University of Maryland Extension University of Maryland

College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Close Encounters with Agriculture

Close Encounters with Agriculture is an award winning program offered each year to Montgomery County fourth grade students. Since 1993, over 60,000 students have participated in this hands-on educational program designed to teach students about modern agriculture, maintaining a healthy environment and leading a healthy lifestyle.

2014 Close Encounters Fact Sheet


 David Gordon teaching MCPS 4th grade students about pigs.

Jay Harne teaching MCPS 4th grade students soil science.

Jill Lee teaching MCPS 4th grade students about proper nutrition.

The University of Maryland Extension programs are open to any person and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression.
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