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Nestled in the fertile Santa Clara Valley a few miles from the ocean, the Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC) conducts leading-edge applied research to support the rich and diverse agricultural and natural resources of Ventura County. The Center supports a broad array of county-wide events including technical training for growers, as well as educational activities for youth, family and the community. The Center works collaboratively with UC Cooperative Extension-Ventura County advisors and programs.

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  • HAREC hosts Next Generation Science in the Garden Workshop

    Added July 20, 2015
    John Fisher, Life Lab Director of Programs at UC Santa Cruz engaged educators with simple hands-on activities.

    How can U. S. students receive a high-quality science education if states' standards are stuck in the 90's? Since that time and with better understanding of how students learn science and technology, education and science experts launched an all-out...

  • Community Summer Outreach

    Added July 13, 2015
    YFC Program Manager, Susana Bruzzone-Miller, extends pollination lesson

    Last week the HAREC Youth, Family and Community (YFC) education team participated in community summer programs. Science Camp at Rio del Mar Elementary School, Oxnard, is an all-day, four week commitment. Rio School District Superintendent, John Puglisi,...

  • 4-H Sustainable You! Summer Camp-2015

    Added June 26, 2015
    Investigating watersheds

    Day 5-Water! Today we touch on this pertinent topic! Why is water important? Where does water go when you flush it down the toilet? Water quality What can you do to conserve water?

  • 4-H Sustainable You! Summer Camp-2015

    Added June 25, 2015
    Renewable and non-renewable energy discussion and journaling

    Day 4- Energy Today campers learned the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy. They investigated solar and wind. Baking in the solar oven, creating a personal solar oven and pinwheels reinforced principles covered in camp. Other...

  • 4-H Sustainable You! Summer Camp-2015

    Added June 24, 2015
    Pollution detectives.

    Day 3- Air The third day focuses on air and includes journaling and discussions about air quality, sources of air pollution, and ways to improve air quality! Campers become Pollution Detectives tallying types and number of vehicles, bicycles and walkers...

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