tractorsThey came from Cazenovia and Greenville, Sidney and Unadilla, and Schuylerville and beyond Friday, making the SUNY Cobleskill campus their own on Ag High School Day. More than 1,000 high school students, teachers, and staff attended the College’s 13th annual event, touring campus facilities including the livestock and equine barns, fish hatcheries, and greenhouses.

Many students marked their first visits to campus by greeting the livestock residents of the College farm — the only ones appearing to enjoy the morning’s wet and muddy weather. Others headed straight for plant science exhibitions, welding activities, and tractor demos. The canine demonstrations were once again a popular draw, with faculty and staff guiding visiting students through exercises and answering questions.

For those making return visits to campus, the next step will be to apply to SUNY Cobleskill. John, a senior from Greenville, says he’s had SUNY Cobleskill on his radar for three years, since deciding he wants to study wildlife management. Fisheries and Wildlife staff members Eric Struening and Brent Lehman, among faculty and staff from multiple departments, issued species-identification quizzes to the high schoolers. Real estate was tough to come by on the second floor of the Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, with masses of humanity, amphibians, and reptiles vying for space. Downstairs greenhouses and labs were open for tours, from representatives of the Plant Science and Horticulture program.

tanksThe volume of attendees came to light at lunch, in a packed Neal Robbins Field House. Faculty and staff presented awards to contest winners and quiz high-scorers, as students gave raucous applause for their classmates. Tyler, a student from Schoharie and a Schoharie Valley FFA member, was among the most excited winners. He proudly showed off his winner’s plaque to his classmates and teachers. Provost and VP for Academic Affairs Sue Zimmerman joined Dr. Tim Moore, Dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, for the awards ceremony.

The day presented an opportunity for future Coby students to explore a campus full of life amidst the hustle and bustle of mid-semester activities. It is our privilege to welcome so many guests, and we look forward to seeing students again at our fall open houses and Ag High School Day 2019.