2019 Aggie Days Teacher Info

AGGIE DAYS - A FREE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN


WHEN: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 to Friday, April 5th, 2019

Please Note: Aggie Days Registration is currently OPEN. 

HOURS: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Stampede Park - Nutrien Western Events Centre and the Agriculture Barns (Across from the Nutrien Center) 

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.


AGGIE DAYS 2019


Map & Schedule | Bussing Map | Bussing Instructions | Lost Kids Protocols

Exhibitor List | Stampede Muster Points | Supervisor Decorum

Letter to Supervisor | Pre-Trip Checklist | Emergency Contact Form

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 2019, we continue our expanded programming in the Ag Barn 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 Indian Events committee put on a spectacular show in the Victoria Pavillion, 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 are now open for Aggie Days 2019!

Thank you for your applications. Successful applicants will be notified by a representative from the Calgary Stampede. 

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 2019, with a draw taking place on November 21st, 2018.

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 margent@calgarystampede.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.


AGGIESHIPS BUSSING GRANT FORM

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: April 3–5, 2019
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre

Confirmation of your requested day will be emailed to you so please be sure to provide an email address. If email is not an option please provide a fax number.


Register on-line or fax your application to 403-410-4549. NOTE: Registration will close March 4th, 2019. 

General

Buses should unload as directed at the back of the Ag Barn 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!



PRECAUTIONS

* 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. 

Please Note:
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 Curriculum Correlation - for Alberta Elementary Teachers
Provides some correlations between the Aggie Days program and the Alberta Program of Study for Division I & II.

Aggie Days Teacher's Resources: Check out some educational activities and hand outs to teach your class about agri-food! 

Committee

CALGARY STAMPEDE AGRICULTURE EDUCATION COMMITTEE: Brenda Ralston (Chair); Grant Northcott (Past Chair); Dean Ringstad (1st Vice Chair), Shannon Richardson and Josh Traptow (2nd Vice-Chairs), Maggie Schofield, (Director Liaison); 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; Mackenzie Argent (Ag Programming Manager); Dina Sutherland (Ag Manager)