Education

Farm Show Quests

Farm Show Detective in ActionFARM SHOW DETECTIVE LEARNING STATIONS

Have you ever wondered where milk comes from? Or how important bees are to us and the food that we eat? What about how much can be grown on an acre of farmland? Discover all of this and more when you become a Farm Show Detective. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Turkey Hill, this unique program lets young people and their families learn about Pennsylvania’s number one industry – agriculture – in a fun, engaging way. With a special map to guide our detectives and interactive stations throughout the complex, this is a great way to experience the Farm Show. Stations are staffed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

  • Explore the Farm Show Detectives learning stations.
BRING HISTORY TO THE TABLE

Do you like scavenger hunts? Want to learn more about Pennsylvania’s agricultural heritage? Visitors to the Farm Show can search for 24 replica historical markers throughout the complex thanks to the efforts of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. To start your hunt and learn how Pennsylvania is the “Land of Penn and Plenty,” visit the PHMC booth in the Family Living section between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m or download a PDF version of the booklet (Historical Marker Booklet) to play at home or print prior to visiting the Farm Show! 

The PHMC Marker Booth will also host a photo and map exhibit illustrating Pennsylvania’s Agricultural History Project.  The project is a partnership program between PHMC, Federal Highways Administration, PennDOT’s Bureau of Design and Pennsylvania State University to provide an overview of historic farming regions through an understanding of products, labor and land tenure, and buildings and landscapes. For more information on the program, please see the comprehensive website at http://phmc.info/aghistory.

Farm Show in the Classroom

FARM SHOW LESSON PLANS AND TEACHER WORKBOOKS

Enhance your students’ Farm Show experience with lesson plans and workbooks aligned to Pennsylvania Department of Education standards. Download student workbooks prior to attending the show, then print, distribute and help your students learn more about the state’s leading industry – agriculture. Once you’re back at school, use teacher workbooks filled with lesson plans to bring the Farm Show to the classroom.

TEACH PENNSYLVANIA’S AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE

Find fun, engaging lesson plans to teach your students about Pennsylvania’s agricultural and rural heritage. With more than 100 lesson plans focused on Pennsylvania’s rich history, including seven specifically related to agriculture and rural history, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s website, www.explorepahistory.com, is a great resource to bring the farm to the classroom.