Mobile Dairy Classroom
Teaching kids about the dairy industry is one of our priorities. Our Mobile Dairy Classroom is a traveling milking parlor, featuring a live cow and an oral presentation.
Our trained instructors will demonstrate how to milk a cow, describe how milk goes from the farm to the consumer, and then answer questions from the audience. This is an innovative program that brings the dairy experience directly to children. At schools, students and teachers share an experience that includes math, science, health (nutrition), and agriculture, all presented in an outdoor classroom format. See the Mobile Dairy Classroom video
Mobile Dairy Classroom instructors can adapt their presentations for children from elementary through high school. The program is free for schools, fairs, festivals, libraries, camps and just about everywhere. During 2017, our Mobile Dairy Classrooms made presentations to over 640,000 people at fairs, festivals, livestock shows and school settings. While our program is enjoyed by all ages, our school program is targeted at grades second through eighth, with a minimum of 200 students in those targeted grades. The Mobile Dairy Classroom is a division of the Southwest Dairy Museum, Inc., a non-profit, educational program funded by dairymen across the Southwest and Southeast.
Each Mobile Dairy Classroom Program includes:
- A 30- to 45-minute oral presentation (Depending on the age of audience) by a trained Instructor
- Printed educational material for teachers and students
- A milking demonstration
Instructors teach audiences:
- Characteristics and anatomy of dairy cows
- The importance of dairy foods for good health
- The modern milking process
- Modern environmental and food safety practices
The Mobile Dairy Classrooms are available year round to the Southwest and Southeast Dairy Region.
Currently, six instructors cover the various regions of the State of Texas:
Todd Griffin (Serves Central Texas from Abilene to Ft. Worth to Mason and Southern Oklahoma counties)
Aaron Sanders (Serves Northeast Texas and Southeast corner of Oklahoma)
Kayler Campbell (Serves Dallas County, counties south of Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Waco Region)
Steven Branecky (Serves Hill Country from Del Rio to San Antonio, Austin area to Williamson county)
Hallie Davis (Serves Texas Rio Grande Valley from Corpus Christi, McAllen, Harlingen to Laredo)
Jessica Harrington (Serves Huntsville area, the North Piney Woods region, including North and East Harris county and East Texas)
Our instructors in other states are:
Suzie Reece (Serves Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri)
Callie Toews (Serves Kansas and Platte, Clay, and Jackson counties of Missouri)
Courtney Bumgarner (Serves North Carolina)
Haley Fisher (Serves Kentucky)
LaVaun Janney (Serves Virginia)
Garret Wilson (Serves New Mexico/Texas Panhandle)
Shelby Schelling (Serves Ohio)
Due to the popularity of this free program, advance scheduling is advised. Click Here to schedule a Mobile Dairy Classroom presentation for your school.