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Thousands Brave Rain, Clouds for AGNR Fall Open House

The 2014 College of AGNR Open House was held Saturday, October 11 at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center Clarksville Facility in Howard County, Md.
Image Credit: 
Edwin Remsberg

Despite overcast skies, intermittent rain and chilly temperatures, approximately 2,200 people traveled to the Central Maryland Research and Education Center on Saturday, October 11 for the annual College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) Open House.

The College of AGNR has been hosting this free, family-oriented, fall-themed event at its Clarksville facility in Howard County since 2006. Each year the Open House draws visitors from all over the state to experience a variety of fun, educational activities designed to increase awareness of Maryland agriculture and natural resources, as well as the programs offered through the College of AGNR and University of Maryland Extension.

From pumpkin painting and hay rides to crafts and games, kids of all ages found something to enjoy.

Maryland's very own dairy cows, who call the Clarksville facility home, were on display for visitors to interact with.

Live chickens, rabbits, turtles, snakes and insects of all kinds were also on-hand to see, touch and learn more about.

Current graduate students in the College of AGNR presented posters on their research projects and were judged by faculty members who will award a cash prize to the best presenter.

Hands-on experiments, educational displays and tasty treats helped round out the College of AGNR experience!

Thanks to all who came out to make the 2014 Open House another success! Check out the photo gallery for more pictures and mark your calendars now for next year's event to be held Saturday, October 3, 2015.

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