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

Summer Special Interest (SPIN) clubs are designed to get 4-H and non-4-H youth engaged in activities that fuel their spark. SPIN club offerings vary year to year and are driven by youth interests and community needs. Current 4-H enrollment is not necessary for participation, however members will be enrolled in Cumberland County 4-H upon registration. Each program will meet once a week July – August for five weeks, unless otherwise noted.

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


Kids Can Can – IN-PERSON

Best for ages 9–14 or those entering 4th–8th grades but open to those up to age 18.  Ages 5-8 are welcome to participate with adult or older sibling assistance.

  • Date & Time: Wednesdays, July 14 – August 11, 2020, 9:00– 11:00AM
  • Location: UMaine Extension Regional Learning Center 75 Clearwater Dr. Falmouth, Maine 04105 and at UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm
  • Instructors: Kate McCarty, Food Preservation Professional, Sara Conant, 4-H Professional
  • Cost: $5.00 for all 5 weeks – payable by cash or check by mail, or day of programming
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 10
  • Minimum Age: 5

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.

Masks required indoors at all times. Masks required outdoors when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained and at the discretion of the program leader.

Register Here – Registration Closes June 30th


Passport Around the World – ONLINE

Best for ages 9–18 or those entering 3rd–12th grades; open to Cloverbuds (ages 5-8) with adult assistance

  • Date & Time: Thursdays, July 15 – August 12, 2021, 9:30 – 10:30AM
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Instructor: Special guests from across the globe through Greenheart Exchange
  • Cost: Free for all 5 weeks plus cost of materials on your own
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 40
  • Minimum Age: 9

Join 4-H and Greenheart as we travel around the world virtually and meet other teens from across the globe. Meetings will include a brief presentation from a teen Greenheart Exchange Student about their native country, an activity, and a question and answer period. These meetings are open to youth ages 9 – 18, with a maximum of 50 participants. A supply list for each country’s activity will be provided for you to be able to prepare your materials for the meeting.

The countries & activities we will be exploring are:

July 15  Slovakia ~ No Bake Banana Roof Cake
July 22 Ghana ~ Kente cloth or paper mats
July 29 North Macedonia ~ Potato Flag stamp
Aug. 5 Taiwan ~ Flower Lion Mask
Aug. 12 Tunisia ~ Mosaic tiles in a picture frame

Register Here Through the Maine 4-H Summer Learning Series Registration Page


Special Event – Fridays on the Farm – IN-PERSON

Best for youth ages 12-18.

Date & Time: July 16 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Location: In-Person at Mulberry Farm, Raymond, Maine

Cost: Free

Maximum # Participants: 10

Minimum Age: 12

The goal of 4-H Fridays on the Farm is to expose teens ages 12-18 to Maine agriculture and create workforce development skills through a variety of different hands-on, farm visits throughout the state on July 16, 23, 30, August 6. Teens may join for one week or all four to experience what different farms across the state have to offer. Each session will include an opportunity for teens to take a tour of operations, gain hands-on experience, and consider their role in the Maine Food System.

July 16th – Mulberry Farms in Raymond, Maine is run by the Pecoraro Family. Mulberry Farms specializes in organic fruits and vegetables. Please bring your own lunch to enjoy on the farm in an informal lunch and chat session with Farmer Frank following our program.

Masks required indoors at all times. Masks required outdoors when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained and at the discretion of the program leader.

Current 4-H enrollment is not necessary for participation. Program materials and instruction are FREE.

Register Here for July 16th or any of the other Fridays on the Farm Locations & Dates


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.