4-H is a worldwide youth development program available in every state and over eight countries. It is open to all youth aged 5-to-19, who want to have fun, learn new skills, and explore the world. In return, youth who participate in 4-H find a supportive environment and opportunities for hands-on or "experiential" learning about things that interest them. They also get what all young people need to succeed in life - the confidence, compassion and connections with caring adults to make contributions in their communities. The mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development is to unleash the power of youth and adults through diverse opportunities that meet community needs. 

Nationally 4-H is a community of 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. The 4-H community also includes 3,500 staff, 518.000 volunteers and 60 million alumni. 4-H'ers participate in fun, hands-on learning activities, supported by the latest research of land-grant universities, that are focused on three areas:

Mission Mandates

Science, Engineering and Technology

Healthy Lifestyles

Citizenship

Participation

All of the youth activities offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties fall under the 4-H umbrella, whether they happen after school, in the summer or as a workshop, club, camp or special event. Our programs are offered in a wide variety of formats and places because they are designed to fit the interests and needs of the divese young people who live in the rural and more urban communities of Columbia and Greene Counties. Over 5,300 young people aged 5-to-19 take part in 4-H activities in the two counties each year.

Generally, we have three program options for youth participation in 4-H activities. Once you see what 4-H has to offer, please contact us with any quesitons you may have. We look forward to speaking with you, and we hope to welcome you soon to a 4-H program in your community.

4-H Clubs - 4-H club members hold business meetings on a regular basis, elect officers, participate in public presentations, care for their community, learn through project work and exhibit learning at the local county fair. The 4-H clubs are led by screened community volunteers.

Community 4-H clubs consist of five or more youth, in grades 3-12, who are from at least three different families and usually live in close proximity to each other.

Cloverbud clubs also consist of five or more youth, in grades k-2, who are from at least three different families.

Special interest clubs consist of five or more youth, in grades 3-12, whoare from at least three different families and meet on a countywide basis. The 4-H members all have a common interest that is the club focus, such as market livestock or archery.

4-H Special Interest Groups - These are organized to study one project for a short period of time. These groups usually do not have business meetings or officers. They are led by a volunteer skilled in the subject the group is intersted in. The group generally ends when the project is complete. Some groups last for three weeks, others for three months, depending on what is being done. Some examples are dog obedience, safe sitter, and greenhouse growing.

School and Community Groups - Many teachers and youth group leaders include 4-H programs in their activities to enhance their existing curriculum. These programs are provided through staff and trained volunteer visits, kits and project materials.

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training
Location: Ballston Spa, NY (various locations)
Friday, February 24th 2017
12:00 am
Seed Starting Workshop (Hudson or Acra)
Extension Education Center, Hudson and Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra
Saturday, March 4th 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Learn, Grow, Eat, & GO Teacher Training (Hudson)
Extension Education Center, Hudson
Wednesday, March 8th 2017
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Learn, Grow, Eat, & GO Teacher Training (Acra)
Extension Education Center, Hudson
Thursday, March 9th 2017
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Movie Night! “Breaking Point”
Cairo Public Library (Community Room), 15 Railroad Ave, Cairo
Thursday, March 9th 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

4-H Announcements

  • 4-H Programs & Events

    Details for the following programs can be found in the latest issue of the Youth Connection

    March 2—Ice Fishing, Columbia County Location TBD

    March 7—Family STEM Night (HAM Radio), Extension Education Center, Hudson

    March 8—Learn, Grow, Eat & Go, Extension Education Center, Hudson

    March 9—Learn, Grow, Eat & Go, Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra

    March 10—Public Presentations, Hudson Junior High School

    March 18—Maple Fest, Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra

    March 20—Ag. Literacy Children’s Night, Chatham Public Library

    March 21—Forestry Leader/Teacher Training, Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra

    March 22—Ag. Literacy Children’s Night, D.R. Evarts Library, Athens

    March 23—Forestry Leader/Teacher Training, Extension Education Center, Hudson

    March 24-25 — Dairy Discovery Workshop, Cornell University, Ithaca

    March 25—Public Presentations, Cairo-Durham Middle School

    March 26 — Youth Rabbit Show, 4-H Training Center, Ballston Spa

    April 1—Fashion Revue, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Valatie

    April 8—Goat Education Day, 4-H training Center, Ballston Spa

    April 12– Youth Forestry Training, Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra

    April 17-19—Tractor and ATV Safety Program, Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich

    April 22—Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase, Clermont State Historic Site

    April 29—National 4-H Day of Service

    May 2—Youth Forestry Training, Extension Education Center, Hudson

     
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Contact CCE

Contact CCE

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Agroforestry Resource Center
6055 Route 23, Acra, NY 12405
E-mail: columbiagreene@cornell.edu
Phone: 518-622-9820
Fax: 518-622-0115

Map to Acra office (see green pin)

Extension Education Center
 479 Route 66, Hudson, NY 12534
E-mail: columbiagreene@cornell.edu
Phone: 518-828-3346
Fax: 518-828-3069

Map to Hudson office (see green pin)


 

2016 Major Financial Donors

The Bank of Greene County

National Bank of Coxsackie

Willow Springs Charitable Trust

Michael McCrary