Thousands of FFA members from throughout country to experience Conner Prairie this week during 89th National FFA Convention and Expo


    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    (800) 966-1836

    FISHERS, Ind. (Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016) – Conner Prairie will welcome more than 2,000 FFA members from throughout the country this week as members attend the 89th annual National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis.

    The vast majority of FFA members will tour and experience the museum through daily admission. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Conner Prairie will host a Career Success Tour each day starting at 2 p.m. for FFA chapters that have expressed interest in learning about agriculture careers at Conner Prairie.

    A Career Success Tour provides FFA members with an up-close look at a wide variety of agricultural careers and the professionals who work them. The structure for the tours is patterned after FFA’s eight agricultural career pathways: agribusiness systems; animal systems; biotechnology systems; environmental service systems; food products and processing systems; natural resource systems; plant systems; and power, structural and technical systems. The pathways help students explore, select and prepare for a career in agriculture matched to their respective interests and talents.

    Career Success Tours at Conner Prairie will be from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and will focus on careers at the museum including heritage livestock breed management, historical garden management and heirloom crops, agriscience and nature and wildlife preservation:

    2-2:05 p.m.: Introduction to Conner Prairie (Michelle Evans: Interpretation programs manager)
    2:05-2:10 p.m.: Short walk to Golden Eagle Inn (Michelle Evans)
    2:10-2:50 p.m.: Preserving heritage breeds of livestock: The importance of genetic diversity (Kevyn Miller, livestock manager)
    2:50-2:55 p.m.: Short walk to heirloom gardens – Preserving diversity in vegetable crops (Michelle Evans)
    2:55-3:10 p.m.: Preserving heirloom vegetable crops – growing importance of heirloom crops (Michelle Evans)
    3:10-3:15 p.m.: Short walk to William Conner House – (Nancy Stark, director of education)
    3:15-3:25 p.m.: Preserving natural habitats – Maintaining native plants and wildlife (Nancy Stark)
    3:25-3:30 p.m.: Short walk to the Welcome Center (Nancy Stark)

    Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 390,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.


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    Conner Prairie's mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.