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

Starting in July 2019 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, unless otherwise stated. Registration ends June 17 or when full.

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


Kids Can Can – 3 Spots Open

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

  • Date & Time: Wednesdays, July 10 – August 7, 2019, 9:00– 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: UMaine Extension Regional Learning Center 75 Clearwater Dr. Falmouth, Maine 04105 and at UMaine Gardens at Tidewater Farm
  • Cost: $5.00 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.

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Fondant and Flowers – FULL

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

  • Date and Time: Wednesdays, July 10 – 31st, 2019,  2:00  – 3:30 p.m. (Please note that this program is only 4 weeks long instead of the traditional 5)
  • Location:  UMaine Extension Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Falmouth, Maine 04105
  • Cost: $15.00 for all 4 weeks
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 6
  • Minimum Age: 9

In this program participants will learn how to create their own fondant, how to cover a small cake with fondant, create fondant shapes, make their own gum paste, create gum paste flowers, and royal icing flowers. The program will end with making their own decorated mini-cake.

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The Sky’s the Limit – 3 Spots Open

Raymond Village Library logoBest for ages 11–15 or those entering 5th – 9th grade but open to those up to age 18.

  • Date & Time: Thursdays, July 11 – August 8, 2019, 10:30– 12:00 PM
  • Location: Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, Raymond, Maine 04071
  • Cost: Free for all 5 weeks
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 8
  • Minimum Age: 10

This program will explore the ins and outs of solar energy. Participants will learn how to make a circuit and use that circuit with a solar panel to determine the best way to capture solar energy. Youth will also learn how the sun interacts with and effects various resources on earth and will finish the summer designing a solar oven to make S’mores.

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Cloverbud Summer Sampler Series

Instead of offering just one specific topic series for Cloverbuds (ages 5-8) we’ll be offering a new Sampler Series. The Sampler Series will have four different activities especially for Cloverbuds! Each week will be a different time, location, and activity. You can sign up for as few or as many as you’d like! All Sampler Series activities are free. Maximum of 8 Cloverbuds per session.

Paper Plate Roller Coasters – 1 Spot Open
Thursday, July 11th, 9:30 – 10:30 AM, Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, Raymond
Learn about motion by making a roller coaster out of paper plates and other recyclable items.

Pickle Making – 2 Spots Open
Tuesday, July 23rd, 3:00 – 4:00PM UMaine Extension Office, 75 Clearwater Dr. Falmouth
Learn how to make yummy pickles with our Food Preservation Professional, Kate McCarty.

Horse Meet & Greet – FULL
Thursday, August 1, 4:00 – 5:00PM, Riding To The Top, 14 Lilac Drive, Windham
Visit Riding To The Top, a therapeutic horsemanship center, to tour the farm, meet all of their therapy horses, learn about what they do there, and get a chance to get up close and personal with a few horses.

Fun With Fondant – FULL
Wednesday, August 7th, 2:30 – 3:30PM, UMaine Extension Office, 75 Clearwater Dr. Falmouth
Learn how to make yummy marshmallow fondant, roll it into shapes, and decorate a cupcake!

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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.