The University of Maryland Extension AGsploration action team is excited to announce that they will be offering six “Adventures in AGsploration” programs this summer throughout Maryland.  Each will be a one-day educational program for youth who have completed 5th through 8th grade by the end of the school year.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about agriculture by engaging in fun, hands-on science-related activities, network with people involved in the Agricultural Industry, tour and visit local agriculture operations, and learn about potential education and career opportunities based in agro-science and science, technology, engineering and mathematic skills (STEM) fields, all while having fun and making new friends!

2012 Dates and Locations include:

•Tuesday, June 19th- Baltimore County Extension Office, Cockeysville, MD

•Thursday, June 21st- Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park, Centreville, MD

•Tuesday, June 26th- Washington County Extension Office, Boonsboro, MD

•Tuesday, July 24th- Thendara 4-H Camp Center, Hurlock, MD (Dorchester County)

•Thursday, July 26th- Montgomery County Extension Office, Derwood, MD

•Thursday, August 2nd- Maryland 4-H Center, College Park, MD (Prince George’s County)

The focus of the program is to enhance youth’s STEM abilities through interactive lessons that focus on one of Maryland’s top industries, Agriculture.

Registration cost is only $15 for each participant and is limited to the first 50 youth at each site. The deadline for registration is June 1, 2012.  The AGsploraiton program includes lunch, snacks, transportation to field trips, t-shirt and educational programming.

Registration materials are available online at: www.maryland4h.org <http://www.maryland4h.org>

For additional information, please contact:  April Hall Barczewski by phone at 410-996-5280 or 410-996-8134 or by e-mail at adhall@umd.edu