Milwaukee students experience Pioneer Farm

July 9, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE -- One hundred students and adults from the University School in Milwaukee recently visited the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Farm.

There were approximately 70 fourth grade students, 30 parents, teachers and the principal on the trip.

The trip was a culmination of a year-long study of the state of Wisconsin for fourth graders. The group spent two days touring a variety of locations in Southwest Wisconsin. The first day of their trip included stops at Aztalan, the State Capitol, the historical society, Veteran's Museum, the First State Capitol in Belmont and Pioneer Farm. The group spent the night in Mineral Point, and then hit the road for day two of its journey.

The second day of their tour they visited the Rollo Jamison Museum, Bevan's Mine, Pendarvis, Orchard Lawn (Gundry House) and the Cave of the Mounds. Trip coordinator Renice Konik worked together with Pioneer Farm director Tom Hunt to arrange a tour of the farm.

When asked why she thought it was important to bring her students to Pioneer Farm, Konik replied, "Many of the places we visited in person, the fourth graders had learned about during the year. We love visiting Pioneer Farm, as it is a unique hands-on experience for the children. We think it is important that they see and understand the importance of what goes on at the farm. We feel it is especially important for them to see the big picture of farming."

Pioneer Farm is open for tours to any group or individual. Call the UW-Platteville School of Agriculture at 608-342-1393 for more information.

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