Keeping the 4-H Connection
4-H programs will follow the Governor's phase 1 plan. This includes physical distancing
guidlines and limitations to face-to-face group numbers. Please look for updates
from your local MSU Extension County office on county specific recommendations and
We understand the difficulty and disappointment this may cause, but we are acting based on what we believe is in the best interest of you and your communities. Montana 4-H and MSU Extension is still in business! We will change the way we meet for the immediate future, but continue to plan summer camps, fairs, and events.
Please stay healthy and safe,
Todd Kesner, Director and the Montana 4-H State Office Staff
The 4-H Center is updating this page as resources become available and are vetted by Extension faculty. If you have ideas on how to keep Montana 4-H connected please feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staying connected in these ever-changing times is extremely important. 4-H is a community of people that rely on each other and below are some resources to help 4-H members and volunteers to stay connected while respecting recommendations for social distancing or isolation.
Club Meetings and Remote 4-H Learning
There are a variety of important reasons to stay connected with 4-H members during this time, including maintaining healthy relationships with caring adults and peers. Utah 4-H has a very short video that describes the variety of ways to stay connected, one of them being virtual meetings. Here is a document provided by University of Wyoming Extension/4-H describing a variety of helpful information on remote technology.
Schedule a Zoom meeting. Anyone can sign up for a free zoom account. This account has a 40 minute meeting limit, but who wants to meet for longer than that, really. Use this to hold a 4-H club or committee meeting. Or to simply get together and chat with 4-H friends and share what you are all doing at home while social distancing.
How to Prevent Zoombombing (Wyoming Extension Help Sheet)
Zoom Support Page has several helpful tutorials. how to join a meeting / scheduling a meeting / meeting settings.
Google is an option that many youth are already familiar with because many public schools use the google platform. it is simple and straightforward application. The meeting host needs to have a gmail/google account to set up a meeting, but can invite guests once the meeting is set up.
1.1 Start a video meeting
Learn the different ways to start a video meeting, such as from a Calendar invite, a web browser, or your phone.
1.2 Join a video meeting
Learn the different ways to join a video meeting, such as from a Calendar invite, meeting link, or conference room.
1.3 Add people to a meeting
Learn the different ways to add people to a video meeting, such as from a Calendar invite, Meet, or a phone.
Do you already have a Facebook group for your club or project group? Have club officers, teens or volunteers GO LIVE and share information, like changes to your club events, new deadlines or some project info people can work on at home. MSU Extension Pondera County has begun doing this on their facebook page!
This is a great opportunity to start a Google classroom page for your club. You can post announcements, upload documents, post videos, share information and check in with each other all in one place.
This video tutorial goes through all of the details of creating a Google "class".
Keep in mind this video is specific to starting a class for a school, however she goes through all of the details about what is available on Google classroom. Whenever she says "class" think 4-H CLUB.
Feel like really digging into EdTech? Ed Puzzle is a neat way to share information that you might share at a club or project meeting and add questions to engage your learners. Sign up for free and "unleash the power of video learning".
Montana 4-H Activities to Do at Home
- Catch up on your project book activities and your 4-H Record Book
- Start using the 4-H web-based record book ZSuites
- Perfect your 4-H demonstration, illustrated talk or video using the 4-H Communication Handbook.
- Start your application for a State Award
- Participate in True Leaders in Service Month with these "10 ways to give"
More "At Home" Activities
Non-4-H Sponsored Resources
- American Dairy Association Virtual Dairy Farm Tours
- Adventures in Familyhood20 Virtual field trips
Cincinnati Zoo Virtual Zoo Tours
- PBS LearningMediaPre-K-12 Resources for Emergency Closings
- Scholastic- Virtual learning classroom activities
- Mindful SchoolsMindfulness classes for kids
Resources Offered by 4-H Programs around the Country
- National 4-H Five ways to keep kids engaged and learning at home
- Follow the National 4-H Facebook page for more activities
- Extension Horses (campus.eXtension.org) Free courses for 30 day
- Follow ExtensionHorses.org Facebook page for more activities
Comprehensive lists of 4-H Resources
- Iowa State University Extension "4-H at home activities"
- Kentucky 4-H At home activity list
Oklahoma 4-H 4-H at home
Washington State University Extension STEM Activities to do at home
- Pondera Extension Daily videos(Montana!) 4-H curriculum based activities everyday
- McKinley County 4-H STEAM project club that (Alabama) Live stream STEM activities videos every day
- Cloverbud Activities daily (Kentucky)
- Virtual Experience (Texas) Every morning they are doing a virtual experience via Facebook Live
- Alabama 4-H Science School10 minute educational videos everyday
- QuaranTEEN (Arizona) The AZ4-H QuaranTEEN Project is a daily virtual meet up focused on a specific project. These virtual meet ups will focus on continuing project work while you are social distancing. These meetings are for Arizona 4-H youth who want to help determine the daily challenges generating social media content around the specific project.
- Spring at the Farm Zoom Series (Wisconsin) 15 minute live videos- evening courses
- Living Room Learning (Nebraska) Hands-on virtually guided activity where they will learn about healthy living, science, technology, and more!
- "Learn Now" videos (Pennsylvania)- for older youth or adults
- Online Extension courses (Pennsylvania)- *fees*
- Why is the Corona Virus so scary video? (Utah)
- “Tucker the 4-H Dog” (Oregon) is posting some how-to-craft YouTube videos- not super educational but VERY entertaining!
Grab and Go Resources
- “Learn By Doing at home” series (Alaska) A different at home activity each day
- LSU Ag Center Virtual Recess (Louisiana) Starting March 17, your kids can join the 4-H Virtual Recess! We will be sharing daily activities/challenges to keep kids’ minds and body active
- Genetics Activities (Massachusetts)
- Educational Resources for School Closures (Michigan)
- Crafts From Around the World (Michigan)
- How to build a mousetrap car STEM Activity (New Hampshire)
- 4-H At Home (South Carolina)Daily 4-H activity sent via e-mail. Introducing 4-H @ Home hosted by SC 4-H Midlands Region!
- Discovering New 4-H Projects (Utah)
- Cloverbud Activity Guide (Wisconsin)
Stay tuned for more additions to this list!