Education outreach is an important part of the HAREC mission. The 4-H Youth Development Programs at the Center offer unique opportunities for Ventura County youth. Access to a working farm allows children to observe food growing and connect with the land. Engaging hands-on activities facilitate learning and support what is taught in the classroom. Agricultural literacy, nutrition, and sustainability concepts are the foundation of the youth programs. Programs are delivered by specially trained staff and volunteers. Over 8000 Ventura County youth are served each year.
4-H Youth Development Programs currently offered at the HAREC:
• Farm Field Trips-Kindergarten, 2nd/3rd grade, 4th/5th grade
• Classroom Outreach—Farm to school learning—K to 5th grade
• Student Farm—in collaboration with VUSD—elementary/middle school
• Sustainable You! Summer Camp—4th-8th grades