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

Invasive Species Management
Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra
Monday, April 24th 2017
1:00 pm -
How to Hold a Successful Garage Sale

Tuesday, April 25th 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Drowned Land Swamp Conservation Area Guided Hike
Drowned Land Swamp Conservation Area, 653 County Route 3, Ancram, NY
Saturday, April 29th 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Growing Chinese Medicinal Herbs in NY Forests

Saturday, April 29th 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Spring Plant Sale (Acra)
Agroforestry Resource Center, 6055 Route 23, Acra, NY
Saturday, May 6th 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

4-H Announcements

  • 4-H Programs & Events

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

    May 2—Forestry Youth Training, Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra

    May 3—Poultry Bowl and Science Practice, Extension Education Center, Hudson

    May 6—Master Gardener's Spring Plant Swaps/Sale, Extension Education Center, Hudson and Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra

    May 7—Regional 4-H Small Animal Day, CCE Albany, Voorheesville

    May 12-13—4-H Forestry Weekend Trip, 4-H Camp Shankitunk, Delhi

    May 13—Orange County Calf Sale, Education Center and 4-H Park, Otisville, NY

    May 17—Career Expo 2017, Columbia-Greene Community College

    May 19 — Agroforestry Resource Center and Siuslaw Model Forest 100th Anniversary Celebration, Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra

    May 20-21—Youth Air Rifle and Rifle Workshop, Kalicoontie Rod and Gun Club, Livingston

    May 21-23 — 4-H Capital Days, Empire State Plaza, Albany

    May 31—Dairy Project Members Planning Night, Extension Education Center, Hudson

    June 1—Project Animal ID Forms Due (Altamont Fair)

    June 3 — Ag. Day, Columbia-Greene Community College, Hudson

    June 15—Project Animal ID Forms Due (Columbia County Fair)

    June 17 — Pollinator Open House, Extension Education Center, Hudson

    June 27-29 — CareerEx 2017, Cornell University, Ithaca

    June 29 — Safe Sitter for Adolescents, Extension Education Center, Hudson

     
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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