Announcements

Askable Adult Training (registration required)

"Kids are not okay," Governor Scott said during the Feb. 26 statewide COVID press briefing. Around 70% of Vermont youth reported in a recent survey that the COVID-19 pandemic made their anxiety/worry, mood or loneliness “a little” or “a lot” worse.  And 38% of youth reported that they felt difficulties were piling up so high that they sometimes or often could not overcome them in the past month. Now more than ever our youth need askable adults! This training is designed for adults who are interested in becoming more “askable” and supportive for the youth in their lives. Open to all adults, educators, summer programs and camp staff, parents, youth development professionals and youth group volunteers. Registration will be capped at 35 participants; participants must attend both sessions May 18 & 20 from 11:30 am - 1 pm. Flyer (PDF) Register Here

Citizenship Washington Focus (grades 9-12, application required by May 15)

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), is National 4 H Council’s premier leadership and citizenship program for high school age students. While it typically takes place in Washington, D.C., this year it will be held in a virtual format. Vermont 4-H will be offering a full scholarship to 8 teens to participate! Open to all youth in grades 9-12. Learn more and apply by May 15. Flyer (PDF) Apply Here

Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness! (grades 3-6, registration required)

Virtual Interactive Healthy Eating and Active Living Lessons for 3rd-6th Graders!

During a series of six 45- to 60-minute Zoom sessions, your child will participate in nutrition activities, play games and be active with other children.  They will learn about replacing sweetened drinks with low-fat milk and water, eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, eating fewer high-fat and high-sugar foods, and playing actively every day.  Sessions are offered by University of Vermont Extension’s EFNEP and taught by trained Nutrition Educators.  This course may help to fulfill part of the Comprehensive Health Education subject area in your child’s Minimum Course of Study (MCOS).  Four sessions are available, and class size is limited to 20 children. Minimum number of participants required to run each  series. Register for the series of your choice:

Register for Wednesdays @ 10 a.m., June 30 - August 4

Register for Mondays and Thursdays @ 10 a.m., July 12 - July 29

Register for Tuesdays @ 8 a.m., July 13 - August 17

Register for the Full Week session, Monday - Friday @ 9 a.m., August 2-6

For more information, or to request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact please contact efnep@uvm.edu.

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 and Slide... again! (Open to all ages, Registration required)

So many kids signed up for our Herpetology program that we are offering a second round.

Join us for a 6-week exploration of frogs, toads, snakes, salamanders, 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 (like slime or an origami frog that hops!) and additional resources to share.

Invite a friend or after school group! Open to all ages, all locations.

Session will be held on Thursday afternoons 3:30-4:30pm through Zoom.
Dates: April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20.
This event is free, but registration is required. Please register here. 

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

Embryology Program (registration required)

4-H Embryology Program registration and supply orders are now open. Download the program packet (PDF) which contains all deadlines, forms and information. Review upcoming deadlines carefully: Incubator orders are due on March 26 and egg orders are due on April 5. Contact Martha Manning with questions.

Gardening and Nutrition Program (ages 8-18, registration required)

Registration is now open for Vermont 4-H's spring Gardening and Nutrition program, Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm every two weeks, on the following dates: April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15. Each program session will focus on a Plant Part We Eat, from putting down roots to saving seeds.

Sessions will include growing tips, nutrition, take-home activities, recipes, information about wild plants and critters, book recommendations, and other resources. We will have guest speakers and we also want to hear about your experiences and knowledge, so kids should come prepared to share and to ask questions. When there are questions we cannot answer during the session, we will do some research and include our answer in a follow-up email during our "off" weeks.

This is open to all youth age 8-18 (you do not have to be in 4-H already), in all locations. Participants are welcome to sign up as an individual, or attend as a whole class or club. Register here! 

ADA:
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.

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 Spring Series will run from March 31 - May 26; check out the Spring Series flyer! (Flyer, PDF)

TOPICS TO BE EXPLORED:

Spring Series
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
 

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 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.

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.

Save the Date! Natural Resources Management Academy (grades 7-12, registration required)

Are you a student entering 7th-12th grade in the Fall who is interested in the environment and ready to explore, in depth, your passion for Vermont’s natural resources?

If you answered yes to this question, then you should attend the Natural Resources Management Academy (NRMA). Come ready to explore natural resources management, and share a day with other youth from around Vermont who have the same interests.

NRMA has been developed for individuals just like you! Learn more (Flyer, PDF) and add your name to our list to be notified once registration opens!

Ready, Set... MOVE!

Join us for the Spring Moving Challenge: MOVE 4000 minutes in 40 days from March 20 – April 28! Each participant (individual or family) to reach 4000 minutes of moving in 40 days. Hop, skip, ride a horse, ski, swim, skate, sled, run, walk, bike, walk a dog, dance, fly a kite, hoola-hoop or build a snowman … whatever gets you moving inside or outside while counting your minutes of activity!!!! During the moving journey we’ll move together virtually throughout the state to visit 4-H Staff and Extension Offices around the state. There will be fun challenges, encouragement, trivia, recipes and a chance for you to share your experience.
Ready, Set .... MOVE! For more details on how to participate, check out the flyer (PDF). Register here to participate.

Exploring Vermont Dairy

Have you ever wondered what really happens on Vermont dairy farms?  Join UVM Extension as we invite youth 12 -18 years old to learn about dairy farming in Vermont.  This free five part series looks at:
               Technology on Vermont Dairy Farms – May 5
               Animal Health and Nutrition – May 12
               Added Value and Diversification – May 19
               Farm Business and Decision Making  - May 26
               Soils and Conservation – June 2
Register at https://go.uvm.edu/xploringermontairy

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