March Spring Break Youth Program update

bee pollinator

Great learning experiences for youth!

Nevada, Iowa - On March 15, five youth participated in On Their Own & Okay to explore ways they may stay home on their own safely for a short time.  They made their own lunch and followed a recipe to make a new snack.  Participants recognized their important house rules and explored choices to handling situations.  They left feeling more confident and shared about their day with their adult.
During spring break, eight youth became Junior Master Gardeners as they learned how seeds germinate, explored similarities of gardeners and farmers, and planted their own basil or marigold seeds.  They also learned about the important role native bees have in pollinating plants by participating in the National 4-H Ag Innovator Native Bee Program and made their own bee nest.
Making STEM Connections was a grant received in partnership with the Iowa STEM Council and the Science Center of Iowa that was implemented with seven youth during spring break.  Participants used collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creative thinking as they explored STEM individually by needle felting and recognized the importance of writing about what they see, do, and learn just as other famous inventors and explorers did.  They also helped prepare a taco lunch before exploring circuits in the afternoon.  They started with a simple circuit and expanded the circuits to include a motor and switch in order to create a simple piece of art.
Spring break finished with the Youth for Quality Care of Animals Program held for 4-H members who may be exhibiting a livestock at the Story County Fair July 20-24.  Participants learned ways to care for their animals by recognizing feed sources and the importance of clean water.  They recognized the importance of a vet, patient, client relationship and ways to be a great advocate for agriculture. 
To learn about additional ISU Extension & Outreach programs in Story County, visit
Mary Wilkins
Youth Outreach Coordinator


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