4-H Youth explore the environment through Disney Kids and Nature Grant
Disney-Funded Kids and Nature Grant Outcomes
Five states participated in a
Disney-funded grant that sponsored 4-H Exploring your Environment
programs this summer. New York State had the largest program of
the five pilot States and all signs point to our engagement as being a
Some opportunities that were made
possible by the Disney grant include the following:
Camp Bristol Hills: Youth participated in activity focused
on Energy Awareness. Learning about renewable energy, youth used the 4-H Energy
Lab to collect enough solar energy to create a solar smoothie.
Camp Wyomoco – Disney Worldwide Conservation Camp:
Through outdoor activities that helped develop lifelong habits in conservation,
youth explored nature first-hand through a tailored issue area, including
environmental, marine, or conservation focuses.
York City Exploring your Environment Program: Urban
youth had the opportunity to connect with their natural local environment,
through exploration and hands-on science learning in urban green spaces.
4-H Career Exploration: 8 teens received scholarships to
attend the Career Exploration conference at Cornell University. The conference
allowed students to explore careers in areas such as Environmental Engineering,
Waste to Energy, Natural Resources, Computer Science, Entomology and Landscape
Bulb Planting: 1000 free tulip bulbs were distributed
by 4-H to youth organizations citywide for fall planting.
Leader Training: High school club teen leaders
participated in leadership development training. Using a skill-a-thon format,
teens were introduced to the “Rocket Away” science experiment, communications,
Trees Field Trip: Teens worked to clear the park of
invasive species such as the Japanese Maple, phragmites and other invasive
Science Day Event: Several public schools will
participate in this event, where the theme “Rockets Away” combines rocketry
with an environmental twist, using rockets as a food source delivery system for
a storm havocked island.
4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
What does Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) have to do with 4-H? More than you might think! Check out this page to learn about this mission mandate, access the NYS SET Toolkits, and find out why 4-H is committed to introducing youth to the wonders and inspiration of these three disciplines.
4-H Civic Engagement
Chances are ... if you're involved in 4-H, in other youth organizations, or school programs, you're already doing some type of community service. If you want to learn how to 'kick it up a notch' there's curriculum and resources to help.
4-H Healthy Living
Families today are busier than ever, with more work, school and afterschool activities and scheduling issues. Couple these things with more sedentary lifestyles and more access to quick, sometimes less healthy meal choices and you can easily see the reasons for today's childhood obesity statistics.
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