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Welcome to California 4-H at Home!

On this site, you can find:

  • Live events
  • 4-H activities you can do from home
  • Information and Resources to stay connected and participate in 4-H from home.

We also share updates on state and national 4-H events during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Featured Events
  • Jun
    02
    Animal Welfare Proficiencies in 4-H

    Jun 2, 2020

    A professional development opportunity for 4-H staff, adult volunteers, and teen leaders! Introduction to new Animal Science Curricula. Join us on Tuesdays in June.

    Sponsor: Univ of Ca 4-H Youth Development Program

  • Jun
    05
    Big Dig Day

    Jun 5, 2020

    You believe in the power of 4-H youth--in times of crisis and beyond. So do we. Join us for #BigDigDay June 5 and make a gift that supports the next generation of leaders in California.

    Sponsor: UC ANR

Activities you can do from home

Treemendous Tuesdays

Ages: 5th to 12th grades

When: Tuesdays at 3:00 pm, May to June

California 4-H and California Project Learning Tree are teaming up to host weekly Zoom sessions that include an independent exploration. We are partnering with some amazing scientists and they are excited to share their expertise and ideas with you.

We aim to challenge you with a higher level of thinking, while exploring some real environmental issues. We hope to inspire all participants to discover more about the nature around us. Learn more on the California Project Learning Tree website.

Register at http://ucanr.edu/elearningplt to receive the Zoom link to join in.

4-H Census Awareness Project

Age: all ages

You can participate in 4-H Civic Engagement from home!

Step 1: Learn about the importance of the Census and its impact on California communities.

Step 2: Share Census facts on social media and in emails to your family and friends. Use our toolkit for images for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Step 3: Make sure the adults in every household are aware that they can fill out the Census from home - online, by phone, or by mailing in the paper form. Filling out the Census from home will lessen the need to send people out door-to-door.

Get tools and learn more on our 4-H Census Awareness Project site.

National Youth Science Day is now the 4-H STEM Challenge. Check out past projects for curriculum and activity ideas that introduce and reinforce various science concepts.
From National 4-H: Check out fun, educational activities for kids and teens to do at home with the 4-H at Home Activity Guide.

Virtual 4-H Mindful Me

4-H Mindful Me now available virtually!

Youth ages 5-8 can view video recorded lessons and participate in adapted activities that build skills in mindfulness and social-emotional competencies like, mindfulness practices that include: mindful eating, affirmations (emotional support or encouragement), identification and management of emotions, being present in the current moment, and yoga. Each lesson includes a reading of a children’s book along with a simple application activity.

Videos are available through eXtension: 4-H Mindful Me

Enrollment key: California

The full curriculum is also available for purchase from Shop 4-H https://shop4-h.org/products/mindful-me-a-4-h-primary-mindfulness-curriculum.

Click the image to watch the video on YouTube.

Creating an Oasis for Yourself & Others

Special Wellness Webinar for University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Volunteers.

Creating an Oasis for Yourself & Others was presented live via Zoom on 5/13/20.

In this environment of broken routines and uncertainty, chances are you - and those around you - are experiencing big feelings. Stress and coping are frequent topics of discussion as worklife, homelife, and social life collide, expand, and contract.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and we are all in need of tools, new and old, to improve our resilience. After all, taking care of yourself, your family, and your friends can help you cope with stress and can make your community stronger.

The speakers focus our attention on taking care of ourselves and each other. You’ll learn about the therapeutic benefits of gardening, mindfulness based
stress reduction, and personal resilience. Whether you are a University of California employee or a volunteer, creating an oasis during challenging times could be the most important task of all.

Speakers

  • Anne Iaccopucci, Academic Coordinator for Healthy Living
  • Marcel Horowitz , Healthy Youth, Families & Communities Advisor
  • Missy Gable, Statewide UC Master Gardener Director
    Resources

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Recommended Reading List

  • The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner
  • The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
  • The Nature Principle by Richard Louv
  • The How of Happiness by Sonia Lyubomirsky

4-H Fresh Chefs Digital Cookbook

The digital cookbook features 50 recipes from 4-H'ers across the country, 4-H alumni and supporters including:

  • Carla Hall - Celebrity Chef and 4-H Healthy Habits Program Ambassador, Tennessee 4-H alumna
  • Anne Burrell - Host of Food Network's Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition and New York 4-H alumna
  • Laila Ali - Cookbook Author, TV Host, Former Boxing Champion and Creator of Laila Ali Lifestyle
  • Timothy Hollingsworth - Owner and Chef of Otium, CJ Boyd’s and Free Play, Winner of Netflix's The Final Table

Recipes include everyday foods like, Cheesy Cauliflower Pizza, Crispy Smashed Potatoes, and Asian Lettuce Wraps, in addition to celebration foods, like Chicken Pot Pie, Gingerbread Doughnuts, and Sprinkle Cake Pops, that teach families how to balance eating habits.

It is available for free online here and audiences have the option to view and share featured recipes online or download the complete cookbook that includes beautiful food photography and personal notes from the youth and celebrities about their dishes.

Please feel free to share the cookbook with the 4-H community and beyond.

 

One of the guiding principles of the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program is that all participants have the right to equal access to information and activities. As a result of COVID-19 and current shelter in place orders for California, many 4-H program activities are continuing to engage youth audiences through a variety of communication methods.

In creating virtual learning opportunities for youth in every county, 4-H Staff and adult volunteers will also consider the digital accessibility needs of 4-H youth, and work to identify alternative approaches to engage youth through non-digital means to the extent possible.