4-H Youth

UConn Summer Riding: Community Polo Lessons 2023

4 students riding on horses. Infographic explains the ext written in this announcementPolo lesson registration is now open! Lessons are available to Intermediate or Advanced Level riders who can maintain control of their horse at the walk, trot and canter, and comfortable on different levels of horses.

Session 1: Jun 5 – 24
Session 2: Jun 26 – Jul 14
Session 3: Jul 17 – Aug 4
Session 4: Aug 7 – 25

Polo Fundamentals I
Polo Fundamentals II
Intermediate Polo


Summer Horseback Riding Classes with Animal Science Department

Are you looking for activities to get you outside this Summer? Do you want more riding instruction to grow your skillset? The UConn Animal Science department is offering horseback riding classes to the public this summer and there is something for everyone! Learn more at the following link: s.uconn.edu/summer-riding

Lessons include Dressage, Hunt Seat, Polo, Trail, Western and more! Sessions begin May 8th and run through the end of August.

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Windham Extension Council Annual Meeting

Join us for a celebration of UConn Extension work with the Windham County Extension Council. Dr. Joe Emenheiser, our livestock Extension Educator, will conduct a demonstration on considerations of sheep management with sheep onsite.  Topics will include basic handling, body condition scoring, general management, and more! Stay for local apple crisp and refreshments.

Wednesday, May 10th 6:30-8:30

Windham County Extension Center, 139 Wolf Den Rd, Brooklyn CT 06234


6:30 – Livestock Presentation

7:15 – Refreshments and Apple Crisp from Holmberg Orchards

7:30 – Introduction and business meeting

8:30 – Adjourn

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Join Us in Celebrating the Month of the Military Child

purple background with white textApril is designated as the Month of the Military Child, a time to honor the strength and the sacrifices of our military children.

UConn 4-H recognizes the importance of providing a supportive environment for military-connected children and youth to excel. We are proud to serve military families with our predictable military youth clubs on installations and in communities across the globe. Through our military partnerships we have developed educational and community engagement opportunities for thousands of 4-H’ers on-base and off-base. 

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We invite you to join the celebration by taking part in PurpleUp! For Military Kids. Wear or display purple to demonstrate your support. Purple combines each branch’s colors into one: the Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard all use shades of blue, the Army uses green, and the Marines use red. Purple also references the joint environment of the military, encompassing all service branches, Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Veterans.

Click here to learn more about the Month of the Military Child.

Click here to learn more about UConn 4-H Military Partnerships.


National 4-H Annual Index Survey

National 4-H Annual Index Survey (Teen Responses Needed)

We are conducting a survey of youth 13-18 who were enrolled in UConn 4-H in 2021, to measure the impact of UConn 4-H on youth and we invite your 4-H’er to respond. This survey is also being replicated nationwide by 4-H programs in other states and is described in greater detail below.

If you would like your youth to contribute to the success of UConn 4-H, please allow your youth to respond to the National 4-H Annual Index Survey. By allowing your youth to complete and submit their survey response, you have given your permission for your youth to participate in the National 4-H Annual Index Survey. Your youth can withdraw from the survey at any time, without giving a reason and without cost. Please review the Youth Assent information below with your youth before beginning the survey.

If participating, please complete the following National 4-H Annual Index survey by April 30, 2023 .

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UConn 4-H is hiring Associate Extension Educators!

4-H logoThe Department of Extension is seeking applicants for three full-time (11-month), non-tenure track Assistant/Associate Extension Educators. One position will target Food and Agricultural Literacy, one on Environmental Literacy, and the other will focus on Healthy Lifestyles Literacy. These three vacant positions are not specifically designated to an assigned location. Final placement will be negotiable, with one educator primarily based in each of the following locations: (a) the Fairfield County Extension Office in Bethel, (b) the New Haven County Extension Office in North Haven, and (c)the Windham County Extension Office in Brooklyn.

See the full position description by visiting s.uconn.edu/4-hjobs2023

Applications will only be accepted through Academic Jobs Online academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/24541

Screening of applicants will continue until the position is filled.

UConn Extension Internship Application Deadline Extended

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The application deadline for our summer internships has been extended to March 26th. 

Get paid while learning and working in a career-oriented role. We offer internships in the following disciplines:

  • Food
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Sustainability
  • Research
  • Agribusiness
  • Youth Education
  • Community Development
  • Marketing

Click here to view internship descriptions.

Most of these roles are for an average 18-20 hours per week over the 10 week summer period with some requiring a bit of weekend and/or evening hours, although these circumstances vary by position. Some of these positions for employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to intern with us this summer!

Click here to apply.


Highlights of Extension

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Our 2022 Highlights of Extension report shows how UConn Extension continues innovating to meet audiences and partners around the issues identified in the strategic initiatives set forth by the UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.

Youth programs, water quality, and geospatial education are all part of the sustainable landscapes and climate portfolios and featured throughout this issue. In agriculture, we continue partnering with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, innovating aquaculture production in the state, and serving new and beginning farmers.

The work of our financial literacy program is needed now more than ever and aligns with our other health programming. All programs center diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, and this work is ongoing. UConn Extension educators and volunteers continue to improve the lives of residents in all 169 cities and towns. Extension is steadfast in our commitment and will continue evolving alongside those we serve.

We invite you to explore the progress made over the past year and join us in future programs.

Read our report online at s.uconn.edu/highlights

Why Support Extension During UConn Gives

It’s UConn Gives, a 36-hour giving initiative that brings UConn Nation together to support and celebrate what they care about at UConn. We are asking you to support our Extension programs during this event. Matt Syrotiak and Stacey Stearns share information about the 4-H and Master Gardener programs, and why your support of $5 can help these programs grow and expand:



Support these programs at s.uconn.edu/givetogardeners and https://s.uconn.edu/give4-H23.