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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.

drop of water falling

There Is No New Water!

Water is a valuable resource. We use water every day to brush our teeth, wash our clothes, make our …

Union County 4H leaders attending Congress

What Is a Leader?

What makes a true leader? To some, it may be someone who humbly listens to the people and does …

Jasmine Wilson sewing face masks

True Leaders in 4-H: Jasmine Wilson

Meet Jasmine Wilson,14-year-old 4-H member and secretary of the Union County Teen Council. She has attended several 4-H events …

Graphic design of UC 4H Virtual Summer Fun 2020 Program

Summer Fun @ Home!

Reduce Summer Learning Loss During the COVID 19 pandemic, I’m sure it may be a bit difficult to start thinking …

50 years Earth Day 2020 logo

Earth Day Fun!

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is right around the corner on April 22 and there are many opportunities …

Recent Publications related to 4-H Youth Development

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 …

Searching for ripe tomatoes.

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. …

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 …

Excerpt of Bug Out - Leader's Guide

Excerpt of Bug Out curriculum - Leader's Guide by NC 4-H, NC State Extension, College …

Excerpt of I Am an Ecosystem Curriculum

Excerpt of the curriculum, I Am An Ecosystem - An Elementary Introduction to Microbes. This curriculum …