4-H Curriculum Webinars

Earlier this year, we hosted 45-minute overview webinars on new and popular 4-H curriculum materials. Each session includes a 30 minute overview by the authors and 15 minutes of Q&A. Delve into activities included in the curriculum and ask questions about implementation in various settings. 

Watch the recordings by registering just as if the webinars were upcoming, and the recordings will open in your browser. 
Teen Corps: Developing Youth & Adult Leaders to Strengthen Communities

Presenters: Manami Brown and Eliza Cooper, University of Maryland 

Learning Level: Grades 6-12 

Format: 1 Facilitator Guide & PowerPoint Training Presentations 


The goal of Teen Corps is to strengthen communities and increase leadership opportunities for youth from 12 to 18 years old. The curriculum includes eleven lessons in three focus areas: Youth and Community Development, Workforce Readiness, and Environmental Science, and it is highly adaptable to the needs and interests of each community.


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National Curriculum & Learning Update

Presenters: Tara Wheeler, National 4-H Council, and Amy McCune, 4-H National Headquarters 


Join us for one 30-minute session on the topics of national curriculum priorities, mission area updates, the national peer review process, and the Curriculum Affiliate Program. 


The Big Book of Cloverbud Activities

Presenter: Christy Millhouse, Rhonda Williams, Demetria Woods, and Bruce Zimmer, Ohio State University 

Learning Level: Grades K-2 

Format: 1 Facilitator Guide 

This revised classic includes updated versions of hundreds of activities for 4-H Cloverbuds in these topics areas: science and technology, communications/expressive arts, healthy lifestyle, environmental/earth science, personal development, citizenship/civic education, consumerism and family science, and plants and animals.  


View The Big Book of Cloverbuds Activities

ChickQuest: A Classroom Journey Through the Life Cycle of Chickens

 Bob Horton and Jeanne Gogolski, Ohio State University
Learning Level: Grades 3-5

Format: 1 Facilitator Guide and 1 Youth Logbook 

What can we learn from a chick? This school enrichment program challenges youth to use science, technology, engineering, and math skills to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg. From monitoring living eggs to observing fluffy chicks, these lively activities pique curiosity, encourage collaboration and communication, and provide young scientists with unforgettable experiences.


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4-H Family Handbook 

Presenter: Madonna Weese, University of Illinois 

Learning Level: Grades K-12 

Format: 1 Family Guide 

The 4-H Family Handbook introduces new 4-H members and their families to opportunities that 4-H offers, such as projects, activities, and competitions. The handbook provides information on joining 4-H, explains experiential learning, and promotes positive youth development. It also provides a roadmap to help youth and families learn the variety of opportunities that are available from Cloverbuds (ages 5-8) to teen leadership experiences. 


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Cooking 101 - 401

Presenter: Madonna Weese, University of Illinois 

Learning Level: Grades 3-12 (Beginner through Advanced) 

Format: 4 Youth Guides & 1 Helper’s Guide


Get ready to cook with the 4-H Cooking Series! Learning by doing is the best way to master food preparation skills. This curriculum includes 4 levels that guide youth as they progress from beginner to advanced cooking techniques. Youth will learn about food safety, food preparation, meal planning, food science, and nutrition. Each manual builds on the skills learned in the previous level. All recipes have been tested by nutrition and wellness educators at the University of Illinois.


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ESI: EntrepreneurShip Investigation

Presenter: Nancy Eberle, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

Learning Level: Grades 6-12 

Format: 4 Youth Guides, 1 Leader’s Guide, & 1 Camp Guide


Enter the exciting world of ESI! Youth will enjoy investigating the endless possibilities of a future as an entrepreneur. Youth will learn what it means to be an entrepreneur, how to develop basic skills needed to succeed in the professional and business world, and how to complete a business plan. This curriculum also contains the option to use the Clifton Strengths Explorer, an assessment tool to help identify youths' talents.


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Choose Health: Food, Fun, & Fitness

Presenters: Chrys Nestle, Rachel Williams, and Wendy Wolfe, Cornell University 

Learning Level: Grades 3-6 

Format: Facilitator Guide (including lesson plans, handouts, game pieces, and more) & Handouts Bundle 


Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness (CHFFF) is an award-winning, research-based nutrition and fitness curriculum composed of six hands-on lessons for 8-12-year-olds. CHFFF uses experiential learning to teach healthy eating and active play, targeting behaviors research shows to be most important for preventing childhood obesity and chronic disease. Topics include replacing sweetened drinks with low-fat milk and water, eating more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, eating fewer high-fat and high-sugar foods, and playing actively 60 minutes each day. 


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Rain to Drain

Presenter: Jennifer Fetter, Penn State University 

Learning Level: Grades 5-8 

Format: 1 Youth Guide


Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow is a hands-on stormwater education curriculum. This experiment style series of activities leads youth and adults to a better understanding of the movement of stormwater in natural and developed communities. It's also a great introduction to green infrastructure and stormwater best management practices.


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Presenter: Ryan Wynkoop, Purdue University 

Learning Level: Grades 5-12 

Format: 4 Youth Guides, 1 Helper’s Guide, & 1 Exhibits Guide


Help kids learn about garden planning, planting, care, harvesting, storage, and careers. All levels include hands-on activities, “Garden Talk” glossaries, and additional resources.


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Food Safety

Presenter: Jennifer Richards, The University of Tennessee

Learning Level: Grades 5-8

Format: 1 Instructor Guide & 1 Participant Activity Book

This curriculum is designed specifically for 4-H programs to help educate 4-H members on food safety and reduce the occurrence of foodborne illnesses. This curriculum includes 10 activities to increase awareness and encourage the use of safe food preparation practices.


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Diversity & Inclusion

Presenters: Nia Imani Fields, University of Maryland; Karen Pace, Michigan State University;

Jennifer Skuza, University of Minnesota; and Bonita Williams, 4-H National Headquarters

Learn about National 4-H initiatives and supporting 4-H curriculum that has elements of diversity, inclusion, and cultural relevance. Topics include citizenship, mentoring, global awareness, and safe environments.


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STEAM Clothing

Presenters: Megan Burda, Melissa Fenton, and Jacie Milius, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Learning Level: Grades 3-12 (Beginner through Advanced)

Format: 3 Youth Notebooks, 1 Maker’s Guide, & 1 Activity Guide

Combine sewing and science with the STEAM Clothing curriculum! This curriculum teaches youth the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math involved in textile science. There are three levels of this curriculum, a Maker’s Guide, which includes step-by-step instructions to draw patterns, cut fabric, and sew simple items, and an Activity Guide, which teaches design basics and techniques.


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Creative Arts & Writing

Presenter: Christy Millhouse, Ohio State University, and Jon Cook, McConnell Arts Center

Learning Level: Grades 3-12 (Beginner through Advanced)

Format: 3 Youth Notebooks

In these three new guides (sold separately), youth will engage in myriad activities to engage their creative side. In Get Started in Art, youth explore the basic elements of visual art through activities on color, line, space, balance, and more. My Favorite Things is all about collections: the types of collections, the collecting process, and how to display collections. Finally, learn about creative writing, including theme, character, plot, dialogue, and more in The Writer in You.


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Marshall Mentoring Program

Presenter: Gina Marten, Girls in the Now, Alison Copeland & Amanda Meet, University of Missouri Extension, Charlotte Nations & Cyndi Willenbrock, Marshall Movement

Learning Level: Grades 9-12 (Beginner through Advanced)

Format: 1 Mentor Handbook & 1 Youth Notebook

The Marshall Mentor Program helps youth understand the importance of empathy, strength, courage, perseverance, kindness, and forgiveness, and challenges them to put these traits into action. The program utilizes high school teen mentors to deliver Marshall the Miracle Dog's cornerstone messages. By supporting their younger peers, the mentors are developing as future leaders in their communities.


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