4-H e-Learning Opportunities You Can Do at Home!

Check out this week’s e-learning opportunities! All of these opportunities are geared toward youth learners, and you can learn with us via Zoom. Simply click the links below up to 10-minutes before the session begins to join us!

Please note that once you click on the link, it will direct you to download and run Zoom. Please follow the prompts as directed.

Please also check the specific project page on this website for more learning opportunities in each project area: https://green.extension.wisc.edu/4-h-youth-development/4-h-projects/

Cloth Face Coverings project: During times of disease outbreak, preventing the accidental spread of a virus protects everyone. Young people can help to prevent the spread by sewing cloth face coverings. The service learning activity plan from Wisconsin 4-H includes guidance for adults and youth in safe and supportive service learning; step-by-step instructions with photos for how to make cloth face coverings that meet CDC guidelines; as well as reflection questions and opportunities to learn even more. Youth can get involved in this important project. Educators and families can support them in doing so safely. https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/files/2020/04/4-H-cloth-face-coverings-final1.pdf

Scientists Live is a virtual presentation series that gives high school aged youth (and interested 8th graders) an opportunity to meet real world scientists and learn a little about a wide variety of science-related careers!  Two scientists are being featured over the lunch hour every Tuesday and Thursday through May 2020; Thursdays only in June.  Each scientist gives a 12-minute presentation which is followed by a 10-minute Q & A period.    Presentations are being recorded and will be posted in the weeks ahead for use by teachers, colleagues, and youth during the coming school year and beyond.  A fact sheet/trading card handout featuring each of the scientists will also be posted.   See the list of slated scientists, which is constantly being updated, at THIS LINK.

Participation provides a great way for youth to get some quick, yet meaningful exposure to some career paths they may have never even thought of before. Both youth (grades 8-12) and colleagues are welcome to participate!

Scientists Live is the high school component of the 4-H Science Explorers program–a collaborative effort by Walworth, Crawford, and Lafayette County Extension.

Fun, Hands-On Learning At Home: https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/home-activities/  Extension educators from around the state created a handy list of easy-to-access activities and curriculum.The page is organized by grade level and is chock full of Extension and 4-H resources as well as high quality, fun, learning activities from a range of other sources.

4-H Hands-on Challenge Activity Videos

Virtual Farm Tours

Please join us for Virtual Farm Tours at the Arlington and Lancaster Research Stations. We’ll be visiting the sheep, swine, and beef units as well as the farm center and feed mill. Attendees will get the opportunity to view an animal surgery suite, facilities, tractors getting ready or in the fields, baby lambs, baby calves and so much more.

Past UW Virtual Farm tour recordings and fun activities are now available at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/youthlivestock/2020/04/15/virtualfarmtours/

Youth Livestock Activities – Links to webinars and other online learning for youth interested in animals – https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/youthlivestock/covid-19/

Earth Stories Exchange

The birds chirp, the river flows, and the earth is bursting with stories about the unfolding Spring! In this time of isolation, Upham Woods Naturalists want to encourage youth and adults to take time to listen to the rhythm of the Earth a little more closely and share the stories, songs, poems, pictures etc. that are inspired from those explorations.
The Earth Stories Exchange is designed to promote observation of the natural world and synthesizing those observations creatively in narrative or poem or whatever other format you want to share! You can then email, mail, or submit stories through a form to our team and we’ll write you back with our own story! You can submit multiple – as many as you want!
For more information on this program and instructions for submitting a story, go to: https://files.constantcontact.com/2874623b601/026d0ddd-2a0b-488f-91c0-8420c988e1e0.pdf.

Kids home from school? You can keep them learning with these tips from experts at UW-Madison.

Here are some ways you can talk to your kids, and how to help them cope with the uncertainty.