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
PROJECT FEE: none
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
PROJECT FEE: $30
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
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
PROJECT FEE: $20
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
- 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
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: https://www.mobilize.us/votefwd/event/319667/
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.
ONLINE, with OFFLINE ACTIVITIES
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
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
PROJECT FEE: $5-10
Let’s bike along the Bay Trail and learn about how people and our cities interact with our natural setting. We’ll explore three different East Bay segments of the trail, taking breaks to make observations. We’ll review bike safety at the start of each ride. Length of the rides will depend on the group’s collective ability. All rides will be from 9 a.m. to noon, and return to the starting point.
AGES: 8 and up, minimum 3 kids, max 8
DATES: All rides 9:00-12:00
- Saturday, October 3 – Dotson Family Marsh Staging Area, Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
- Sunday, October 18 – Berkeley to Albany
- Sunday, November 8 – San Leandro Slough
PROJECT FEE: None
IN PERSON, OUTDOOR
Have you ever been to the Marina and noticed the trash everywhere and wanted to do something about it? Here’s your chance! We will use grabbers and go around the Marina 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 possible water play if the weather permits. The project will be taking place on 2 Saturdays at the Berkeley Marina. All ages are welcome!!
AGES: All (Younger kids will need parent participation, but a great family activity!), minimum 3 kids, max 10 (including adults)
PROJECT FEE: $10 for grabbers, trash bags, gloves, hand sanitizer
For this project we will learn basic silk screening skills like what is mesh count, emulsion, screen area, squeegee, scoop coater and more. We will make DIY screens at home plus simple block printing on paper or fabric. Take an online tour of screen printing studio and demo from a working studio artist. Final project design and print one color designs on tote bags or t-shirt to raise money for Emeryville 4-H club. The cost is for materials needed for the class which include screen, ink, transparencies, embroidery hoop, screen fabric, scrap paper, tote bag, mod podge. I will deliver materials for the students to use at home.
AGES: 5th grade and up, 4 kids max
- Oct 25, 2:00-4:00 pm
- Nov 15, 2:00-4:00 pm
- Dec 6 or 12
PROJECT FEE: about $30 for materials
Activities in this project explore sending a mission to Mars. There are four main activities: Mars exploration by modeling launching, landing and exploring the planet’s surface; using engineering design principles to build and drive a rover; a card game that teaches about Mars’ natural environment and agriculture; and a coding activity where participants create animated stories about what they’ve learned in the project.
- Oct 31, 2:00-4:00
- Nov 14
- Dec 12
- Jan 9
PROJECT FEE: $5-20 for materials, depending on whether online or in-person
Here is a link to Donkey Toes Short Stories, the book that the Donkey Toes Publishing project created. From the authors: “This project was very fun and we’re very excited for everyone to read our stories. We hope you enjoy reading them almost as much as we enjoyed writing them!”
If you wish to purchase a bound copy, you can click on one of the links below. There are 4 versions that you can buy. You can find discount codes online for them.
This will be an online project where we will write short stories. To facilitate creativity we will play games, do writing excersises and create art to illustrate the short stories. At the end of the project we will publish a collection of all the short stories in one book through Blurb publishing.
AGES: 9 and up (4 kids minimum, 8 max)
DATES: Saturdays, time TBD
- Oct 24
- Nov 7, 21
- Dec 5
- Jan 9, 23
- Feb 6, 20
PROJECT FEE: None, but families will need to purchase their own book at the end of the project if they choose.
This project will teach young kids about their brain, how it’s structured and where certain senses like smell and sight reside. There will be hands-on activities like “play-doh brain” and “pipe cleaner neurons”. It will be led by 2 UC Berkeley Seniors in Neurobiology, great role models for young people in Science.
AGES: 6-9, min 6 / max 10 kids
DATES: Three 2-hour sessions, one each in February, March and April
PROJECT FEE: $10-15
Create a fun table setting and enter it at the County Fair! During this project, we’ll brainstorm a theme for your table setting and help you source the materials to make it happen. Favorite book? Movie? Summertime? Whatever you envision, we will try to bring it to life!
In addition, we’ll explore table etiquette around the world. We’ll learn about the Japanese Tea Ceremony from a local tea master and share an Ethiopian dinner.
AGES: 10+, min 3 / max 6 kids
- April 21, Japanese Tea, 6:30 pm
- April 28, Ethiopian Dinner, 6:30
- May 3 and May 17, Table Setting Creation Days
PROJECT FEE: TBD
Learn to sail! No previous knowledge or experience is necessary.
AGES: 11+, 6-9 kids and parents
DATES: (TBD) Attendance at all sessions is required
- 1 weekday afterschool orientation (1.5-2 hours)
- 1 weekend boatyard and dockside orientation, clinic and intro sail
- 2 weekend clinics and on-the-water sailing lessons
LOCATIONS: Cal Sailing Club / UC Aquatic Center, Berkeley Marina, South Sailing Basin
PROJECT FEE: approx $25
This project is open to those who participated in “Intro to Sailing” during the 2018-19 program year. We will begin with a roundtable review of what we learned and practiced last year, bringing our record books up to date, and teaming up to prepare a presentation to new 4-H sailors later this Spring. Participants will practice many 4-H Life Skills while helping with coordination, practicing teamwork, building independence and sharing responsibility. On the water, we’ll revisit sailing fundamentals, continue developing beginner / intermediate sailing skills and even have an opportunity to explore another sailing venue.
AGES: prerequisite 2018-19 Intro to Sailing, min 2 / max 5 kids
DATES: TBD in February- April
LOCATIONS: South Sailing Basin, Berkeley Marina (Cal Sailing Club & UC Aquatic Center) and Clipper Cove (Treasure Island Sailing Center)
PROJECT FEE: approx $25
This project is a combination of three things: looking at art, talking about and experimenting with social media, and playing fun games. You don’t have to have a phone or know anything about social media or ancient paper scrolls. The idea is to de-mystify social media and, at the same time, understand its draw by looking at similar things that have been around for ages, as scrolls, for example. You may ask: what do ancient paper scrolls have to do with modern Instagram or Snapchat? Apparently, they share a similar principle of communication. This particular group of Chinese paper scrolls at the BAMPFA collection functions as a common platform for collaboration. A scroll may contain works of several people done over the years: a painting of a landscape done by an artist, a poem describing the painting done by a poet, a commentary on both done by a critic. A pre-modern way of Instagram-ing!
AGES: 10+, min 4 / max 8 kids
- March 6, 4-6 pm at Project Leader’s House
- March 13, 4-6 pm at BAMPFA
- March 20, 4-6 pm at Project Leader’s House
LOCATIONS: BAMPFA and Project Leader’s House in North Berkeley
PROJECT FEE: None
Ever wanted to understand the basics of silk screen printing? Did you ever want to bring your drawing to life on a t-shirt? Bring your own 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 tote bag, cards or t-shirts.
AGES: 9+, max 4 kids
- March 21, 28 or 29th (9:30-12pm at Project Leader’s House in Oakland)
- Late March or Early April Saturday afternoon studio tour (TBD)
LOCATION: Project Leader’s House and a Printing Studio (TBD)
PROJECT FEE: $20-25
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. 4-H’ers who have taken this project before are welcome to do so again. If desired, finished pieces can be entered in the 2020 Alameda County Fair (historically pieces entered have won 1st place and Best of Class!).
AGES: 10+, 4-8 kids
DATES: Thursdays, 3:45 – 5:45, March 12th, 19th and 26th
LOCATION: EBI Art Room 212
PROJECT FEE: $25 (cash, check or PayPal)
Join the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) on a walk through the property of Los Posadas forest. We will search out the local flora, focusing on trees that define the ecosystems. Plant ID and geolocating using iNaturalist app ( a citizen science app of the CA Academy of Sciences). We will also focus on identifying CA endemic plants, over a dozen rare/endangered species exist in the LP Forest. We will trek to ecosystems unique to the California coast ranges, possible to include the serpentine forest. They say, you protect what you know. There’s a lot to get to know in this wonderful, rare forest that the kids call home for a week each summer.
- Huckleberry Hike, Sunday, February 2
- Las Posadas Overnight, March 7-8
- Follow-up Meeting TBD
Learn the basics of baking. Across 3 meetings, we will cover different techniques as well as kitchen safety. We will concentrate on one type of baking per session (pies, cakes and cookies).
AGES: 10+, maximum 4 kids
DATES: Sundays, 12:00-3:00 pm
- February 23
- March 15
- April 19
LOCATION: Project Leader’s House in Berkeley
PROJECT FEE: approximately $45
This project will be an intro into the world of clean, renewable energy; specifically, solar. Together we’ll learn more about solar: how it works, what it can accomplish, and the pros and cons of incorporating it into our power systems. Before the end of the project, each member will learn some basic circuitry and create their own solar powered device!
AGES: 4th grade and up, min 6 / max 8 kids
- Saturday, March 14 (3:00-4:30 pm)
- Sunday, March 22 (9:00-11:30 am)
- Saturday, April 4 (9:00-11:00 am)
LOCATION: EBI or Temescal Library
PROJECT FEE: $20-25