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Open to all youth in grades 7-12; programs are FREE; registration is required. First-come, first-served.

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Open to all youth entering grades 7-12 in the Fall (except rocketry which is for youth entering grades 9-12); workshops are FREE but registration is required.

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Geology, June 22, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Rockin’ around Champlain

Immerse your senses into the sandy shoreline of Burlington’s North Beach and the rocky cliffs of Lone Rock Point! Observe with wonder what processes drive the Earth and why certain geologic features come into existence. Discover for yourself rocks that are the product of a shallow sea environment of the Earth’s past that got ‘frozen-in-time.’ Get your hands on bedrock that formed millions of years before the dinosaurs, and learn how Lake Champlain breaks these rocks down into beach pebbles and sands. See the beauty in layers of bedrock that have been contorted into wild shapes and evidence for this mysterious phenomenon we call “faulting,” responsible for earthquakes worldwide. Witness the powerful influence that glaciers had during our last ice age through scoured bedrock. If you identify as “an explorer, an adventurer, or a lover of the outdoors,” then we invite you to join our geological field day! Bonus: If you have a rock you’re curious to learn more about, bring it along and we’ll discuss it as a team and try to identify it over lunch! *If we’re lucky, we’ll have a chance to cool off in Lake Champlain at the end of the day! Location: North Beach Shelter, Burlington. Severe Weather Note: in the event of severe weather, this program will take place on June 28. Workshop Limit: 30 youth

Herpetology, June 24 & 25, 12 noon - 4:00 pm

Snakes! Lizards! Amphibians! Oh My!

Join us to learn about common captive and native Vermont reptiles and amphibians. We will spend one afternoon to explore and interact with captive reptiles and amphibians, learning how to set up a bioactive tank and exploring the life cycles and genetics of as well as the risks associated with handling reptiles and amphibians. The second afternoon we will explore wild VT reptiles and amphibians focusing on their life cycles, where and when to find them, how to safely observe them, and how to use resources on identification and observation documentation. All participants will also make their own mini bio-active terrarium for a non-invasive Dubia roach to take home! Location: Ethan Allen Homestead Pavilion, Burlington Severe Weather Note: in the event of severe weather, this program will take place on July 14 or 15. Workshop Limit: 12 youth

Plant Biology Series: June 29, July 6, July 13, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Collect, Dissect and Discover: PLANTS! (June 29)

Have you ever wondered what plants are made of and how they work? In this workshop you will learn about the anatomy and physiology of plants you find on a woodland walk. Get ready to walk, collect, dissect, and discover! Location: Ethan Allen Homestead Pavilion, Burlington Workshop Limit: 20 youth

The Power of Pollinators (July 6)

Did you know that the relationship between plants and pollinators is one of the most important partnerships on Earth? In this workshop, you will learn about native plants and pollinators, discover some pollination mechanisms, and understand why pollinators are so important. Location: Ethan Allen Homestead Pavilion, Burlington Workshop Limit: 20 youth

Ecology and Engineering (July 13)

How has nature been engineered to create a functioning ecosystem? In this workshop, you will combine your knowledge of ecology and engineering. You will learn about how engineering plays a critical role in plants, their pollinators and their seed dispersers by building things you see in nature! Location: Ethan Allen Homestead Pavilion, Burlington Workshop Limit: 20 youth

Severe Weather Note: in the event a workshop in this series is postponed due to severe weather, the missed workshop will take place on July 14 or 15.

Rocketry, June 30 remote, 1:00- 4:00 pm & July 21 in person, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm *This workshop is for youth entering grades 9-12 only.

Build-A-Rocket Workshop!

Join a team of engineers from Benchmark Space Systems for this multi-day workshop where you will design, build, and test a small hybrid rocket engine! In the initial 3-4 hour remote workshop you will learn how hybrid rocket engines work and be given an overview of thruster design, followed by a short tutorial on how to turn a design concept into a 3D printable model using open-source CAD tools. We will then have an open discussion and Q&A period where students can discuss design ideas and any other questions they have about rockets and space with a team of rocket scientists and designers. You will then have two weeks to create your own rocket designs individually or in small teams and send them to the Benchmark team to be 3D printed. For the second session you will go to the Benchmark Space Systems facility to test your designs in competition and celebration with each other. Benchmark engineers will help you fire your rockets using oxygen gas as an oxidizer and the printed material of the engine itself as the fuel. Afterwards the most successful design will be determined and we will have a round table discussion of the test results and observations. Location: Benchmark Space Systems, South Burlington Rain Date for Launch: in the event of rain on July 21 the launch will be moved to July 22. Workshop Limit: 10 youth

Natural Resources, July 17, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Natural Resources Management Academy

Are you a student entering 7th-12th grade in the Fall who is interested in the environment and ready to explore, in depth, your passion for Vermont’s natural resources? If you answered yes to this question, then you should attend the Natural Resources Management Academy (NRMA). Come ready to explore natural resources management and share a day with other youth from around Vermont who have the same interests.

You will have the opportunity to take in-depth, hands-on workshops with experts. Each workshop will allow for extensive in-the-field exploration of the subject matter. Tentative workshops include: aquatic ecology, watershed science, forestry, plants in a changing climate. In addition to these workshops, participants will engage in fun team building activities at the start of the day and end the day playing the Pollination Game to deepen their learning about climate change. Location: Green Mountain Conservation Camp, Woodbury Severe Weather Note: in the event NRMA needs to be postponed due to severe weather, it will take place on July 24. Workshop Limit: 40 youth

Biology Series: July 19 & 20, 11:00 am – 4:30 pm *You can attend just one or both of these workshops.

Intro to Biology and Science Career Pathways (July 19)

Join us for this interactive learning session that covers the basic elements of life. Our main question to answer is: What is a cell and what allows it to live? You will construct a cell with pipe cleaners/paper/ pompoms, and other materials to learn about organelle function, including how these organelles allow for replication and storage of information. After lunch you will then explore various careers in science through fun, hands-on learning games. Prizes will be given! Location: Rotary Park Pavilion, Barre Workshop Limit: 20 youth

Intro to Virology, Microbiology and Bugs (July 20)

In the morning you will explore microbiology and take a closer look at to what makes the bugs that we cannot see so dangerous. Through game play you will learn the various virulence factors of different bacteria, fungi, and protozoa that make them dangerous then have a competition as to who can create the deadliest bug. After lunch you will learn about virology to understand how viruses reproduce and infect. A game of virus versus drug will be played to understand how antiviral drugs work. Location: Rotary Park Pavilion, Barre Workshop Limit: 20 youth

Microbes: July 28 & 29, 12 noon – 4:00 pm

Microbes in the World Around You

What are Microbes? They are minute, unicellular organisms that are invisible to the naked eye, and they make up almost 60% of the earth's living matter. Join us for this two-day workshop to learn all about microbes! On the first day you will learn about different kinds of microbes, and make predictions about where in our environments microbes might be found, and what types of steps might reduce the levels of microbes we find. You will get to be a scientist and conduct your own experiment. On the second day we will meet back up to look at the results of our experiments, discuss our results and whether the data matched our predictions (sometimes science is surprising!) Location: Ethan Allen Homestead Pavilion Workshop Limit: 20 youth

A Special Workshop Just for Grades 2-5, August 7, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Busy Bees!

Have you ever wondering what inside a flower looked like or wanted to pet a bee? In this workshop, you will collect and dissect flowers, and play games to learn about native plants and pollinators. Educators will have bee specimens on hand to look at bees up close and even pet them. “Bee” ready to race to pollinate a flower, go for a woodland walk, and figure out why bees are so busy! Location: Ethan Allen Homestead Pavilion, Burlington Workshop Limit: 20 youth

Questions? Contact or call 802-888-4972 x 402

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the 4-H Office at 802-888-4972 or by June 1, 2021 so we may assist you.

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Burlington and other locations, VT 00000

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