Elementary Education & Mobile Science Labs

Registration is now closed! For information on future hybrid courses, please contact Shannon Brown at sbrown@maefonline.com
Infusing Ag in the Elementary Classroom Hybrid Workshop
3 MSDE CPD credits!


In order to meet MSDE’s requirements of 45 contact hours, full participation at the 2 in-person sessions is required. These will run from 8:30am to 4:45pm on the dates listed above.  

Click here to register! Spots are filling quickly!

For more information on this hybrid workshop, please email Elementary Education Director, Shannon Brown, at sbrown@maefonline.com.

See what Maryland teachers are saying about past Ag in the Classroom workshops!

“This is an amazing experience for any teacher!  I cannot believe how many resources – books, supplies, field trips – the workshop was able to provide.”


“This workshop was by far the best professional learning opportunity I have experienced in 20 years of teaching…fun, informative, applicable and amazing resources that I will use to benefit my students, colleagues and my school.”


“Ag in the Classroom goes above and beyond the usual teacher workshop.  The amount of useful information, projects, experiments, resources and supplies was astounding!  I can walk into my classroom right now and have many lessons that I can do now.  No other workshop comes close to what I gained from Ag in the Classroom!”


“What an amazing – jam packed week!  I was able to learn through touching, creating and collaborating.  The resources are invaluable.  All done in 5 days, too!”

Ag Literacy


How Does the Ag Literacy Program Work?

This is the 9th year for Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation’s annual Ag Literacy Program. This Ag in the Classroom program seeks to instill in Maryland students the importance of agriculture in their daily lives.  Any group or individual wishing to promote agriculture is invited to participate – Farmer Bureau members, FFA students, Young Farmers, Commodity group leaders, retirees, or interested individuals.

Literacy Volunteers set up a time to visit in a nearby school and read to students in grades K-3. Following the reading of the book, volunteers conduct an activity with the students and share their experiences in agriculture.  The book is then left in the classroom or media center.

For more information or to order a book for $10, contact Shannon Brown at sbrown@maefonline.com or (410) 939-9030, ext. 105.

Right This Very Minute – Ag Literacy 2019

by Lisl H. Detlefsen

Right This Very Minute is a table-to-farm book that explains how farmers are always busy producing the food that makes its way to our plates!
(American Farm Bureau book of the year)




See What We Eat follows a group of children touring a local farm as they learn where their food comes from and touches on our main food groups.



Follow a classroom of kindergartners as they participate in a popular activity – hatching chicks in an incubator in the classroom.


The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen – AG LITERACY 2016

The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen is an entertaining tale about Patrick’s securing essential ingredients to help his father make his favorite French toast for breakfast. The essential ingredients (milk, eggs, and maple syrup) come to life before his very eyes.


About Our Mobile Science Labs


The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation’s Mobile Science Lab Program teaches elementary students in Maryland the importance of agriculture in their everyday lives.  

Each of our three themed labs feature a wide variety of 50-minute experiments and investigations as well as 25-minute mini-lessons based in agriculture.  These are all aligned with NGSS, Environmental Literacy Standards, Science & Engineering Practices, and CCSS. 

Grants may be available to your school; please ask when booking. They are typically first-come, first-served, so book now!

Contact Diana Tyler at dtyler@maefonline.com or 410-939-9030 for more information or to reserve a lab for your school.

For schools booking the mobile science labs:

Vocabulary for All Full-Length Lab Lessons

How Does the Mobile Science Lab Work?


Schools choose one of our three mobile science labs:

–  Our Ag Products lab with investigations featuring the products and processes that come from agriculture

–  Our Food, Fiber and You lab with investigations of the food we eat and what goes into growing it

–  Our Aquatic lab with investigations on the relationship between water and agriculture

Ahead of the visit, hands-on investigations are selected by the school’s teachers from one of our three themed labs above.  Up to five classes in grades 3-5 can visit each day for a 50 minute hands-on investigation. Other classes (grades K-5) can visit for a 25 minute mini-lesson. Scheduling is flexible depending on the needs and size of the school.

Consider us an in-school field trip for the whole school!  Our lab will visit schools for an entire week and one of our qualified MAEF teachers will lead students in hands-on investigations. 

Don’t forget to ask about available grants!

Contact Diana Tyler at dtyler@maefonline.com or 410-939-9030 for more information or to reserve a lab for your school.

What Teachers Are Saying About Our Labs…

·   “This is something that we would not have been able to do in the classroom. It’s relevant to their real-world experiences. Both enriching and interesting.”

·   “Students were interested and engaged.  Wish it could be here longer.”

·   “Students loved being scientists, offering higher-level thinking.”

·   “Encourages collaboration with peers and required close examination of a problem to find a solution.”


Ag-Mazing News

Ag-Mazing News Ag lessons can be used as individual “agricultural” based lessons which can be integrated into skills taught in language arts, math, science and social studies. They can also be used as an introduction for students to complete independent research on a particular agricultural topic.


MAEF’s Annual Calendar Contest

MAEF’s Annual Calendar Contest is in full swing!  K-12 students from all over Maryland are encouraged to participate by submitting an original drawing highlighting agriculture in Maryland. See below for details! Winners will receive a $50 cash award and their artwork will be featured in MAEF’s 2020-2021 calendar! The deadline to submit your drawings is Friday, May 1, 2020.

“For a donation of $10, you can receive a copy of MAEF’s 2019-2020 Calendar featuring agricultural artwork from students around the state. Please call our office at 410-939-9030 for more information.


To Download the Calendar Contest Rules, Please Click the Photo Below

Ag Resources

Be a Fit Kid
Contains recipes, games, music, comics, and videos encouraging kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Moo Milk
Fun and educational website about cows and milk with facts, contests, games, and recipes.

Highlights the development of American agriculture. Targeting students in grades 4-8, the site provides online material related to corn, pioneer farming, farming today and tomorrow, and the prairie.

Ag in the Classroom
This Illinois AITC site contains teacher materials such as the AG Mag, lessons, and resources. Students can explore virtual farm tours, quizzes, and a kid’s zone.

DPI Chicken
Reproducible, educational Chicken from the Egg to Your Table helps students learn more about chicken and how it is produced.

California Ag in the Classroom
California’s Ag in the Classroom site has teacher lessons, links, and a kids’ corner.

Ag Returns to the City

Please check back in March of 2020 for an update on the Urban Garden Grant. If you have any questions, please contact us!