EXTENSION CONNECTION: 4-H kids learn about agriculture and more

Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 13:15 PM.

4-H offers many opportunities for adults, parents and — most importantly — kids!

The program focuses on teaching agriculture; life skills; citizenship; science, technology, engineering and mathematics; diversity; teamwork; leadership skills; and responsibility.

Fun, educational children’s programs include summer camp, the county fair, school enrichment opportunities, county and district events, and club meetings. Eglin and Hurlburt Air Force Bases youth centers have active 4-H programs.

The organization began more than 100 years ago and has served many youths in its time. All 67 Florida counties have a 4-H program.

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ 4-H Youth Development Program mission, as it appears on the state 4-H website, is to "use a learn-by-doing approach to help youths 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."

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