4-H ‘Spring Fling’ activities feature horses, cooking, fishing

Published 6:28 am Thursday, April 7, 2022

By Sherry Fischlschweiger, Currituck Extension

Spring break is just around the corner and the Currituck 4-H staff has put together some great activities for youth during that week. The description of each event is below and includes the date, time, location and registration link.

Horse Camp for Cloverbuds (Ages 5-7) – April 18, 2022:

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Exciting, hands-on horse camp for our youngest 4-H’ers! Youth will learn the basic care of a horse- including feeding and nutrition, grooming and hoof care, and how to provide safe and clean lodging for horses. They will also have the opportunity to ride a horse and make a horse related craft. This introductory workshop will take place April 18, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Currituck County Rural Center (CCRC) at 184 Milburn Sawyer Rd. in Powells Point. There is a $5 fee for this camp and your child should bring a bag lunch and wear closed-toe shoes. The registration link is horsingaround2022.eventbrite.com.

Culinary Academy (ages 11 to 16) – April 19 and 20, 2022

Is your child interested in learning to prepare food? Are they curious about where food comes from? Currituck County 4-H is hosting a two-day culinary workshop for youth ages 11 to 16. Participants will engage in hands-on cooking challenges that involve food preparation techniques, food and recipe cost analysis, food and kitchen safety and investigations into the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. Your child will also have the opportunity to participate in a “Mystery Basket Challenge” on the final day of the camp. The workshop will take place April 19-20 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the NC Cooperative Extension of Currituck County at 120 Community Way in Barco. The tuition for this camp is $25 and includes all supplies and materials, lunch and snacks for each of the days. Reserve your child’s seat at culinaryacademy2022.eventbrite.com.

Let’s Learn to Fish (ages 8 to 13) – April 19, 2022

Do you get excited when a fish tugs at the end of your line? If so, you are not alone. Fishing is one of the most popular sports in America. Most everyone has a “fishing hole” near their home – whether it’s a creek, pond, lake or the ocean. Fishing can be as simple as using a cane pole, a line, a cork and a hook baited with a worm. But you can have more fun and success if you learn as much as possible about the diets and habits of a wide variety of fish. Join us to learn the fishing basics and then try our luck in the local waters around NC Cooperative Extension, Currituck Center. This program is for youth ages 8 to 13. We will meet at NC Cooperative Extension, Currituck Center at 120 Community Way in Barco at 9 a.m. From there, we will fish the local ponds. The pick-up will be at the same location at noon. We will provide equipment and bait, or bring your own if you would like. fishingspringbreak2022.eventbrite.com

Electric/Energy Field Trip – April 18, 2022

Join the Currituck County 4-H staff for a field trip to the Outer Banks to explore the world of alternative and renewable energy. Youth ages 10-18 will leave NC Cooperative Extension-Currituck County Center, located at 120 Community Way in Barco, at 8:30 a.m. and return at 5 p.m.

We will begin the day at the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese learning about wave energy and the Waves to Water desalination process that uses multiple types of energy to create fresh drinking water from the ocean. We will then drive over to Jennette’s Pier to participate in a hands-on wind energy experiment. Participants will make a model of a wind turbine, test it in a wind tunnel and then have the opportunity to observe their model as it collects, stores and transforms wind to power. Participants will need to bring a bag lunch. There is a registration fee for this workshop of $8. Register and pay through Eventbrite at electricfieldtripobx.eventbrite.com.

For more information, contact 252-232-2262 or email slfischl@ncsu.edu.