HAREC education season ended June 29th with a memorable 4-H Sustainable You! Summer Camp for ages 9-12. The week long camp, now in its fifth year, is fun, interactive and focuses on the environment. Each day centers on a theme: air, land, food, energy,...
We are pleased to introduce the newest member of the education team. Valerie Zeko, Community Education Specialist II, will oversee the Ventura County 4-H Community Club program. Valerie studied at Cal State Fullerton where she earned a BA in Liberal Arts...
The Census of Agriculture is the voice of our farming community. The census collects information on the nation's farms and ranches from small to large operations. But time is off the essence--the deadline is February 5. Producers should visit...
For the past five years, HAREC has offered the 4-H Sustainable You! Summer Camp for youth ages 9-12. Fun, hands-on activities teach youth how they can make a difference in conserving natural resources. The City of Ventura has collaborated with the HAREC...
Day 1-Air-Daily journaling is an important part of camp
Observing slides of indoor pollution
Noting observations in journal
Day 2-Energy-People power to make smoothies
Farm fresh smoothies
Smoothie prep station
Making snacks with alternative energy source-Solar
Pizza boxes are transformed into solar ovens
Solar oven s'mores are a camp tradition
Electric tag fun
Day 3-Food-recycling food containers for planting seeds
Showing off newly planted containers
Global vs local food activity
Teen leader, Mikaelle Arcaya-Velez helps identify country of origin in food activity
Farm fresh oranges to make juice for snack
Day 4-Water-Incredible Journey activity takes campers on their own personal journey through the water cycle
How plants use water-observing citrus leaves to identify stomata
Water activity demonstrates loss of water via leaky systems
Day 5-Backyard Safari activity
Drawing evidence of life in the gardens
Enviroscape demonstration of urban watershed
Creating worm composting bins to take home
Wacky Waste Weight Chart-weighing daily food, compost and recycling waste gives campers an appreciation for how much is generated