Hancock County 4-H prides itself in its community partnerships, working with local organizations and groups to create opportunities for positive youth development in Hancock County, ME. Please check out the list of current community partnerships. If you’d like to partner with Hancock County 4-H, please reach out to the Extension Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Hill Heritage Trust is a nonprofit, donor-based land conservation organization founded in 1985 by residents of the Blue Hill Peninsula in coastal Maine. They are working to conserve the farmland, forest, wetlands, and wildlife habitat needed to sustain ecological and community health in a changing climate. Their goal is to protect the resources and sense of place upon which traditional livelihood depends, and to work with their communities to embrace a stewardship ethic. Blue Hill Heritage Trust leads the Peninsula Explorers, a 4-H club that focuses on outdoor learning.
Ellsworth Public Library is located on the banks of the Union River in downtown Ellsworth, Maine. Hancock County 4-H partners with the Ellsworth Public Library to offer events and workshops in their meeting room, and to help with community events such as the NEA Big Read: Ellsworth. The NEA Big Read: Ellsworth is a series of community events focused around one book. To see how 4-H is involved, visit here.
UMaine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) and Hancock County 4-H partnered to create the 4-H At-Home Aquaponics Project, an experiential virtual learning program for youth ages 9-18. The program includes learning experiences in introductory aquaponic systems and design, fish husbandry, aquaponic gardening, cooking and nutrition, and more. Visit here for more information.
Sumner Memorial High School Pathways Program is an alternative education model used at SMHS. Pathways’ programming offers multiple opportunities for students to meet Proficiency Standards and Performance Indicators through a combination of traditional methods and hands-on learning activities. Currently, Hancock County 4-H partners with the Pathways Program to offer hands-on gardening education.
Maine Small Business Development Center (Maine SBDC) at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) in Ellsworth. The Maine SBDC program helps build and strengthen small businesses through business advising, training and educational resources. Hancock County 4-H partners with Maine SBDC at CEI to run the very successful 4-H Egg Business Project, where youth entrepreneurs learn how to create and manage their own egg laying business.