Activity Resources

Activity Resources
To Educate and Entertain Youth

GENERAL RESOURCES

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for your kids. Common Sense Education supports K–12 schools and families with everything educators need to empower the next generation of digital citizens.
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/resources-for-families-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

 

5 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged and Learning at Home – National 4-H: For the next few weeks, we’ll all be juggling work, kids and home. To help out, we’ve compiled our top 5 resources that are hands-on, fun and educational. Let us know what you think, and we’d love to see pictures of your family learning and having fun!
https://4-h.org/about/blog/5-ways-to-keep-kids-engaged-and-learning-at-home/?utm_campaign=Blog&utm_medium=social_marketing&utm_source=facebook 

 

Inspire Kids To Do Activity Guide – National 4-H: Looking for some easy ways to keep your kids engaged and learning at home? Check out the 4-H #InspireKidstoDo Activity Guide to find 60 hands-on learning activity ideas!
https://4-h.org/about/inspire-kids-to-do/activity-guide/ 

 

Georgia Public Broadcast Virtual Field Trips: GPB is traveling all over Georgia to bring our state’s rich history and culture to teachers and students. The field trips align with the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) for social studies, as well as the content from GPB’s Georgia Studies digital textbook and Georgia Race Through Time game. You can access the iPad version by downloading the free GPB Education app on iTunes. Each field trip brings locations to life with interviews, 360-degree panoramic photography, interactive elements, videos, and user guide.
https://www.gpb.org/education/georgia-studies/virtual-field-trips

 

The Ron Clark Academy: Online teaching tips, Self-care for educators, creative tools, and innovation online.
https://ronclarkacademy.com/

 

45 Cures for Cabin Fever: Stuck inside? Make cabin fever fun by trying something new.
https://lauragraceweldon.com/2016/02/03/45-cures-for-cabin-fever/?fbclid=IwAR1jMr63ZDoHvpQq3B19VJ-zjaJdSwI00cD1Zu12VaRUizLIclnN7CtEkxE

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SCIENCE RESOURCES

National 4-H Council – STEM Lab: National 4-H Council’s STEM lab offers over 20 free STEM-inspired activities for families. Each activity requires minimal supplies (most items are common, household goods), have easy-to-follow instructions, and can be completed in less than an hour!
https://4-h.org/parents/stem-agriculture/youth-stem-activities/

 

National 4-H Council – National Youth Science Day: Since 2008, National 4-H Council encourages youth to complete the National Youth Science Day challenge each fall. Past challenges including supply lists, instructions, and youth and facilitator guides are available for download. Depending on the challenge, some supplies are easy to obtain, while others may be more difficult.
https://4-h.org/parents/national-youth-science-day/

 

NASA – GLOBE Observer: NASA’s Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Observer program allows participants to contribute data to civic science projects about clouds, mosquito habitats, land cover, and trees.  After downloading the free app, participants observe natural settings and share their findings with NASA scientists.
https://observer.globe.gov/en

 

Scientific American – Bring Science Home: Scientific American is the oldest continually published magazine in the US.  In addition to videos, podcasts, and blogs, the “Bring Science Home” online section contains science activities for youth ages 6-12 that require few supplies and be completed in 30 minutes.
https://www.scientificamerican.com/education/bring-science-home/

 

Extreme Event: Extreme Event is a role-playing game that teaches about community resilience during natural disasters (flood, hurricane, or earthquake).  The kits were developed by the National Academy of Sciences’ Koshland Science Museum (now called LabX).
https://labx.org/extreme-event/

 

Design Squad: Design Squad Global by PBS Kids is an online program for middle school students to solve problems by using the engineering design process.  Each week, the website is updated with challenges, videos, and activities.
https://pbskids.org/designsquad

 

NOVA Education: NOVA Education supports STEM education and engagement nationwide through the creation of resources from NOVA’s broadcast and digital productions.
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/brand/education/

 

Berkeley Understanding Science: Learn how science really works through this collection of lessons, articles, tutorials and interactive features.
https://undsci.berkeley.edu/index.php

 

Carleton College Science Education Resource Center: We’ve scoured dozens of educational project websites hosted by SERC to find the activities and resources of highest interest to K-12 educators. On this site, there are hundreds of classroom activities organized by grade level and topic as well as guidance on effective teaching. Many of these resources were expressly developed with a K-12 audience in mind. Others can be adapted to K-12 classrooms even though they were originally developed with a college audience in mind. Here, you will find hundreds of lessons, activities, lab investigations, and field trip ideas on a wide range of topics to use in class.
https://serc.carleton.edu/k12/index.html

 

Atlanta Science Festival: Starting Monday, March 23, post a video, image, or story of how you are learning/doing science at home using #AtHomeSciFest and tagging @ATLSciFest on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We’ll be sharing your content and selecting two random winners every week through April 3 to receive two Atlanta Science Festival t-shirts, an ALEX sticker, and social media bragging rights.
https://atlantasciencefestival.org/celebrate-science-at-home-with-athomescifest/

 

Ag in the Classroom: Agriculture is Georgia’s largest industry. It is an important component of the state’s economy and provides one in seven jobs in agriculturally related fields. However, less than 2% of the population actually lives on the farm and few people have any knowledge of how the food and fiber system works to provide us with food, clothing and shelter. The purpose of the Georgia Agriculture in the Classroom is to increase agricultural literacy among children and the general public. It provides tools for more effective teaching about agriculture and its role in an interdependent society, and to assist Georgia ’s educators in implementing the instruction of agriculture-related concepts in the classroom. This mission is achieved through the activities of county Farm Bureau volunteers in their local communities and through teacher training courses held throughout the state.
http://www.gfbfoundation.org/aitc.html

 

The Georgia Aquarium: You may be stuck inside for the next couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore the outside world virtually. You definitely don’t have to miss out on one of Atlanta’s most popular hangouts. Georgia Aquarium has live cameras streaming so you can observe the marine life from the comfort and safety of your own home.
https://www.narcity.com/things-to-do/us/ga/atlanta/georgia-aquarium-has-live-cameras-that-let-you-explore-from-home?fbclid=IwAR3FbI88kKYD-zm_WgHHt1RRd4CJV94YO-BL_y452_Ze_whcWfF2_hZBpt4

 

Steam Powered Family: Virtual Dissections Lab. Dissections. Does the word make you cringe? Feel a little sick to your stomach? Fill you with dread? For many reasons dissections can cause concerns for educators, but they are a very important part of a child’s education. Understanding how things work from the inside, is vital to developing a strong understanding of biology, physiology and anatomy. Thankfully there are many solutions available. So save yourself the mess and the stress in your lessons and labs with these options for virtual dissections.
https://www.steampoweredfamily.com/education/virtual-dissections-labs/?fbclid=IwAR2QTjQq1YARpy5eMdhxCJ37XhKa9Fcw-u-7j1_ym32RIvc9ZoCvMr_3shs

 

UGA Marine Extension & Georgia SeaGrant: UGA Marine Extension & Georgia SeaGrant offers a variety of free, researched-based activities and curricula related to marine science education.
https://gacoast.uga.edu/education/schools-and-groups/education-resources-teaching-materials/

 

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery: The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, OH offers interactive science activities for families of all ages each day.  Program downloads, archived videos, and life daily events all being offered free of charge.
https://www.boonshoftmuseum.org/experience-more/digital-programming/

 

Parts of A Leaf Activity Guide: Leaves are all around us!  Follow this guide as you create leaf rubbings and learn to identify all the parts of a leaf.
https://georgia4h.org/wp-content/uploads/Parts-of-a-Leaf.pdf

 

Leaf Scavanger Hunt: Get outside and observe the trees around you!  Use this scavenger hunt guide to find all the different ways to classify leaves.
https://georgia4h.org/wp-content/uploads/Leaf-Scavenger-Hunt.pdf

 

Nature’s Colors Activity Guide: Nature is filled with colors!  Challenge yourself by trying to discover all the colors you can find in the great outdoors.
https://georgia4h.org/wp-content/uploads/Natures-Colors.pdf

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ANIMAL SCIENCE RESOURCES

Virtual Dairy Farm Tours When You are Stuck at Home: Stuck at home with the kids for a while? Need some activities to keep them active? Look no further! Last year, we hosted virtual farm tours for students to watch in their classrooms. But, those can be viewed on YouTube now! For kids aged 4 to 9, watch our tour from Dutch Hollow Farm. Kids aged 10-13 will enjoy our virtual tour from Will-O-Crest Farm. High school kids can enjoy our tour from JoBo Holsteins Farm.
http://origin.americandairy.com/news-and-events/dairy-diary/dairy-farming/virtual-farm-tours-while-youre-stuck-at-home.stml

 

Big Sandy Creek Dairy on Facebook: Stuck at home?! Wanna know more about dairy? Send us your questions and interests topics and we’ll be happy to help educate others about dairy from our farm to your home!
https://www.facebook.com/BigSandyCreekDairy/

 

All Pony Play.Learn.Ride.  Fun Free Educational Horse Learning Games for Kids: Test your horse knowledge with our free horsemanship games. Take our fun horse quizzes and compare your results in the leader boards.
https://www.allpony.com/play/?fbclid=IwAR2eG00DN6cKftAgBKjfDP-u_G21vpe-hlGMqs7rfFdiIkC3D9-9NgL1xVE

 

Show-Rite Webinars: Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for… The schedule for week 1 of Stock Show Classroom which is focused on selection.
https://www.facebook.com/showritefeeds/

Riverview, LLP: Riverview, LLP is a diversified agribusiness with farms in Arizona, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico and South Dakota. Our large-scale, dairy farms, calf ranches, beef feedlots and cow/calf operations utilize state-of-the-art technology to produce high-quality products, ensure animal health and comfort, and enhance the productivity of the land. Adding value to our communities and being a good neighbor is also very important to us. Every decision is guided by our five core values (integrity, candor, spirit of humility, strong work ethic, keep it simple).
https://www.facebook.com/riverviewllp/

Horse Judging From Home: For those of you with interest in Horse Judging, learning more about a specific discipline, or people looking for more online education check out this free horse judging education series from our extension friends at MTSU and UT!
https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/748956540

 

Livestockjudging.com:  Great resource to prepare teams for livestock, dairy and horse judging.  Classes to judge and several include reasons. They are holding an ONLINE REASONS JACKPOT contest EACH WEEK until the end of the Covid-19 quarantine or the end of the school year (5/29/2020). $600 IN CASH PRIZES EACH WEEK. Check out their Facebook for more details.
https://www.livestockjudging.com                https://www.facebook.com/livestockjudging/

 

SureChamp.com: Sure Champ spends a great deal of time and resources dedicated to content geared promoting the #stockshowlife – some of it fun and lifestyle-based, some inspirational and much of it educational. We want our followers to learn as much as possible and be proud of the lifestyle our world so desperately relies on as their food and fiber source. We are offering these resources to you to have at your disposal for classroom activities, extra reading material or however you wish to utilize them to enhance your students’ learning experience when it comes to agriculture! This is absolutely FREE!!  You can also sign up to receive our ‘Sure Champ in the Classroom’ email series. You will receive a quarterly email jammed packed with great printable pieces that you can download.
https://surechamp.com/scclassroom/

 

Sullivan Supply: Have you checked out Season 1 and 2 of Stock Show University Online? You can now steam stock show education right from the comfort of your couch or show barn.
https://www.sullivansupply.com/stock-show-u/online/?fbclid=IwAR1uUZ1J-c9FH8XEKvtp6-VcUspj8FV1aAWZW2o29ozDcTHHkTLPd_jTGSE

Farm Credit Knowledge Center: Welcome to the Educator Resources section of the Knowledge Center. As a networking agent, it is our goal to help share information about agriculture with a wide variety of audiences. We will be posting lesson plan ideas, teaching tools and other resources here to help formal and non-formal educators share the agricultural story with children, youth, and adults in a variety of ways!
https://www.farmcreditknowledgecenter.com/Education-and-Awareness.aspx

 

Ranch House Design Showing on the Screen: RHD has teamed up with leading judges around the USA to put together a fun, “Virtual” Jackpot Heifer Show. Entries due March 31. There is NO ENTRY FEE – the contest is sponsored entirely by Ranch House Designs and Peace Love Cattle as a way to brighten the industry during this unprecedented time in stock showing.
https://ranchhousedesigns.com/ranch-house-showing-on-the-screen/?fbclid=IwAR2G9HLKT1R-xvTjOVTwPJy-ob3u-1ybm3rDNYRBiHv6l1jF1gmKOzl6Zy8

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HEALTHY LIVING RESOURCES

National 4-H Council- 4-H Healthy Living Activity Guide: Download the 4-H Healthy Living Activity Guide for 30 hands-on, educational activities to help your child live a happy, healthy life.
https://4-h.org/about/inspire-kids-to-do/#main-form

 

MyPlate Kid’s Place:  MyPlate Kid’s Place includes games, videos, songs, and activity sheets to help kids learn about food, nutrition, and physical activity.
https://www.choosemyplate.gov/browse-by-audience/view-all-audiences/children/kids

 

Food Science Activities For Kids: Penn State University offers a list of easy, hands-on activities to help kids learn about Food Science.
https://foodscience.psu.edu/youth/experiments

 

UGA Extension’s FoodTalk.org: Foodtalk includes simple recipes, as well as many quick and easy instructional videos. Get the whole family involved in cooking with foodtalk.org.
https://foodtalk.org

 

FoodHero: FoodHero, from Oregon State University, offers kid-approved recipes, cooking videos, activity sheets and coloring pages.
https://www.foodhero.org/kids

 

Fight BAC: The Partnership for Food Safety Education’s Fight BAC!® for Kids section includes ideas and fun activities for kids that teach them about the basics of safe food handling.
https://www.fightbac.org/kidsfoodsafety/kids-games-and-activities/

 

America’s Test Kitchen for Kids: America’s test kitchen is temporarily offering free access to resources for youth. Check it out for ideas, recipes, and information about young people in the kitchen.
https://www.americastestkitchen.com/kids/home

 

Home Baking Association: The Home Baking Association also has some lesson plans and other resources posted for Classroom, After-school & Clubs work with youth. These provide good examples of teaching along with baking — special food needs, measuring, roles of ingredients like fats, flour, etc.
https://www.homebaking.org/lesson-plans/

 

LifeSmarts U: LifeSmarts U lessons explore current consumer topics in depth. Lessons in this virtual classroom have two components – online modules for independent student learning, and an “unplugged” lesson for educators to use in classroom or group instruction.
https://lifesmarts.org/lifesmarts-u

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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT RESOURCES

National 4-H Council – Civic Engagement: 4‑H civic engagement programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world.
https://4-h.org/parents/civic-engagement/

 

U.S. Census Bureau – Statistics in School: Features over 100 free activities that you can use in any year (not just census years) to enhance and invigorate learning in many subjects. (grades pre-K through 12)
https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/activities/overview.html

 

iCivics: iCivics offers loads of online games that are both fun and educational.  You can run your own presidential campaign or practice voting – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Complete lesson plans are also available for free. (grades 6-12)
https://www.icivics.org/

 

U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Clerk – Kids in the House: The Kids in the House website’s mission is to provide educational and entertaining information about the legislative branch of the United States Government to students of all ages.
https://kids-clerk.house.gov/

 

Annenberg Classroom: From the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Classroom’s free resources include over 65 videos on constitutional concepts and Supreme Court cases, as well as games, lesson plans, downloadable books, a glossary, and a Constitution guide.
https://www.annenbergclassroom.org/

 

National Archives: The official website of the U.S. National Archives can be used by students to research and learn about history, genealogy, and the U.S. population and government.  Time will fly as you view historical photos, lookup service records of family members, or view our nation’s founding documents.
https://www.archives.gov/

 

Digital Civics Toolkit: A free website with lesson plans for exploring and fostering modern civic engagement, the site’s five modules (Participate, Investigate, Dialogue, Voice, and Action) help students to identify issues that matter to them and to find ways to become active participants in the political process.
https://www.digitalcivicstoolkit.org/

 

Discover the History of 4-H & Extension:  Linked sites, videos, and more to help you explore the history of 4-H and Extension, especially as it pertains to Georgia.  Test your knowledge by taking the Georgia 4-H History Quiz with State 4-H Leader Arch Smith.
https://georgia4h.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-resources-for-youth/

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LOCAL RESOURCES

Biweekly STEM activities – Pulaski County: Join Pulaski 4-H every Tuesday & Thursday on our Facebook and Instagram pages to engage in our R.E.A.L. STEM activities & education!
https://www.facebook.com/pulaski.fourh

 

Backyard Bugs Photography Contest – Jackson County: Go outside and take pictures of the different bugs that inhabit the world around us. You can submit a total of 2 pictures in the contest. You will need to submit a title for each picture. Deadline to submit is Wednesday, April 1. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age group. Cloverleaf: 4, 5 and 6 grade. Junior: 7 and 8 grade. Senior: 9, 10, 11 and 12 grade. Contact Mr. Jonathan Page if you have any questions.
https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0kdIN2hiSDRsIxD

Digital Leadership Training – Jackson County: Attention 6th – 12th Grade Students: Join Mr. Jonathan Page, Jackson County 4-H Educator on Mondays and Thursdays at 2:00PM for a fun on-line interactive leadership training.
https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0lxoZiEVOjKeqe9

Digital Learning Resources – Paulding County: Check out these resources to supplement your digital learning, including our own 4-H led STEAM Club!
https://www.canva.com/design/DAD2zQpngW0/IEDDi-dvOFfD8ICeo2pRng/view?utm_content=DAD2zQpngW0&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=publishsharelink&fbclid=IwAR0poyD_LTgJUnOIJi6dkkUjDgbfMt-ry55dxXCUKSqHSEPzq-MM10lolxI 

 

Frog calls – Forsyth County: Feeling cooped up? Step outside this evening and listen to nature waking up to spring. If you want to know which of Forsyth County’s 14 frogs and toads you’re hearing, visit the Forsyth County Master Naturalist website.
http://fcmasternaturalists.com/frog-calls/ 

 

Kids Teaching Kids – Monroe County: Hi, my name is Savannah and I am a 8th grade Monroe County 4-H’er. In 4-H, I have learned to be a leader, problem solver and much more. While sitting at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, I began to think of ways I could entertain myself and then I got the idea of creating fun, educational videos to share with younger kids. I knew I could not do it alone, so I am calling on the help of my fellow 4-H’ers from across Georgia. Attached is a flyer you can share with your 4-H’ers and here is the link you can include when posting or emailing http://bit.ly/3b75uBV  4-H’ers will go to that link to sign-up for a video of their choice. Once they have signed up, I will send them a follow-up email with detailed instructions. Thank you for helping as we continue the 4-H slogan, “Learn By Doing”, even while we safely practice social distancing! Thanks, Savannah Brock

My 4-H Passport – Morgan County: Simply open my passport on your computer or Chromebook. This allows you to have access to any links within the MY4-H PASSPORT. Rules are provided below. Directions will be outlined in each activity. This is a typable passport. Be sure to routinely save your work on Google Drive!
https://georgia4h.org/wp-content/uploads/My-4H-PASSPORT.pdf

 

Online Learning Resources – McIntosh County: Check the McIntosh County Extension/4-H website for Covid-19 prevention resources and online learning resources.
https://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/mcintosh/4-h-youth-development/online-learning-resources-.html

 

Out of School Resources – Fulton County: We have created a page on our website with a list of resources for families during school closures including community meal programs, internet access programs, digital library information, community support opportunities, and at-home activities for students of all ages. We will continue to update this page with resources and activities while schools are closed. If there are community resources, such as a meal program, that we do not have listed, please share it with us so that it can be added to the list. Please share with others in our community!
https://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/fulton/4-h-youth-development/in-school-enrichment-program/out-of-school-resources.html 

 

Out of School Resources – Madison County: Check out these resources to help while youth are out of school! Curriculum, virtual tours, story times, and fun activities to help fill your days.
https://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/madison/4-h-youth-development/madison-county-out-of-school-resources.html

 

Out of School Resources – Washington County: Need activities while stuck at home? Check out our Out of School Resources page.
https://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/washington/4-h-youth-development/out-of-school-resources.html 

 

Out of School Resources – Bulloch County: Here are resources to help our families during this time of extended school closures.  We will continue to update this page regularly with additional resources. https://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/bulloch/4-h-youth-development/out-of-school-resources.html

 

Out of School Resources –  Tattnall County: Here are resources to help our families during this time of extended school closures.  We will continue to update this page regularly with additional resources.  https://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/tattnall/4-h-youth-development/Resources.html

 

Plugged into 4-H – Banks, Burke, Greene and Morgan Counties: Schools may be closed, but learning doesn’t have to stop! Join us for an online 4-H activity-a-day program sent via email. Activities and community service projects can be completed at home with common household materials. Lessons will include agriculture, health & wellness, snack ideas, and community service projects! Daily lessons beginning Wednesday, March 18th. There is no cost & 4-H membership, not required. Youth ages 5-18. Open to all families.
http://bit.ly/PluggedIn4H

Spring Photo Contest – Forsyth County: Join us right here on Facebook for a Spring Photo Contest! The rules are below! If you have questions, please email Ms. Heather. Rules and Regulations – All photos must be original work, taken by the entrant. You do not have to be a Forsyth County 4-H member to participate. All entries must be EMAILED to Heather Haines (heather.haines@uga.edu) by Thursday, March 26, 2020. In your email, please include your name, age, and the name of your picture. Only one picture per an individual will be posted. Pictures will be posted to this page on Monday, March 30th before noon. Once the pictures have been posted, people will vote on them by “liking” the picture. The picture with the most likes on Friday, April 3rd at 2PM EST will win a prize!
https://www.facebook.com/Forsyth4H/

Follow Along Friday – Fayette County: Every Friday, we will host a Follow Along Friday activity to do together! We’re planning another one this Friday at 3:30 PM where we’ll discuss fire: what the ingredients are, building techniques, and safety concerns! Make sure you have adult supervision if you plan on doing more than just watching!! If you’d like to see more follow along videos, let us know in the comments and let us know what you’d like to see!
https://www.facebook.com/fayco4h/

Cooking Series – Heard and Oconee Counties: Are you looking for fun, healthy recipes to cook at home? Luckily for you, “Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dinah… It’s Allison” is here to help! Oconee County’s 4-H Program Assistant, Allison Barnes, paired up with Heard County’s 4-H Extension Agent and County Extension Coordinator, Dinah Rowe, to create this five-part video series that introduces 4-H’ers to a new recipe each day. Cook along with them, or download their recipe cards and save them for a later date!
https://www.facebook.com/HeardCountyExtension4H/

 

Daily Video Series – Spalding County: Tune in every day for a new video! If you would like to submit a picture, story or video for any of the days, share them with Leah Wooddall, lwooddal@uga.edu.
https://www.facebook.com/ugaextensionspaldingcounty/

Daily Healthy Living Activities – Pulaski County: Join Pulaski 4-H every weekday on our Facebook and Instagram pages to engage in our healthy living resources, activities and education!
https://www.facebook.com/pulaski.fourh

 

Weekly W.I.L.D. Activities – Pulaski County: Join Pulaski 4-H every Wednesday on our Facebook and Instagram pages for W.I.L.D. Wednesdays, showcasing our 4-H’ers learning at home!
https://www.facebook.com/pulaski.fourh

 

Nature Scavenger Hunt – Forsyth County: Join us on Instagram for a Nature Scavenger Hunt!
https://www.instagram.com/forsythco4h/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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