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Summer Agriculture Institute

Experience Agriculture

A project of the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation, Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) is a three-credit, week-long, graduate-level class through Oregon State University that educates K-12 teachers with little or no background in agriculture. Teachers earn three graduate credits and the enrollment cost is a mere $600.

West Session, Corvallis: June 21-25, 2021

East Session, Union/La Grande: July  18-23, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Summer Agriculture Institute (SAI) is a three-credit, week-long, graduate level class for K-12 educators with little or no background in agriculture offered through Oregon State University.
  • The goal of SAI is to help educators use agriculture as a context for teaching academic standards.
  • Current, factual, science-based information about agriculture is presented. Participants are provided with educational materials to incorporate agriculture into their curriculum.
  • SAI provides the first-hand opportunity for participants to learn how farmers and ranchers care for the land and water they use.
  • Teachers learn the procedures for ensuring consumers a safe food source.
  • They are exposed to the complexities of agricultural marketing and economics, both of which play an important role in agriculture today.
  • The participants gain first-hand experience with agriculture through tours of processing plants, farms, nurseries and businesses
  • K-12th grade teachers in Oregon who have little or no background in agriculture

West Session, Corvallis: June 21-25, 2021

East Session, Union/La Grande: July  18-23, 2021

  • To increase your knowledge and understanding of agricultural issues and applications.
  • To gain information with the goal of helping people make well-informed decisions about agriculture.
  • Receive fun, engaging curriculum to utilize with students. 90% of the participants were using SAI materials five years after attending SAI.
  • Teachers indicated a very high rating for usability of materials received at SAI.
  • Each participant is responsible for a $600.00 registration fee submitted with the SAI application. In exchange, Summer Agriculture Institute participants receive tuition for (3) graduate level credits, lodging, meals, transportation, classroom-ready curriculum and resources.

In-person tour locations were selected based on the ability for participants to be outside, in areas that allow for ease of social distancing. Participants will be required to wear face coverings inside and during outdoor tours where 6-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained. SAI will abide by Oregon Health Authority’s guidelines.