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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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Hay Bale Decorating Contest

Display your creativity and imagination in a family-friendly, county-wide competition. N.C. Cooperative Extension in Pamlico County will be hosting …

Skills for the Future

This year we’ve seen a great deal of change from how our kids are going to school, how we …

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4-H Fun for Fall

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been looking forward to fall since the middle of summer. Crisp mornings, a …

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Fall Fun

This summer things have been different for NC 4-H and 4-H programs around the world. We’ve transitioned Summer Fun …

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Book Explorers: Spain

4-H Book Explorers Take a fantastic journey around the world, one book, and one country at a time. Join us …

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What Are the 4 'H's'?

What is 4-H, and what do they do? 4-H is the youth development branch of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. …

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What's Up With Mummies?!

In 4-H we love all sorts of science. While we love robots and explosions, we really love gross science. …

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Upcoming Summer Fun Programs

Garden Jump Start Ages: 5 – 10 Wednesday, July 15, 2020 This Wednesday we will be learning about transplanting. We will talk …

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Beat the Screen Fatigue

Quarantine and social distancing has been in effect for nearly twelve weeks now. As grateful as I am that …

Recent Publications related to 4-H Youth Development

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Snacking and Cooking with Warm-Season Produce from Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

Stirring kale and dressing for a winter salad.

Snacking and Cooking With Cool-Season Produce From Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …

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 …

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 …

Diagram of swine body parts.

Swine Exhibitor's Project Guide (7-8 Years of Age)

This factsheet offers information on showing swine for youth aged 7-8.

Swine Showmanship

This publication offers information on youth showmanship of swine.