Education from the Earth
To enhance the American agriculture focus of their social studies courses, Chaminade eighth graders have the opportunity to explore one of our country's most important agricultural centers -- Conrad, Iowa. Known as the "Black Dirt Capital of the World," the agriculture of Conrad teaches our students first-hand why farming communities are so valuable to the United States economy.
By visiting during the harvest, students are exposed to all aspects of a modern farm. Chaminade boys will witness large combines harvest corn and soybeans, help feed livestock, visit a local co-op and tour one of the largest grain companies in the country. Additionally, students will also visit the Living History Farms Museum in Des Moines.
Adventures in America's Heartland
In addition to a hand-on lesson in modern agriculture, the boys will also be kept busy with plenty to do and eat during their trip. Seeing a movie, bowling, dining at "The Corner" and visiting the Field of Dreams movie set in Dyersville are all on the agenda.
This learning experience is arranged so that the boys will miss one day of school. Students will need to get approval from all teachers before joining this trip.
Additionally, boys in Scouts can meet mose of the requirements for the Plant Science merit badge on this excursion!