Circuitry Games

In this project, each member will be creating their own electronic game from scratch! To start, we’ll go over the basics of how circuits work and learn how to communicate to a miniature computer called a microcontroller via Arduino, an open-source platform. Beginners can use buttons and lights to create a rock-paper-scissors or tic-tac-toe game, while more advanced members can tackle more challenging components or skills. Everyone will learn about the design process and how to use resources such as peers and documentation to solve problems.

Laptop required, Mac or PC (not Chromebook). Please let us know if this is an issue.

AGES: 5th grade +, 3-6 kids

DATES: Saturdays, 3:30-5:00

  • March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30




Learn the basics of tooling and stamping leather. Have fun with a craft where hammering to create beauty is required. We will be carpooling with project participants (leaders can drive) to the Tandy Leather store in Fremont to be taught the skills by experts in the craft.

AGES: 9+, 3-6 kids, but flexible if additional parent drivers are available

DATES: Saturdays, 12:00-3:00

  • March 9, April 14, May 4

LOCATION: Tandy Leather, Fremont and Project Leader’s House


First Aid

The first aid project is a fun, interactive project that introduces participants to the basic skills needed to apply first aid wherever and whenever needed with competence and confidence. Learn how to recognize an emergency, how to stop bleeding, treat sprains, strains and fractures, the steps to take to help someone with a head injury or allergic reaction and much more! We will learn what to do, practice how to do it and you will finish the project with your own personal first aid kit to take home.

AGES: 8+, 6-10 kids

DATES: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30

  • March 12, 19
  • April 23, 30
  • May 7
  • Plus one Saturday TBD

LOCATION: EBI and possible weekend field trip


Intro to Silk Screen Printing

Ever wanted to understand the basics of silk screen printing? Did you know that screen printing is is all around you? Bring your own art and designs to life and get to experience what it’s like to work in a real silk screen studio. Students will learn the basics of silk screen printing and create their own printed finished t-shirt, cards and/or flyers.

AGES: 10+, max 5 kids

DATES: Saturdays

  • March 16, 23 (9:30-11:30 at Project Leader’s House)
  • March 30 (visit to a studio, time TBD)

LOCATION: Project Leader’s House and a Printing Studio (TBD)


Plant Potions 2

This is a continuation of the Fall Plant Potions project, but new members are encouraged to join! At each class, we will be learning about a Spring plant, creating several remedies and ending with tea. We will focus on chickweed, violet and lemonbalm during our 3 sessions.

AGES: 10+, max 8 kids

DATES: Saturdays, 1:00-3:00

  • April 6
  • May 4 or 11, May 18 or 25

LOCATION: Project Leader’s House

PROJECT FEE: $20, sliding scale

Theatrical Arts

Come create a shadow puppet production, from start to finish! We will be making the puppets, constructing the puppet theater, writing the script and filming the production for entry into this year’s Alameda County Film Fest in April. The theme is Animals, so bring your creative spirit and get ready to have fun!

AGES: All ages welcome, members under 10 years old will make puppets, ages 10+ will focus on construction, writing and filming

DATES: Thursdays, 3:30-5:30

  • March 21, 28
  • April 4, 11

LOCATION: Project Leader’s House


Intro to Sailing

AGES: 11+, 6-9 kids


  • 1 afterschool orientation in April (1.5-2 hours)
  • 1 Saturday boatyard and dockside orientation, clinic and intro sail Sunday, April 21, 11:00-2:00
  • 2 Sunday clinics and on-the-water sailing lessons:
    • Saturday, May 4, 12:00-4:00
    • Sunday, May 5, 12:00-4:00

LOCATIONS: EBI, Cal Sailing Club / UC Aquatic Center, Berkeley Marina, South Sailing Basin


September 17, 2018

  • President calls meeting to order at 5:34
  • VP does pledge and handshake
  • New faces
  • Youth Facilitator does environmental tip of the month
  • Secretary does minutes
  • Treasurer does treasurer’s report
  • VP announces meeting will end at 7:00
  • We do a mix and mingle activity
  • Club leaders introduce themselves.
  • We do a summer update:
    • Member got gold at state
    • Fentons outreach
    • Cake booth
    • Art at the Fair
    • 4-H camp
    • Cakes for Senior Center
    • Volunteers
  • We do a quick stretch
  • We do intro to Fall + Spring projects
  • President closes meeting at 6:45
  • Sign up for projects


Would you like to go on a treasure hunt? Join the geocaching project! Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt where you use GPS coordinates to find hidden containers around your neighborhood. We’ll search for geocaches while exploring cool locations in our community, and at the end of the project, we’ll hide a cache of our own for other geocachers to find.

AGES:  All, max 6 kids

DATES:  Saturdays, November 3, 10, 17, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

LOCATION:  Various

PROJECT FEE:  $10-15 for snacks (covered by club)

Introduction to Rabbits

In this project, we will learn all about rabbits! This includes different breeds, raising rabbits and rabbit care and showing rabbits. The project will meet first in Emeryville, and then include a field trip to Ruth’s Rabbits (the project leader’s rabbitry) as well as a trip to a rabbit show, either in Dixon in early January or Turlock in late February.

This project is run by a leader from Tassajara 4-H.

AGES:  All, max 10 kids


Wednesday, November 7, 4:15-6:30, at EBI with visiting rabbits

Rabbit Show Field Trip:  Sat, January 5 in Dixon, time TBD

Ruth’s Rabbits (San Ramon) Field Trip:  Fri, January 25, 3:30-6:45

Rabbit Show Field Trip (if you missed the one in Dixon): Sat or Sun February 23 or 24, Turlock, time TBD

PROJECT FEE:  $10 for snacks (covered by club)

NOTE:  We will need parent drivers for this project.

Cloverbud Basics of Baking

Intended for younger members in our 4-H community, in this baking class we will focus on the building blocks of baking and kitchen safety. We will make cookies, cakes and even some sweets that don’t need to bake at all! Think of this as a very fun science class where you get to eat your experiments!

AGES:  5-9 years old, max 4 kids

DATES:  Sundays, October 7, November 4, December 9, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

LOCATION:  Project Leader’s kitchen, Berkeley

PROJECT FEE:  $30 estimated (covered by club)

Plant Power: Smart Design

This is a two-day project with two field trips (3 hours each with snack). The first field trip will be to an art gallery in Berkeley where we will meet with an artist who photographs flower pods. Each pod is designed in such a smart way so that it can keep seeds protected and, when the time comes, can spill seeds out for its future offspring for next year. We will collect our own pods on the walk through the neighborhood and produce our own close-up photographs of flower pods. The second trip will be to the UCB Botanical Gardens and we will learn about how carnivorous plants are designed in order to attract and catch their food (flies, small insects, and curious children).

AGES:  7+, max 12 kids


Berkeley Gallery Visit:  Thursday, October 11, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

UCB Botanical Gardens Visit:  Saturday, October 27, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

PROJECT FEE:  $10 (covered by club)

NOTE:  Parents may have to drive kids to and from the venue.

Plant Potions

We will continue to learn about the power of plants! We will experiment with creating plant medicines, teas and balms to heal wounds, soothe tummies, moisturize lips and all kinds of fun stuff! No previous experience necessary.

AGES:  10+, max 8 kids

DATES:  3 of these possible Saturdays, October 6, December 1, 8, 15, time TBD

LOCATION:  Project Leader’s house in Emeryville

PROJECT FEE:  $20 sliding scale (covered by club)

Introduction to Weaving

Ever wanted to understand the basics of making fabric? Did you know that looms were the forerunners of computers?  Learn to weave. Students will learn the basics of weaving on a tapestry and multi-shaft loom and have fun making their own piece of cloth.

AGES:  10+, max 6 kids

DATES:  Sundays, October 7, 28, November 11, 1:30-3:30

LOCATION:  Project Leader’s house in Berkeley


Crafts Crafts Crafts !


Make gifts for the holidays!  Join us as we have fun making various crafts, which may include woodsy fort/fairy houses, small stuffed animals, painted glassware and wood items, soaps and other toiletries and more.

AGES:  10+, max 8 kids

DATES:  Thursdays, November 15, 29, December 6, 13, 3:45-5:30

LOCATION:  Emeryville Senior Center

PROJECT FEE:  $25 (covered by club)

Become a Writer for the Emeryville 4-H Website

Participants will learn about website publishing, and the technology behind the Emeryville 4-H website. Throughout the year, each participant will write articles about their 4-H projects and events, and work with project leaders to publish their articles on the Emeryville 4-H website. Participants will learn about the technology that makes the website work, including high-level internet concepts and basic HTML.

AGES:  6th grade and up, max 6 kids


Sunday, September 23, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sunday, October 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sunday, October 28, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Plus Check-In’s at monthly club meeting


PROJECT FEE:  $10 (covered by club)

NOTE:  Participant must have access to a laptop or Chromebook.

May 14, 2018

  • President calls meeting to order at 5:32
  • VP does 4 H pledge and handshake
  • Treasurer welcomes new faces
  • Secretary does minutes
  • Treasurer does the year end treasurer report
  • Member picks egg raffle winner
  • 2 members talk about Small Animal Field Day
  • VP talks about the cake booth
  • Member talks about State Presentation Day
  • President talks about Temescal Picnic
  • Treasurer talks about next meeting
  • Hiking project presents
  • Pinatas project presents
  • Plant Potions project presents
  • We tally House points and the winner is the Pig Gummy Warriors

April 23, 2018

  • President calls the meeting to order at 5:32
  • VP does pledge and handshake
  • Youth Facilitator tells us the environmental tip
  • President tells us about crayon collection
  • VP talks about last meeting
  • Secretary presents minutes from last meeting
  • Treasurer presents treasurer report
  • President announces egg raffle  
  • Adult leader talks about Small Animal Field Day and cake booth
  • Member talks about Rising Stars
  • 2 members talk about Presentation Day
  • President talks about certified leaders
  • VP talks about Temescal Picnic
  • Handscript and Collage project presents
  • Chicken and Eggs present
  • Circuitry and Programing present
  • Get into Houses and do activity with Hannah
  • Then we tally points
  • Talia closes the meeting at 7:04

“Does anybody want to make a motion to approve the minutes? Does anybody second that motion? All in favor of the minutes say AYE. All opposed say NAY.”

March 19, 2018

  • President called meeting to order at 5:30
  • VP showed the 4 H pledge and Handshake
  • Treasurer welcomed new faces
  • Youth Facilitator told us the environmental tip of the month
  • Secretary announced meeting may run late, also that parents needed to stay late
  • Secretary reads the minutes from last meeting
  • Treasurer does the treasurer’s report
  • Member re-announces Rising Stars Skit Night
  • We do the egg raffle drawing
  • 2 adult leaders talk about Small Animal Field Day and cake booth
  • Good luck to 2 members for Area Presentation Day
  • We tried to watch a member’s video about Camp Academy but there were problems with sound so we couldn’t
  • Middle school left to assemble homeless backpacks
  • President and Secretary taught the club how to pair socks so we could give them to the homeless
  • Then played poison dart frog
  • Cooking project report
  • Leather craft project report
  • Got into Houses and tallied points
  • Meeting adjourned at 6:40 pm and parents stayed a little longer

February 12, 2018

  • President calls meeting to order at 5:33pm
  • VP shows pledge and handshake
  • 2 members do the handshake
  • Youth Facilitator asks about new faces
  • Secretary presents minutes from january 22 meeting
  • Treasurer does treasurer report and talks about cake booth
  • Adult leader talks about certified adults
  • Member talks about Rising Stars
  • VP pulls out raffle and the winner is Ruby W.
  • 2 members talk about their field trip for Chickens & Eggs project
  • Member talks about Presentation Day
  • We get into Houses and tally points
  • Intermediate member talks about break out session
  • Secretary does Simon Says with President
  • 5th grade and under play Poison Dart Frog
  • Club does cards for Meals on Wheels
  • President closes the meeting at 6:50



January 22, 2018

  • President calls meeting to order at 5:31
  • VP pledge and handshake
  • 2 members show handshake
  • Youth Facilitator asks about new Faces
  • Secretary presents minutes
  • Treasurer presents treasurer report
  • Member does Rising Stars presentation
  • Member picks egg raffle
  • President and Secretary call Houses
  • Cool Person tells us about home schooling and her trip
  • Secretary does 2 min. stretches
  • President explains Charades
  • VP introduces Spring projects
  • Adult leader presents cooking project
  • Teen leader presents Circuitry and programing project
  • 2 adult leaders present leather craft project
  • Adult leader presents pinata making project
  • 2 adult leaders present Cursive project
  • Adult leader presents Outdoor project
  • 3 adult leaders present Chicken and Eggs project
  • Adult leader presents Plant potions project
  • President closes meeting at 6:49

December 11, 2017

  • President calls the meeting to order at 5:34
  • VP does the 4 H pledge + handshake
  • Member helps him show the handshake
  • Treasurer welcomes potential new member
  • Secretary reads the Minutes of November 2017
  • Treasurer does treasurer’s report
  • Adult leaders talk about presentation day
  • Adult leader presents craft fair results
  • 2 members present  Incredible Wearables project report
  • 3 members do Plant Potions project report
  • 6 members do First Aid project report and show movie
  • 3 members do the Chicken and Eggs project report  
  • Secretary explains new tally and groups tally points
  • Meeting closed at 6:45.

Outdoor Mountain Adventure


Come join fearless backpacking/hiking leaders in learning about how to plan for an outdoor mountain adventure. Then take your knowledge out with the 4-H group on a ~4 hour East Bay Regional Park excursion.

Mandatory Planning Meeting:  Monday, April 9, 5:00-6:30pm at EBI

April 29:  ~4 hour hike at Huckleberry Botanical Regional Preserve, 8:30am meet at EBI

Ages:  3rd – 9th grade, maximum 10 kids

Project Fee: $10 (covers snacks, lunch and transportation)

NOTE:  3-5 adults will be supervising the hike. All adults will transport kids from EBI to trailhead and back after the hike. All participants supply own backpack, water bottle and sports shoes.

Tasty Temptations: You Pick It, You Make It!


Cooking at the Senior Center:  In this project, students will have the opportunity to pick and create their own savory and sweet meal concoctions with recipes that they choose.  Leading this will be professional cooking instructor and nutritionist Maria Acosta.  Let’s get cooking!

Wednesdays, Feb 28, March 21, 28, April 25, May 2, 3:45-5:15

Ages:  8+, maximum 8 kids

Location:  Emeryville Senior Center, 4321 Salem Street

Project Fee:  $25 (includes snack and recipe ingredients)

Intro to Leathercraft


Get acquainted with leathercraft!  Learn how to cut cut a pattern into a piece of leather, use stamps to shade and decorate the leather, condition your leather and even add color. We’ll start with simple projects like coasters, but kids who enjoy it can move on to more complex projects.

Saturday, Jan 27:  Field trip to Tandy Leather Store in Union City * — 12:15-3:30

Saturday, Feb 10:  Field trip to Tandy Leather Store in Union City * — 12:15-3:30

Saturday, Mar 10:  Finishing projects and learning about leather and leatherwork around the world at Project Leader’s house in Berkeley

Ages: 9+, max 5 kids

Project Fee:  $10 or less.  Students will have the option to purchase their own additional materials or tools, but at student/parent choice.

*  We will be driving in one or two cars on Jan 27 and Feb 10 from a single location in Berkeley/Emeryville/Oakland. Planning to leave about 12:15pm, return to North Bay around 3:30p.