UMaine 4-H Unconference

Given the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation in Maine, UMaine Extension is making the decision to cancel many events and programs. I am writing to share that the  Ellsworth UMaine 4-H Unconference has been canceled.  We are disappointed to have to tell you this, and will hopefully be able to offer this unique opportunity at some point in the future.

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

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

  • Canceled.


  • 8:30 – 9:15 — check in and light 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; Door prizes

For more information, 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. 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 Jessy Brainerd 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.