Alissa Ackerman, County Extension Agent for 4-H/Youth DevelopmentAlissa Sebastian

Agent for 4-H/Youth Development

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4-H/Youth Development: The 4-H/Youth Development program creates opportunities and supportive environments for youth and adults to become capable, competent and caring citizens. The emphasis is on "hands-on" learning that focuses on the youth's area of interest. Programs are conducted with the help of parents, adult volunteer leaders and professional staff who organize educational experiences. Youth participate in organized 4-H clubs, special interest and project groups, 4-H school enrichment programs, 4-H camp and other special activities.


Under this 4-H page, to the left check out:

4-H Chefs in Training4-H Camp  4-H Crafts Artist4-H Paint Day4-H Project  Communications Day  

Recipes and projects are available for you to do at home during this time. We have Grab & Go bags available with some of the ingrendients & supplies.Check out each one for registration info and pick up dates & times.

The Clay County Extension Office is open. During these challenging times, we are trying to keep everyone safe. If you are feeling ill, running a temperature or have any symptoms, please do NOT enter our office. If you enter, you MUST wear a mask, you MUST sign in & out on our visitor log, and you MUST maintain a 6ft. distance, following University of Kentucky guidelines. If you wish, you may schedule an appointment via email. For any 4-H related questions, please call 598-2789, Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm or email Alissa at the email address above.

Grow It, Eat It!

This is a child + parent program that will be conducted outdoors. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to grow their own veggie plant & watch a food demonstration! Limited spots are available. FREE & open to all youth ages 6-10. You must call 598-2789 by May 11th to register.  FLYER


4-H Rabbit Club

Interested in learning about rabbits? If so, this is the club for you! This club is open to youth age 8-18 and will be held Thursday, May 13th at the Clay County Extension Office at 4:00 pm. Youth will have the opportunity to learn about the different breeds of rabbits, proper care, handling, health & nutrition and much more! To register, you must call by May 10th at 598-2789. Participants are required to maintain a 6 foot distance and wear a mask.  FLYER

4-H Grab & Go Bag: Exploring Your Stream

Sign-up for this great opportunity to explore a stream and critters near your home! The bag will contain activities related to learning about if your stream is healthy by exploring the type of critters you might find in the creek! FREE & open to all youth age 5-18. You must call to register by May 5th at 598-2789. Kits will be available for pick-up May 10-14th at the Clay County Extension Office.

4-H Red, White & Blue Stained Glass Window Art Kit

With Memorial Day approaching, youth will create a patriotic “stained glass” window decoration in the colors of the American flag. You must call to register by May 12th at 598-2789. FREE & available to all youth ages 8-18. Kits will be available May 17-21st at the Clay County Extension Office.

Attention 4-H Seniors!

Scholarships are now available through KY 4-H Foundation. Please visit the link for more information: .To be considered for a 2021 Kentucky 4-H Scholarship, please complete and submit the form by May 7th via email. Please email your applications to

What Happens on the Farm, Doesn’t Always Stay on the Farm is a three-day event on June 7th, June 28th and June 29th. Youth will have the opportunity to visit 2 local farms in the county, watch a demonstration on apple sauce & jelly making, complete activities and learn how farming contributes to our community and society. Parents must provide transportation.  This program is FREE & open to all Clay County youth ages 8-18. To receive more information and to reserve your spot, you must call 598-2789 by June 1st.  FLYER

Kentucky 4-H is hosting a year-long BioBlitz! 4-H members, alumni, and staff from across Kentucky are encouraged to find and identify as many plant and animal species as possible from May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022! Observations can be made anywhere in Kentucky. Check out our website for additional information, including a how-to instruction handout.     


More Upcoming 4-H Summer Programs: 

4-H Upcycled Picture Frame- June 9th @1:30pm

4-H Rabbit Club—June 17th & July 15 @ 4:00pm

4-H Natural Resources (All About Leaves)—June 23@1:30pm

4-H Art Day (Mosaics)—June 24 @ 1:30pm

4-H Art Day (mixed media & paint project)- June 25 @ 1:30pm

4-H Clay Pots—June 30 @ 1:30pm

4-H Origami—July 1@ 1:30pm

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