Upcoming Events and Deadlines

4-H World Changers: Learn to Code (grades 5-12, registration required by April 4)

Ohio and Vermont 4-H are joining forces again to bring you another opportunity to learn to code! From cartoons to movies to video games, animations are everywhere. Join us for this 6 session series to unlock your inner animator! You will use computer science to create your own custom animation. Open to all youth from Vermont and beyond in grades 5-12. Sessions run Thursdays April 8 - May 13 from 7-8 pm EST. Flyer (PDF), Register here

Bovine Bonanza (formally Dairy Challenge)

The 4-H Bovine Bonanza challenges the youth on their bovine knowledge. Some of the challenges have included but are not limited to: feed identification, weights & measures, meat cuts, tool identification, judging, diseases, cheese tasting, parts of the stomach, parts of the cow and breeds. This year we are going virtual. Members 8 to 18 may participate in this virtual event.  Pre-registration is required by going to the link in the flyer.  Information packets will be emailed on February 22 and those participating will have until February 26 to return their answer sheets. Flyer (PDF), register here.

Cloverbuds Connect Challenges (grades k-2)

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 challenge is out and the second one is 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 an access code!

Once you’re in, look for the videos with the yellow star in the top corner – those are the instructional videos and the others are responses. At the top of the screen, just underneath the picture of the kids and the header, on the right side, you’ll see a number the word “Topics” with a down arrow. That number indicates how many different challenges there are and you can get to them by clicking on the arrow.

Feel free to either respond to the videos by clicking on the green response button inside the video you are watching OR you can click on the green button with a plus to add your own video. You can add your own video by then clicking on the white circle with a red camera OR by clicking on the white upload button next to the circle, if you want or record a video using your phone or other device and upload to flipgrid.

Croak, Slither & Slide (registration required)

Registration is now closed. Another session of this event will be posted soon.

Join us for a 6-week exploration of frogs, toads, snakes, salamaders, turtles, caecilians, and all sorts of other kin!
We will learn about habitats, food sources, life cycles, cultural connections, body dynamics and more. Each week will include a do-at-home craft and additional resources to share.
Invite a friend or after school group.
This is open to all ages and all locations! Flyer (PDF)

Session will be held on Thursday afternoons at 3:30PM ET through Zoom.
Dates: 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1
This event is free, but registration is required. Please register here

Closed captioning will be provided for this program. To request additional disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact Liz Kenton or call (802) 257-7967 3 weeks prior to your planned participation so that we may assist you.

How Did You Get There? (grades 7-12, registration required)

Join us as we sit down to chat with a variety of field professionals about their career and the path(s) they took to get there. With the knowledge you will gain from these conversations, you will have a better sense for how to get to where you want to be!
You will have a chance to ask professionals what they like/dislike about their jobs, any surprises or secrets they might share, and more. Don't know what your question might be? We'll have some ready for you if you need them! Flyer, PDF Register here!

March 10: Aimee Nolan, Detective Sergeant with the Vermont State Police
March 31: Todd 'TK' Kohlman, Burton Snowboards
April 7: Erika Bruner, Veterinarian & Acupuncturist

4-H Teen Time: Critical Conversations (grades 7-12, registration required)

Note: This program has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule. Please email Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu if you would like to be notified.

Join us in the Critical Conversations around race and justice, andlearn how to unlock your leadership potential to inspire change. (Flyer, PDF)

VTeen Science Exploration! (grades 7-12, registration required)

Join us every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 - 4:45 pm at our weekly virtual teen science cafe where you will meet a scientist, learn about their work, explore different science pathways, engage in informal discussions and ask questions. Open to all youth in grades 7-12 in Vermont and beyond; the Winter Series will run from January 13 - March 17; check out Winter Series flyer! (Flyer, PDF). The Spring Series will run from March 31 - June 16; check out the Spring Series flyer! (Flyer, PDF)


Winter Series
Mar. 10: Opioids: An Epidemic Within a Pandemic (Flyer, PDFRegister here
Mar. 17: Develecology: The Science of How Our Ecosystem Shapes Our Development (Flyer, PDFRegister here

Spring Series

Mar. 31: What’s Going on Under There? How Does Vermont’s Spring Snowmelt Period Affect the Soil Ecosystem? (Flyer, PDF) Register here
Apr. 7: Outsmarting the Outbreak: Keeping Diseases at Bay with Biosecurity (Flyer, PDF) Register here
Apr. 14: Foundations of Neural Development (Flyer, PDF) Register here
Apr. 21: Humor Perception and Creation as a Social-Cognitive Process in the First Year of Life (Flyer, PDF) Register here
Apr. 28: Vermont’s Herpetofauna (Flyer, PDF) Register here
May 5: Becoming a Doctor: A Look Inside Medical Education and Human Physiology (Flyer, PDF) Register here
May 12: Extreme Weather: The Climate Changes That We Feel (Flyer, PDF) Register here
May 19: Sustaining Forests in An Uncertain Future (Flyer, PDF) Register here
May 26: Tails from a Wild ER: Rehabilitating Wild Birds of Prey and Other Critters (Flyer, PDF) Register here
June 2: How Humans and Forests React to an Invasive Species (Flyer, PDF) Register here
June 9: Backyard Wildlife Encounters: Making the Most of Your Trail Camera (Flyer, PDF) Register here
June 16: The Role of Statistics in Generating Accurate Future Climate Projection (Flyer, PDF) Register here

Watch Teen Science Cafe recordings here

Babysitting (grades 5-8, registration required)

The Youth Babysitting course is designed to help middle school and teenaged youth learn what it takes to be a responsible, caring, trustworthy, competent, capable, and safe babysitter. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Lindy Birch by February 9, 2021, so we may assist you.
Choose between the three different course offerings below. Pre-registration is required. A course Zoom link will be emailed to you no later than one day prior to the start of the program. Class times are eastern standard time.

February Course
Meeting Dates: (during spring vacation in most Northern Vermont districts):  Tuesday- February 23, 2021 and Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Please complete the February Registration Form to pre-register for this course offering.

March Course
Meeting Dates:  Tuesdays- March 16, 23 and 30, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
Please complete the March Registration Form to pre-register for this course offering.

April Course
Meeting Dates: (during spring vacation in most Southern Vermont districts):  Tuesdays, April 13, 20, and 27, 2021. From 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Please complete the April Registration Form to pre-register for this course offering.

State Day 2021

State Day 2021 will be held virtually again this year on a platform called Flipgrid. Flipgrid provides an interactive way to both submit your exhibit and view other exhibits. 4-H'ers can submit their work beginning on Friday, April 16th through Friday, May 7th. For more infomation about State Day and how to register, go to our Public Speaking and Communications page and read through the State Day Virtual Information Packet (PDF).

The 4-H Educator staff are planning to host upcoming workshops to help youth prepare for State Day:
• Public Speaking - Wednesday, March 31, 4-5pm
• Action Exhibits - Wednesday, April 7, 4-5pm
• Illustrated Talks & Demonstrations - Wednesday, April 14, 4-5pm

These will be fun, interactive sessions for 4-H’ers to explore these exhibit areas and brainstorm some ideas for their presentations. Link to register for workshops

There will also be two virtual workshops for volunteers, parents, and youth to see how to use Flipgrid and answer questions about State Day this year. These will be held on the following dates. Link to register for workshops
• Wednesday, March 24, 6-7 pm
• Wednesday, April 21, 6-7pm

For any questions, please reach out to Allison Smith, 4-H Youth Learning Experiences Coordinator at allison.smith.2@uvm.edu or 1-800-571-0668.

"Kids Creating Change for a Better Tomorrow" Poetry Contest

Each year, April is set aside as a military child appreciation month, officially known as Month of the Military Child, to recognize military kids for their sacrifice and bravery on the home front. To show appreciation and celebrate the power of youth, Military Kids Vermont invites you to participate in the “Kids Creating Change For a Better Tomorrow” Poetry Contest. All poetry must incorporate how youth can help change the future. Open to all youth, no military affiliation required. Deadline to participate is April 2, 2021. For more details on how to participate, check out the flyer (PDF).


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