Short-Term 4-H Summer Special Interest Programs (SPIN)

Starting in July 2018 Cumberland County 4-H Community Education Assistant Sara Conant will be conducting three short-term 4-H programs for any interested youth. Food Preservation Professional Kate McCarty will be conducting one short-term program as well. Current 4-H enrollment is not necessary for participation. Each program will meet once a week July – August for five weeks. Registration ends June 18 or when full.

Have questions? Contact Sara Conant by email sara.conant@maine.edu or phone 207.781.6099.


Kids Can Can (1 Spot)

Best for ages 9–14 or those in 4th–8th grades but open to those up to age 18.

  • Date & Time: Wednesdays, July 11 – August 8, 2018, 9:00– 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: UMaine Extension Regional Learning Center 75 Clearwater Dr. Falmouth, Maine 04105 and at UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm
  • Cost: $10.00 for all 5 weeks
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 10
  • Minimum Age: 9
Strawberry jam, pickles, and salsa: all of these foods can be made from scratch with fruits and vegetables grown in your own garden. Join UMaine Extension staff and volunteers in this hands-on, interactive program that will teach participants how to grow and preserve the garden’s harvest. Each session will begin in the Tidewater Gardens as we harvest the fruits and vegetables needed to make jam, pickles, salsa, and more. Then we’ll move to the kitchen and prepare a batch of delicious preserved foods. Each participant will take home a jar of what we make. Consider attending the Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse SPIN club too so you can stay to play and learn with us all day!

Registration is Now Closed


Surviving A Zombie Apocalypse (1 Spot)

Best for ages 9–14 or those in 4th–8th grades but open to those up to age 18

Date and Time: Wednesdays, July 11 – August 8, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Location:  UMaine Extension Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Falmouth, Maine 04105

Cost: $10.00 for all 5 weeks

Maximum Number of Participants: 10

Minimum Age: 9

Based on Utah Cooperative Extension’s Discover 4-H Clubs Curriculum, participants will learn emergency preparedness skills in the setting of a fictional zombie takeover! Members will learn tips for surviving without electricity, how to prepare for common natural disasters, sheltering in place, and so much more. All lessons have hands-on components including Bingo, making fire starters, creating survival bars, playing Zombie games, and more! Consider attending the Kids Can Can SPIN club too so you can stay to play and learn with us all day!

Registration is Now Closed  


Cloverbud STEAM Explorers (FULL)

Raymond Village Library logoBest for ages 5–8 or those in Kindergarten – 3rd grade

  • Date & Time: Thursdays, July 12 – August 9, 2018, 9:30– 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, Raymond, Maine 04071
  • Cost: Free for all 5 weeks
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 8
  • Minimum Age: 5

Each week will focus on a different letter of the STEAM acronym. Participants will learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and math through fun hands-on activities. Activities include learning about sounds and vibrations, counting and spending play money, an art project, and more!

To Register:

Cumberland County 4-H 2018 Short-Term Summer Programs (Google Form)


Fun With Horses (FULL)

Riding to the Top Logo 4-HBest for ages 9–14 or those in 4th–8th grades but open to those up to age 1

  • Date and Time: Thursdays, July 12 – August 9, 2018, 1:30– 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center, 14 Lilac Drive, Windham, Maine 04062
  • Cost: $20.00 for all 5 weeks
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 8
  • Minimum Age: 9

This will be an unmounted program focusing on various aspects of horse care and handling. Some classes will be hands-on with horses (weather permitting) and some will be learning about horses. Participants will learn about horse behavior, safety around horses, how to groom, braid a horse, how to lead a horse through a pattern, and more. For those that participated last year, there will be different lessons! We will also be holding an unmounted horse show during week 4 and will be doing a volunteer craft project during week 5! When the sun is shining we will be outside in the arena or near the pastures learning about horses and if it rains we will be in Riding To The Top’s classroom. Sara Conant is a PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor for riders with disabilities and a certified CHA Level 3 English Riding Instructor.

Registration is Now Closed


If you are interested in any of these 4-H Summer Programs but are concerned about the cost please contact Sara Conant to discuss financial assistance in the form of a reduced or waived fee.


If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Sara Conant at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered.