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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 skin 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).
The Power of The Wind
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 electricity
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
Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and County Boards of Chosen Freeholders. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is an equal opportunity program provider and employer.