Recipient of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence
TRY stands for Teens Reaching Youth and is an environmental leadership opportunity for students in grades 7-12. It is an environmental education program taught by teens and designed to increase environmental literacy and responsibility in younger youth. TRY for the Environment includes five program areas to connect young people to real-world environmental problems allowing them to be key change agents contributing to real-world solutions.
The Teens Reaching Youth program has allowed our students to become experts on energy and sustainability issues. It has enabled them to become agents of change through education." - Don Taylor, Main Street Middle School teacher
The TRY program consists of five program areas:
Each program area curriculum includes 6 different one-hour lessons that are fun, hands-on, and easy to teach!
Energy FUNdamentals highlights wind and sun energy engineering. Grades K-3
Climate Change Through Waste Solutions focuses on the 4Rs—reduce, reuse, recycle and rot. Grades K-3
Food Systems explores the food system and the need to protect our soil, seeds, pollinators and climate. Grades 2-4
Forests & Trees investigates the basic concepts of forest and tree stewardship. Grades 2-4
TRY 4-H20 examines the water cycle, watersheds, water quality and health, and aquatic life. Grades 2-4.
TRY Lessons are taught by TRY teams consisting of 2-4 teen teachers and adult mentor who are trained to teach specific lessons to younger students.Teams must apply to the program and be selected.
Climate Change / Waste Solutions
Forests & Trees
Training Date (snowdate)
Nov. 28, 2017 (Dec. 8, 2017)
Dec. 7, 2017 (Dec. 8, 2017)
Dec. 12, 2017 (Dec. 19, 2017
Dec. 15, 2017 (Dec. 19, 2017)
Jan. 16, 2018 (Jan. 19, 2018)
TRY teams teach their program lessons to 2 different groups of at least 15 youth. Teams choose who they teach, and where and when they teach. In-school classes, afterschool programs, vacation camps, youth groups, libraries, etc. are all options! This allows a lot of flexibility in where & when you teach. Overall you can expect to spend 12 hours teaching plus another 15 hours on program logistics, preparation and evaluation.
All teaching must be finished by May 25, 2018.
Everything you need to be successful will be given to you, including training, teaching materials and ongoing support.
Who can be a TRY team member?
Any student in grades 7-12 who has an interest in learning and teaching about environmental issues can be a TRY team member. It’s even okay if you don’t have any knowledge of the issues or know how to teach. We will train you!
Your team must be able to complete all program expectations. See the application for more information
Teams must apply to the program and be selected
4-H TRY on Across the Fence
Who can be a TRY team mentor?
Some ideas of people to ask:Teacher, parent, afterschool instructor, community member, college student (21+ years old), 4-H or Scout leader, Green School Energy Challenge advisor, or any caring adult who wants to mentor your team!
The Youth Environmental Summit (YES!) is an annual conference for middle and high school students. YES! is an opportunity to learn about environmental issues and get involved in local communities. The mission of YES! is to inspire, encourage, and prepare youth for a life of environmental responsibility, service and leadership by increasing awareness and knowledge of environmental issues and fostering leadership skills.
At YES! participants engage in hands-on workshops, action-inspiring discussions, networking with environmental professionals and like-minded peers, and much, much more!
Don't miss out - YES! is Vermont's premier environmental conference for young people. This year's event is November 2, 2017 at the Barre Civic Center in Barre, Vermont. All young people in grades 7-12 are eligible to attend.
NRMA is a program for youth who are passionate about the environment and are ready to explore Vermont's natural resources in-depth. Experts from around Vermont lead workshops and skill-building activities.
What are transferable skills? And how do students recognize these skills in themselves? The 4-H program has been doing this for over 100 years, though we call them life skills. Help your students gain these critical skills by participating in a customized workshop through experiential learning activities. Students will have a fun and safe way to build skills and recognize ways to use these skills in real world situations. Download the "Helping Students Gain Transferable Skills" brochure.
Taught using the experiential learning model, your students will participate in a minimum of six classes, one hour each, that will help develop leadership, teamwork, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, goal setting and other important life skills. [return to top]
LEAD stands for Leaders Emerging And Developing. 4-H is all about developing leadership skills in young people and giving opportunities to use these skills in meaningful ways. 4-H LEAD is a series of different programs to learn and practice leadership skills throughout the year.
Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) is the only national leadership development experience exclusively designed for 4-H'ers entering grades 7-9. Participants will be immersed in the culture and history of our nation through on-site workshops at D.C.'s most spectacular sites. This program will take place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just 1 mile from Washington, D.C.
This event is not being offered this year.
TRY 4-H! is our newest leadership opportunity for 4-H members ages 13-18. It is a teen-led program specifically designed to help grow the Vermont 4-H program. Through fun, hand-on activities TRY 4-H! teens will engage with younger youth and get them excited to join 4-H. This program is looking to tap into the passion, knowledge and experience with 4-H that we know our older members have and love to share!
TRY stands for Teens Reaching Youth, and the TRY program model is an excellent way to engage 4- teens in their communities throuhg volunteerism and service, to develop leadership and life skills, and to help reach new youth that currently are not involved with 4-H.
November 17-19, 2017 Teen Leadership Weekend is an exciting, activity-filled weekend for 4-H members ages 13 –18 (as of January 1, 2018). You will learn valuable leadership skills and engage in fun team building games. And, you will have the opportunity to meet new friends from around the state.
Space is limited to 50 participants. Register Online by October 15 for early bird pricing. Regular registration rates continue until November 1.
A dynamic week long program at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland - just minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. Workshops, debates, and discussions are complemented by field trips and visits to the capitol's historic and cultural sites, as well as the opportunity to meet with Vermont's Congressional delegation.