UMaine 4-H Unconference

UMaine 4-H Unconference: a volunteer forum led by 4-H volunteers for 4-H volunteers

UMaine 4-H Unconference will be an organized forum for 4-H volunteers, club leaders, afterschool providers, teachers, parents and teen leaders to gather. UMaine 4-H Unconference is intentionally designed to have YOU teach and learn from each other. There is no agenda; you come with 4-H ideas and topics you want to talk about or learn more about, and we’ll guide the process to get folks into groups where YOU are the experts. All experience levels are welcome and no one person has all the answers. Sample sessions might include: working with Cloverbuds, effective 4-H Leaders’ Associations, project records, animal science activities, ideas for including STEM, and many more; the group decides the topics at the beginning of UMaine 4-H Unconference. Door prizes will be given at the end of the day.

What to expect when you attend

Why are we bringing Unconference to 4-H community? Everyone who comes to UMaine 4-H Unconference is there because they want to be — to share and learn from other volunteers. Have voice and choice in the design for the day, topics that interest you as a 4-H volunteer or community partner, and have time to learn from each other about what YOU want to. It will fun and a new way to network with others from around the state, who are just as excited about 4-H as you are!

What can you expect as a participant? Here’s an example of a similar Unconference model. Watch this video clip to get an idea of how the day will unfold.

Dates and Locations

  • Lewiston High School, Saturday, January 12, 2019 (snow date January 19, 2019)
  • Orono (University of Maine campus), Saturday, January 26, 2019 (snow date February 2, 2019)


  • 8:30 – 9:15 — check in and continental breakfast
  • 9:15 – 10:00 — 4-H Unconference welcome and building day’s schedule
  • 10:00 – 11:00 — First breakout sessions
  • 11:00 – 12:00 — Second breakout sessions
  • 12:00 -1:00 — Lunch (provided)
  • 1:00 – 2:00 — Third breakout sessions
  • 2:00 – 3:00 — Large Group Closing and Smackdown; Doorprizes

Registration Closed

If you need registration assistance, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 207.581.3877.

Cost: Free

Financial assistance available to help offset gas and hotel costs to attend UMaine 4-H Unconference. Volunteers traveling more than 1.5 hours can apply for $50 in financial assistance and volunteers traveling more than two hours can apply for a $100 in financial assistance. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information or to apply for travel scholarship, contact:

Jen Lobley, Extension Educator, or 207.255.3345.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Jessey Brainard at 207.581.3877 or 1.800.287.8957 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.