Aggie Days 2020 | Teacher Information
AGGIE DAYS - A FREE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN
WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to Friday, April 3, 2020
HOURS: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Stampede Park - Nutrien Western Event Centre and the Agriculture Building (Across from the Nutrien Centre)
The Calgary Stampede's Agriculture Education Committee extends an invitation to Southern Alberta teachers and their students to attend Aggie Days. Aggie Days is an excellent opportunity for students, Grade 3 through Grade 6, to learn more about Alberta's agricultural industry. There is no charge to participate in this program.
NOTE: To maximize a safe and quality presentation, pre-registration is required.
REGISTRATION FOR AGGIE DAYS 2020 IS NOW OPEN.
AGGIE DAYS 2020
Please note that Aggie Days has made some significant changes to our program in that we now target this educational field trip to grades 3 to 6 for all three days of Aggie Days. It is important to us that the school children and their teachers who attend get the most out of the experience and that we can achieve this best by creating curriculum tie-ins with these specific grades. In 2020, we continue our expanded programming in the Agriculture Building for an even greater experience for our guests and for our farm animals.
Agriculture is Canada's leading industry, employing one third of our work force. It is important for students to find out what is happening "out on the farm" and how agriculture impacts our daily lives. The displays and interactive activities, hosted by the Agriculture Education Committee, industry organizations and volunteers, are designed to help your students learn more about Alberta's agricultural and historical legacy. It's a day of displays and 'hands on" interactive activities. Some of the curriculum related learning centers include:
COW MILKING, FLOUR MILLING, EGG PRODUCTION, GRAIN FARMING, SHEEP SHEARING, EQUINE PRESENTATIONS, FOOD SUSTAINABILITY, BEE KEEPING, BLACKSMITHING, BEEF CATTLE, INTERACTIVE NATIVE CULTURE EXHIBITS, ROPE MAKING, CROP SCIENCE, WATER CONSERVATION, HOG PRODUCTION, PLANT NUTRIENTS.
We encourage you to bring your class for a full day. Aggie Days exhibits will remain open throughout the lunch hour, so you can choose to continue to explore our many displays, watch our First Nations committee put on a spectacular show in the Victoria Pavillion (located in the Agriculture Building), or watch the rodeo feature in the Nutrien Western Events Center arena. Students staying all day should bring a bag lunch to eat at noon in the comfortable seating of the Arena. There will be a concession open on the upper floor of the Nutrien Centre during the lunch hour, should participants choose to purchase lunch or drinks
We are very proud of this world-class program and hope your students are able to come and learn about the world of agriculture.
AGGIESHIPS Bussing Grants Applications are available upon completing registration!
Once you register for Aggie Days, the Aggieships application form will be provided for you to apply for funding if needed. All Aggieships application forms need to be submitted by November 21, 2019 for the draw.
If bussing costs are a concern or obstacle to your student's attendance to Aggie Days, bussing grants are once again available through the Calgary Stampede and the Aggieships Program.
Please note the updated rules and regulations below:
1. Aggieships Bussing Grants will be awarded by RANDOM DRAW for Aggie Days 2020, with a draw taking place on November 21, 2019.
2. 28 Aggieships Grants will be awarded, valued at $300 dollars each.
3. Schools with unique circumstances who are not awarded a grant, may submit a request to the Agriculture Education Committee Executive explaining why you may need a bussing grant by e-mailing email@example.com
Please complete the form below to apply for the Aggieships bussing grants.
Forms incomplete or incorrectly filled will not be considered for the draw.
The Calgary Stampede is a proud supporter of the Aggieships Bussing Grant.
|Event Dates:||April 1–3, 2020|
|Location:||Nutrien Western Event Centre|
Buses should unload as directed at the back of the Agriculture Building (East side of building). Students and chaperones are then asked to walk towards the rotunda entrance to the Nutrien Western Events Centre where Stampede volunteers will be stationed to confirm the schools, number of attendees and to assist with disembarking of the buses and provide directional information. Volunteers will also assist with the loading of buses for pick-up. Buses coming for pick-up will be directed to park and will be marshalled to a pick-up area for safer boarding. Calgary Stampede staff and volunteers will work directly with the bussing companies to provide them with routes and maps of Stampede Park so they know exactly where to drop off and pick up attendees.
Buses will be given free parking but cars pay a parking fee of $15.00.
Teacher Tips For Attending Aggie Days
* Have your students circulate around the Aggie Days displays in a sequential order so they do not miss anything.
* The demonstration areas will have presentations (Sheep Shearing, Stock Dog, Horse, etc.) conducted at frequent intervals throughout the day. Make sure the shorter students are near the front during demonstrations.
* Formal demonstrations (Beef, and Cow Milking) are conducted at frequent intervals throughout the day.Times will be posted.
* Ask questions and encourage your students to inquire. This can be accomplished through either preparing a questionnaire for the students or asking them to develop a questionnaire keeping in mind the exhibitors that are participating. A listing of the exhibitors will be posted by the middle of February and will be updated on a regular basis.
* Remind your supervisors/helpers to have the students in their group remain at a presentation booth for the entire presentation. Most of the presentations last only a few minutes.
* Relax, enjoy, and have fun!
* Please ensure that all Aggie Days visitors know the location of the wash stands so that they may wash their hands after touching the animals. Hand sanitizer dispensers will also be located throughout the exhibition hall.
* Alberta's agriculture means animals, and hay and straw dust. Teachers are asked to be aware of any students with allergies well before the date of their Aggie Days visit.
* It is recommended that each child have a nametag, which also includes the school phone number.
* It is policy that each child attending Aggie Days wears a lost child wristband. These wristbands must have an available supervisors number on it so we can reach you in the case of a lost child. This could be a parent or teacher, but we ask you do not put your school's office number on this band.
The "Final Attendance Form", sent out in the teacher confirmation package, will be collected by the Stampede Volunteer who meets your bus. If you are not arriving via bus, please ensure that your form is delivered to the volunteer greeter or the Information desk located inside the rotunda of the Nutrien Western Event Centre.
Aggie Days Teacher's Resources: Check out some educational activities and hand outs to teach your class about agri-food!
CALGARY STAMPEDE AGRICULTURE EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE: Dean Ringstad (Subcommittee Chair); Brenda Ralston (Past Chair); Shannon Richardson (1st Vice Chair), Maggie Schofield, (Director Liaison) Cherie Copithorne-Barnes (Director Liasion), Bryan Walton (Chair, Agri-Food Committee) Kathleen Arkes; Bill Batycky; John Bednarik; Jane Boyce; John Campbell; Ray Courtman; Leila Cranswick, Jordan Fenton; Dave Forrest; Glenda Giles, Tiara McAlister; Mark Grant; Stephanie Gray; Brian Gross; Trudy Holte; Michael Isakeit; Brenda Knight; Debbie Lee; Heather MacKay; Andrea Rioux; Donna Seamans; Alan Snider; Sarah Stinn; Myrna Taylor Flexhaug; Kristin Dennett (Agriculture Programming Manager); Janette Macmillan (Manager, Agriculture Competitions and Event Presentations)