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WIU Preschool Students Experience Life on the Farm

April 23, 2003


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Students at WIU Livestock Center.

Students at WIU Livestock Center. (Download print-quality image)

Students at WIU Livestock Center.

Students at WIU Livestock Center. (Download print-quality image)

Students at WIU Livestock Center.

Students at WIU Livestock Center. (Download print-quality image)



MACOMB, IL -- With a moo-moo here and a moo-moo there. Western Illinois University Infant and Preschool Center students had the chance to visit something similar to "Old MacDonald's Farm" last week courtesy of Western agriculture students.

The 17 preschoolers were able to observe and pet lambs, piglets, calves and "Rocket" the horse at the WIU Livestock Center. Nine agriculture education students served as hosts and provided various farm-related activities for the children. The visit was coordinated by Ann Curtis, Infant and Preschool Center director; Andy Baker, assistant professor of agriculture; Bruce Engnell, Western's farm manager; and Dawn Weinburg, agriculture literacy coordinator for McDonough and Hancock counties.

"The children were really able to experience the sights and sounds of a farm, as well as the care of baby farm animals. They bottle-fed the lambs and learned about the different food that farm animals must have to remain healthy," Baker explained. "It was a fantastic educational experience not only for the preschoolers, but for our agriculture education students as well."

Posted By: Darcie Shinberger (DR-Shinberger@wiu.edu)
Office of University Communications & Marketing