Join us for some summer fun!
4-H staff in Vermont are offering programs on a variety of topics where youth can meet new friends and try new activities.

Cloverbuds Connect Challenge

Cloverbud Connects Challenges are issued each Friday and are geared toward youth in grades K-2 (Flyer, PDF). Cloverbuds watch a video that demonstrates an activity and then we challenge you to do the same! Try that activity and record yourself in action and share it back! We're using a password protected system called Flipgrid, only open to those who want in! So don't delay! The first challenges are out and more are lined up and ready to go! Check out this video to learn more! If you're interested in participating, email kimberly.griffin@uvm.edu to sign up and get your access code! 

4-H Volunteer Workshops

Join other volunteers from around the state in this series of monthly workshops led by Allison Smith, 4-H Youth Learning Experiences Coordinator. Topics range from creating fun and welcoming virtual spaces for youth to club financial management to robotics! Check out the flyer for details on topics offered. These workshops will be opportunities to stay connected with other volunteers, get your questions answered, and get some tricks to help you navigate 4-H more easily. You can register for the workshops that you wish to attend here.

Animal Scoops

August 5 (chickens), 12 (beef/working steer), 19 (sheep), 26 (rabbits) from 9-10:00 a.m.
Join us for 4 interactive and enjoyable animal topic sessions. Activities include trivia, videos and recipes. Join us to share what you know and learn something new. Appropriate for ages 8-18. Check out this flyer to learn more!  To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Wendy Sorrell by June 24, 2020, so we may assist you.  Pre-registration is required. Just click on the following link by the Tuesday before each session and the link to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you.
 

Gardening: Eating What We Grow

July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18, from 10-11:00 a.m.
Join these fun interactive sessions to explore what plants eat; how to grow and harvest them; soil science, sunshine, recipes, and more! Appropriate for ages 8-18. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Liz Kenton so we may assist you. Register here.

 

Check out these opportunities from other states:

A curated list of fun and engaging programs availableto youth regardless of where you live.

Florida 4-H Adventures – Offering online programming in lots of topic areas and categorized by age of youth from Cloverbuds (ages 5-7) to teens!
New Jersey Virtual 4-H STEP Clubs – Short-Term Exploratory Programs (STEP) on a variety of topics.
North Carolina 4-H Summer Camp OutOn June 22, 2020, NC State will kick off a week-long experiential event that will use technology to bring youth together and connect with the outdoors. The NC 4-H Summer CAMP OUT! is a free virtual camping experience that will feature favorite 4-H camping traditions like a dance party, slide show, trivia night, Arts-and-Crafts, and a virtual campfire.
Ohio 4-H STEM Pathways Challenges – Challenges that focus on using creativity and innovation to solve real world problems. Each challenge is paired with a 4- to 6-minute informational video for facilitators to engage youth through experiential learning.

Learn at Your Leisure

Have a plans already lined up and need something that is flexible or for times when boredom is calling? Check out these videos and activity sheets that provide fun no matter what time of day it is.

UVM 4-H Youtube - Did you miss a program? Catch recordings on our online programs here.
National 4-H at Home Resources
Learn at Home: Educational Resources to Use During School Closures – Our friends from UMaine Extension have put together some fun videos on a variety of topics.
Inspire Kids to Do at Home Activities – PennState Extension offers in-home activities that nurture growth and development. The activities available in this program span a wide range of topics and provide a glimpse into the variety of projects and programs offered in 4-H. These activities encourage self-guided learning, creativity, and problem solving.
4-H History Books/Project Books – Record this unique and interesting moment in time with these journal templates.
       Cloverbud History Journal (PDF)
       Cloverbud History Journal (Word Doc)

Livestock Activity Sheets

Dairy

Dairy Activity Sheets

Dairy Activity Sheet Answers

Dog

Horse

Goat

Rabbit

Sheep

Working Steer

 

Volunteer Events & Resources

A lot has changed in the past few months but one thing that has not changed is our appreciation for our volunteers. We know that the task of engaging youth in 4-H is more challenging than ever. Here is a list of resources to support you as you continue to find ways to connect and offer programming to youth in 4-H.

Askable Adult Training
Training Session #1 - August 18 & 20, 10-11:30 a.m.  – This session is full.
Training Session #2 – August 25 & 27, 6:30-8p.m. – Register here.
This training is designed for adults who are interested in becoming more “askable” and supportive for the children and youth in their lives. Join this training if you are seeking to enhance skills that will enable you to have strong, trusting, and affirming relationships, communicate more effectively, strengthen connections, and be a valuable resource for the young people in your life.  To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Allison Smith at 802-651-8343 or 800-571-0668 so we may assist you. (Flyer, PDF)

Virtual Meeting Best Practices – A quick rundown of practices to keep your online meetings safe and a list of tech platforms that you can use to meet virtually.
4-H Volunteers Can Go Virtual! – Tip sheets and videos offered by The University of Maine on running and hosting virtual meetings.
Virtual 4-H Quarantine Professional Development – Umaine Extension is offering sessions for volunteers to explore a variety of topics from social emotional learning, creative problem solving, and making and tinkering.
V3: Virginia Virtual Volunteer Conference Resources – Online recordings from the April 25 conference, covering topics from livestock project areas to how adapt your club programming for online delivery.