NEW! Peninsula Explorers 4-H Club

Girl Hiking with 4-H and BHHT logosHancock County 4-H and Blue Hill Heritage Trust invite youth grades 3-8 to participate in the Peninsula Explorers Club! The focus of the club is to provide area youth with fun, educational and safe experiences in a variety of outdoor activities. Club themes may include: Winter Sports, Ice Fishing, Archery, Art, Tracking, Astronomy, Boating, Hiking, Wilderness Survival, Overnight Camping, and anything else we can think of! Club Sessions will meet at a variety of BHHT properties around the peninsula. We will meet in all weather conditions (as long as it’s safe). This club is FREE and open to youth in grades 3-8 living in the seven towns of the Blue Hill Peninsula. Space is limited and is first come, first serve. Visit the Peninsula Explorers Club page for information on the current club theme and how to register.

4-H Aquaponics SPIN Club

Boy looking into a fish aquariumThis summer, Hancock County 4-H has been collaborating with The Center for Cooperative Aquaculture (CCAR) in Franklin and the University of Maine Center for Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) to offer a 4-H Aquaponics SPIN Club to high school youth in the Franklin area. The group meets at the CCAR facility weekly to care for two aquaponics systems, through which the youth learn about growing plants with the wastewater from fish! Highlights so far include: feeding Halibut and Codfish, taking water quality measurements, thinning lettuce seedlings, dissecting a squid, and cooking with Deb Spurling, Nutrition Educator from the Extension Office! The program continues until the end of August and we hope to continue aquaponics programming this year throughout Hancock County.

This program is supported by Maine EPSCoR, SEANET, UMaine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research and UMaine Cooperative Extension