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4-H Youth, Families Can Explore Educational Learning Opportunities from Home


AMES, Iowa --- Iowa 4-H Youth Development is committed to providing youth and their families with research-based, accessible online learning opportunities. A collection of online educational resources for K-12 youth audiences is available on the 4-H at Home Learning Resources webpage (https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/4h-at-home-learning-resources).

These engaging educational resources from the local, state and national 4-H program are available for all youth and their families to further explore project area learning virtually.

"From aerospace to animal science, 4-H educational opportunities are available online to empower youth to be in the driver's seat of their learning experiences as they engage in developing a skill or learning more about a specific 4-H project area," said Debbie Nistler, state 4-H program leader with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. "The 4-H at Home Learning Resources are providing opportunities for youth to engage in interactive, online learning communities and help provide youth with a sense of belonging in what can be scary and challenging times."

In addition to the 4-H at Home Learning Resources, Iowa 4-H Youth Development will provide new educational content online on a focused topic of learning each week for youth audiences to engage with. Topics will include, but are not limited to, healthy living, civic engagement and leadership, communication and the arts, 4-H project area discovery, and STEM learning. This week's online learning will focus on agricultural education and highlight two resources:

Animal U (https://www.extension.iastate.edu/animalu/)is an interactive animal science program with online learning modules on swine and beef.

Crops Feed the World (https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/crops-feed-the-world) online learning modules let youth explore crop production and the role of crop farmers in feeding an increasing global population.

Many county 4-H programs across Iowa are also providing interactive, online learning opportunities for youth. In Northwest Iowa, visit these social media pages to see what local youth staff are providing virtually:

ISU Extension and Outreach Lyon County (https://www.facebook.com/ISUExtensionandOutreachLyonCounty/) and specifically for 4-H Families, Lyon County Iowa 4-H (https://www.facebook.com/lyon4h)

ISU Extension and Outreach Osceola County (https://www.facebook.com/ISUExtensionandOutreachOsceolaCounty/)

ISU Extension and Outreach Dickinson County (https://www.facebook.com/ISUExtDickinsonCountyYouth)

ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County (https://www.facebook.com/ISUExtensionandOutreachSiouxCounty/) and specifically for 4-H Families, Sioux County 4-H (https://www.facebook.com/siouxcountyiowa4h/)

ISU Extension and Outreach O'Brien County (https://www.facebook.com/ISUExtensionandOutreachOBrienCounty/)

ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County (https://www.facebook.com/ISUEClay)

ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County (https://www.facebook.com/plymouthcountyextensionandoutreach)

ISU Extension and Outreach Cherokee County (https://www.facebook.com/IowaStateUniversityExtensionCherokeeCounty/) and specifically for 4-H Families, 4-H Cherokee County (https://www.facebook.com/4HCherokeeCountyIA)

Iowa 4-H Youth Development (https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/)strives to empower youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences. 4-H hands-on educational programming is provided to Iowa youth through in-school, afterschool, events, camps, 4-H clubs and online settings.


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