Hands-on Experimental Learning Experiences

Beginning in 2017, Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Exploration Experiences offer students the opportunity to utilize formal education skills in hands-on experimental learning experiences. These “Experiences” will give high school students the opportunity to see firsthand the techniques and skills that were learned in the classroom being applied in a real-world setting, allow them to engage in STEM learning through agricultural-focused areas all while exploring potential career opportunities and cultivating a network of industry professionals.

The mission for the DLT Exploration Experience is to provide students and youth interested in dairy the opportunity to utilize formal education skills in hands-on experimental learning experiences. In addition, the DLT Exploration Experience is designed to cultivate interest in a variety of careers available in the dairy industry.

Questions about the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Exploration Experience can be directed to Michelle Shearer by phone at 570-768-8316 or via email at mshearer@centerfordairyexcellence.org.


2022 Veterinary Science Exploration Experience

Partnering with Pennsylvania State University and the Penn State Extension Services, students were able to learn about proper health for dairy cattle as well as do some lab experimentation.

During this event, high school students in grades 11 and 12 got a firsthand look at the Penn State Dairy Barns and learned from professionals who specialize in specific areas of veterinary science. They learned about hoof health, calving management, and cow health being able to listen to the heart, rumen, and lungs of dairy cows and to simulate delivering calves. Students then went to the Central Milk Testing Lab completing a heart dissection and a lab exploring parasites in animals.

Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Pennsylvania State University Dairy Barns and Central Milk Testing Laboratory in State College, Centre County, PA

2022 Veterinary Science Exploration Experience Group Photo at the Penn State Dairy Barns

Watch for info about the next Exploration Experience being planned for Spring 2023.


2022 “Foam to Farm” Exploration Experience

Partnering with Troegs Independent Brewing, students were able to see the process of producing spent grain and how it is sustainably used on dairy farms.

During this event, high school students had a firsthand look at Summit Level Farm and their dairy operation from the calves to the cows. In addition, they learned about the crop production on the farm and how Farmer Jim uses spent grain from Troegs Independent Brewing to feed his dairy cattle. Students then visited Troegs Independent Brewing for an in-depth, behind-the-scenes tour of the mill room to see the hops grain and the process of production.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at Summit Level Farm in Elverson, Berks County, PA and Troegs Independent Brewing in Hershey, Dauphin County, PA

2022 Foam to Farm Exploration Experience Group Photo


2021 “Own It” Exploration Experience

Partnering with Premier Select Sires, students learned about the four divisions of do-ers, analyze-ers, techies and sell-ers from industry professionals. Each presentation had a hands-on activity for students to engage in that type of career. Then in the afternoon, students toured Brubaker Farms and learned from the herd manager about his responsibilities around the dairy farm.

Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Brubaker Farms in Mount Joy, Lancaster County, PA

2021 Own It Exploration Experience Group Photo