BROOKINGS, S.D. — The Sustainable Agriculture Curriculum Workshop scheduled for Aug. 19 at the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Pierre Regional Center has been postponed. According to Krista Ehlert, Assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Range Specialist, the decision was based on several factors.
“After hearing from many teachers and 4-H youth advisors who have already had hectic summer schedules, we will be postponing the workshop to a later date that is more conducive for those interested parties,” Ehlert says. “In the meantime, the curriculum will be piloted in a South Dakota community this fall.”
Designed for children in grades six through eight, the curriculum was developed by Ehlert, as part of a grant funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Program. Other personnel involved in the project are Christine Wood, SDSU Extension 4-H Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Field Specialist and Jessalyn Bachler, SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist.
The curriculum involves four modules that will help students learn about sustainable agriculture from a rangeland lens. The modules are an overview of rangelands, rangeland plants, rangeland animals and soil. Each module has several interactive and hands-on activities for students to learn from and to foster critical thinking skills about one of the most-important land resources in South Dakota. Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and South Dakota Science Standards have been outlined as part of each module.
For more information about the curriculum and to get on a list for future updates and offerings, please contact Ehlert at Krista.Ehlert@sdstate.edu or 605-394-2236.
— SDSU Extension