Last Update: May 11, 2020

4-H Nova Scotia at Home

a week-by-week outline of fun challenges, activities, and competitions for our members during self-isolation.

Over the next eight weeks, we will be sharing weekly activities, challenges, and competitions for 4-H members to participate in at home.

Each week will have a theme representing one of the four 4-H Pillars:

  • Community Engagement & Communications
  • Science & Technology
  • The Environment & Healthy Living
  • Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Each week will include:

  • a photo of the week.
  • Try-It-Tuesday with Nicole Martin.
  • a printable worksheet.
  • a few additional fun things spread throughout.

New activities will be added at the beginning of each week so keep checking back for updates!

We're missing being able to connect with our 4-H community at all of our annual events and conferences so we look forward to connecting with you all from home!

Week One

Community Engagement & Communications

Week Two

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Week Four

Environment & Healthy Living

Week Five

Community Engagement & Communications

Week Six

Science & Technology

Week Seven

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

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Week Eight

Environment & Healthy Living

Week 1: May 4 - 8, 2020

This week's 4-H pillar is Community Engagement & Communications. Our activities are representative of what this pillar stands for. This week is also National Mental Health Awareness week. Mental health is always important but even more so now that we are in self-isolation away from our peers, extended families, and extra curricular activities.

  • Click here for excellent mental health resources. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
  • Click here for more information about the Community Engagement & Communications pillar.
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Community Engagement
and Communications

This week, share photos of your pet or other things that make you feel HAPPY on our social media pages, send them to 4-H NS in a private message, or email them to info@4hnovascotia.ca.

Don't forget to use our hashtags:

  • #4HNSatHome
  • #4His4Me
  • #4HNS
  • #LearnToDoByDoing

Make sure you get them in by Friday! Saturday, we will share some of our favourite submissions on the 4-H Nova Scotia Facebook page, Instagram, and on this web page!

What makes you happy?

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Have questions? Send an email to info@4hnovascotia.caClick here for more information regarding COVID-19.

Week 2: May 11 - 15, 2020

This week's 4-H Leadership Development pillar is Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security. Our activities are representative of what this pillar stands for. 

  • Click here for more information about the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security pillar.

"Food connects us all.  It brings us together.  Canadian-made foods are recognized worldwide for the highest standards of quality and food safety.  Responsible for one in eight jobs across the country, our food sector is a powerhouse of the economy, particularly in our rural communities." -https://www.canada.ca/en/campaign/food-policy.html 

COVID-19 has raised awareness among Canadians about food production in Canada and the supply chain from farm to table.  We encourage our members to look at foods in their homes and consider: 

  1. Nutritional Value – Does the food you eat fuel your body and contribute to a healthy lifestyle?
  2. Food Waste - Reducing food waste can help the environment and grocery bills.  Can you help prepare a meal plan and grocery list for your family?
  3. Food Source – Where does your food come from?  Buying Canadian or locally produced foods helps build a strong agriculture and agri-food sector and can reduce the environmental impact of food transportation.
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Sustainable Agriculture
and Food Security

Have you been spending more time in the kitchen cooking or baking? We would love to see your creations!

This week, share photos of your favorite foods on our social media pages, send them to 4-H NS in a private message, or email them to info@4hnovascotia.ca.

Don't forget to use our hashtag:

  • #4HNSatHome

Make sure you get them in by Friday! Saturday, we will share some of our favourite submissions on the 4-H Nova Scotia Facebook page, Instagram, and on this web page!

What satisfies your taste buds?

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Have questions? Send an email to info@4hnovascotia.caClick here for more information regarding COVID-19.

Week 3: May 18 - 22, 2020

This week's 4-H pillar is Science and Technology. Our activities are representative of what this pillar stands for. 

  • Click here for more information about the Science and Technology pillar.

4-H’ers are catalysts for change and drivers of innovation in science and technology.

Engaging young people in hands-on science and technology based projects is the focus of this 4-H Canada leadership development pillar.

The backbone of these activities will be collaboration between local 4-H clubs, provincial networks, and the national office. Together, we create opportunities for youth to explore connections between science, technology, society, and their own lives.

  • Engage in the science and technology world
  • Explore ideas you may have brewing
  • Explain your reasoning using logic and evidence
  • Extend your mind and reach for the sky!
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Science and
Technology

This week, share photos of technology at work in agriculture, or make a collage of photos from old magazines, and share them on our social media pages, send them to 4-H NS in a private message, or email them to info@4hnovascotia.ca.

Don't forget to use our hashtags:

  • #4HNSatHome
  • #4His4Me

Make sure you get them in by Friday! Saturday, we will share some of our favourite submissions on the 4-H Nova Scotia Facebook page, Instagram, and on this web page!

Let's see that technology at work!

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Have questions? Send an email to info@4hnovascotia.caClick here for more information regarding COVID-19.

Week 4: May 25 - 29, 2020

This week's 4-H Leadership Development pillar is the Environment and Healthy. Our activities are representative of what this pillar stands for. 

  • Click here for more information about the Environment and Healthy Living pillar.
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Environment and Healthy
Living

This week, share pictures of how you are getting active at home on our social media pages, send them to 4-H NS in a private message, or email them to info@4hnovascotia.ca.

Don't forget to use our hashtags:

  • #4HNSatHome
  • #4His4Me

Make sure you get them in by Friday! Saturday, we will share some of our favourite submissions on the 4-H Nova Scotia Facebook page, Instagram, and on this web page!

Follow Us!

Have questions? Send an email to info@4hnovascotia.caClick here for more information regarding COVID-19.

Week 5: June 1 - 5, 2020

This week's 4-H Leadership Development pillar is the Community Engagement and Communications. Our activities are representative of what this pillar stands for. 

  • Click here for more information about the Community Engagement and Communications pillar.

Civic engagement is a cornerstone of 4-H activities across Canada and around the world. From public speaking to volunteering their time at local events or on the other side of the world, youth are demonstrating community leadership through 4-H. Today’s Generation Z is fundamentally redefining how we communicate – from the tools we use to the way we engage with each other.

As members learn to do by doing, we continue to build opportunities for youth to become engaged and have an authentic voice at the table. The opportunities are endless for active community involvement and positive change. 4-H believes in the ability of youth to make a meaningful difference both locally and globally. They do this by:

  • making a positive difference in the world around them.
  • seeking out ways to lend a hand and to take action.
  • advocating for what matters to them, and helping others to do the same.
  • being a role model for the change they want to see in the world.
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Community Engagement
and Communications

This week, share throwback photos of your early 4-H experiences and your favorite memories on our social media pages, send them to 4-H Nova Scotia in a private message, or email them to info@4hnovascotia.ca.

Don't forget to use our hashtags:

  • #4HNSatHome
  • #4His4Me

Make sure you get them in by Friday! Saturday, we will share some of our favourite submissions on the 4-H Nova Scotia Facebook page, Instagram, and on this web page!

Follow Us!

Have questions? Send an email to info@4hnovascotia.caClick here for more information regarding COVID-19.

Week 6: June 8 - 12, 2020

This week's 4-H Leadership Development pillar is the Science and Technology. Our activities are representative of what this pillar stands for. 

  • Click here for more information about the Science and Technology pillar.
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Science and
Technology

This week, use items in your home (marshmallows, Play-doh, Popsicle sticks etc.) to make a tower.  How high can you make it? Can it support the weight of something on top?  Share a picture of your creation on our social media pages, send them to 4-H Nova Scotia in a private message, or email them to info@4hnovascotia.ca.

Don't forget to use our hashtags:

  • #4HNSatHome
  • #4His4Me

Make sure you get them in by Friday! Saturday, we will share some of our favourite submissions on the 4-H Nova Scotia Facebook page, Instagram, and on this web page!

Follow Us!

Have questions? Send an email to info@4hnovascotia.caClick here for more information regarding COVID-19.

Week 7: June 15 - 19, 2020

This week's 4-H Leadership Development pillar is Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. Our activities are representative of what this pillar stands for. 

  • Click here for more information about the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security pillar.
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Sustainable Agriculture
and Food Security

This week, share a photo of yourself wearing your 4-H club/provincial branded clothing or showmanship clothes for showing your livestock project animal on our social media pages, send them to 4-H Nova Scotia in a private message, or email them to info@4hnovascotia.ca.

Don't forget to use our hashtags:

  • #4HNSatHome
  • #4His4Me

Make sure you get them in by Friday! Saturday, we will share some of our favourite submissions on the 4-H Nova Scotia Facebook page, Instagram, and on this web page!

Follow Us!

Have questions? Send an email to info@4hnovascotia.caClick here for more information regarding COVID-19.

Week 8: June 22 - 26, 2020

This week's 4-H Leadership Development pillar is Environment and Healthy Living. Our activities are representative of what this pillar stands for. 

  • Click here for more information about the Environment & Healthy Living pillar.
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Environment & Healthy
Living

This week, share photos of Nova Scotia's natural beauty. Take a landscape photo and share it on our social media pages, send them to 4-H Nova Scotia in a private message, or email them to info@4hnovascotia.ca.

Don't forget to use our hashtags:

  • #4HNSatHome
  • #4His4Me

Photo Tips:

  • A classic landscape shot includes four elements: the foreground, the focal point, the background, and the horizon.

 

  • Because you cannot move your subject, you need to time your photography to take best advantage of natural light. On sunny days, landscape shots are best made early in the morning or late in the day. The shadows produced at those times are strong, dramatic and show off landscape features well. Overcast days offer great opportunities for landscape photography. You can shoot all day when it is overcast!

 

  • Some shots are also better at different times of the year. Take seasonal changes into consideration when planning landscape shots.

 

  • Occasionally include a human or identifiable animal in your landscape shots, to add interest. This also helps give a sense of scale.

 

  • You can use any lens to shoot landscapes. A wide angle lens allows you to capture more of the landscape. A telephoto lens can save leg work and allows you to zoom in on features you find attractive.

 

  • If you want to emphasize the sky in a shot, put the horizon line of the photo low in the frame. If you want the emphasis put on the landscape, put the horizon high in the frame.

 

  • If you cannot get the entire scene into one shot, take several, overlapping a bit at the edges of each shot. Keep your camera the same height as you rotate your body at the hips. Take several shots. When you get the pictures back home, try stitching them together using photo processing software to create a cool panoramic shot! If your shot does not line up seamlessly you can add a border where your images meet up to merge the two images together.

Make sure you get them in by Friday! Saturday, we will share some of our favourite submissions on the 4-H Nova Scotia Facebook page, Instagram, and on this web page!

Follow Us!

Have questions? Send an email to info@4hnovascotia.caClick here for more information regarding COVID-19.