Close Encounters With Agriculture


The most important educational activity the MSCD does during the year is Close Encounters with Agriculture. This three-week program involves about 2,500 fourth grade students from across the County and represents a comprehensive agriculture experience for these young people. Close Encounters is done in cooperation with the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension - Montgomery County and other agricultural agencies and groups.

Upcoming Dates

Dates will be released mid-year 2020.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff who put together the 2019 program!

Many young people today are unaware of the benefits agriculture provides and of their responsibility to be good stewards of the land.  Close Encounters with Agriculture provides a rare opportunity for these students to enjoy a hands-on learning experience, which can really have an impact on their lives. The children go home and teach their parents about the things they learned, increasing the benefits of the program even further.  MSCD coordinates the Environmental track of the Close Encounters program, which includes Soils, Aquatics, Wildlife Habitat, Watershed Conservation, and other areas.
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Montgomery Soil Conservation District

18410 Muncaster Rd

Derwood, MD 20855



8:00am - 4:30pm

Monday -Friday

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