018

High School Students: Learn about Ag Sciences majors and careers, explore study-abroad opportunities, meet faculty and staff, and tours of the facilities.

The registration period for this event has ended.

Schedule of Events

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM:
Registration/Check-In (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)

Check-In, and receive information packet and excuse for school if needed.

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM:
Welcome to the College of Ag Sciences Spring Open House (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)

Greetings from the College of Ag Sciences.

Welcome and Overview of the College

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM:
Student Panel (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)

Meet some of our Ag Advocates to discuss and answer questions about student life.

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM:
Families Depart HUB for Ag Sciences Major Sessions (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)

Families will depart the HUB and be escorted to Ag Sciences Majors Sessions.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM:
Ag Sciences Academic Majors Information Sessions (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)

Families will be escorted to major of their choice for an information session.

Agribusiness Management (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Agricultural and Extension Education (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Agricultural Science (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Animal Science (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Biological Engineering (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
BioRenewable Systems (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Community, Environment, and Development (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Environmental Resource Management (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Food Science (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Forest Ecosystem Management (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Immunology and Infectious Disease (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Landscape Contracting (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Plant Sciences (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Toxicology (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Turfgrass Science (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
Wildlife and Fisheries Science (Academic Area of Interest Information Session)
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM:
Campus Walking Tour (Walking Tour)

Departs from the lobby of the Agricultural Science and Industries Building. Tour will focus on the Ag Hill part of campus, and include visits to Earth House, the College of Agricultural Sciences residential community.

12:45 PM - 2:00 PM:
Lunch on Your Own (Lunch on your own)

Local eateries include:

Berkey Creamery

Blue Chip Bistro (First Floor of Business Building)

BlueSpoon Deli (Warnock Commons, in North Halls)

Findlay Dining Commons (East Halls)

HUB Eateries

 

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM:
Food Science Facilities Tour (Departmental Information Session & Tours)

Get to know the home of the Berkey Creamery and the Department of Food Sciences. This building features state-of-the-art research and teaching labs, three specialized and dedicated pilot plants, and one of the largest, most sophisticated dairy manufacturing plants associated with any academic institution in the country.

Forestry Research Lab (Departmental Presentations and Facilities Tours)

Tour a forestry research lab to learn how we are using drone technology to learn more about our forests and agricultural lands. Small, unmanned, autonomous systems (drones) have the potential to dramatically change how we measure and map landscapes.

Greenhouses and Plant Growth Facilities Tour (Departmental Information Session & Tours)

Explore the Department of Plant Science's teaching and research greenhouse facilities. You will learn about the tropical plant collection and our cacao and tomato genetics research program. Visitors will also learn about the sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) strategies that are implemented in the greenhouses. Our unique aquaponics project, which combines the art and science of raising fish and growing plants in a symbiotic system, will also be featured.

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Tour (Departmental Information Session & Tours)

Tour an immunology lab, and get answers to your questions about veterinary schools and biomedical research.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM:
Livestock and Farm Facilities Tours (Facilities Tour)

NOTE: Tours will start at the Snider Agricultural Arena (located on E. Park Ave, across from the Centre County Visitors Centre and near Beaver Stadium). Tour participants should exit Lot 44 in their vehicles and drive down Porter Rd toward E. Park Ave. Turn right onto E. Park Ave and the Snider Agricultural Arena will be the first turn on the left. For directions, click here.

Students and visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about our livestock programs and farm facilities. An overview will be provided in the Snider Agricultural Arena, along with information on how to protect our animals while you are visiting. Buses will shuttle visitors to the dairy barn, beef/sheep center, and equine facilities. You are welcome to visit all three stops, or can explore one facility and then depart. We encourage you to relocate your vehicle from Lot 44 to the Snider Agricultural Arena so that you can depart when your group is ready.

Student Farm Tour (Facilities Tour)

Note: Buses will depart from Curtin Road alongside the Agricultural Administration Building to the Student Farms Facilities.

Established in spring 2016, the goals of the Student Farm at Penn State are to demonstrate and educate about how food is grown, and to provide hands-on engagement opportunities for students and volunteers to gain skills and knowledge about food production, harvest and marketing.

Above all, the farm is a space for people with a diversity of backgrounds and interests to learn about where our food comes from, as well as to apply their unique skills and experiences to a farm setting. Students studying topics from communications, to marketing, architecture, and more can find exciting ways to contribute to the farm.

In case of inclement weather the tour will be at Tyson greenhouses to look at our hydroponic production