The following illustrates the Council's efforts to unify the College of Agriculture Strategic Plan of 2021-2026 (left) and the Purdue Agriculture PK-12 Engagement Strategic Plan 2021-2026 (right). The two separate strategic plans are designed to enhance PK-12 outreach separately and simultaneously!
Student PK-12 Programs
AgDiscovery is a 2-4 week summer camp outreach program designed to help middle through high school-aged students explore careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness, plant pathology, aquaculture, and much more. Students who participate in AgDiscovery experience hands-on labs, workshops, field trips, and other group and team-building activities.
The virtual camp is led by college students who have developed virtual lessons as part of their course assignment for K-12 students.
Time: First week in April
Purdue Spring Fest offers a variety of hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, arts, cultural experiences, and many of the departments within the College of Agriculture. The fun will continue at the College of Veterinary Medicine open house, the legendary Bug Bowl, and the plant sale.
Time: First weekend in April
Grandparents University offers a wide range of majors taught by Purdue faculty, staff, and graduate students from various disciplines for you and your grandchild to explore for two days.
Cost: Adults $190-$240, Child $190
The Cargill-Purdue Agribusiness Science Academy Middle School Day(s) are regional one-day programs for middle school students. Students spend the day learning about STEM and agriculture connections and engaging with faculty, staff, and students in Animal Science, Forestry and Natural Resources, Entomology, and many other departments from the Purdue College of Agriculture.
The Cargill-Purdue Agribusiness Science Academy (C-PASA) High School Camp is for rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students. The program exposes students to the interconnections of agriculture and the diversity of career opportunities within agribusiness and communication, biological sciences and engineering, and plant and environmental sciences. The camp is designed to provide real-life college experiences and help students see the benefit of a post-secondary education degree.
Pre-College Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute
Pre-College Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute is a one-week residential program that allows participants to grow their interests in STEAM areas and experience Purdue’s campus life. Students will conduct research and present their findings at the end of the week,l connect with college leadership throughout the week, engage in fun team-building exercises, and enjoy a local social outing.
Cost: Scholarships Available
Time: June / July
World Food Prize Youth Institute At Purdue University
Since 2011, Purdue Agriculture has welcomed Indiana high school students and teachers to become global hunger fighters through a free event in May. After writing a research paper regarding global challenges in a foreign country, five students from each school are invited to present their research to Purdue University faculty and staff experts. The event allows students and teachers to network, and learn from experts.
Purdue Extension & Indiana 4-H
This fun-filled day of learning is designed for grades K-2. During these six hours of experiential learning, your mini 4-H’er will test buoyancy, identify sea life, and learn about accepting others and acknowledging our differences.
A fun-filled educational program designed for youth in grades K-2. The day camp is two days in length. During camp, youth have the opportunity to learn about many different topics all related to 4-H. Camp classes and activities from past camps have included model rocket launch, outdoor cooking, cookie decorating, character education, wildlife, magic of nature, care of small animals, group recreation, and much more!
This day camp is designed to engage 7 - 11 year olds in nature by exploring topics such as healthy eating, Indiana wildlife, birds, and trees, and gardening.
4-H Youth in grades 3-6 are invited to 4-H Camp at the Historic Santa Claus Campground in Santa Claus, IN. Enjoy three days of 4-H, friends and FUN!
This camp, designed for 3rd - 6th graders, explores the positive impact of natural environments on people’s mental health and well being. Nature play can support creativity, problem solving, increase ability to focus, and enhance cognitive abilities.
Cost: $20, Free to 4-H members
Junior Master Gardener Summer Program
The Miami County Junior Master Gardener (JMG) Summer Program offers 60 hours of hands-on learning and a national certification. During these 10 days of intense programming, your 4-6th grader will learn about soil health, plant parts, nutrients, and how fresh produce plays an important role in healthy living.
Time: June, July
Daviess, Dubois, Martin, Perry, & Pike 4-H Camp
Day camp style, members, 3rd - 6th grade, will enjoy all of the favorite camp activities including swimming in the pool!
4-H members in 3rd - 5th grade will enjoy creative activities and opportunities to build friendships.
Youth that just completed 5th - 9th grade will learn about veterinary medicine at a local veterinary clinic.
Learn about horse care and basics through the Mini Horse Camp and the Regular Horse Camp.
4-H Academy @ Purdue is a program for youth grades 9-12 held at Purdue University specifically designed to offer hands-on, exciting opportunities to learn about a diverse selection of subjects and careers. During this conference previously, participants will meet and learn from professors, graduate students and other experts in their respective fields and participate in interactive activities and experiential learning.
State 4-H Junior Leader Conference
4-H Junior Leaders grades 9 - 12 will learn new leadership skills, share and gain knowledge, and build friendships.
The National 4-H Dairy Conference provides an educational experience for grades 9-12 for better understanding of the operations involved in the production, processing, marketing, and use of dairy products; to provide a means by which youth can achieve educational objectives based on the developmental needs of youth; to provide a broader understanding of careers available in dairy production, processing, marketing, and selected areas.
Purdue University Extension and University of Illinois Extension are collaborating to offer the annual Bi-State Garden Conference. Past topics have covered invasive insects and an introduction to rainscaping.
Indiana Agricultural Education/FFA
District Conventions will run March-April.
Engaging members, encouraging involvement, and fostering cooperation among chapters; all this and more are the focus of the twelve District Kickoff Meetings. Members from around each district will come together for a great time of meeting district and state officers as they expound on all the great opportunities Indiana FFA has to offer and how the members can be more involved.
Join us for the greatest showcase of the Past, Present & Future of Hoosier Agriculture. We will honor and gratefully introduce those who have committed their lives to producing food, fiber & fuel through the innovation of their Farms, our Future and our Communities.
Time: July / August
National FFA Convention & Expo
FFA members from across the country will gather and experience this convention filled with educational sessions, workshops and opportunities to make lifelong friends!
This workshop is for district officers, section directors and band and chorus officers. PLT is facilitated by the National Officer Candidate and the curriculum is based on their preference, but generally focuses on leadership training, team development and personal growth.
Time: August/early September.
Leadership Development Workshop
This is a workshop of chapter officers/leaders to help them plan their year and learn about being a leader in their chapter. The conference curriculum is on a three year rotation: Chapter Development (focus on recruitment, retention, and chapter activities/POA), Community Development (focus on community service activities, fundraising, and developing a community image of your chapter), and Student Development (focus on development of the officers in their personal growth and as a team).
Time: September & January/early February
Seeking Opportunities and Achieving Results (SOAR)
This is a conference for students who are beginning their FFA careers (9-10 grade, middle school if they are mature enough) SOAR Curriculum is on a three year rotation: FFA Focus (Opportunities in FFA, CDE's, Defining Success, etc.), SAE Focus (developing strong SAE's, Work ethic, Goal Setting, etc.), and Ag Industry Focus (Opportunities in the agriculture industry, Personal Vision, Beliefs and Values, etc.)
Foundations in Reaching Excellence (FIRE)
This conference is for older FFA members (11-12, 10th). The curriculum is on a two year rotation: Present Excellence Focus (Being a mentor, Setting Goals, Taking leadership to the next level, etc.) and Future Excellence Focus (Life after High School, Advocating for agriculture, Creating a personal vision, etc.).
Washington Leadership Conference
The Washington Leadership Conference is an opportunity for FFA members across the country to learn skills to become better leaders. Held in Washington D.C. annually, the conference features workshops and speakers that teach attendees to "know their purpose, value people, take action and serve others."
Time: June - July
The Cargill-Purdue Agribusiness Science Academy (C-PASA) Teacher Workshop is a unique learning opportunity that will provide high-quality professional development for 8th – 11th Grade Science Teachers. The program will bring teachers together to experience recent updates in plant, food, and biological sciences and to promote interactions among Teachers and Purdue Scientists.
Indiana Agriculture Teachers Workshop
The Indiana High School Agriculture Teachers Workshop is hosted by the Purdue University College of Agriculture.
Cost: $100 - $200
Indiana STEM Education Conference
The conference includes over 50 presentations on STEM curriculum, STEM instruction, STEM careers, and STEM research, a resource webpage with presentation slides and handouts, vendor handouts, and research posters, networking with STEM education vendors, access to recorded presentations following the conference, and professional Growth Points for teachers.
Summer workshop provides resources about nature that teachers and outdoor educators can use in the classroom
Time: Asynchronous Virtual
Center for Food and Agricultural Business (CAB)
Offers non degree professional development programs for employees of agricultural businesses, and carries out research and Extension programs on problems of agricultural businesses.
Cost: Varies based on the program
Time: Throughout the year
Online Professional Development Courses
The College of Agriculture offers a variety of online and hybrid professional development courses covering a variety of topics including precision agriculture, pest management, animal nutrition, and urban agriculture.
Cost: Varies, approximately $1,050 - $1,550
Time: Asynchronous Virtual