Participants learn about hydroponic strawberry research at D.C. Smith Greenhouse during the CALS Agricultural Experience weekend, a visit to UW–Madison made possible by a gift from College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumnus Elzie Higginbottom, in Madison, Wis., Friday, April 12, 2019. Photo by Michael P. King/UW–Madison CALS

More than two dozen high school students from Chicago area high schools participated in the 2019 CALS Agricultural Experience, an immersive visit to the college and UW–Madison campus, April 11-13. The program was made possible by a generous donation from Chicago real estate developer Elzie Higginbottom, a CALS alumnus with a degree in agricultural and applied economics. Highlights for the students included hands-on workshops at the Dairy Cattle Center, D.C. Smith Greenhouse, Babcock Hall and the Microbial Sciences Building. They were also able to spend time at the Multicultural Student Center and Black Cultural Center, and get information about financial aid and admissions.

Concurrently, the UW–Madison chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANNRS) hosted students from Milwaukee Vincent High School, participating in many of the same activities, thanks to funding support from the Morgridge Center for Public Service’s Wisconsin Idea Fellowship program, and the Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA).

More photos from the Agricultural Experience can be seen on the CALS Flickr account.