4-H Youth Development

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An Eggciting Day at the Farmers Market

The Annual Youth Farmers Market Field Trip at the Brevard County Farmers Market in Melbourne, Florida gives youth the opportunity about local produce, local vendors, and agriculture. In order to educate youth about where food comes from and to introduce youth to their local farmers, UF IFAS Extension Brevard County hosts an annual field trip for youth to explore the local farmers market. Read More.

Note to 21st Century Grant Schools

Brevard County 4-H Clubs for 21st Century Grant Schools

Brevard County 4-H 101 for Educators

Welcome to 4-H. We are excited to have your participation and looking forward to working with you. Click here to download important information about the program.

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What is 4-H?

The University of Florida/IFAS Extension 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to help youth gain the knowledge and skills they need to be responsible, productive citizens. This mission is accomplished by creating safe and inclusive learning environments, involving caring adults, and utilizing the expertise and resources of the University of Florida and the nationwide land grant university system.

How can you get involved?

Youth: 4-H is open to all youth, ages 5-18, determined as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year. Contact the UF IFAS Extension Brevard County Office to learn more at 321-633-1702 or check out our website.

Volunteer: Adult volunteers play an important role in the 4-H program. They mentor 4-H youth, coordinate local community clubs, and help to plan and run events. Learn how to get started and receive training to be a 4-H volunteer. Contact the UF IFAS Extension Brevard County Office to learn more at 321-633-1702 or check out our website.

I don’t want to have a club, what are my options?

School Enrichment: Brevard County 4-H offers the Tropicana Public Speaking program for youth to participate in. Click here for more information. Unique to Florida, this program gives youth the opportunity to develop, practice, and recite a speech in public.

Seminars/Activities/Lessons: Brevard County 4-H offers one time educational seminars, activities, or lessons in the areas of STEM (robotics, gardening, environmental education, GPS, etc.), Healthy Living (nutrition, cooking), and Career Development (interview skills, resume building, etc.). These seminars are available upon request and may have a low cost associated with them for materials.

Curriculum: 4-H has a wide variety of approved curriculum to use with youth. Brevard County also has a lending library with many of the resources.

Teaching Kits- Brevard County 4-H offers use of educational kits for the following curriculum:

  • DIG (Dig into Gardening): Six series of lessons plans focusing around everything from plant biology to soils to the importance of water for plants. Kits includes a 3ft x 3ft garden bed for use and three bins worth of lesson materials to utilize.
  • Science Discovery Series: Includes lessons that focus on science through hands on activities.

Learn How to Start a 4-H Gardening Club

Start a 4-H Gardening Program

Starting a garden is a great way to get youth involved, engaged, and excited about eating and trying new vegetables. Plus youth learn valuable STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) skills. Add another bonus that we live in Florida so that sites can have three growing seasons (fall, winter, summer). So where do you start? Learn More.

4-H Volunteers

Volunteer Training Series

We are always looking for 4-H volunteers! Getting registered is easy. Click here to learn more, or download instructions.