4-H school enrichment projects are:   

  • A cooperative effort between the school and 4-H
  • Free of Charge
  • Tied to NC Standard Course of Study

What are my responsibilities?

  • The Extension 4-H Agent is responsible for introducing and explaining 4-H enrichment curricula to the students and for enrolling the students as 4-H members.
  • Teachers are responsible for teaching students based on 4-H curriculum.
  • While the project is in progress, students are enrolled as 4-H members and teachers as 4-H volunteers. Students should be aware that they are participating in a 4-H project when 4-H curricula are used.


The North Carolina 4-H Program furnishes, free of charge, one teacher/leader guide, and one member/student manual per project.  Additional copies may be obtained, based on availability. 

All teachers participating in North Carolina School Enrichment Programs must complete report and evaluation forms for accountability purposes as required by the Cooperative Extension Service and/or the State Department of Instruction.

The 4-H name and emblem are held in trust by the Secretary of Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture for the educational purposed only.  . The 4-H name and emblem may be used only by authorized representatives of USDA, the land grant universities, and the Cooperative Extension Service.


"I look forward to meeting each of you and assisting you in providing awesome learning experiences for the students in your classrooms.  Extension can provide valuable resources and research based information to help young people achieve a better understanding of science concepts.  Please lean on me for these resources and don't hesitate to call for additional information! "


Ellen Owens

How do I start a 4-H School Enrichment Program in my Classroom?              

In order to sign up, simply print the registration form below and email to the 4-H Agent, ellen_owens@ncsu.edu.  You can also fax the form to 453-2782.  To schedule set up date/time for your classroom, or if you would like to discuss implementing a program in your classroom, please call Ellen Owens, 4-H Agent,  232-2262.

 Registration Form for School Enrichment Projects

Download Evaluation Form


School Enrichment Resources

*Free Online Curriculum Materials 

 Projects Available to School Teachers:

5th Grade Vermicomposting

What is vermicomposting?  It is a system for turning food waste into potting soil with the help of worms.   For additional resources, click here.

Exploring Your Environment:

Youth will enjoy the challenge and excitement of exploring the ecology, science and technology of the environment. The materials present basic ecological concepts to help develop scientific thinking and processing skills. Concepts include the four elements of life, connections among living things, and how all plants and animals are affected. Grades 3-12.   View the curriculum by clicking here.

































4-H Discover Series

Making science fun is the goal of the lessons and activities included in this curriculum.  Volume 1 (Grades 3-6)focuses on basic science exploration activities with few consumable supplies that are easy to make into self-contained kits.   Volume 2 (Grades 4-7) provides more in-depth coverage to six different science topics:  Meteorology, spiders, oceanography, Leaf & Tree Identification, Space Exlploration, Waste Management/Environmental Conservation.   You will find that the lessons contained in these guides are as fun and interesting to teach as it is for youth to experience and learn. All units were developed by faculty and staff of Cook College and Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

2nd Grade 4-H Entomology (insects)Project at NC State  

Addresses Essential Standard 2.L.1:  Understand Animal Life Cycles.

To print the 4-H Bug Out Curriculum, click here.

Explore the amazing world of insects including their arthropod relatives through this curriula. Youth use hands-on activities to learn valuable life skills through insects found in the soil, on plants, in homes, on pets and in other secret places! The Helper's Guide provides practical tips, group activities and supplementary information.

2nd  Grade 4-H Embryology (NC State Poultry Science)  View online curriculum here!

Addresses Essential Standard 2.L.1:  Understand Animal Life Cycles.

EGG-SPLORE the science of embryology from egg to chicken. Designed for students in 2nd grade it correlates well with the curriculum objectives you teach. The package includes student study sheets, websites, and a color poster. 

 3rd Grade Soil Solutions 

3rd Grade Science Curriculum.  Youth will explore the interdependence of plants and soils & gain an understanding of nutrients, pollination & soil types.


4-H Aerospace

Fascination of flying an airplane, launching a rocket, exploring space and beyond as an astronaut or pilot will come alive for youth through youth activity guides  (Grades K-12), group and leader guides.  Designed to stimulate interest and enthusiasm for limitless opportunities through fun, challenging, learn-by-doing activities.  Youth will learn about airplanes, kites, hot air balloons, remote controls, gliders, space shuttles and more.

Rockets Away!

The Rockets Away educational program teaches about the science of rocketry through the use of hands-on experiments, computer software and the building and launching of 2-liter bottle rockets.

4th Grade Electricity

Energize and electrify youth with Electric Excitement, the 4-H Electric Energy Series. Youth demystify the "magic" of electric circuits, magnetism, motors and electronics. From making educated guesses (forming hypotheses) and testing them, to building burglar alarms, to learning how to select really good stereo and other consumer items, these activity guides contain dozens of hands-on, useful, and FUN projects. These materials allow youth to experience technology first hand and promote technical and scientific literacy while teaching communication and decision-making life skills. Grades 4-12

Geospatial Science

Exploring Spaces, Going Places explores the world of geospatial science and goes where no 4-H project has ever gone before! Accessed entirely on one CD, the three youth levels and group guide are valuable resources to anyone interested in geospatial technology, geographic education, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Activities correlate with National Education Standards. Grades 4-12