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4-H University Learn?

WORKSHOPS 4-H University prides itself on offering quality workshops provided by the University of Florida faculty to expose youth to new program area, explore career opportunities, and have fun while developing critical life skills that will help them become productive and engaged citizens of their communities, their country, and their world. Over the course of the week you will be exposed to various workshops on topics such as, Exploring Veterinary Medicine, Bees and Beekeeping, Living On My Own, More Trees Please, and much more!

4-H University SERVE

Living In Florida’s Environment – Project LIFE 

The Florida 4-H State Council is proud to continue the State Service Project – “Living in Florida’s Environment.” Each year the State Project Committee of the Executive Board recommends activities in which 4- Her’s can participate that will carry out the state-wide community service project of the Florida 4-H Council. This year, the committee decided that the theme for 2017-2019 will be “Living In Florida’s Environment (LIFE)”. This project is focused on creating a greener tomorrow by hosting beach cleanups, planting trees, and participating in citizen science activities. At 4-H University we will focus on Disaster Recovery. Living in Florida’s Environment also means being ready to restore what is damaged from all types of disasters.

1:45pm to 4:15pm Disaster Recovery Service Learning Session
Wednesday, July 31, 2019  
1:45pm to 2:45pm Introduction of Service Learning Activity and Dr. Lynn Grattan
(For More Information about Dr. Grattan, please visit
2:45pm to 3:00pm Change Rooms
3:00pm to 4:15pm Service Learning Workshops and Debrief 
4:15pm Depart to dress for evening 

We Are Offering The Following Service Learning Workshops

  • The Storm has Passed, Why Do I Still Feel Like it is Happening? Post Disaster Mental Health (PTSD)
  • Presented by Dr. Angie Lindsey, UF/IFAS Extension
  • Veterinary Disaster Recovery – What to do after the storm for Pets and Livestock
  • Presented by Dr. Traci Krueger, UF School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Individual Disaster Recovery
  • Presented by Kenneth Allen, UF Department of Emergency Management
  • How Can I Help? Effective Volunteer Efforts in Disaster Recovery
  • Presented by Christy Rojas-Kasten, Volunteer Florida


Every year all state qualifying competitors in Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks, as well as Public Speaking, attend 4-H University in hopes of taking home the trophy in a diverse group of categories ranging from food science to small animals and pets. For more information about how to get involved in Florida 4-H Competitive Events, please contact your local County Extension Office or look at the below links:


If you are a parent and would like to attend and are not a registered participant of 4-H University, please contact your County Extension Office to get put on our approved guest list. Limited parking is available in the Reitz Union Parking Garage. There is a fee to park.

Spaces in the rooms, for non-competitors, are first-come, first-serve, and entrances/exits from the room will only be permitted in between presentations. Competitors will remain in the room throughout all the presentations. Please be respectful of the presentations and do not talk during them. Please remember that only judges can ask the youth questions about their demonstrations or speeches.

4-H University Share The Fun

The 4-H Share-the-Fun Program is designed to help 4-H’ers discover, develop, and share their talents with others. The objective of the Share-the-Fun Program is to enhance the following areas: appreciation of talent, leadership, confidence, interest in special training, and the ability to discover opportunities for wholesome recreation. For more information about how to get involved in Share-the-Fun, please contact your location County Extension Office.

Event InformationDetails
When Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 7:15pm
Where John Wayne Reitz Union, 686 Museum Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611
Online Registration Registration for the day only participants. $35

* Participants must be at the Reitz Grand Ballroom (2nd Floor) by 2:15 pm to begin rehearsals.

Act Size and Length: Acts may be presented by an individual or a group. Group acts should be limited to a maximum of five participants. Entertainment groups with more than five members are discouraged because of the difficulty in facilitating a group that size. However, this does not rule out participation by such a group if their talent is of exceptional quality and they meet all other requirements. Such an act must be cleared through the State 4-H Office prior to District Events (contact State Events Coordinator). Acts with more than five participants who are not cleared through the State 4-H Office in advance will not be allowed to perform at Florida 4-H University. The time for each act can range from 3-5 minutes. Participants will have a one-minute warning and then the act will be called at 5 minutes.

*For participants who are here on Monday, July 29, please bring your props and music to the 4-H University Headquarters Desk from 12:00-1:00PM.

Other Relevant Act Information

  • The University of Florida bans live animals (i.e. mammals, amphibians, reptiles, etc.) from UF facilities where the State 4-H Share the Fun Competition is held, with the exception of seeing-eye dogs. Therefore, it is essential that the State 4-H Office be contacted prior to Florida 4-H University regarding whether an act involving an animal or reptile will be allowed in the competition.
  • An acoustic piano and basic sound equipment will be supplied.  All other props, instruments, amps, equipment, or other items necessary for the performance are the responsibility of the participant. The sound crew will have the ability to play standard format, store-bought music CD’s.  Homemade music CD’s are often usable but should be considered at your own risk.  DVD, MP3, or other computer sound file formats ARE NOT supported.
  • The State 4-H Events Office will not be responsible for the acquisition of gymnastic equipment such as parallel bars, balance beams, floor mats, etc. to be used by participants in the show.