Elementary Education & Mobile Science Labs


JUNE 23-27, 2019

A fun-filled week of field trips, hands-on lessons, resources, 3 MSDE credits, and chances to network with other teachers.


2019 Ag in the Classroom Summer Workshop Registration now open!
Limited spaces! Register early!
See what Maryland teachers are saying about Ag in the Classroom!

“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 Jeanne Mueller at jmueller@maefonline.com or 410-848-4745.

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.

Mobile Science Labs


Mobile labs visit elementary schools throughout the state of Maryland for an entire week. Hands-on science investigations matched to the Common Core Curriculum, Environmental Literacy standards, and/or NGSS are selected by the school to be integrated into their curriculum.   Book this unique learning experience for your school today!

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

Mobile Lab Vocabulary Definitions

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 Poster Contest


Calling all Maryland students!

Your artistic entry may be selected to appear on the 2019-2020 Maryland Agriculture Education Foundation Calendar.
Deadline for entries is May 1, 2019!
A $50 cash award will be awarded to each of the selected entries.

Download Calendar Poster Contest Form and Guidelines 2019-20


Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Life on a farm
  • Crops grown in Maryland
  • Food from the farm
  • Machinery used on a farm
  • Animals raised on a farm


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

2019 Urban Garden Grant – Apply now! Grants due March 8, 2019.

Click Here To Download The 2019 Urban Garden Grant Application!http://maefonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/MAEF-2019-Garden-Grant-Application.pdf