2021 Summer Camps  

June 13 - 18 at Ohio State University Main Campus 
June 20 - 25 at Ohio State ATI Campus


2021 Weekend Camps ​​​​​​​
Locations will be announced in conjunction with colleges or universities across Ohio 
July 9 - 11 
July 16 - 18 
September 10 - 12

​​​​​​​ **All ExploreAg programming is subject to cancellation or alternation based on the current COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.**

The population is growing. Concerns over food security and the future of the agriculture industry are growing.

Our Solution: Create a sustainable future today.
Create the workforce the future agriculture industry needs today by encouraging young people to think critically about the food and farm industry and the issues associated with providing safe and sustainable food and fiber.
That is exactly what our one of a kind science camp does: ExploreAg introduces students to the various careers in science, engineering and technology in the food and fiber industry and engages them in actively pursuing career paths that can help them become a part of the sustainable future of agriculture. ExploreAg is open to students from varied backgrounds, with diverse skills and interests, and provides them with an opportunity to explore and understand available career paths in the agriculture and food industries.
Our goal is that your student's time at ExploreAg will lead them to discover a passion they may not have considered yet.

 A Camp Like No Other

The ExploreAg program is a week-long experience where high school students interact with and learn from internationally known teachers, scientists, and researchers. Students are hosted on campus at the Ohio State University and Central State University and are introduced to various aspects of agriculture both in the classroom and through diverse hands-on learning experiences, both on and off campus.

Subject areas include food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology, and agricultural business.

In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research, and introduce industry partners, to provide scholars with a glimpse of innovative careers in related fields.

Draft Schedule
Change Your Future: Applications are OPEN for 2021
The ExploreAg program is completely free for students.
-Supervision is provided at all times by faculty, staff, and four program counselors.
-Applications should be submitted ASAP to ensure a spot is available for you! 
-Campers will be notified of selection in March
Scholars are selected through a competitive application process requiring:
-a completed application 
-1-3-minute video submission exploring
 “Please tell us about one agricultural career and why that interests you.”

Your video application should:
-Start by stating your name and a short introduction of yourself.
-Respond to the prompt
-Please note that your videos will be uploaded to YouTube and shared with the selection committee and the general public

Program costs, which include on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, course supplies, program materials, and transportation, have been generously sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation as a part of their vision to create a strong farm and food community for all Ohioans.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation believes strongly in inspiring innovation through the provision of scholarships for programs that allow individuals to increase their knowledge of agriculture, share ideas, and improve people's lives through a strong food and farm future.
Ohio is projected to have 18,000 new jobs in agriculture through 2020
Many of them will be innovative, cutting-edge jobs shaped by this generation
The Challenge: Unfilled Ag Jobs: Today and Tomorrow
According to a recent study by Land O'Lakes, interest in careers in Agriculture is relatively low, 6% compared to Healthcare and Technology which tie at 21% or responses 
Only 3% of college graduates have or would consider a career in Agriculture
9% of millennials have or would consider a career in agriculture 
ExploreAg will introduce students to the vast and diverse careers within the food and agriculture industry 

A Program of  Ohio State University Extension - Franklin County 
Funded by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation
2548 Carmack Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210

P: (614) 292 - 5543