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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.

Skillathon is a contest that we will practice for and youth will get to learn all about livestock breeds, feeds, equipment, cuts of meat, and basic animal science knowledge. This fall we will attend the contest and see what everyone was able to learn! Youth must be 4-H age (age as of January 1st, 2021) 8-18 to participate. Please fill out this form by July 12th to participate!

4-H Livestock Skillathon

If you are looking for an opportunity to learn about livestock, this is a great program for that! We will …

Sign up for July Summer Fun programs here: https://go.ncsu.edu/surry4hsummerfun

July Summer Fun

Our deadline for the Fun with Fishing program and the Painting with an Artist program has been extended until …

Fall into gardening flier

Fall Into Gardening

If you are looking for ways to get youth involved in extending your growing season into the fall, this …

To register for a kit, sign up using the link above.

4-H Ecosystem Jungle Kits

Interested in learning more about ecosystems through a hands-on activity? We will be offering free kits for youth to …

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4-H Pizza Garden Kit

If you are looking for hands-on learning experiences, we have a great way for you to do just that! …

4-H'er giving a presentation

4-H Presentations

Why participate in 4-H presentations? 4-H presentations can help youth gain confidence in their public speaking skills while they explore …

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North Central District Teen Retreat

Consider attending the North Central District Teen Retreat for workshops, leadership, and officer elections! 4-H’ers ages 13-18 years old …

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NC 4-H Ambassador Program

The NC 4-H Ambassador program is a great way for 4-H’ers to strengthen their leadership skills! This program encourages …

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Surry County 4-H Awards Program

Join us for our Surry County 4-H Virtual Awards Program as we recognize all that our 4-H’ers have accomplished …

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 …

Home Composting with Earthworms

Earthworms can turn food scraps into a soil amendment called vermicompost — worm castings — …

6/30/21
Backyard composting bin

What CAN Be Composted?

List of items that can and cannot be composted at home.

6/17/21
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 …