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Here We Grow Travelling Exhibit 

Here We Grow! Traveling Mini-Exhibit 

Attract and entertain visitors while engaging them in fun, playful learning about science, space, agriculture and other topics with a mini-exhibition from Port Discovery Children’s Museum!

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Here We Grow is a fun, hands-on agricultural-themed mini Exhibition that introduces children and families to the processes, products, and people who work on farms. As children climb aboard a wooden tractor, build bush-pull tools, and meet local farmers, children learn about the importance of agriculture in everyday lives and explore farming through themes of science and technology, history, local ecology, global economics, and art.

Overview of Here We Grow!

Climb aboard a wooden tractor, build push-pull tools based on actual farm tools, and meet some local farmers in the Here We Grow! exhibit, an interactive mini-exhibition from Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

The Here We Grow! mini-exhibition introduces children and families introduces children and families to the processes, products, and people who work on farms. The mini-exhibition explores farming through themes of science and technology, history, local ecology, global economics, and art. Hands-on activities help children learn about the importance of agriculture in their everyday lives. The mini-exhibition also helps children understand concepts including agricultural conservation and sustainability.

In the Here We Grow! mini-exhibition, children can:

  • Climb aboard a wooden play tractor.
  • Build push-pull tools based on actual farm tools!
  • Match Maryland agricultural goods to the counties that prominently produce them in a fun “cornhole” toss game.
  • Push a button to watch a video where they “meet” a local farmer, quilter and veterinarian and hear their stories.
  • Spin an hourglass full of grains to learn about how many hours it takes to harvest an acre of food.
  • Role play in a pretend farmers market and get hands-on as they learn how bees build homes and pollinate plants.
  • Learn about international agriculture festivals: Jewish Festival of Sukkot, the Korean Festival of Chuseok, and the Nigerian Igbo Tribe’s Festival of Iwa Ji Ofu through animated activities.
  • Sit within a silo containing an agriculture-themed library for children, parents, and educators.
  • Discover the top agricultural exports from Maryland – and learn remarkable facts about each product with interactive flip panels.
  • The exhibit features a tractor to sit on, a silo filled with books, a tool-building workshop and more! 


Features in the Here We Grow! mini-exhibit include:

  • Faces of Farmers: Visitors are greeted by an interactive video of five agriculture ambassadors at work. Press the buttons beneath the screen to hear more about their roles in the local Maryland agriculture community as they speak on history, technology, global economy, local ecology, and art.
  • Book Silo: Sit within a silo containing an agriculture-themed library for children, parents, and educators.
  • Wooden Tractor: Climb aboard the imaginative play tractor, great for sitting and photo opportunities too!
  • Timeline and Grain Wheel: Spin the hourglass full of grains to learn about how many hours it takes to harvest an acre of food. Explore a colorful timeline highlighting major industrial developments in agriculture.
  • Tool Building Workshop: build push-pull tools based on actual farm tools utilized on late 19th and early 20th century family farms, recreate quilt patterns, role play with costumes, and enjoy assembled push-pull toys for younger visitors.  
  • Art & Culture: Learn about international agriculture festivals: Jewish Festival of Sukkot, the Korean Festival of Chuseok, and the Nigerian Igbo Tribe’s Festival of Iwa Ji Ofu through animated activities. On the reverse interact with the Global Artifact Wall housing cases and stereoscopes illustrating agriculture’s role in art.
  • Ag-Bag Bean Bag Toss: Match Maryland agricultural goods to the counties that prominently produce them in this fun “cornhole” toss game.
  • Farmers’ Market: Families can role play using key information for seasonal markets in the Baltimore area. Play w/ plush food, cash register,
  • Puppet & Flower Bed: Get hands-on as you learn about the organized way that bees build homes and pollinate plants!
  • Ag Exports: Discover that the top agricultural exports from Maryland are corn, soy and meat – and learn remarkable facts about each product with interactive flip panels.
     

Exhibit Specifications

The footprint of this mini-exhibition is flexible. Select from Area A, Area B, Area C or any combination to fit your space:

  • Area A:   
    • Footprint: 576 square feet or 24’ x 24’
    • Layout: modular design and flexible configurations
    • Signage: bilingual English and Spanish
    • Location: indoor use only
    • Power: one exhibit component requires electricity
    • Maintenance: minima
  • Area B
    • Footprint: 720 square feet or 24’ x 30’
    • Layout: modular design and flexible configurations
    • Signage: bilingual English and Spanish
    • Location: indoor use only
    • Power: one exhibit component requires electricity
    • Maintenance: minimal
       
  • Area C
    • Footprint: 440 square feet or 20’ x 22’
    • Layout: modular design and flexible configurations
    • Signage: bilingual English and Spanish
    • Location: indoor use only
    • Power: one exhibit component requires electricity
    • Maintenance: minimal
       

Availability & Committments 

  • Available for booking periods of three months, six months or one year. 
  • Successful applicants must agree to: 
    • Sign a contract with Port Discovery for the booking period Display the complete exhibition for booking period
    • Maintain the exhibition in accordance with training
    • Have in-house staff supervision of exhibiting area
    • Staff assistance on site for installation 

Reserve a Port Discovery Exhibit

  • For more information on availability or mini exhibition features contact the Exhibit Development Coordinator @ 410-864-2719 or by email at hmyers@portdiscovery.org
  • For more information on programming options contact the Community Outreach Coordinator at 410-864-2683 or by email at bhenschel@portdiscovery.org

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Programs and exhibits at Port Discovery are made possible in part by the Citizens of Baltimore County and by the Howard County Arts Council through a grant from Howard County Government.

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