Announcements

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

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 April 30)

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 April 30. Flyer (PDF) Apply 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 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.

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

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 - June 16; check out the Spring Series flyer! (Flyer, PDF)

TOPICS TO BE EXPLORED:

Spring Series

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 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.

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.

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.

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