Youth Program

Our Youth Program is geared toward 8 – 16 year olds, and includes engaging speakers, hands-on activities and great food!

Join us for a day of educational fun at the University of Guelph!

Join us for a day of educational fun at the University of Guelph! We have an action packed day planned with campus tours, hands on activities and interactive workshops.

9:00-9:15          Introduction, Assign Groups and Numbers Roz 6 (106)

9:30-11:00        Greenhouse Tour and Grafting Activity-Rodger Tshantz Bovey Building
Photosynthesis Demo-OAC Soil and Crop Club Bovey Building

11:15-12:15         HOT LUNCH Peter Clark Hall

(45 min each group and switch)
12:15-1:45         Soil Lab-John Lauzon TBA
Whether or not to Worry about the Weather-Mark Robinson,
The Weather Network Roz 6 (106)

1:45-2:15           Snack Crop Science 121 B

(45 min each group and switch)
2:15-3:45             Noxious Weeds and Weed ID Basics-Brittany Hedges Crop Science 121 B
Animal Housing Workshop-Carleigh Johnson Roz 6 (106)

3:45-4:30            What is an Agvocate? –
Wrap up and Reflection Roz 6 (106)

Guest Speakers:

Mark Robinson, Weather Network –

Mark Robinson is a Canadian adventurer, storm chaser, and meteorologist.  Recently named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Explorers by Canadian Geographic, he is also a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.  Mark has chased (and has been chased) by tornadoes across Canada and the United States.  Mark has been intercepting hurricanes since 2005, and has documented many major storms including Katrina, Ike, and Sandy.  He has also chased innumerable ice storms, blizzards and snowstorms.  Mark’s adventurous spirit has taken him around the globe.  He has witnessed avalanches, experienced -110 degrees Celsius temperatures, and jumped into both the Arctic and Southern (Antarctica) Oceans.

Mark’s love for weather started at a young age and his passion for the weather grew as he got older.  He is a sought after speaker and audiences want to hear about his experiences chasing storms and his adventures around the globe.  The FCC (Farm Credit Canada) also seek Mark’s expertise on how seasonal forecasts and weather will impact their farming season. Mark speaks to students ranging from grade school to university and has had an influence on many people choosing science and weather as a career.

Mark is also an on-air personality at The Weather Network and co-hosts the show “Stormhunters” with his fellow storm chaser and Weather Network meteorologist, Jaclyn Whittal.  When there is active weather, Mark and Jaclyn will often present on air, change into casual clothes, and chase storms well into the night.   Mark is also the host of “Unearthed”.  He is active on social media and you can follow him at @StormhunterTWN

*Full Program Schedule Coming Soon*

Reminder:  Pick-up by parents in Room 6, Rozanski Hall at 4:30 pm

*Please make sure youth participants are dressed appropriately for the weather as they will be walking outside from one session to the next!

This permission form must be printed off, filled out and brought to the conference.

Please register here.