Agricultural and Environmental Education
Experiential Learning and Hands-On Experience
The Milton Hershey School Agricultural and Environmental Education (AEE) department represents an extensive program that engages pre-K through 12th grade students with exposure to environmental and agricultural contexts through experiential learning opportunities. This active-learning exposure ensures greater environmental and agricultural literacy, as well as career opportunities and postsecondary preparation in agri-business.
AEE provides MHS students hands-on experience with crops, orchards, floriculture, beef cattle, dairy goats, sheep, small animals and horses. Students are prepared for careers that involve the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources, including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products and resources.
MHS AEE specialized experts collaborate with Scholastic and Home Life to provide students with meaningful learning experiences. There are five integrated components in the department:
Career and Technical Education Pathway
The Agriculture and Natural Resources career pathway is one of 12 career pathways within the School’s award-winning Career and Technical Education program. This pathway gives students hands-on experience with crops, orchards, floriculture, beef cattle, milk goats, sheep, small animals and horses. Students are able to earn up to 10 industry-recognized certifications while at MHS.
Students engage in experiential learning through a four-year program that focuses on plant and animal sciences, forestry, conservation and management of natural resources, advanced coursework in partnership with local universities, and cooperative education experiences.
The school’s Agricultural and Environmental Education curriculum has incorporated STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) to expose students to real-world, project-based learning and empower them to apply their knowledge, take on new challenges, and achieve postsecondary success.
The STEAM curriculum teaches students to think critically, make decisions about their learning process through a Design Thinking model, and seek solutions to open-ended problems and challenges.
Through hands-on learning, industry-recognized certification opportunities, and professional experience in the workplace, our students are gaining both the technical skills and broad, 21st century skills needed to succeed in college and the modern workforce.
STEAM Project Market
The new STEAM Project Market is a year-round market open to the campus community and the public. It operates through an authentic, student-run business model and a collaborative partnership with AEE and Career and Technical Education departments.
The STEAM Project Market provides a pipeline for students to develop student-produced products for sale in the student-run market. They are supported in this endeavor under the guidance and mentorship of experts and entrepreneurs through our alumni network and local business partnerships.
Students are involved in all facets of the STEAM Project Market including marketing, advertising, logo and branding development, profit margin analysis, patron research and analysis, customer service, inventory control and management, shelving and product showcasing strategies, research and design in product development, and entrepreneurial skills.