4-H Fun for Fall

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve been looking forward to fall since the middle of summer. Crisp mornings, a few turning leaves, new office supplies, breaking out some sweaters, and pumpkin carving; this year, fall and the return to school hasn’t been what we anticipated. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t embrace the spirit of fall or have some fall fun!

picture of forest in the fall

You’re probably itching for a new adventure as much as we are. While we’ve had a lot of fun connecting and running programs online, it’s important to remember to have some fun away from the screen. As the weather starts to cool, getting out for a hike is one of my favorite things to do. It’s also a great way to learn about the foliage native to eastern North Carolina. Check out our scavenger hunt to take with you for some added 4-H Fun! You can learn about different kinds of leaves, why pine cones are open or closed, and how to start your own field journal.

If you ask me, no season is complete without some garden fun. Getting your hands in the dirt and watching seeds sprout and mature to produce garden-fresh snacks is a great time. Fall gardens can be as colorful and delicious as spring and summer gardens. Now is the best time to get out and get some plants in for fall harvest. Some great plants for fall gardens are kale, collards, beets, radishes, some winter lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, parsnips, even kohlrabi. There are also some colorful flowers that can bring some fun variety to your garden scape, including, pansies and mums. Check out our fall garden guides on the website and while you’re there you can find some fun new recipes on any of our NC State University sites.

picture of kale leaves

We also think it’s important to stay connected with friends. While the governor and CDC continue to recommend keeping socially distanced, we are continuing our virtual adventures. It’s fun and we get to see our friends. Some of our favorite adventures have been with Book Explorers. This fall we have another exciting lineup. First, we will be going to Spain! Where we will get to learn all about Barcelona, what football is in Spain, and see some incredible art. Then we’re off to Brazil, Thailand, and Denmark. You may be asking how we are going to read together, do crafts, and enjoy snacks from around the world if we are still meeting virtually.

Well, we can. Registration for Fall Book Explorers will open this week. Once you have registered you will have access to the web portal for that month’s book explorers, and be given a pickup date for your book explorers’ kit. Each kit will have everything you need to complete the craft, geography game, and snack.

picture of child with map and toy airplane

Learn more about our Book Explorers’ program and other fall 4-H Fun on our website. If you are interested in participating or learning more about any of these programs, follow us on social media for real-time updates or give our office a call 252-745-4121. To register for these or any 4-H program, check out our website. All registrations are done online. Our first Book Explorers will be in September and we will be going to Spain. We will also have a series of fall science workshops. Stay tuned for a complete fall schedule and to learn about our COVID-19 contingency plans to ensure that even if we can’t be together we will be able to continue our workshops. We will ensure that registered participants are able to complete our adventures and challenges even in their own homes.

If you are interested in our Fall Fun Programs or want to learn more about the 4-H Program in Pamlico County contact Kait Neeland at (252) 745-4121, or kait_neeland@ncsu.edu, or check us out online at pamlico.ces.ncsu.edu. Don’t FORGET to REGISTER, spaces will fill up!!