A to Z: Ag at the Zoo

first_imgMarch is National Agriculture Month. To celebrate, the Universityof Georgia and the Southeast United Dairy Industry Associationwill try to make learning about agriculture fun at Zoo Atlanta. “The zoo is a natural place for us to hold this event on theenvironment and agriculture’s place in it,” Peppers said. “ZooAtlanta offers a bit of nature and conservation in the middle ofthe city.””A to Z: Agriculture at the Zoo” will feature interactiveexhibits, fun activities and family entertainment. CAESscientists, farm commodity groups and agribusinesses willshowcase the latest in agricultural research and improvements. “We hope the exhibit with Zoo Atlanta will help urban Georgianssee that agriculture touches the lives of all of us every day,”Peppers said. Visitors can plant seeds and learn about composting at the UrbanGarden Program exhibit. And they can find out how to build abackyard wildlife habitat. The MDC is a 30-foot, white trailer painted with black cow spots.It travels across Georgia to educate kids about the process thatsafely takes milk from the cow to the dinner table. The annual “A to Z: Agriculture at the Zoo” event will beSaturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will showcaseagriculture for urban Georgians. By April ReeseUniversity of Georgia “When most people think of agriculture, they think of rural lifeand farming,” said Faith Peppers, public affairs manager with theUGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Equipped to house a live cow, the MDC allows kids and families tosee the milking process in action. Teachers can get informationabout possible school visits.center_img For adults, the event will showcase a plant doctor exhibit byGeorgia Master Gardeners and the latest developments in thediverse fields of agriculture. The “Got Milk?” truck, provided by The Southeast United DairyAssociation, will give visitors free milk samples and their ownmilk-mustache photo. Exhibit areas just for kids will feature hands-on scienceexhibits and environmental protection displays. A scavenger huntwill let kids test their agriculture knowledge and win prizes.4-H club members from around the state will have displays ontheir project work in agriculture and the environment. The highlight of this year’s Dairy Association exhibit is theMobile Dairy Classroom, a new outreach program created by Georgiadairy farmers. “We’ll have exhibits under the Ford Pavilion and throughout thezoo,” Peppers said. “So whether they want to learn how to protecttheir groundwater or talk with students about what they’restudying, there should be something for everyone.” “A to Z: Agriculture at the Zoo” is free with admission to thezoo. For discounted Zoo Atlanta tickets for March 29, contactyour county UGA Extension Service office. You can get tickets,too, through Zoo Atlanta’s Web site (www.zooatlanta.org) or atthe gate. (April Reese is a student writer with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img

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