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Agritourism attractions offer 'Teachable Moments'


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The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry announced the addition of a Teachable Moments icon to its website at www.oklahomaagritourism.com.

Clicking on the icon allows teachers and educators to quickly and easily locate all venues in the Agritourism Program that offer a field trip option.

More than 65 attractions statewide offer farm, ranch or western heritage educational opportunities. From the petting zoo at Annabelle's Fun Farm in northeastern Oklahoma to Elk City's Farm and Ranch Museum, there are plenty of opportunities to make learning fun on a field trip. The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan is one of the sites with experience handling classroom groups. Educational options range from the high-tech IMAX theatre to the interactive area where students can experience cowboy life on the Chisholm Trail.

The new Teachable Moments icon will be added to the 2012-2013 printed brochures and will be a primary icon on the website. This change will allow visitors to pull field trip venues with just one click.

There are more than 500 venues and events in the Agritourism Program which serves as the crossroads where agriculture and tourism meet. Agritourism contributes to rural economic development in communities across the state where farms, ranches and vineyards open their gates inviting the public to sample the state's bounty and natural beauty. In 2010, domestic travelers directly spent nearly $6.2 billion in Oklahoma.

For more information about using the Teachable Moments icon, contact Agritourism Coordinator Jamie Cummings at 405-522-5652 or jamie.cummings@ag.ok.gov.

Date: 10/1/2012



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