2021 Summer Exploring Registration

— Written By Sarah Kocher
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July 1, 2021 — A photography workshop has been added to the Summer Exploring schedule. It will take place July 24 in Lenoir from 10-11 a.m. Learn more and register here!

Photography workshop on July 24

Previous 2021 Updates

June 18, 2021 — Registration is closed for Junior Leaders, Project Learning Tree, Anita Alta Family Day and Art Outside. Very few spots remain for Egg-Cellent Poultry.

Submissions will continue to be accepted for the 2 in 1 Photography Contest– the Dr. Kim Ingold 4-H Photography Contest and the Youth Photography Contest at the Caldwell Agricultural Fair. When you submit photographs to this form, you are entering into both contests. Read the full instructions on the submission form before entering.

Families looking for activity or project ideas for youth should visit 4-H.org. A number of 4-H at Home resources are available there.

April 22, 2021 —  We are pleased to announce that 2021 Summer Exploring registration is now open to the public! 

As 4-H, we value youth development through hands-on learning in a safe environment. We are also a proud member agency of United Way.

Summer Exploring Catalog

Families may now view the 2021 Summer Exploring catalogIt outlines all of our short-term summer programs in one place. It is helpful to review prior to beginning registration.

Summer Exploring with Caldwell County 4-H 2021


Registration for Summer Exploring is a two-step process.

  1. Reserve your spot by registering in Eventbrite or by submitting a Junior Leader application.
  2. Enroll youth in 4-H Online to complete the process.

Access registration sites through the following links:

For the contest, sign in is required for security purposes. Contact Sarah Kocher at sarah_kocher@ncsu.edu, if you would like assistance with this.

In-Person Guidelines

We are excited to be able to offer in-person programs this summer!

Caldwell County 4-H does have its own set of guidelines and standards for in-person programs at this time. Youth and families are expected to review them and abide by them when attending in-person functions.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


We will be happy to work with you to accommodate your child’s needs.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made at least three weeks prior to an event to Sarah Kocher at 828-757-1258 or sarah_kocher@ncsu.edu.

If transportation needs are communicated at least three weeks prior to a program, 4-H will work to discuss options with parents. Some programs allow more flexibility to accommodate transportation than others. This is not offered every year. Again, contact Sarah Kocher directly to discuss this.

For all programs, parents and all participating youth are required to sign a Code of Conduct form in which behavioral standards are outlined.

April 16, 2021 — Registration will open next week for Summer Exploring with Caldwell County 4-H! Registration is required.

Short-term summer programs for 2021 will include:

  • Junior Leaders, ages 12-18 (see below)
  • Project Learning Tree, ages 8-11 
  • Anita Alta Family Day, all families with youth ages 5-18
  • Egg-cellent Poultry, ages 10-18
  • Art Outside in partnership with the Caldwell Arts Council, ages 5-11

The application for Junior Leaders is now available.

Junior Leaders must be at least 12-18 years old and enrolled in 4-H Online by the time they submit their Junior Leader application. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 7, 2021, at noon. Read more details on the application.