Virtual 4H Urban Explorers Club


Shared goal(s): Establish or Sustain community learning hubs/pods/academic-childcare collaborative, Support youth during out-of-school time activities


Urban Explorers Day Camp is going virtual AND outdoors! Join 4-H Youth Development and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for week-long, hands-on activities from the comfort of your own home, and still have an opportunity to get outside, explore nature, save pollinators, meet expert naturalists, and investigate science. Each week of camp includes 5 daily check-in sessions, group games, learning challenges, and (optional) outdoor exploration opportunities that connect you with your local green spaces. This program is designed for youth, ages 9-14, though we welcome younger siblings and family participation as well. Campers will be led by high-school camp counselors and adult directors from both MPRB and 4-H. Stay connected, explore the outdoors, serve your local community, rise to new challenges, and make new friends! Be an Urban Explorer this summer! Screen time is limited, and outdoor exploration is encouraged. Scholarships are available! Youth who register will receive Urban Explorers Day Camp swag and activity kit to use for the week together and keep all summer long (and beyond). Please register at least one week in advance so we can mail supplies to you in time! Pending CDC and State guidelines, there may also be scheduled, daytime opportunities to assemble responsibly and enjoy an outdoor activity together, such as canoeing or archery. Please stay tuned for more information. Funding for this project is provided by Hennepin County through the Green Partners environmental education program.

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Lead organization partners: 4-H Youth Development and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Kinds of organization: Community-based Non-profit Organization, Government Entity

Participant population: Youth (Ages 5-13 or Grades K-8)

Youth development support targetted: Environment/Nature Engagement/Out-of-Doors Experiences, Out-of-School Time Academic Enrichment/Extended Learning

Primary funding source: Government Entity/Grant, Private Philanthropic Foundation



Timeframe: Fall 2020 (Academic Year), Summer 2020

Location: Minnesota

Total capacity: 300

Health and safety: Compliance with State/County/City guidance

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