Farm Bureau members support new Children's Museum of Siouxland
Woodbury County Farm Bureau members want to bring a taste of farm life to Sioux City and tri-state area urban school children, so county leaders joined the state grassroots farm organization, to help bring a $50,000 donation to the Children's Museum of Siouxland, set to open the summer of 2014.
The Children's Museum of Siouxland is on track to become northwest Iowa's premier education and tourism draw, which will provide an interactive, hands-on learning environment to children, families, and schools of the tri-state area. District Farm Bureau Director Doug Gronau presented the check to museum Executive Director Kari Kellen in Sioux City.
Farm Bureau members envision the museum as a great opportunity to further agricultural education for youth and educators in the tri-state region. "Many children in the area are unfamiliar with life on the farm and do not know any farmers. This new children's museum will bring the farm to them so they can see how farmers grow the crops, how animals eat the crops and how it all contributes to the food choices they make at the grocery store," said Woodbury County Farm Bureau President Greg Jochum.
The Children's Museum of Siouxland will feature an interactive agriculture exhibit that shows visitors of all ages about the food production cycle. There will be a replica farm, grocery store and cafe, which will allow visitors to track the movement of food from the farm to their dinner table. Other museum exhibits will also be highly interactive, with hands-on displays and features.
Woodbury County Farm Bureau initiated the partnership with the upstart museum with a $25,000 donation, which was matched by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. "Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is happy to partner with the Woodbury County Farm Bureau by making this donation to the Children's Museum of Siouxland. The museum is a testament to the many ways Iowa Farm Bureau believes in supporting youth education and leadership opportunities. We are excited by the potential this project has for children and families in the entire tri-state region," said Gronau.
The Children's Museum of Siouxland will be located at 623 Pearl Street in Sioux City, Iowa. It was started as a project through the Junior League of Sioux City and run by a group of dedicated volunteers. Today, the museum's board is working closely with families, community members, and partners during the fundraising stage of development. For more information about the Children's Museum of Siouxland, visit www.childrensmuseumofsiouxland.org or email Kellen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to helping farm families prosper and improve their quality of life. More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve economic growth, educational improvement, and environmental quality in their communities. For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online media center at www.iowafarmbureau.com.
The Children's Museum of Siouxland is envisioned as a family-oriented, hands-on children's museum with emphasis on providing educational value while fostering a child's creativity and imagination. Targeting children ages 6 months through10 years old, the museum is committed to reaching out to all children and ensuring a safe and stimulating environment. Visit www.childrensmuseumofsiouxland.org to make a donation, or for additional information.