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Youth Science

All Youth Science Content

Mother and daughter examining plant at McCrory Gardens.

Lesson 1 - Getting the Garden Growing

Introductory gardening lesson where youth will learn what plants need to grow and what fruits and vegetables grow in different seasons in South Dakota.

4-H member working on a robotics project

Youth Development

SDSU Extension's youth development programs help prepare youth to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood.

Three young girls weighing sugar on a kitchen scale.

Children Can Learn Math and Science in the Kitchen

Now is a great time to help your child learn and understand math and science while having a fun time. The kitchen is the perfect classroom.

hands holding a 4-H coin and a gps navigational device

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

STEM programing supports youth in developing a variety of skills including critical thinking, team work and communication.

A young man sitting at a laptop discussing a project with a 4-H leader.

STEM on a Dime

Resources for quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities that are inexpensive.

tall trees in the Black Hills

Junior Arborist Activity Guide

The Junior Arborist Activity Guide provides objectives, content, equipment and supplies needed to complete 8 modules of arboriculture instruction, helping schools and other educational programs to create a youth arboriculture program of their own.

An adult and several children's hands at a table planting a seedling in a container.

Grow Getters: Garden Education Series for Youth and Families

The “Grow Getters” series consists of lessons and resources to engage youth and families in hands-on, at-home activities related to gardening—even without a garden!

Mother with child cooking homemade jam in a kitchen.

Preservation Station!

At the end of this lesson, participants will be able to list the most-common methods used to preserve fruits or vegetables.

A young girl harvesting a sweet potato.

Harvest Helpers

At the completion of this lesson, learners will be able to identify root and non-root fruits and vegetables and learn harvesting skills.

A bee pollinating a flower.

Pollinators Party

In this lesson, participants will learn how plants reproduce and how to identify pollinators that help plants.