4-H School Enrichment Programs

The 4-H Clover. Gloucester County 4-H offers hands-on educational enrichment programs designed to supplement the school curricula. Youth Development Educators at the Rutgers New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station have developed these programs. The programs are free of charge, and available to any school, camp, library or day care center in Gloucester County. The programs are presented by a Gloucester Co. 4-H staff member, and last about 40 minutes.

Contact Information for all programs: 856-307-6450, ext. 3.

Amazing Butterflies
Grades 3-5
A variety of brief activities help students appreciate the diversity of these fascinating creates. Discussion will include how to tell a butterfly from a moth, where one can find a chrysalis, and how to plant a "butterfly cafeteria."
Butterflies, Butterflies, Butterflies
Grades K-2
The life cycle of the butterfly is offered in this program geared towards children grades K-2. Children learn how a caterpillar becomes a beautiful, colorful, different creature.
Colonial Food And Fiber
Grade 4
Utilizing a program developed jointly with 4-H of Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the Curator of the Ann Whitall House, 4th graders can experience New Jersey history, learning how food was prepared and served on an 18th century plantation. They will also learn how New Jersey colonials grew and processed natural fibers into cloth and made clothing. Some children will take a step back in time as they try on colonial costumes.
Don't Trash The Planet!
Grades 3-6
Gives a basic understanding of how the garbage they produce has an impact on the environment. The basics of the 3R-s-Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. How they can make a difference by reducing the amount of garbage going into landfills. How to make changes in the way they purchase and dispose of products in order to benefit wildlife and the environment.
Food Safety
Grades 3-5
Children will learn about different types of bacteria that can cause food-borne illness: E-coli, listeria, salmonella, and staph. Discussion will include why it's important to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot, and how proper hand washing is the effective way to help rid us of bacteria. Using a black light demonstration and some "glowing germs," children will see how bacteria appear on their hands.
Get Moving Get Healthy
Grades 3-12
The Get Moving-Get Healthy With New Jersey 4-H action kits, display, and curriculum were developed to address the issue by providing an interactive and fun way to learn healthy habits. The curriculum has three major focus areas: identifying portion sizes, understanding My Pyramid, and learning easy ways to exercise. The kits include the following activities: Exercise Challenge, Finding Your Pyramid, Healthy Plate, Measure Up, Portion Distortion, Read The Label, Serving Match, Think What You Drink, and What Counts. Each has a lesson plan and provides options for expanding the learning experiences.
Good To the Last Drop
Grades 3-6
The focus of this program is water quality and conservation. Discussion includes the use and effect of water in our everyday lives, the movement of water in the water cycle, the importance of and methods of water conservation, and the importance of and methods for maintaining water quality.
Hungry Caterpillar
Grades Pre-K-1
We're using the popular story "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle as a tool to teach children more about positives of fruits and vegetables, from taste and nutrition to the fun of "pick your own." Children will also learn about the relationship between insects and produce as they follow our caterpillar puppet on its "hungry" journey to become a butterfly.
Kids Under Cover
Grades 3-5
This joint effort by Gloucester County 4-H and the American Cancer Society is teaching skin cancer awareness and prevention to children in a fun way. Activities include discussion about ozone depletion, determining your risk factor from overexposure to the sun, and learning ways to protect your sking using ACS's Slip Slop Slap. The presentation is wrapped up by each student making his or her own UV detection bracelet (beads turn colors when placed in UV light).
Making Good Cents
Grades 3-5
This lesson helps young students gain basic financial literacy, including earning, spending, and saving. The students will learn the importance of money management based on needs and wants.
Public Speaking
Grades 4-6
This is a two-session program. Through a video, students will learn the basics of public speaking. In the second session, they will give a 2-5 minute presentation on a top of their choice. This lesson helps students develop a skill that will last a lifetime!
Grades 4-6
This program will show that spiders are terrific creatures to observe and study. The students will learn basic characteristics of spiders, why they should not be afraid of them, and basic types of webs and how spiders keep from sticking to their own webs!
The Power of The Wind
Grade 6-8
Program activities involve young people in the engineering design process as they learn about the wind and its uses. Youth work in teams to design, build and test a wind-powered device. As they build, they
  • Learn how wind energy is used to do work and produce electricty
  • Become aware that all energy comes originally from the sun, and that it can be transformed in many ways
  • Learn how geography affects available wind power capacity
  • Explore wind power projects in various parts of the United States
  • Consider the factors necessary for a successful wind project
Tree-Mendous Fun
Grades 2-3
This program teaches how to tell the age of a tree by counting its rings, the products that come from trees, how tree seeds travel, and the parts of a tree and how they work together.

Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County