Would you like to experience the benefits of 4-H outside of a “traditional” community club? Bring the 4-H program to your school, afterschool program, library, or recreation center, etc. through our hands-on and engaging educational programs. Our OSU Extension, Franklin County staff also host educator workshops, a school gardening series, and other special events throughout the year. Click here for a general brochure about all the 4-H school enrichment activities available, listed below.

School Enrichment Activities

  • ChickQuest: ChickQuest: A Classroom Journey through the Life Cycle of Chickens is a curriculum that challenges students to use science, engineering, and technology to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg. Whether monitoring eggs or observing fluffy chicks, students will participate in a number of activities designed to pique curiosity, encourage collaboration, and provide young scientists with unforgettable experiences. Designed for grades 3 and 4, but available for all age groups, the curriculum is available for purchase at our OSU Extension, Franklin County office.
  • Real Money. Real World: Each year America's high schools graduate thousands of young adults who are unprepared to make financial decisions. Real Money, Real World is an active, hands-on experience that gives students the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those they will make as adults. It is intended to be a partnership of the county OSU Extension office, the school/afterschool program, and the business community. OSU Extension professionals have developed a curriculum that simulates real-life experiences to help youth achieve financial literacy, intended for grades 7-12. For more information click here or contact Jenny Lobb at lobb.3@osu.edu
  • Honey Bee Challenge: Take the honey bee challenge! Guided by OSU Extension professionals, youth can build a mini-robot out of a toothbrush and learn about honey bee pollination. The program is intended for grades 4-8 (younger with help) and is available for a fee of $5.50/person, which helps to cover a portion of the cost of materials.
  • Rockets Away!: Youth will discover the science of rocketry by launching bottle rockets. The school/afterschool program provides the 2-liter pop bottles and a large grassy area/field, and we'll do the rest for a nominal fee of $1 per child. Grades 3-8 (younger with help).
  • Garden Activities: If you want us to bring a seed planting activity to your STEM Night, contact Sue Hogan

School and Afterschool Gardening

  • Project Green Teacher: The next Project Green Teacher Workshop will be held in June 2019. This is a three-day series, near the Ohio State University campus, is open to educators and others who would like to learn how to garden with children in school, afterschool and other settings. Some of the topics to be covered include site selection, sustainability, soil testing, a history of plant-based foods, behavior management in the garden, bees and native pollinators, garden specific activities such as mulching, composting and amending; integrated pest management, soil testing, growing vegetables, volunteer management, engaging stakeholders, hydroponics and aquaponics, the farm to school program and more. There is an opportunity to earn up to 22 contact hours, as well. 

  • School Garden Conference: The conference is scheduled for October 25, 2019. Visit go.osu.edu/sgc2019 for more information and registration.

  • Project Green Teacher Newsletter Spring 2019