Farm Bureau Members Rally to Support New Children's Museum of Siouxland

2/28/2013 11:10:27 AM
Andrew Wheeler, Iowa Farm Bureau, and Kari Kellen, Children's Museum of Siouxland


Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and Woodbury County Farm Bureau Contribute $50,000

Woodbury County Farm Bureau members want to bring a taste of farm life to Sioux City and tri-state area urban school children, so county leaders joined the state grassroots farm organization, to help bring a $50,000 donation to the Children’s Museum of Siouxland, set to open the summer of 2014.            

The Children’s Museum of Siouxland is on track to become northwest Iowa’s premier education and tourism draw, which will provide an interactive, hands-on learning environment to children, families, and schools of the tri-state area.  District Farm Bureau Director, Doug Gronau, presented the check to museum Executive Director, Kari Kellen, this week in Sioux City.             

Farm Bureau members envision the museum as a great opportunity to further agricultural education for youth and educators in the tri-state region.  “Many children in the area are unfamiliar with life on the farm and do not know any farmers.  This new children’s museum will bring the farm to them so they can see how farmers grow the crops, how animals eat the crops and how it all contributes to the food choices they make at the grocery store,” said Woodbury County Farm Bureau President, Greg Jochum.            

The Children’s Museum of Siouxland will feature an interactive agriculture exhibit that shows visitors of all ages about the food production cycle.  There will be a replica farm, grocery store and café which will allow visitors to track the movement of food from the farm to their dinner table.  Other museum exhibits will also be highly interactive, with hands-on displays and features.        

Woodbury County Farm Bureau initiated the partnership with the upstart museum with a $25,000 donation, which was matched by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.  “Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is happy to partner with the Woodbury County Farm Bureau by making this donation to the Children’s Museum of Siouxland.  The museum is a testament to the many ways Iowa Farm Bureau believes in supporting youth education and leadership opportunities.  We are excited by the potential this project has for children and families in the entire tri-state region,” said Gronau.             

The Children’s Museum of Siouxland will be located at 623 Pearl Street in Sioux City, Iowa.  It was started as a project through the Junior League of Sioux City and run by a group of dedicated volunteers.  Today, the museum’s board is working closely with families, community members, and partners during the fundraising stage of development.  For more information about the Children’s Museum of Siouxland, visit www.childrensmuseumofsiouxland.org or email executive director, Kari Kellen, kkellen@childrensmuseumofsiouxland.org