Agricultural and Environmental Education

Growing an appreciation and understanding of the world around us

In keeping with the Deed of Trust and Milton Hershey’s deep appreciation of the environment and agriculture, our Agricultural and Environmental Education pMerissaSweeneyIsenbergrogram supports student success by engaging children and adults in experiential, land-based learning.

The goals of the AEE program are to:

  • Enhance student achievement in all academic areas through first-hand experiences that provide an authentic context for learning.
  • Foster improved agricultural and environmental literacy.
  • Facilitate development of life and career skills.

There also are cooperative learning experiences and internships available for high school students who would like to explore a future in an AEE career field.


Animal Internships – The animal center internships offer students the opportunity to care for livestock, including sheep, goats, beef cattle, rabbits, and other small animals, all on campus. Students help to feed the animals, clean their enclosures, and prepare them for show. A separate opportunity is available for students to work with equine animals

Horticulture Internships – Interns learn about the art and science of growing plants.  Interns either work at our Project Market harvesting and selling produce to the public or in the area of Floriculture where interns learn about sustainable agriculture, floral design and the art of horticulture. Students involved in the Floriculture Program learn how to properly pick flowers, identify plants, and design floral creations. In addition to these lessons, they also learn how to manage a business, with a focus on finances, marketing, and customer relations.

Spartan Ice Cream Center Internships – Interns participate in the production, marketing and selling of Spartan Ice Cream to the public. The Ice Cream store is right on campus and is a summertime favorite in the community! Students learn how to interact with customers, work as a team, and handle finances.

Environmental Internships – Interns learn about our natural resources through habitat restoration, tree plantings and wildlife studies. A day in the life of an intern from the Environmental Center might involve installing barn owl boxes to create a nesting area for the birds, maintaining fish pens at the center’s trout nursery, or removing invasive exotic plants from the environment. The program teaches an appreciation of nature, respect for the environment, and a love of the outdoors, along with marketable job skills.

Community Outreach Internships – Interns learn the importance of giving back to the local community through trail maintenance at a State Park, harvesting for food banks, and assisting with animal programs.

Where We’re Located

The Environmental Center at Milton Hershey School resides at the renovated Willowwood dairy barn.  The Environmental Center is surrounded by native warm-season meadows, wetlands and woodplots which provides students and staff a wonderful setting for outdoor exploration.

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