Intro to 4-H for Cloverbuds

This project is for our youngest members called Cloverbuds, members ages 5-8. We will introduce Cloverbuds to some of the 4-H concepts, like the pledge, and talk about how our club works using hands-on activities, games and group discussions. There will be 6 sessions, roughtly one per month. We will strive to have the sessions be in-person and outdoors, but some may have to be via Zoom. The sessions will have the following themes: Introduction, Head, Heart, Hands, Health, and the County Fair.

AGES:  5-8, minimum 3 kids, no max

DATES:  Options will be Friday late afternoons or Saturday or Sunday mornings. Once the group is finalized, we will determine a schedule that works for the group.

PROJECT FEE:  $15 for materials and supplies


During the Drama Project, participants will learn a variety of theatre games and improvisations and will utilize creative play in order to spark ideas for original group-devised theatre pieces. At the end of the last meeting a “Show and Share” will be presented to families and friends. We will share part of the performance at the November club meeting, either through video or live on Zoom (Participants will decide how). This will be an in-person project on four weekend afternoons. Participants will be masked.

There is a possibility that we could use my school’s theatre space at Albany Middle School. If that works out, there will be a small project fee. Outside groups must rent the space. Also, I want to check everyone’s comfort level with meeting indoors. I would keep the doors open and the air purifier on in the theatre like I have been doing for school. If people are not comfortable with that, we could meet at Shorebird Park at the Berkeley Marina. There is a grassy field and a small stage we could use on a first come-first served basis. If we meet in a park, there will be no project fee. Masks will be required either way.

AGES:  This project is for ages 9 and up (If you are a mature 8 year old who really wants to do this, please sign up.); minimum 5 kids, maximum 15


  • Saturdays from 2-4
    • Oct. 9
    • Oct. 16
    • Oct. 23
    • Nov. 6
    • OR- I do have some Sundays available. Please sign up, and we will figure out times that work for everyone.

PROJECT FEE:  TBD, see note above


Craft + activism = craftivism. In this project we’ll explore what it means to be a “craftivist”. Each time you participate in crafting you are making a difference, whether it’s fighting against materialism or making items for charity or something betwixt and between. Crafting helps us to connect beyond ourselves. Whether we’re connecting with someone next door or across the globe. Craft and activism both take and inspire passion. When used as a joint force, they can quite possibly begin to slowly challenge and change things. We will work together to find causes that inspire us and ways for us to create in support of our passions.

AGES:  All; minimum 3 kids, max 8

PROPOSED DATES:  TBD – possibly weekend mornings

PROJECT FEE:  $10 (snacks/supplies)

Trash Hunters

Have you ever noticed the trash everywhere and wanted to do something about it? Here’s your chance! We will use grabbers and go around to different areas to pick up trash. I will provide the grabbers, trash bags, hand sanitizer, and gloves. Everyone is welcome to bring a lunch and snacks to enjoy outdoors. There will also be time to do some fun activities like throwing a frisbee around and other games. The project will be taking place on 2 Saturdays, weather permitting. All ages are welcome!!

AGES: All ages (Younger kids will need parent participation, but a great family activity!), minimum 3 kids, no max


  • Nov 13, 11:00-1:30
  • Dec 11, 11:00-1:30



Come out for a group bicycle exploration of The Bay Trail.

WHO: anyone willing to ride 5-10 miles, possibly on some gravel roads.

WHAT: group bicycle ride to historically and / or naturally significant areas. May include a scavenger hunt-style list.

AGES:  8 and up, minimum 3 kids, no max


  • Sunday, Nov 7, approx 9:00-11:00
  • Sunday, Dec 12, approx 9:00-11:00


Graphic Desserts

During this project, we will learn how to make desserts that are both good-looking and good-tasting. We will practice collaborating as we cook, and share the fruits of our labor together.

AGES: All, but younger kids will probably need some adult help, minimum 3 kids, no max


  • Sunday, September 26th from 10.30 to 12: Let’s play with dough (apple pie recipe) (ZOOM)
  • Saturday, October 16th from 10.30 to 12: Let’s play with chocolate and caramel (ZOOM)
  • Sunday, November 14th from 10.30 to 12 : Marzipan and Christmas cookies preparation (ZOOM)
  • Monday, December 6th, 5 to 6.30: Let’s meet in our back yard around a fire, share our Christmas cookies and bake small Saint Nicolas brioche (IN-PERSON)


Galactic Quest (4-H STEM Challenge)

Do you want to unlock the mysteries of space exploration?! Join Galactic Quest! You’ll participate in four space-related activities: Stellar Optics, Cipher Space, Astro Adventure, and Cosmic Claw. In Stellar Optics we’ll start with the stars. We’ll explore principles of light and construct a simple telescope. In Cipher Space we’ll learn about concepts of cybersecurity and protecting assets in space. You’ll use a Caesar cipher wheel to decode a secret message and encrypt and decipher words. In Astro Adventure we’ll play a board game about the resources needed for space exploration and where they can be found. Finally, in Cosmic Claw you’ll use the Engineering Design Process to design, build, and operate a robotic claw. Cool, right?

AGES: 3rd grade and up, minimum 5 kids, no max

PROPOSED DATES:  We will probably meet outside at a park in South Berkeley

  • Sat. 11/13, 2-4pm
  • Sat. 11/20, 2-3:30pm
  • Sat. 12/4, 2-3:30pm

PROJECT FEE:  $20 for the kit


Fall/Winter, likely extension or repeat in Spring

During 4-H Weaving, new and continuing students will learn what different parts of the loom do and how a loom works as well as how to plan, measure, prep your loom, weave a piece of cloth or an inkle band. Students will all have the chance to work on a loom and complete a simple project. Returning students can begin or finish more complex projects. Kids will get a loom to work on and take that loom home to work on between project meetings.

Depending on student interest and timing, we may also explore: how to recognize and understand different textile techniques (e.g., weaving, tatting, knitting, bobbin lace, card weaving), as well as yarn chemistry—how to tell what a fiber is without a label

AGES: 10+, depending on space and prior fiber experience, age 9 students may be able to participate, maximum 6 kids

PROPOSED DATES:  Tentative dates will be Sunday Afternoons 1:00-3:00:

  • October 10
  • October 24
  • November 7
  • Meetings will be held in the back yard at my house, masked though we may do an initial meeting or quick (i.e., 30 min) interim check-in meetings to support project work over Zoom.

PROJECT FEE:  No project fee, though if students have yarn they can work with that (not required)—all materials will be provided except for scissors, pencil, paper.

Miniature Painting

In this project, I will be teaching students to paint miniature figures, for D&D or just for display pieces. We will learn techniques like basing, wet-blending, and drybrushing, as well as basic skills like brush control and color choice. I will be teaching from a new miniature this time, so returning students will have as much to gain as new ones. This will be an in-person project at my house, so masks will be required.

AGES: 10+, minimum 3 kids, maximum 6


  • Oct. 10, 11-1
  • Oct 24, 11-1
  • Nov 7, 1pm at Games of Berkeley. On this day, we will pick personal miniatures to paint
  • Nov. 14, 11-2

PROJECT FEE: There will be a $10-15 project fee, which will pay for materials. Every student will end this project with at least one painted miniature and a set of paints and brushes.

Fun with Bacteria!

While it’s true that some bacteria are harmful, so many bacteria are incredibly beneficial and really, we couldn’t survive without them. In this project, we’ll learn together about different kinds of beneficial bacteria. In the sessions we’ll be doing various experiments, many of which will take some time to develop and grow. So, in between the sessions, we will be communicating with each other via email, sending status updates and photos, so that we can all share how our experiments are going.

Session 1 will be in-person and we will learn that bacteria are all around us. We will create our own ecosystem of bacteria from mud or dirt and watch it grow. This is called a Winogradsky column.

Session 2 will be online and we’ll learn about the beneficial bacteria inside of us in our microbiome. We’ll make kombucha gummy jellies and maybe another bacteria-fermented food.

Session 3 will be in-person and over 2 days. We’ll learn about the role of bacteria in biotechnology. We’ll make BioArt, or living art, by painting on small petri dishes with bacteria that has been genetically engineered to fluoresce color. As part of this session, we’ll also make a DIY Incubator which will help our BioArt to grow.

Session 4 will be in-person and we’ll learn about bacteria’s very important role in the environment and the nitrogen cycle. Without nitrogen-fixing bacteria all of the green growth you see around you and many of the food crops we eat would not be possible. In this session, we’ll grow some clover plants with and without nitrogen-fixing bacteria to observe any differences.

Our final session will also be in-person and we will investigate the bacteria in our every day lives. We’ll take samples from surfaces around us and attempt to grow bacteria from those samples to see what happens. Together we’ll figure out some inquiries to make like do natural remedies like tea tree oil have antibacterial properties?

AGES: 6th grade and up, minimum 4 kids, maximum 8

PROPOSED DATES (we may need to tweak based on group’s availability):

  • SAT, Nov 6, 10 am-12 pm, Lake Temescal
  • SUN, Dec 12, 2:00-3:30, ZOOM
  • SAT, Jan 15, 10 am-12 pm, office in Berkeley ?
  • SUN, Jan 16, 10 am-12 pm, office in Berkeley ?
  • SAT, Feb 26, 2:00-4:00, Lake Temescal
  • SUN, April 3, 2:00-4:00, office in Berkeley ?

PROJECT FEE:  estimated $50-70. I’m still working out the costs, and it will also depend on the number of members enrolled. I’ll try to keep it as low as I can. Please reach out if cost is an issue and we can work something out.


Learn sailing basics and spend some time on the water in our beautiful Bay. We’ll be sailing out of Clipper Cove on Treasure Island and using boats from TISC, Treasure Island Sailing Center.

AGES: 11 and up, but please sign up if your child is interested and not quite 11, but you feel they could handle this. Project leader will contact you to discuss, and based on demand for the project, he may be able to accommodate; minimum 3 kids, maximum 6

DATES: Monday, October 11, plus a potential Zoom session prior to Oct 11, and perhaps a follow-up sailing excursion, depending on interest

PROJECT FEE:  TBD, maybe a small one

Intro to 4-H for Cloverbuds


ONLINE, with some outdoor in-person time if permitted

This project is for our youngest members called Cloverbuds. It will be led by 2 of our veteran teen leaders. They will introduce Cloverbuds to some of the 4-H concepts, like the pledge, and talk about how our club works using hands-on activities, games and group discussions.

There will be 6 one-hour sessions on Saturdays. Tentative dates are below. The sessions will have the following themes: Introduction, Head, Heart, Hands, Health, and the County Fair.

AGES:  5-8, minimum 3 kids, no max

DATES: 10-11 am, Saturdays Feb 6, 20, Mar 6, Apr 3, 17 (changed to in-person 10-11:30), May 15 (changed to in-person 10-12 pm)

PROJECT FEE:  $15 for materials and supplies, to be delivered to your house or school

Exploring the Microcosm


Ever wondered what a plant or animal looks like if you were to zoom in really close? Or have you ever thought about creatures that are too small to see with your eyes alone? In this project, we’ll be exploring this tiny world with the help of the Foldscope, an affordable, hand-held paper microscope. Members will each get their own Foldscope, and we’ll assemble them together and use them to learn about the microscopic world.

AGES: 3rd grade and up, younger kids with adult help, minimum 3 kids, max 10

DATES:  3:15 PM – 4:30 PM January 31st February 13th, 21st, 28th March 7th


Guerrilla Art



Create art in public places that will surprise and delight! We will make fun, clever, removable art that we’ll install in spots for people to find in their every day life. Googly eyes on fire hydrants, fairies hidden in flower pots, inspirational notes in trees – we’ll come up with ideas to inspire and put smiles on faces.

AGES: All, minimum 4 kids, max 8



Geocaching on East Bay Trails



Learn about GPS and geocaching in an online class followed by two scheduled hikes at Redwood Regional Park in Oakland and Wildcat Canyon Regional Park in Richmond during which we will find real geocaches and place one of our own. (If there’s time, we will add a third hike.)

AGES: 5th grade and up, younger kids with adult, minimum 4 kids, max 8 kids

DATES: Feb 7 (online) 10-11 am, March 28, April 25, May 30 (depending on SIP) 10 am – 1 pm for all hikes


Connection and Company



In this project, we will connect with local seniors and individuals who are particularly isolated during this time due to their health, age or physical needs. Our connections will be remote, creative, and will largely come from the group (pen pals? collaborative art projects? zoom puzzling? reading?) We will be introduced to select people through our partnership with Oakland at Risk, and our team will take it from there, developing relationships and ensuring that people who have had little social interaction lately can have just a little more. 4-H members of any age are welcome to participate. We will have a balance of project “meeting” time where we will brainstorm ideas and activities, along with time set aside to complete those activities.


DATES:  Saturdays, 4:30

  • Feb 27
  • March 6, 13, 20


Introduction to Weaving, Fall and Spring




Students will learn how to plan, measure, prep your loom, weave a piece of cloth or an inkle band. In addition, they may learn how to recognize and understand the different textile techniques (eg weaving, tatting, knitting, bobbin lace, card weaving), what the different parts of the loom do and how a loom works, yarn chemistry (how to tell what a fiber is without a label).

AGES:  10 and up, 6 kids max


  • Oct 10 (Zoom), time TBD
  • Meeting 2: In-person to set up looms
  • Meetings 3-5 (Zoom): group weaving and Q&A
  • Individual meetings as needed to finish the project
  • Continuation of project in the Spring of 2021 for new members and those wishing to continue

PROJECT FEE:  None.  Families will need to purchase their own yarn.




Materials needed: digital camera or smartphone, computer if using digital camera to crop/edit

Session 1:  Teach kids about camera functions: Intro to camera exercise: Use light- Shoot same subject at same location at different times of day to see how light can affect appearance and feel

Session 2: What to think about when taking a photo: Learning about composition and “rules” exercise: find wide angle, zoom, portrait mode and take photos in all of these modes

Session 3: Careers in photography- different types of photography- underwater, wedding, portrait, photojournalism, travel exercise: pretend you need to choose a career in photography, what would it be and why?

Session 4: Processing photo, Common mistakes and how to fix them exercise: crop and straighten image, filters etc

Members will be encouraged and supported to enter a photo or photos in the Alameda County Film & Photo Fest in April or May, in the Alameda County Fair Photo Exhibition in June/July, and in the State 4-H Photo Contest in July/August.

AGES: 9+, minimum 3 kids, maximum 10

PROPOSED DATES:  Sundays, 2-3 pm

  • Feb 28
  • March 7, 21
  • April 11
  • Film and Photo Fest in April


Miniature Painting



We will learn how to paint miniatures for tabletop games like D&D, or just for fun. We will learn different techniques like layering to create effects. You will start the project with a grey, bland figure and finish it with a lively masterpiece! There are countless figurines to choose from, but we will probably start with a kit that has a dude with a sword.

AGES: 11+, but a little flexible

PROPOSED DATES:  Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 1:00-3:00 pm



OUTDOOR, if permitted

We will have 3 outings, most likely Lafayette Reservoir, Lake Anza and one other. If you are new to fishing, we can do a dry land primer regarding gear, knots, casting and general fishing instruction. If you can purchase your own line and reel, that would be ideal, but we do have a couple extra for borrowing. We can send you some links to solid, but low-cost gear if need be.

AGES:  All, but parent help may be required for younger kids

DATES:  mid to late April start, dates TBD, weekends

PROJECT FEE:  permit fee at the reservoir, etc, around $5-10

Handscript and Shadow Box Collage


IN-PERSON (IF POSSIBLE) in late April/May

This project offers an introduction to free-hand cursive writing and elements of intricate collage technique. Project participants will create art pieces using hand lettering and three-dimensional collage to make a beautiful hand decorated and framed quotation in a shadow box. Students who have taken this project before are welcome to do so again. If desired, finished pieces can be entered in the 2021 Alameda County Fair. (Historically these pieces have been award winners!)

AGES:  10+, minimum 3 kids, maximum 6 kids

DATES: 2 three-hour meetings (with breaks) in late April/early May to be determined


September 14, 2020

5:35– Meeting called to order

5:36– Each new youth officer introduced themselves; along with the two adult club leaders

5:39– Welcomed new members to the club community having them introduce themselves saying their name and the reason why they joined 4-H

5:41– Went over the meeting agreements for the new year

  • Keep yourself on mute at all times unless you are speaking
  • Do not have anything distracting/moving around in your background
  • Always be respectful of other people’s ideas
  • Keep cellphones and other devices off during the meeting
  • Always stay positive and remember to have fun!
  • Don’t be afraid to make new friends and remember to make sure that everyone in the community feels included in the community

5:43– Went over what club meeting were going to be like what was going to happen for all of the new people joining the club

5:45– Did a repeat after me of the 4-H pledge

5:55– Went over all the summer activities(through a slide show)

  • Art at the beach
  • Fishing
  • Citizen Science

6:00– Everyone was placed in breakout rooms for icebreaker activity: Show 2 items with your group(1.Something that you have had for a long time 2. An object that represents what you did over the summer)

6:09– Everyone returns from their breakout rooms

6:11– Introduced fall project introductions

  • Eating around the world
  • Fairy doors
  • Trash hunters
  • Gardening arts and crafts 
  • Get out the vote
  • Mars base camp
  • Biking on the Bay
  • Donkey Toes Publishing
  • Introduction to silk screening
  • Introduction to weaving

6:45– Called the meeting to an end 

6:47– The new members stayed after to ask questions if they had any

Get Out the Vote



2020 is the most important election of our lifetimes. For this 4-H project, we will be reaching out via the US mail to reach voters to compel them to vote in this extremely important election. Postcarding and letter writing to voters is easy and fun! And we can all do this from our homes. There are two campaigns that we can support: The Big Send and Postcards to Swing States. Both are non-partisan, but they do target Democrats, under-represented voters, as well as voters of color. We will meet for a kick off call and 1-2 more times to check in on progress. Join us to help out in this important project!

AGES:  All (Younger kids will need parent participation, but a great family activity!)

DATES:  First meeting will be an Acitivism 101 Zoom meeting(TBD, but soon), then we will check in 1-2 times to see how everyone is doing. Mail dates are 10/21, 10/26 are the Postcard mail dates and the Big Send is late October. All dates are potentially moving up due to delays in the mail. There is a kick off meeting with the Hamilton cast who are supporting this effort on 9/21 at 4:30 pm. You can register here:

PROJECT FEE:  $0.35 per postcard stamp or $0.55/ letter. For the Postcards to Swing States, I have all of the postcards and addresses and can distribute from my home in Berkeley. For the Big Send, you will need #10 envelopes and a printer to print out the core letters and then mail.

Fairy Doors


Each participant will build a fariy door somewhere in their neighborhood. Typical spots for fairy doors can be trunks of trees, bases of a house or flower pot, anywhere that touches the ground. We will then share the geolocation with each other (and the club) and have a scavenger hunt of sorts to find each other’s doors.

AGES:  All, but parent help may be needed for younger kids, 4 kids minimum, no max


PROJECT FEE:  TBD, project leader may create kits for each participant, and if so, there will be a small fee

Gardening Arts & Crafts



Over four 1.5 hour meetings, we will learn about succulent propagation, seed incubation, general plant upkeep, and much more! Add in some cool recycling arts and crafts projects and this is sure to leaf you with a smile.

AGES:  2nd grade and up, minimum 3 kids, max 10

DATES:  All sessions 3:30-5:00

  • Oct 17, 24
  • Nov 1, 7