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Updated: January 17, 2024

15 Ways to Address Nature-Deficit Disorder Anywhere, Anytime (EBR-2023-0664)

Nature is a powerful tool in the healthy development of children. This extension brief provides quick, easy, accessible suggestions on how to access nature with young children. We hope you enjoy your time outdoors Author: Amy Lang; Title: 15 Ways to Address Nature-Deficit Disorder Anywhere, Anytime (EBR-2023-0664)
Updated: December 21, 2023

4-H ACTS Youth Delegate Guidebook (EM-2023-0657)

The Youth Delegate Guidebook is a manual assisting youth and volunteers in developing civic engagement skills through a statewide event (like Maryland ACTS), and club or individual experiences that include learning about state government, meeting representatives, and follow-up activities. Authors: Gretchen Sumbrum, Elizabeth Hill, and Christopher Anderson; Title: 4-H ACTS (Annapolis, Civics, Thriving, Service) Youth Delegate Guidebook (EM-2023-0657)
Updated: November 26, 2023

A Beginner’s Guide to Birding & Citizen Science (WB-2022-0643)

The Beginner’s Guide to Birding & Citizen Science is a self-paced, online class with seven modules that provide participants with information and tools for youth interested in birding. Each lesson provides an interactive presentation, a class discussion, and additional resources. Author: Torrey Silliman; Title: A Beginner’s Guide to Birding & Citizen Science (WB-2022-0643)
Updated: August 16, 2023

Incorporating the Essential Elements of 4-H into Online Environments through Virtual Activity Clubs (FS-1173)

A 4-H virtual activity club (VAC) meets over the internet to provide a focused learning experience on a single topic for a short period of time. During the COVID-19 pandemic that started in March 2020, 4-H programming was forced to adapt quickly to a virtual environment. Activity clubs are one of Maryland 4-H’s established delivery modes. Offering them online was a natural fit for filling the void created by cancelled 4-H club meetings, summer camps, and other out-of-school-time activities due to the pandemic. Author: Jessica Mellon; Incorporating the Essential Elements of 4-H into Online Environments through Virtual Activity Clubs (FS-1173)
Updated: August 24, 2022

Troubleshooting Difficult Board Dynamics (FS-1167)

Applying Roberts Rules of Order allows boards to establish and maintain order, give every member a chance to be heard, prevent confusion, and to keep the meeting moving. However, when passionate people come together, eventually there will be differences of opinion. This factsheet explores some of the challenging behaviors that could be seen in meetings, shares actions to take to properly address the situation, insight to set the tone, and assist in positive group dynamics to come to the best decision for the group. Author: Lacie Ashby; Title: Troubleshooting Difficult Board Dynamics (FS-1167)
Updated: June 28, 2022

4-H STEM Adventures-Facilitator Guide (EC-14)

4-H STEM Adventures is a curriculum of six STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) lesson plans that teach STEM principles and 4-H life skills via a challenge to be solved using low-cost, easy-to-find materials. There are two tracks for each lesson: an open-ended exploratory option, and a step-by-step guided option. Videos introduce each challenge and provide sample solutions for viewers. These lessons are appropriate for youth ages 8-13 and can be used in the classroom, 4-H club, home, and out-of-school settings. Authors: Jessica Mellon, and Christine Allred; Title: 4-H STEM Adventures-Facilitator Guide (EC-14)