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Out-of-school programs are offered outside of school hours in schools or other community centers. Programs are typically available for youth K–12th grade. Youth do not need to be an enrolled 4-H member to participate in a 4-H out-of-school program.

4-H out-of-school experiences are offered during the time children and youth are out of school and their parents/guardians are in need of safe, healthy, caring and enriching environments which offer expanded learning opportunities for their children. This includes before and afterschool hours, teacher in-service days, school holidays, summer months and weekends. 4-H out-of-school programs are designed on principles of youth development, address the interests of youth and help develop their physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills and abilities. These programs are delivered by 4-H staff, trained volunteers or another community-based organization.

For more information about the Lancaster County 4-H out-of-school opportunities, contact Extension Educator Tracy Anderson at or 402-441-7180.

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Trash to Treasure

Lancaster County 4-H offers exciting, experiential learning opportunities focused on environmental sustainability education through Trash to Treasure afterschool programming. We currently partner with Community Learning Center, Family Service, Lincoln Parks & Recreation and YMCA afterschool programs at elementary schools across Lancaster County to provide on-site programming.

Geared toward youth in grades K–5th grade, Trash to Treasure combines learning with recreational and engaging activities, and each session provides students with opportunities to have fun while learning how easy it is to have a positive impact on the environment!

4-H staff are available for sessions throughout the year. Each session typically lasts about one hour, and includes a brief, interactive presentation and fun activity! Potential activities include:

  • Race to Recycle
  • Recycled Tower Engineering
  • The Time Is Right: Guessing Rates of Material Decomposition
  • Sustainability B I N G O
  • Recycled Greeting Card Crafting
  • Recycled Paper Making

Lancaster County 4-H also has a number of Trash to Treasure activity kits, which are available to be checked out for free. Kits include supplemental K–5 curriculum, activities and supplies which can be used throughout the school year to further explore sustainability concepts.

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Lancaster County Super Fair Presentations

Throughout the summer months, the Lancaster County 4-H program offers interactive presentations for summer enrichment program sites. Presentations typically take about 30 minutes and are a great way to expose youth to all that the Lancaster County Super Fair has to offer! Summer sites which schedule a presentation are eligible to receive a free parking pass for the Lancaster County Super Fair — a great opportunity for a fun field trip to wrap up the summer!

Lancaster County 4-H also offers Animal Exploration Guide curriculum binders, which are available to be checked out for free. The curriculum, geared toward K–5th grade youth, provide supplemental educational materials and hands-on activity resources for use in summer programs. The information directly pertains to the livestock animals which can be seen on a trip to the Lancaster County Super Fair.

The recycling activities helped me learn about the environment and how important it is to not throw garbage everywhere. It was fun to learn about something we don’t learn in school every day, and it helped me understand how I can make my own environment better.

Zaniya Osborne, Campbell Elementary Community Learning Center afterschool youth who participated in 4-H Trash to Treasure activities

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