The Seminars on Wheels offer something for everyone! You can explore some of Ohio’s unique destinations or engage in educational experiences that will help you add energy and excitement to your 4-H program. We hope you’ll join us on one of these great tours while enjoying NAE4-HA in Ohio.
Conference Seminars on Wheels – Wednesday, October 10
COSI Teacher Workshop - COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, is a nationally renowned science center that inspires the scientists, dreamers, and innovators of tomorrow. This 320,000-square-foot building is one of the largest modern-built science centers in the United States. Spend the afternoon at COSI and immerse yourself in a one of a kind STEM professional development opportunity. COSI team members will provide a unique look at three different ways to process inquiry based learning. This workshop includes inquiry-based experiments and discussion of current science education pedagogy. https://cosi.org/. Cost for this three-hour workshop is $50/person.
4-H Camp Ohio and Knox County Agricultural Museum – Since 1928, 4-H Camp Ohio has served youth and adults with various outdoor educational opportunities. On 544 acres, the camp is a site for studies in nature, environmental education, adventure, living history, Amish and English farming, shooting sports, and STEM. The tour will allow hiking to observe youth engaged in activities as well as experience what camp has to offer including the tower/zipline. The Knox County Agricultural Museum is believed to be the only one of its kind in Ohio. Devoted almost exclusively to farm and home lifestyles of the 1800s and early 1900s, the Museum houses more than 5,000 items, each depicting how our forefathers (and mothers) lived and worked. Several outbuildings adjoin the main museum structure and its two wings. They illustrate turn-of-the-Century everyday life and education, including a log house, one-room schoolhouse, smoke house, spring house, a Hiawatha Park lion cage, and an outhouse. https://www.4hcampohio.org/ http://www.theagmuseum.org/. Cost for this tour is $45 per person, which includes lunch.
National Museum of the US Air Force - The National Museum of the United States Air Force collects, researches, conserves, interprets and presents the Air Force's history, heritage and traditions, as well as today's mission to fly, fight and win ... in Air, Space and Cyberspace to a global audience through engaging exhibits, educational outreach, special programs, and the stewardship of the national historic collection. Special feature - One of the most recognizable symbols of World War II, the B-17F Memphis Belle will once again report for duty exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany on May 17, 1943. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. The new exhibit surrounding the Memphis Belle will include interactive displays, rare archival film footage and many personal artifacts, which have never been seen before by our visitors. http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/. Cost for this tour is $30/person, participants will purchase lunch on their own at the Air Force Café.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – The Columbus Zoo received their first animal, Colo, the first gorilla born in human care in 1956 and has grown since then to become a nationally and internationally acclaimed year-round recreational and educational facility as well as a conservation center contributing to the preservation of the world’s wildlife and habitats. It has a worldwide reputation, largely attributable to the efforts and promotion of director emeritus Jack Hanna. The Columbus Zoo has more than 7,000 animals representing over 800 species. At the start of the twenty-first century, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium supports over 70 conservation projects in 38 countries. Participants will have the freedom to enjoy the zoo at their leisure during this seminar. https://www.columbuszoo.org/. Cost for this tour is $40/person, participants will purchase lunch on their own at the zoo.
Fairfield County Fair - 4-H is an integral part of the 94 County & Independent Fairs across the State of Ohio. 4-H members look forward to the opportunity to share their knowledge, skills and accomplishments from their 4-H projects with the community during their annual county fair. Take this afternoon tour and see how 4-H is incorporated in a county fair in Ohio at the 168th annual Fairfield County Fair located only 45 minutes from the Columbus in beautiful Lancaster, Ohio. Attendees will receive a guided tour of the fairgrounds, learn how OSU Extension prepares the over 1,500 4-H members and nearly 300 4-H volunteers for a successful and educational experience from the local 4-H Extension Educator, as well as have the opportunity view some junior fair livestock shows and exhibits on their own. Attendees will even get the full fair experience, as they will eat lunch on their own at any vendor of their choice on the fairgrounds! Check out more information about “The Best and Last of Season” at http://www.fairfieldcountyfair.org. Cost for this tour is $35/person, participants will purchase lunch on their own at one of the many fair vendors.
Franklin Park Conservatory – In 1852, The Franklin County Agricultural Society purchased 88 acres located two miles east of downtown Columbus as a site for the first Franklin County Fair. In 1874, that land was made the official grounds of the Ohio State Fair. Ohio Legislature passed a resolution declaring the site as Franklin Park and open for public use in 1884. The facility developed a reputation for horticultural excellence with the display of rare and unusual plants and became a popular location for family gatherings, weddings, and events. The current mission of Franklin Park Conservatory is inspired by horticulture, Frank Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens elevates quality of life and connects the community through educational, cultural and social experiences. The Conservatory building, future Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden and expanded Grand Mallway is home to the visitor experience and spans about 13 acres. The Visitor Experience consists of botanical biomes, lush gardens, special horticulture and art exhibitions, and seasonal offerings. A collection of glass works by artist Dale Chihuly is also on display. https://www.fpconservatory.org/. Cost for this tour is $25/person.
Leeds Farm – An afternoon in October couldn’t be spent in a more perfect place than Leeds Farm. Spend the day getting plenty of fresh air, having fun in the barnyard, and participating in the fall outdoor activities for the young at heart. Don’t miss the Back 40 barnyard activities, hayrides, pumpkin jump, zip line, paint ball, and so much more. Connect with the local Extension Educators and discuss agritourism. http://www.leedsfarm.com/. Cost for this tour is $40/person, which includes lunch.
Ohio State University – What do comic books, a moon rock, and a cow crowned as homecoming queen all have in common? Come explore the legend and lore of Ohio State University on this quick-paced campus tour and find out. From agriculture to contemporary arts, you will walk and ride through places such as the Ohio 4-H Center, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Waterman Agricultural & Natural Resources Laboratory, Page Hall housing Astronaut John Glenn’s memorabilia, and a building with a green roof. Lunch will be served in the bustling Ohio Union. Become a Buckeye for a day on this exciting educational tour! https://www.osu.edu/. Cost for this tour is $45/person, which includes lunch.
Quarter Horse Congress – The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the world’s largest single-breed horse show with over 24,500 entries in 2017. The All American Quarter Horse Congress is hosted by the Ohio Quarter Horse Association and held at the Ohio Expo Center. Their mission is to promote and protect the Quarter Horse and the interests of owners, breeders, exhibitors and enthusiasts. OQHA is committed to setting the standard in the equine industry by engaging equine enthusiast through world-class competition, recreational activities, education and engagements of the next generation of participants and industry leaders. Browse the hundreds of vendors, gawk at Puppy Alley, check out the 2018 Stallions, or watch reining or cutting competitions and more. http://www.quarterhorsecongress.com/. Cost for this tour is $55/person, participants will purchase lunch on their own at the congress.
Ronald McDonald House/Mid-Ohio Foodbank – The Ronald McDonald House is an independent nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. The Mid-Ohio Foodbank is ending hunger today, tomorrow and for a lifetime. They provide enough food for about 155,000 meals each day to help stabilize families, connect hungry neighbors with community services to help them toward economic sufficiency, and energize the community to address root causes of hunger so everyone thrives. Spend your day giving back to the community and improving the lives of Ohioans by participating in service at the Ronald McDonald House and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. https://www.rmhc.org/ https://www.midohiofoodbank.org/. There is no cost to participate in this community service project.
Amish Country – Take a tour to beautiful Holmes County, home of the largest settlement of Amish in the world. The Amish originally came from Switzerland, and have retained many of their old world ways. Your tour will center around the village of Walnut Creek, a popular fall tourist destination, where you will enjoy Amish food, learn about the Amish and Mennonite culture at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center, tour both a cheese and a chocolate factory, and have time for a little shopping at the many cute boutique shops in the area. http://behalt.com/. Cost of this tour is $80/person, which includes lunch and dinner.