2012 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference

Loveland, Colorado
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Rendezvous in the Rockies
Tuesday, June 19                                                                                                                                                       
 8:00 am-5:00 pm
 NAITC Designated State Contacts Meeting
 9:00 am-4:00 pm
 Optional Pre-Conference Tours
 12:00 noon
 NAITC Member Lunch
 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
 Silent Auction Set-up
 3:00 pm-8:00 pm
 Exhibitor Move-in
 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
 Newcomer Orientation (reception with NAITC members)
 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
 Silent Auction Opens
 7:00 pm
 NAITC Member Dinner - off site

Wednesday, June 20

 6:30 am
 7:30 am
 General Session with Keynote Speaker
 9:30 am-11:00 am
 11:20 am-12:05 pm
 Mini Workshops
 National Teacher Awards Luncheon
 2:15 pm-3:00 pm
 Mini Workshops
 3:20 pm-4:50 pm
 5:30-6:30 pm
 Awards Reception (invitation only)
 6:45 pm
 Welcome to the West Dinner

Thursday, June 21

 7:45 am-8:45 am
 Board Workshop-on-Wheels buses
 8:00 am-9:00 am
 Workshop-on-Wheels begin departures
 6:00 pm
 All Workshop-on-Wheels tours conclude
 at the hotel. Enjoy an evening on your own.

Friday, June 22

 7:00 am-8:45 am
 State Awards & America's Harvest Breakfast
 9:15 am-11:55 am
 Water Festivals
 10:35 am
 Silent Auction Closes
 12:15 am-1:45 pm
 Farewell Luncheon with 2013 Minnesota presentation
 3:00 pm-7:00 pm
 Beer & Barley Post-Conference Tour

NAITC Designated State Contacts Annual Meeting:
members of National Agriculture in the Classroom only on Tuesday. Lunch on-site; dinner for off-site.

On-site Registration Check-in: 3:00-8:00 pm Tuesday and 6:30 am Wednesday. Pick up conference credentials and sign-up for Colorado State University continuing education credits.

Newcomer’s Orientation: If this is your first NAITC conference, you will want to attend. You will have an opportunity to meet NAITC members and learn how to make the most of the offerings at the conference.

Mini-Workshops: You will be able to attend two of the offerings. If you are attending with a group, we encourage your group to split up and experience as many mini-workshops as you have people. There will be 18 45-minute presentations focusing on different agricultural topics. This is an opportunity to learn how to incorporate and integrate agricultural into academic curriculum. Mini-Workshops are grade level appropriate and address specific academic subject areas. The list of topics and presenters will be available in January 2012. Non-paid guests cannot participate in Mini-Workshops or Workshops.

Workshops: These are structured much like the Mini-Workshops. The presenters will provide more in-depth information about their topics and methodology in these 90-minute presentations. There will be 18 90-minute grade-level appropriate presentations. Specific academic subject areas are noted. Non-paid guests cannot participate in Workshops or Mini-Workshops.

State Awards & America's Harvest Breakfast: Guests can purchase tickets to attend. Teachers recognized by their respective states for excellence integrating agriculture into their classroom curriculum and, as a result, improving agricultural literacy in their state, will be honored during the State Awards Breakfast. Ace grant winners and White/Reinhardt winners will be presented. You will also have an opportunity to learn about another state's Agriculture in the Classroom program by joining them for breakfast. Each state will provide resources and materials from their state at their decorated table. We encourage groups to split up so you can experience the diversity of agriculture in the classroom programs. 

National Teacher Awards Reception: To honor five teachers named to receive National Teacher Awards. These honorees will be presented to the entire conference at Wednesday's Luncheon. The reception is invitation only.

Welcome to the West Dinner: Guests can purchase tickets to attend. Enjoy a variety of Colorado foods prepared by Colorado Commodity Organizations and the Colorado Chef's Association. Entertainment will include a country-western band, Native American dancers, line dancing and a live auction.

: Guests can purchase tickets to attend. You can select a tour during registration. Your tour bus will be easily identified and volunteers will facilitate boarding. Tours are predominantly topical in nature. For instance, the Agri-Tourism tour will visit sites that are agriculture based but for whom the main income is generated through agri-tourism activity. Buses will be stocked with water and snacks. Lunch will be provided.

Water Festivals: 30-minute workshops presented by a cadre of Colorado water festival participants and organizers. We have the best from across the state sharing the stage with selected presentations from outside Colorado. Each session will provide you with a lesson linking water, agriculture and natural resources. Fun, educational activities focusing on the science of water with an emphasis on upstream-downstream considerations.

Farewell Luncheon:
Guests can purchase tickets to attend. Minnesota representatives will introduce you to their state as they invite you to join them at the 2013 NAITC. Speaker.

Silent Auction: The auction will be set up on Tuesday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.  The Silent Auction will open Tuesday evening and be open during the conference for your convenience. The Silent Auction closes at 10:35 am Friday. Winners are asked to pick up their items and pay before the Farewell Luncheon.

Exhibits: Exhibitors set up on Tuesday afternoon and before 7:00 am Wednesday. Exhibits are on-going throughout the conference. Exhibit take down follows the conclusion of the conference on Friday.


Contact Information

  • Colorado Foundation for Agriculture

    Mailing address:
    P.O. Box 10
    Livermore, CO 80536

    Phone: 970-881-2902
    Email: bblinde@growingyourfuture.com

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