Announcements (in chronological order)

THRIVE Workshops for Schools - Schedule Today!

4-H has been helping youth thrive for over 100 years! Through experiential learning activities we deliver high quality programs framed in a positive youth development context. Let us work with your middle and high school students to intentionally focus on the development of critical life skills / transferable skills. Contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu for more information and to schedule your workshop. (Flyer, PDF)

Youth Environmental Summit - Workshops Presenters Wanted

The Youth Environmental Summit (YES) is an annual event for students in grades 6-12 who want to learn about environmental issues and find ways to take action.This year’s Summit will take place at the Barre Civic Center on October 28, 2022 —Save the Date!

(Flyer, PDF)

We are looking for workshops on a variety of topics and ideas!  Topics of interest include:

  1. Climate Change - action steps you can take to make a difference
  2. Renewable Energy - going green at school / at home, solar projects, wind projects, Green School Challenge
  3. Composting and Waste Management Solutions at School - how to create a school composting systems, how to eliminate milk cartons in school lunches, how to create a zero waste event, how to successfully sort your school trash
  4. Watersheds - citizen science projects, cleaning up rivers & lakes
  5. Farm to School - getting local foods into school lunches, school gardens, food systems
  6. Advocacy & Activism - youth Rally for the Planet, Teens Reaching Youth for the Environment, how to create a youth summit, why youth voice matters
  7. Using Technology for Environmental Action - creating a video to get out your message, is there an App for that?
  8. And Other Topics - share something that you or your school is doing, how are you making a difference?

Youth presenters are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal! Please submit your proposal by July 15, 2022. Click here to submit.

Questions? Email Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu

Summer of Science (youth entering grades 5-12; registration required) - July & August

Join us for a Summer of Science! We are offering several workshops throughout July & August. (Flyer, PDF)

Workshops are FREE (except for NRMA) but registration is required. Please read the workshop descriptions for grade requirement, location & time and registration deadline and then register. Click here. Space is limited; first-come, first-served.

Please do not register until you know 100% that you can attend. (Do not take a spot away from someone who really wants to come!)

If a program is full, please contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu to be placed on a waiting list.

Workshop Descriptions

July 7: Stream Monitoring and Aquatic Ecology
Have you ever heard of a water penny? This is just one of many benthic macroinvertebrates that in local rivers and streams. During this hands-on session students will dive into the science of their local stream and learn how to monitor a local waterway; how to monitor chemical, physical and biological parameters of the stream; and how to use the data they collect to determine stream health.

This workshop will take place in South Burlington, VT from 9:00 am- 12 noon at Farrell Park. Space is limited to 20 youth who will be entering grades 7-12 the Fall.

Instructors: This workshop will be led by UVM Watershed Alliance staff.

You must register at least one week before the workshop is scheduled to take place so that we can send you the required paperwork, directions, and additional information needed for the session.

July 15-17: Natural Resources Management Academy
Are you 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.

You will have the opportunity to take in-depth, hands-on workshops with experts. Each workshop will allow for extensive in-the-field exploration of the subject matter. This summer’s workshops will include: field ornithology, watershed science, biometrics, planning and zoning, and furbearers. In addition to these workshops, participants will engage in fun team building activities activities, canoeing, fishing, shooting sports and a nightly campfire with s’mores.

This workshop will take place at the Green Mountain Conservation Camp in Woodbury, VT the weekend of July 15-17, 2022. Space is limited to 30 youth who will be entering grades 7-10 in the Fall. Cost is $125 for the weekend.

Instructors: Workshops will be led by various natural resource professionals.

Note: Registration for NRMA is separate since there is a participant fee; please go to www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/announcements and click on Natural Resources Management Academy. The deadline to register is June 1 unless spaces remain available.

July 19: Pet First Aid
Have you ever wondered what you should do if a pet is injured or falls suddenly ill? Or what should you do if they have a small cut and wound or need CPR resuscitation? Get a glimpse into veterinary medicine with an introductory pet first aid workshop. In this workshop, you will learn ways to provide care to your pet in the moment. You will also get to explore how these skills relate to the triage process at an animal hospital and what different veterinary staff roles do in emergency cases as well as regular care. If you are considering a career in the animal sciences, this workshop will provide hands-on learning (without any actually injured animals) and a chance to learn more about what happens behind the scenes.

This workshop will take place at the Green Mountain Technical and Career Center in Hyde Park, VT from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm. Space is limited to 10 youth who will be entering grades 7-10 in the Fall.

Instructors:
Hillary Molleur is a Certified Veterinary Technician who has worked at Lamoille Valley Veterinary Services for 6 years. She has 3 dogs, a handful of chickens, and more cats than she'd like to admit. Hillary is certified in Low Stress Handling and enjoys teaching.

Karen Hart is a veterinary practice manager who has been with Lamoille Valley Veterinary Services for 4 years. She lives with 3 red dogs and 3 cats of varying colors. Karen is also Low Stress Handling certified and Pet First Aid certified.

You must register at least one week before the workshop is scheduled to take place so that we can send you the required paperwork, directions, and additional information needed for the session.

July 25-29: Science Exploration Camp
Have you ever wanted to be a scientist? Take a week and try it out in the Science Exploration Camp. This camp is packed full of hands-on experiments from growing bacteria and freshwater ecology to bottle rockets, forensics, and making spherical foods! You will get to explore different areas of science each day and learn how to think, discover, and hypothesize like a scientist.

This camp will take place at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT from 8:45 am- 3:30 pm. Space is limited to 15 youth who will be entering grades 5-8 in the Fall.

Instructors:
Hannah Despres is a senior PhD student at UVM studying virology and Madaline Schmidt recently finished a Master of Public Health at UVM. They are both passionate about introducing youth to the exciting world of science!

You must register by June 24  so that we have enough time to order activity materials and can send you the required paperwork, directions, and additional information needed for the session.

August 1: Floating Classroom and Fisheries Program
Learn about Lake Champlain aboard the new University of Vermont research vessel. Explore this cutting-edge hybrid vessel and the scientific equipment featured. You will learn how to perform water quality testing and food web explorations.  On land, you will explore fish anatomy in the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory and engage in a fish dissection. 

This workshop will take place aboard the Melosira and in the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory in Burlington, VT from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Space is limited to 20 youth who will be entering grades 7-12 in the Fall.

Instructor: Ashley Eaton is the Watershed and Lake Education Coordinator for the Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Watershed Alliance.

You must register at least one week before the workshop is scheduled to take place so that we can send you the required paperwork, directions, and additional information needed for the session.

Questions? Contact lauren.traister@uvm.edu or call 802-888-4972 x 402

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the 4-H Office at 802-888-4972 or lauren.traister@uvm.edu by June 1, 2022 so we may assist you.

Stream Monitoring and Aquatic Ecology (youth entering grades 7-12; registration required) - July 7

This workshop is part of the Summer of Science. (Flyer, PDF)

Have you ever heard of a water penny? This is just one of many benthic macroinvertebrates that in local rivers and streams. During this hands-on session students will dive into the science of their local stream and learn how to monitor a local waterway; how to monitor chemical, physical and biological parameters of the stream; and how to use the data they collect to determine stream health.

This workshop will take place in South Burlington, VT from 9:00 am- 12 noon at Farrell Park. Space is limited to 20 youth who will be entering grades 7-12 the Fall.

Instructors: This workshop will be led by UVM Watershed Alliance staff.

You must register at least one week before the workshop is scheduled to take place so that we can send you the required paperwork, directions,  and additional information needed for the session. Click here to register.

Space is limited; first-come, first-served.

Please do not register until you know 100% that you can attend. (Do not take a spot away from someone who really wants to come!)

If a program is full, please contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu to be placed on a waiting list.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the 4-H Office at 802-888-4972 or lauren.traister@uvm.edu by June 1, 2022 so we may assist you.

 

State 4-H Horse Show (registration required) - July 8-10

Show takes place at Addison County Fair and Field Days, 1790 Field Days Road, New Haven, Vt.  All entries due by postmark of June 25, 2022.  Download the show booklet and entry forms (PDF).

Multi-County Dairy Show (registration required) - July 9

Show takes place at Addison County Fair and Field Days, 1790 Field Days Road, Vergennes, VT.  Download the flyer with the show schedule and registration form.  Registration form and $2.50 per animal due by July 1. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program please contact Martha Seifers at 802-388-4969 ext. 335 or 800-956-1125 by June 17, 2022 so we may assist you.

The Science of Breath (registration required) - July 12

Join us for an interactive workshop focused on the science of breath! Learn how oxygen flows through the body and how breathing can affect mood and performance. Open to youth ages 10 and up. Parents are welcome and should also register, as space is limited. This event is free, but registration is required. Sponsored by UVM Extension 4-H and Oxygen Advantage certified practitioner, Nicole Carpenter. Event will take place Tuesday, July 12 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the South Burlington Library Community Room, 180 Market St, South Burlington, VT. Contact 4-H Educator Margaret Coan at mcoan@uvm.edu with any questions. Register online at https://forms.office.com/r/i2uK4nEwKD.  To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, contact Margaret Coan at 802-651-8343 ext. 505 or mcoan@uvm.edu by June 21, 2022 so we may assist you.

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2022 Food Systems Ag Tour (registration required; limited to 20 participants) - July 14

Calling all foodies!  Are you between the ages of 12–18?  Do you like food?  Are you interested in exploring food production career opportunities?  Have you thought of starting your own business and wondered how entrepreneurs get started?  Have you thought about the food systems opportunities available in your own backyard?

Vermont 4-H'ers will have the opportunity to experience a food tasting tour in Chittenden and Addison Counties.  Tour is limited to 20 participants.  Download the flyer with tour schedule and register online at https://go.uvm.edu/agtour2022.   

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Wendy Sorrell at 802-651-8343 or 1-800-571-0668 by June 27, 2022 so we may assist you.

Youth Farm Safety Days (registration required by June 30) - July 14 OR July 18

Youth Farm Safety Days are back.  This year, youth can select one of two dates and locations:

Thursday, July 14 at J&R Family Farm (Royer), 4051 VT RT 100, Troy, VT 05865
or
Monday, July 18 at Newmont Farm, 161 Mallary Road., Bradford, VT 05033

  • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Open to all youth, ages 10 to 16
  • Free, with lunch provided

Register online at https://go.uvm.edu/safety by June 30.  To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Martha Manning at 802-524-6501 or 1-800-639-2130 by June 24, 2022 so we may assist you.

Hands-on workshops include:

  • Fire extinguisher operation
  • ATV/UTV and farm equipment safety
  • How to safely handle livestock
  • Basic Farm Firest Aid

Download the event flyer for more information.

4-H Shooting Sports Jamboree (registration required by June 10) - July 15-17

Download the Shooting Sports Jamboree packet for all information, registration forms, event schedule.  Open to 4-H Shooting Sports members ages 8-18 (as of 1/1/22).  $30 per youth participant by June 10.  Jamboree held at Caledonia Forest and Stream Club, 706 Field and Stream Road, St. Johnsbury, VT.  To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Holly Ferris, Shooting Sports Coordinator, at 802-888-4972 or holly.ferris@uvm.edu, by June 10, 2022 so we may assist you.  

Natural Resources Management Academy (youth entering grades 7-10; registration required) - July 15-17

Are you a student entering 7th-10th 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 15th annual Natural Resources Management Academy (NRMA). Come ready to explore natural resources management, and share a weekend with other youth from around Vermont who have the same interests.

NRMA has been developed for individuals just like you! It is a weekend full of fantastic learning opportuni-ties aimed at understanding Vermont’s forests, wildlife, soils, water ecosystems and more! All programs will be hands-on and mostly outdoors.

Learn more (Flyer, PDF). Click here to register.

Questions? Contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu

State 4-H Working Steer Shows - July 17 & Aug. 13

Download the Working Steer Shows flyer for complete details on this event.  This year, there are 2 qualifying shows for 4-H members who are trying to qualify for Eastern States:

Sunday, July 17 at 10 a.m.
Connecticut Valley Fair, 66 Carson Lane, Bradford, VT
Contact Terri Chamberlain at 802-763-7820 or 802-356-6568 (cell); or Wendy Sorrell at 802-651-8343 ext. 513 

Saturday, August 13 at 10 a.m.
Highland Farm, 1444 Skyline Drive, Pomfret, VT
Contact Terri Chamberlain at 802-763-7820 or 802-356-6568 (cell); or Wendy Sorrell at 802-651-8343 ext. 513

Each show will feature 3 events:
Fitting and Showing
Cart Class
Stone Boat

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Wendy Sorrell at 802-651-8343 ext. 513 by July 1, 2022 so we may assist you. 

Pet First Aid (youth entering grades 7-10; registration required) - July 19

This workshop is part of the Summer of Science. (Flyer, PDF)

Have you ever wondered what you should do if a pet is injured or falls suddenly ill? Or what should you do if they have a small cut and wound or need CPR resuscitation? Get a glimpse into veterinary medicine with an introductory pet first aid workshop. In this workshop, you will learn ways to provide care to your pet in the moment. You will also get to explore how these skills relate to the triage process at an animal hospital and what different veterinary staff roles do in emergency cases as well as regular care. If you are considering a career in the animal sciences, this workshop will provide hands-on learning (without any actually injured animals) and a chance to learn more about what happens behind the scenes.

This workshop will take place at the Green Mountain Technical and Career Center in Hyde Park, VT from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm. Space is limited to 10 youth who will be entering grades 7-10 in the Fall.

Instructors:
Hillary Molleur is a Certified Veterinary Technician who has worked at Lamoille Valley Veterinary Services for 6 years. She has 3 dogs, a handful of chickens, and more cats than she'd like to admit. Hillary is certified in Low Stress Handling and enjoys teaching.

Karen Hart is a veterinary practice manager who has been with Lamoille Valley Veterinary Services for 4 years. She lives with 3 red dogs and 3 cats of varying colors. Karen is also Low Stress Handling certified and Pet First Aid certified.

You must register at least one week before the workshop is scheduled to take place so that we can send you the required paperwork, directions,  and additional information needed for the session. Click here to register.

Space is limited; first-come, first-served.

Please do not register until you know 100% that you can attend. (Do not take a spot away from someone who really wants to come!)

If a program is full, please contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu to be placed on a waiting list.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the 4-H Office at 802-888-4972 or lauren.traister@uvm.edu by June 1, 2022 so we may assist you.

Shooting Sports Shotgun Instructor Training (register by June 17) - July 23 & 24

Location:  Northeast Kingdom Skeet Club, 743 Bugbee Crossing, Road, Burke, VT

Download the event flyer for complete event details.  Pre-register with Holly Ferris (holly.ferris@uvm.edu) by June 17.  When registering, please make sure you are able to complete the online course at www.4-hShootingSportsCollege.com. The cost of the online portion is $20. In order to complete the training you must attend BOTH training dates (July 23 and 24 for a total of 13 hours) in addition to completing the online course. This instructor training is ONLY for approved and existing 4-H volunteers.  To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Holly Ferris, 4-H Educator for Lamoille/Caledonia Counties, at holly.ferris@uvm.edu or (802) 888-4972 ext. 410 by July 1, 2022 so we may assist you.

Lamoille County Dairy Show (registration required by July 12) - July 23

Download the Lamoille County 4-H Dairy Show packet for complete show details, health requirements, classes, and registration forms.

Entry fee is $3 per animal; participants may enter up to 3 total animals.

Check in between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. All animals must be on the grounds by 9:30 a.m. Show will start promptly at 10:30 a.m. and will include a potluck cookout at lunch.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact 4-H Educator Holly Ferris at 802-888-4972 ext. 410 or 1-866-260-5603, or email holly.ferris@uvm.edu, by July 2, 2022 so we may assist you.

 

Science Exploration Camp (youth entering grades 5-8; registration required) - July 25-29

This workshop is part of the Summer of Science. (Flyer, PDF)

Have you ever wanted to be a scientist? Take a week and try it out in the Science Exploration Camp. This camp is packed full of hands-on experiments from growing bacteria and freshwater ecology to bottle rockets, forensics, and making spherical foods! You will get to explore different areas of science each day and learn how to think, discover, and hypothesize like a scientist.

This camp will take place at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT from 8:45 am- 3:30 pm. Space is limited to 15 youth who will be entering grades 5-8 in the Fall.

Instructors:
Hannah Despres is a senior PhD student at UVM studying virology and Madaline Schmidt recently finished a Master of Public Health at UVM. They are both passionate about introducing youth to the exciting world of science!

You must register by June 24 so that we have enough time to order activity materials and can send you the required paperwork, directions, and additional information needed for the session. Click here to register.

Space is limited; first-come, first-served.

Please do not register until you know 100% that you can attend. (Do not take a spot away from someone who really wants to come!)

If a program is full, please contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu to be placed on a waiting list.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the 4-H Office at 802-888-4972 or lauren.traister@uvm.edu by June 1, 2022 so we may assist you.

Rutland County Dairy Clinic and Show - July 30-31

Download the Rutland County Dairy Show flyer for show details and sign-up sheet. 

Save the Date! Youth Environmental Summit - October 28

The Youth Environmental Summit (YES) is an annual event for students in grades 6-12 who want to learn about environmental issues and find ways to take action.This year’s Summit will take place at the Barre Civic Center on October 28, 2022 —Save the Date!

See what is all about; watch this short video clip - click here.

More information will be available in early September. Contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu with questions.

 

Save the Date! VTeen Leadership Weekend - November 18-20

Open to all Vermont teens in grades 7-12, this is a fun-filled weekend developing important skills and traits that will help you stretch and improve your leadership, communication, problem solving, teamwork and other transferable skills to take back to your club work, school and community. Space is limited to 50 participants.

More information will be available in early September. Contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu with questions.

Floating Classroom and Fisheries Program (youth entering grades 7-12; registration required) - August 1

This workshop is part of the Summer of Science. (Flyer, PDF)

Learn about Lake Champlain aboard the new University of Vermont research vessel. Explore this cutting-edge hybrid vessel and the scientific equipment featured. You will learn how to perform water quality testing and food web explorations. On land, you will explore fish anatomy in the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory and engage in a fish dissection.

This workshop will take place aboard the Melosira and in the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory in Burlington, VT from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Space is limited to 20 youth who will be entering grades 7-12 in the Fall.

Instructor: Ashley Eaton is the Watershed and Lake Education Coordinator for the Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Watershed Alliance.

You must register at least one week before the workshop is scheduled to take place so that we can send you the required paperwork, directions, and additional information needed for the session. Click here to register.

Space is limited; first-come, first-served.

Please do not register until you know 100% that you can attend. (Do not take a spot away from someone who really wants to come!)

If a program is full, please contact Lauren.Traister@uvm.edu to be placed on a waiting list.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the 4-H Office at 802-888-4972 or lauren.traister@uvm.edu by June 1, 2022 so we may assist you.

4-H Calendar

UVM Extension 4-H

4-H At Home

4-H At Home offers activities and resources that youth and families can use for self-guided learning and fun on a variety of topics.

Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities are available for 4-Hers and 4-H volunteers to reduce the cost of participating in educational programs.

Teen Science YouTube Channel

Watch Teen Science Cafe session recordings online