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New York Agriculture in the Classroom


Educator Workshops

Agriculture in the Classroom Curriculum Trainings


Learn how to connect your existing curriculum with agriculture and infuse food and garden concepts into your lessons. Utilizing high-quality, hands-on agriculture lessons from across the country, these trainings will allow teachers to experience learning through agriculture and why it positively impacts student learning.

Trainings include:
  • CTLE professional development credit hours
  • Agriculturally accurate books for your classroom library
  • An experiential-learning based model for delivery
  • Kits, resources, and tools to teach the lessons
Your workshop may include one or more of the following lessons:

Upcoming Workshops

Timber: At the Mill
Virtual Professional Development
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Gutchess Lumber
Cortland, NY

The two-hour virtual professional development will take educators to Gutchess Lumber Company’s sawmill in Cortland, NY to investigate how timber is sourced, handled, and milled into lumber. Throughout development participants will be given a tour of the mill, learn how processes in the timber industry can be used to teach Next Generation standards, speak with a veteran forester as the "professional in the field", and participate in a hands-on inquiry-based lesson.

Educators who participate in the virtual professional development will be sent a classroom kit of the lesson used in the experience for their classroom as well as receive two hours of CTLE credits. The development is at no cost to participants with a limit of 35 New York educators.

Gutchess Lumber Company was founded in 1904 by George Gutchess and is now led by the fifth generation of the Gutchess family. Gutchess Lumber specializes in harvesting and milling hardwood timber which is sourced from forests in the northeast and milled at sawmills in New York and Pennsylvania. Lumber produced at these mills are sold domestically and internationally. The company is proud of its use of sustainable best practices to ensure the health of the forests and ecosystems in which they work.

To develop a deeper understanding of the timber industry with your students, take our virtual field trips to a forest tract on January 13 and mill tour on January 20. Educators can register their classrooms for the virtual field trips here.

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