Vermont 4-H offers a wide variety of opportunities which enable teens to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for success in the 21st century. Teens can participate in programs focused on LEADERSHIP, CITIZENSHIP, and LIFESKILLS, through exploring a variety of topics.

Check out the following programs:

4-H World Changers

Ohio and Vermont 4-H are joining forces again to bring you another opportunity to learn to code!

Games need no explanation — they’re everywhere! Games come in many shapes and sizes, like video games, apps on your phone, sports games, and card games. Have you ever thought about what it takes to design a game? Join us for this 6 session series to create your own game using Scratch! Learn more (Flyer, PDF) and register by September 25, 2021. Click here to register.

And Save the Dates for our Winter Session exploring Python! February 3 - March 10, Thursday nights from 7-8 pm

Citizenship Washington Focus (4-H Members Only)

Registration for this event is now closed. Vermont will send participants to CWF again in July 2022.

For over 50 years, thousands of 4-H youth between the ages of 14-19 have traveled to Washington, DC and stayed at the National 4-H Center to participate in CWF, a life-changing week that empowers 4-H’ers to take their leadership skills to the next level for themselves, their communities, and their world.

Visit the National 4-H Youth Conference Webpage  or watch the CWF 2013  YouTube video to learn more.

Fundraising ideas for CWF (PDF)

Leadership Washington Focus (4-H Members Only)

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.

Stay tuned for an announcement of when we will go again.

Natural Resources Management Academy

Natural Resources Management Academy

Are you a youth entering grades 7-10 in the Fall who is interested in the environment and ready to explore, in-depth, your passion for Vermont’s natural resources? Learn about a variety of topics from natural resource professionals with daily presentations and at-home activities for those that want to do more. Dates for NRMA 2022 will be announced soon.

View Recordings from the 2020 virtual NRMA:

Natural Resources Management Academy 2020 - Session One 
Natural Resources Management Academy 2020 - Session Two 
Natural Resources Management Academy 2020 - Session Three 
Natural Resources Management Academy 2020 - Session Four 
Natural Resources Management Academy 2020 - Session Five 

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 for more information and to schedule your workshop. (Flyer, PDF)


TRY for the Environment

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 youth in grades 7-12. It is a teen-led environmental education program with an embedded service learning component designed to teach environmental literacy and responsibility to younger youth. TRY for the Environment includes five program areas—energy FUNdamentals, waste solutions, food systems, forest and trees and TRY 4-H20 —to connect young people to real-world environmental problems in which they can be key change agents helping to create 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 1-3
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 3-4.

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.

Information and application for 2021-2022 is available! (End of this article)

TRY teams commit to teaching their program curriculum to 2 different groups of at least 15 youth.

Teams choose who they teach, and where and when they teach. This allows a lot of flexibility in how to fulfill your commitment of teaching two programs.

All programs must be concluded by the end of May. Vacation camps, afterschool programs, libraries, in-school, weekends and summer programming are all options!

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?

Team members must be in grades 7-12 and should have an interest in learning and teaching about renewable energy, waste solutions or food systems. It's 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 commit to teaching the program to two different groups. That's a minimum 12-hour commitment (plus your preparation time).

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!

Applying to TRY!

Review the program flyer (Flyer, PDF), Teen Teacher position description (Flyer, PDF) and Adult Mentor position description (Flyer, PDF) to see if you might be interested in the TRY program.

If you are interested in applying for this program, then follow the Application Directions (Flyer, PDF).

Teen teachers will need to have a parent/guardian sign this TRY Permission Form (Flyer, PDF).

Adult mentors will need to sign this Covid-19 Release (Flyer, PDF) and possibly complete the 4-H Volunteer Application (Flyer, PDF).

TRY Sample Emails are available for teams to use as they reach out to teachers in their efforts to secure classrooms to teach. (Flyer, PDF).

Questions? Email

Program Partners

UVM Watershed Alliance WebsiteYouth Ag ProjectLamoille Regional Solid Waste Management DistrictVermont Urban & Community Forestry ProgramVermont Forests, Parks & RecreationVermont Energy Education Program

VTeen Leadership Weekend

This year’s event is November 19-21, 2021. Registration will be available in Fall 2021.

Open to all Vermont teens in grades 7-12. 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. 


VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Cafes

Coming this Fall we will be, once again, offering in-person teen science cafes. Teen Science Cafés are informal, interactive programs that promote exploration, curiosity and life-long learning about current and cutting-edge ideas in science and technology. Teens engage in lively discussion and hands on learning with experts. The cafes are free and organized by teens for teens.

Check out our Fall Schedule! (Flyer, PDF)

We are going to kick off the year with a virtual cafe on Tuesday, September 28 from 7:00-8:00 pm. Learn more (Flyer, PDF) and register no later than 9/28 @ 12 noon in order to get the Zoom link needed to join the cafe. Click here to register.

Information and registration for other cafes will be posted soon at the 4-H Announcements Page. I=In-Person, V=Virtual

October 16 (I): Cellular Agriculture & Tissue Engineering

Oct 26 (V): Organometallic Chemistry in Action

Nov 13 (I): Intro to Virology, Microbiology and Bugs (Flyer coming soon), Click here to register

Nov 30 (V): Radio Frequency Engineering & How It Relates toClimate Change (Flyer coming soon), Click here to register

Dec 14 (V): Digital Phenotyping; Leveraging Machine Learning,Statistics, and Creativity to Model Human Health (Flyer coming soon), Click here to register

Save the Dates! Winter/Spring 2022 Cafes
Jan 11 (V), Jan 22 (I), Feb 5 (I), Feb 22 (V), Mar 12 (I), Mar 22 (V), Apr 9 (I), Apr 26 (V), May 17 (V)

Questions? Email

Watch recordings of previous virtual teen science cafes here .


Youth Environmental Summit (YES)

YES is an annual event for students in grades 6-12 who want to learn about environmental issues and find ways to take action. We hope 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. We had hoped to return to an in-person event but there is just too much uncertainty with Covid-19, the Delta variant and schools allowing field trips.

So, we are going to try something NEW THIS YEAR! We will be offering both a real-time virtual summit as well as pre-recorded workshops that you can access on your own time.

Our real-time virtual kick off will take place on Friday, October 29 from 9 am - 12:30 pm and it will feature keynote speakers and skill-building workshops around a unifying theme of climate change.

Then, on November 1 our YES Flipgrid site will open for you to explore a wide variety of environmental topics. The site will stay open for the entire month of November. This allows you the flexibility to participate when it works with your schedule!

View the YES flyer (Flyer, PDF) and the Workshop Descriptions (Flyer, PDF) for more information.

Go to the 4-H Announcements Page for registration links.

4-H TRY on Across the Fence


Lauren Traister

4-H Teen & Leadership Coordinator

Lauren Traister
University of Vermont Extension
29 Sunset Drive, Suite 2
Morrisville, Vermont 05661
Telephone: 802-888-4972 x 402
Toll Free in VT: 1-866-260-5603