4-H Science Labs

Welcome to our 4-H Science Labs page!

You are invited to take a look at our 8 exciting hands-on programs available to your school or community group. 2022 4-H Science Lab Brochure

Eggsploring Incubation

The Eggsploring Incubation 4-H Science Lab program provides a unique, highly engaging opportunity to explore the fragility of life, teamwork, self-responsibility, and contributions to a group effort.

Open to Walworth County teachers of grades 5K-12, the three-four week program provides classrooms with the supplies needed to incubate, hatch, and care for baby birds — either chicks or ducklings. All teachers and students need to add is a little TLC and creativity. Teachers who sign up will have access to fun lesson ideas, posters, and more! Automatic turners come with the incubators to make incubation more manageable over the weekends. The Extension Office arranges homes for your babies, and help is always just a phone call away.

Cost per classroom is $25 for chicks and $35 for ducklings. If you plan to use your
own incubator, be prepared to tell how many eggs it holds when you call to sign up.
There is a limit of 5 classrooms hatching ducklings.

April 19 – May 13 for chicks
April 19 – May 20 for ducklings

Registration deadline is March 28 at 9 a.m. or when equipment/egg availability is depleted— whichever comes first. Both equipment and eggs are limited and registrations will be accepted on a first call, first reserve basis. Call 262-741-4959 or email deborah.harris@wisc.edu to check equipment availability and sign-up BEFORE mailing in the registration form. Additionally, please realize that hatches are NOT guaranteed, and refunds won’t be made for eggs that don’t hatch.

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Please see the brochure for the following programs also available:

2022 4-H Science Lab Brochure

Ready, Set, Dough (Gr. 1-5) Study science in the kitchen “laboratory” to create loaves of bread to share with student families.
Owl Encounter (Gr. 2-6) Learn about Barn Owl life with hands on owl pellet exploration. (Live owls are not part of this program.)
Reduced to a Pulp (Gr. 3-6) Study the relevance of trees to human life and create your own recycled paper to take home.
Wonders of Wildlife (Gr. K-8) Fascinating facts about Wisconsin wildlife that includes hands on artifacts. Contact is Kathy Tober – see brochure for information.
From Dirty Water to Drinking Water (Gr. 3-5) Students consider where water comes from and how it’s cleaned up.
On the Technology Trail (Gr. 4-8) Using basic GPS skills, students track down clues to solve a puzzle on this fun geocaching adventure.
Scientists Live – Please see brochure on this series highlighting careers in science.

To schedule your classroom for a program, contact Debbie Harris, 4-H Youth Development Educator, at the UW-Extension office at 262-741-4959 or deborah.harris@wisc.edu. Please have two or three dates in mind when you call. If multiple classrooms in your building are interested in the same program, please try to coordinate your schedules if it’s feasible. Once your date is confirmed by phone, complete the registration form and mail it in to the Walworth County UW-Extension office. You will be billed for the registration fees at a later date. Please do not send money with your registration.

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