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Tours for Tots at the U of M, Crookston Explores the World of Animals and Agriculture
April 8, 2008

What: Tours for Tots

When: April 7-11, 2008

Contact: Amy Lubarski, senior administrative specialist, 218-281-8101 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (April 8, 2008) – Some 800 children ages 3 and up will explore the world of agriculture and farm animals during the University of Minnesota, Crookston Tours for Tots program this year.

From April 7-11, 2008, children will travel through the animal facilities at the U of M, Crookston and learn about sheep, beef and dairy cattle as well as horses. Groups will also visit the campus greenhouse and see the wide variety of plants that are grown and view research areas along the way.

“Introducing young children to farm animals and agriculture are essential to their understanding of their importance.,” says Ron Del Vecchio, Ph.D., who also serves as head of the Agriculture Department.  “Agriculture is a very important part of the northwest region, and we want children to have the chance to learn about agricultural practices and have fun at the same time.”

Children will have the chance to see and interact with animals and hear about projects and activities from UMC students. The groups are from area kindergartens, preschools, day cares, and Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) organizations in northwest Minnesota and Grand Forks, ND.

For more information on UMC’s Tour for Tots, contact Executive Office and Administrative Specialist Amy Lubarski at 218-281-8101 (

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