Agriculture Museum hires educator to lead Standards-Based Programs for School & Kids

July 24, 2013
Santa Paula News

Helping kids understand where food comes from, and how they can enjoy eating fresh and nutritious produce, are the goals of a new education program at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum.

Anne Thille, most recently a Nutrition Educator for the Ventura Unified School District through the Network for a Healthy California, has been hired as the Education Coordinator in charge of standards-based classes, tours and garden programs for kindergarten through 8th grade students. She will also help plan and implement the Agriculture Museum’s Free First Sunday family events, which have been taking place monthly since September 2012. 

Thille is signing up classes for school visits and visits to the Museum taking place beginning in September 2013.  Inside the Agriculture Museum, kids will find new Agriculture Learning Stations in the galleries. The stations focus on plant growth, seasonal produce with simple recipes, local farmers, and the work of farm workers. Kids can also explore the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits about Ventura County agriculture. This summer, the Museum’s backyard is being fenced, and themed garden beds linked to science, math, literature and the senses are being planted so visitors can see plants growing up close. For children who cannot visit the Museum, a Mobile Museum Program that brings interactive standards-based learning to classrooms is available. Teachers may contact Thille at (; (805) 525-3100 x 103). 

Thille, a Ventura resident, was born in Oxnard and raised in Camarillo. She graduated from Rio Mesa High School and California State University Northridge.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located in historic downtown Santa Paula at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, California. Hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. General admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children ages 6-17. Free for Museum of Ventura County members and children ages 5 and younger. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sunday of every month is free general admission to the public. For more information, go to or call (805) 525-3100.

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