JUNE 4-8, 2018 ~ Grades 4-8


Registration (Closed for 2018)



Do you want to film your own “Farm Report” in a complete broadcast television studio? Learn how to extract your own DNA? Make a ball out of sheep fiber you sheared? Or learn what a two-inch rainfall does to the dirt beneath your feet? This summer, fourth through eighth graders are invited to spend five days in the world of agricultural science.  Western Illinois University’s  School of Agriculture  , has partnered with the Office of Study Abroad and Outreach,  University of Illinois Extension , and the  McDonough County Farm Bureau  to provide this exciting opportunity.


Animal Science and Education:  Program introduction by School of Agriculture Director Andy Baker. A visit to the WIU Livestock Center and a lesson on sheep fiber creations.

Hydrology:  Rainfall simulator demonstration by Joel Gruver and Steve Bennett. Visit to the McDonough County 4-H grounds.

Commercial Agriculture:  Visit to the University of Illinois (U of I) Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center, Monmouth, IL.

Horticulture, Plant Breeding and Genetics: Lesson in horticulture with Chris Enroth. DNA extraction, GMO product testing and tissue culture with Win Phippen.

Agricultural Reporting: Filming and showing of Farm Report in the University Television studio.


Top faculty from WIU’s School of Agriculture, Department of Geology, University Television will coordinate the instructional portion of the program. Participants experience interactive exposure to the University environment with hands-on activities.


Registration: Enrollment is limited to 20 students who are admitted on a first-come, first served basis. The full $165 commuter registration fee includes tuition, supplies, all activities, transportation and lunches. Registration forms, with payment information, can be completed online at wiu.edu/sao/outreach/youth_enrichment/youthmain.php, mailed to Study Abroad & Outreach, Horrabin Hall 8, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Il 61455, or faxed to (309) 298-2226. Checks should be made payable to Western Illinois University.

Payment: The full commuter fee is $165. Parents who wish to use a Payment Plan may send a $100 deposit at the time of registration. Full payment is due 30 days before the start of the program.

Refund Policy: WIU reserves the right to withdraw a program because of unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. If a program is withdrawn, participants will be notified and fees will be refunded. A $50 fee will be charged to participants who cancel after Monday, May 14, 2018. No refunds will be made on or after Monday,May 28, 2018.

Location:  The program is a commuter program on the WIU-Macomb campus. Classes are held both on and off campus and meet Monday-Friday f rom 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.. Students can be dropped off starting at 7:45 a.m. and need to be picked up by 3 p.m. Drop-off and pick-up locations will vary by day. 

Further Information: For further information, call the Office Study Abroad  and Outreach office at (309) 298-1911 or toll free at (866) 933-8964.

Medical/ADA Compliance: Students do not qualify for University health care. Parents should check family insurance policies for health and accident coverage. Western Illinois University is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Please let Study Abroad and Outreach staff know how we can accommodate any special needs students may have at least two weeks prior to the program start date.

Further Information: For further information, call the Office Study Abroad and Outreach office at (309) 298-1911 or toll free at (866) 933-8964.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people,  including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination  policy that includes discrimination based on an individual’s membership in the following classes: sex, race, color,  sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability,  genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

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