Dive into Ag Education at the Summer Institute!

Summer Institute

Dive into Ag Education at the Summer Institute!

Do you have a passion for learning more about agriculture? Or are you a seasoned or new teacher with a hunger to cultivate your knowledge of agriculture while bringing fresh, engaging content to your classroom? If your answer is a resounding "Yes!", then register for the BC Agriculture in the Classroom (BCAITC) and UBC Faculty of Education's Summer Institute course held in Abbotsford, BC.


Why Join Us?

At the Summer Institute, we're not just about lectures and note-taking. We believe in active participation and hands-on learning. Whether you're teaching kindergartners or high school seniors, our program is designed to equip you with the tools and resources you need to seamlessly integrate agricultural concepts into your lessons. Note: Summer Institute is open to anyone with a passion for learning about agriculture. You do not need to be a current educator to take the course. 

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What to Expect?

  • Field Trips: Get ready to venture out into the lush landscapes of Abbotsford, nestled in the heart of the Fraser Valley, one of the BC's most productive farming regions. Explore farms, greenhouses, and agricultural facilities, and witness firsthand the magic of food production.

  • Inspiring Guest Speakers: Hear from industry experts, farmers, sustainability advocates, and educators who are passionate about agriculture and its role in shaping our world. Their stories and insights will ignite your passion for teaching about food, farming, and environmental stewardship.
  • Creative Curriculum Projects: Dive into collaborative activities and brainstorming sessions to develop curriculum projects and lesson units that are brimming with agricultural literacy. Share ideas, swap strategies, and leave with a treasure trove of resources to enrich your classroom.


How to Join?

The Summer Institute offers both a three-credit course option and non-credit participation. Visit the UBC Faculty of Education's website to register and for more information. Hurry, though – the application deadline is typically in the first week of June, but spots fill up fast!


What's Included?

  • Course Materials: Access a curated reading list provided by UBC, packed with articles and multimedia resources to deepen your understanding of agricultural concepts.
  • Delicious Refreshments: Enjoy daily refreshments and delicious lunches courtesy of the BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation. Plus, witness chef preparation demonstrations that will tantalize your taste buds and inspire culinary creativity.

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Plan Your Visit!

The 2024 Summer Institute will take place from July 15 to 19 in Abbotsford. Once you've secured your spot, it's time to plan your visit to Abbotsford. Check out the community website for information on accommodations, attractions, and more.


Join us at the Summer Institute and unlock the door to a world of agricultural education possibilities. Summer Institute promises to ignite your passion for both teaching and learning. Guaranteed to be both fun and engaging for all participants. Let's cultivate minds together and sow the seeds of knowledge that will flourish in classrooms and across the province!