NH 4-H Summer Unplugged Series

School's out for summer and it's time to unplug.  NH 4-H has designed several “4-H to Go” kits for youth and families to help move away from the screens and get outside! The 4-H Summer Unplugged Program series contains 5 hands-on projects that can be done at home with the hopes of some end of summer, in-person 4-H experiences in your communities.   Each program has been created for youth of all ages, giving everyone a chance to get involved, learn something new, and have fun. From growing your pizza ingredients to tie-dying with cabbage, to identifying that chirping sound in your backyard to building a cardboard oven- there is something for everyone. Upon registration, families will receive their kits via mail or “4-H to Go” at home delivery via 4-H staff. Register through 4-H Online today as spaces are limited!

*There are limited family scholarships available for each program- please reach out to your program manager for support if needed.


Grow a Pizza Garden

Did you know that you can grow your very own pizza?  From the vegetables to the herbs you can grow all of the toppings for a pizza. For the in-home portion of the pizza garden experience, the 4-H To Go kit will have everything you need to plant, sustain, and harvest vegetables in your backyard! No garden? No Problem! All families receive containers for their backyard garden! While waiting for your “pizza to grow”, you will get to build your own ‘plant person’ and share your creations with 4-H friends virtually. At the end of our program session weeks, participants will be invited to a 4-H Community pizza party where they will make their own box oven, giving them an opportunity to finally bake their pizza. So sign up today to have fun while learning the importance of eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains! 

Dates: July 20th – August 24th  
$10 per person (includes at home & in-person materials)
Location: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 4:00pm or Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 7:00pm (choose one)
Lead Contact: Karen Deighan
Event Page: https://extension.unh.edu/events/nh-4-h-summer-unplugged-grow-pizza-garden

Birding in Your Backyard and Beyond

Have you ever wondered how many different types of birds visit your backyard in any given day?  In this 4-H To Go Kit, you will learn ways to attract, identify, and count as many different birds as you can over a 4-week period.  With the materials you will receive at home, you will have the opportunity to use binoculars to find our winged friends as well as make them a gathering place for food and a nest for shelter. At the end of our 2nd program week, we will be holding in-person sessions where participants get to build decorative bird baths to complete your backyard bird’s home!

Dates: July 20th -August 10th
Cost: $10 per person (includes at home & in-person materials)
Location: Zoom kickoff July 22nd, Tentative “Bird Bath Building” August 10th Location TBD
Lead Contact: Amanda Royce
Event Page: https://extension.unh.edu/events/4-h-summer-unplugged-birding-your-backyard-and-beyond

Ag in a Box

Do you love livestock and the idea of learning more about them?  In this 4-H To Go Kit you will receive all of the materials to help you learn and apply animal science through animal projects and activities.   Join the Ag in the Box fun for experiences such as making tasty treats to concocting all-natural bug spray to playing with rope to create hay nets, lead ropes and more!

Dates: July 27th – August 10th  
$10 per person (includes at home & in-person materials)
Location: Zoom kickoff July 27th,
Lead contact: Andrea Sawyer
Event Pagehttps://extension.unh.edu/events/nh-4-h-summer-unplugged-ag-box

Homestyle Camping

Camping is a blast no matter where you are! Pitch your own tent, inside or out. Build a campfire, make smores, create crafts out of household items and do a little star gazing. Also included is camp cooking! Alternative cooking methods where you will learn how to make an oven out of box and a personal marshmallow roasting station. The camp cooking portion of this experience will require adult supervision and assistance. 

At the end of the homestyle camping program week we will be holding in-person outdoor living skill session. During this time, participants will have some outdoor fun including camp cooking, shelter building, crafts and field games. 

Dates: August 10th-14th
Cost: $10 per person (includes at home & in-person materials)
Location: Zoom kick-off August 10th, Tentative “4-H Camp Fun” August 14th @ Bear Brook State Park
Lead Contact: Laurie Field
Event Page: https://extension.unh.edu/events/nh-4-h-summer-unplugged-homestyle-camping

Designing with Nature

What is your favorite flower, tree and shrub? Better yet, have you recently played with your fruit and vegetables? The Designing with nature program gets kids noticing all of the flora around them and gives them a chance to use them to make art! The program session begins at home with families exploring their backyards and beyond to find artifacts in nature that will help them make beautiful creations. Your at-home kit comes with materials for youth to learn new stamping and printing art techniques while finding out more about the natural plants found in New Hampshire. Participants will learn.  During the second week of our program, participants are invited to an in-person tie dying party, where they will get to play with some produce (as in fruit and veggies) where they will tie dye 4-H apparel.   

Dates: August 3rd- 14th
Cost: $10 per person (includes at home & in-person materials)
Location: Zoom kick-off August 3rd; Tentative “The Great Veggie Tie Dye Experiment”  Locations TBD
Lead Contact: Mary Davis
Event Page: https://extension.unh.edu/events/nh-4-h-summer-unplugged-designing-nature


Registration will be through 4HOnline, please see the instructions on how to register for an event on 4HOnline: https://extension.unh.edu/resource/how-register-event-through-4honline-instructions


Payments can be made out to UNHCE with memo "4-H Unplugged [participant name] to:
Atten: Janell George
Hillsborough County 4-H
329 Mast Road Room 101
Goffstown, NH 03045



State 4-H Leader/4-H Youth Development State Specialist
Extension PTL 4-H Youth Development and Education
Phone: (603) 862-4544
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824

4-H Program Manager
4-H Program Manager, Belknap County
Phone: 603-527-5475
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824