The term 4-H is synonymous with pigs and cows and state fairs. However, today 4-H is so much more than its agricultural roots. 4-H Special Interest, or SPIN, Clubs off students an opportunity to experience the fun, learning, and life skills that 4-H offers in a condensed program.
One such program, Going Coastal Spring Break Camp, is happening at Weedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg next week March 12-14th. Register here for this three-day, marine science-themed camp is for students 7 to 11 years of age. Taught by UF/IFAS Extension Florida Sea Grant Agent Libby Carnahan, the camp offers a balance of educational and recreational activities to engage and challenge your student! The camp will run Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00am-4:00pm.
- Coastal habitat hike
- Guided canoe paddle
- Saltwater fish seining and invertebrate dip-netting
- Ethical fishing on the Weedon Pier
- Daily art activity
Ten Ohio State University students from the OSU Buck-I-SERV program will volunteer as teaching assistants for the camp, creating a 1:2 ratio of instructors to students! UF/IFAS and OSU have a 8-year relationship of working together to provide marine science opportunities for youth. Each parent will fill out a 4-H membership form and liability form for their student. The forms will be emailed out prior to camp.
*Students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch qualify for a UF/IFAS Extension scholarship to attend the Spring Break Camp at a discounted cost. For a scholarship application, please email Libby Carnahan at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be asked to provide proof of eligibility prior to the camp.