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4-H Youth Development

4-H is the largest youth development organization in North Carolina, educating hundreds of thousands of young people each year. Extension’s 4-H program is growing the next generation of leaders and equipping youth with the skills to succeed.

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I Wonder Why That Happened?

Imagine waking up each morning, drinking your coffee bubbles, and checking to see the messages “from the ground” instructing …

photos of high school art

Farm City Week Contest Results

Creative expression is important for our emotional & psychological well-being. 4-H offers opportunities to share creative work. This year J. Glenn Edwards and Lee …

photo of author Angel Uy

Two Words, Eight Letters

Two words. Eight letters. Thank you. November is the month for the special time of Thanksgiving. Many people grew …

Cover photo for 4-H Farm-City Week Activities

4-H Farm-City Week Activities

4-H Farm-City Week Art Contest – First place in each division will receive two tickets to the Farm-City Week …

Farm-City Week Activities

Join city and country folk as we celebrate our annual Farm-City Week. Farm-City Week in Lee County is November …

Brenna Steger shooting on the range

Shooting Sports and Leadership

The evenings are becoming cooler and hunting season approaches as my son keeps reminding me. His bow fund (a …

Nanotechnology

I recently took eighteen teenagers to 4-H Congress at NC State University. While they were in their workshops I …

2 young dancers in Latino Costume

More Than Meets the Eye

The homemade costumes are striking as bright and bold colored fabrics swirl around these young and smiling faces on …

Youth working on a circuit

Summer Learning Loss

As the world is greening up our thoughts are turning to summer and summer vacation. Programs all around Lee …

Public Speaking

For many years 4-H has encouraged millions of youth around the world to become proficient at public speaking. This communication …

Recent Publications related to 4-H Youth Development

Vermicomposting: A 5th Grade School Enrichment Curriculum

This publication offers 5 lessons for a school curriculum on the importance of vermicomposting, setting …

12/3/19
Raised beds with a mix of warm-season fruits and vegetables.

Growing Warm-Season Fruits and Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, warm-season fruits and vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. …

Harvesting beans from a vine-covered teepee.

Creating Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication focuses on developing fruit and vegetable production gardens in the Outdoor Learning Environment …

Photo: Little fingers loosening roots before planting.

Growing and Cooking Fruits and Vegetables at Childcare Centers

This factsheet summarizes the benefits of fruit and vegetable gardening with children. It includes age-appropriate …

Extension Programming Models

This publication illustrates the NC State Extension Model for Program Planning and Evaluation for proactive …

9/6/19
Raised beds with a crop of kale (left) and mustard greens (rt).

Growing Cool-Season Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, cool-season vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. This is …

Animal Appetites

This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explores food preferences in animals through inquiry-based learning …

Nature's Footprints

This educational resource for children aged 9-12 explains how to identify a wide variety of …