Polk County 4-H announces summer programming

Published 8:47 pm Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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After a year of virtual programming, Polk County 4-H is excited to offer a full summer schedule of in-person offerings for youth ages 5-14. To protect students, staff, and volunteers, all class sizes are limited, so 4-H Director Helen Blackwell recommends that families register as soon as possible. 

All classes are offered individually, and families can pick and choose the programs they want to participate in. The variety of topics and skills that youth can explore this summer through Polk County 4-H include:

  • Picking and cooking with fresh local produce.
  • Making concrete paver stepping stones for the garden.
  • Beginning sewing skills.
  • Learning about fireflies and creating firefly-related crafts.
  • Nature photography.
  • The wonderful world of jellyfish.
  • Exploring the electromagnetic spectrum through hands-on tie dyeing.
  • Making a birdhouse out of a gourd.
  • Pastry decorating.

Polk County 4-H also has an opportunity for five local families to participate in a drone education pilot program in NC. These families will each receive a Parrott Mambo mini drone for the duration of the program and curriculum login to access the course remotely. A flight instructor will be available for virtual consultations. This program is open to families with students ages 12-18. 

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2021 4-H Summer programming has minimal fees to cover materials costs, and parents must register students for their chosen session(s) by June 12. To find out more or register online, visit polk.ces.ncsu.edu or give the NC Cooperative Extension of Polk County a call at 828-894-8218. 

Submitted by Kerry Jones


One of sewing machines used to teach youth the basics of sewing at Polk County 4-H.