Elma Sue Mccallum, Merrill, Thomas A., Dumas, Terry L. | 4/19/2006 2:26:04 AM
Fish will swim, crawfish will crawl, butterflies will fly… and kids will learn while having fun April 29-30 when the LSU AgCenter opens the doors to its AgMagic exhibits to the public.
Slated for the LSU AgCenter’s Parker Coliseum on Highland Road in Baton Rouge, Ag Magic is designed to help children and adults understand agriculture, natural resources and the environment – as well as the important roles those play in their lives.
The events are being offered for scheduled school group tours from April 24-28, but they are open to "walk in" guests from the general public from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. April 29-30.
"Today’s children are at least a couple of generations removed from the farm," said Dr. Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor. "They don’t have the opportunity to be on a farm. We’re trying to help them understand the importance of the agricultural industry here in Louisiana and in their daily lives."
AgMagic provides an interactive, visually stimulating journey through the state’s agricultural world – linking food and products we use every day to the forests, lakes, rivers and fields where they are produced by farmers, ranchers and forest landowners across Louisiana. Youngsters also have the chance to learn about the importance of healthy lifestyles and of protecting the environment.
Visitors will see cotton, sugarcane and soybeans as they look in a production field. Kids will learn that milk comes from cows, and they’ll actually have a chance to touch one – and watch one being milked – among many other activities. They’ll also get to see chicks hatching, wander through a make-believe forest, walk through a greenhouse filled with butterflies, view bugs under magnifying lenses and much more.
In addition, during the public days on April 29-30, visitors will have a chance to participate in educational programs designed to raise awareness of healthy lifestyles. The Body Walk exhibit, sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will be open to teach visitors how eating right and exercising can protect their bodies.
To obtain more information about AgMagic or directions on how to reach Parker Coliseum, visit www.lsuagcenter.com/AgMagic or phone (225) 578-2196.