Science in the Outdoor Classroom

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Discover Agriculture is a powerful teaching and learning-centered program at N.C. A&T’s University Farm, which is the largest classroom on campus.

probingDeveloped for kindergarten-through- third-grade students, Discover Agriculture transforms students into “young scientists” who learn about agriculture and the environment by visiting a series of learning stations at the farm.

Participating in Discover Agriculture provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Engage in activities that teach them how the food they eat is produced.
  • Learn how agricultural practices affect soil and water quality.
  • Apply what they learned at the farm in their classroom settings.

The Discover Agriculture program encourages student success in science, math, language arts, writing, and nutrition. Through such activities as sorting seeds, estimating numbers of animals, shopping for certain fruits and vegetables at the University Farm’s market stand, students reinforce various academic skills. Also, by teaching students to collect soil samples and assess their capacity to hold water, Discover Agriculture offers instruction that corresponds with the N.C. Standard Course of Study.


Discover Agriculture is organized through The Cooperative Extension Program at A&T, which is a part of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Discover Agriculture is  supported, in part, by a grant from the American Honda Foundation. 


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The Cooperative Extension Program is located in Coltrane Hall on campus. 336.334.7956.
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