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Move into March with Virtual 4-H Special Interest Clubs

West Virginia 4-H is excited to kick off ten new virtual 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) clubs in March. These virtual 4-H SPIN clubs will focus on different topic areas and will last between four to six sessions. Additional virtual SPIN clubs will come online throughout the spring, so stay tuned for April and May clubs!

These 4-H SPIN clubs are open to 4-H members. There will be opportunities for Cloverbuds  announced soon. Be sure to read each club description to determine which age groups are invited to participate.  Each club is a little different.  Some clubs are designed to help 4-H members with their project work, but not all of them.  All youth are welcome to join a SPIN club to learn, no matter their project area!

Some of the 4-H SPIN clubs are free to participants while other clubs do have a small fee.  The clubs with fees will be providing a club kit of supplies for the kids to engage in hands-on activities at home.

How Do I Sign Up?

Choose a topic of interest to you, then register online through ZSuite. To register for a SPIN Club go to  4h.zsuite.org and enroll in 4-H with your county. Then select the “event” option to choose the topic.

Register in 4-H ZSuite

Virtual SPIN Clubs Starting in March

The Hunt for Your International Home SPIN Club

  • Globe Four Mondays - March 1, 8, 15, and 22
  • Time - 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Age - 3rd to 12th grade
  • Club Cost - Free

Come travel with us as we explore homes around the world. Learn about what houses are like in other parts of the world, while gaining an appreciation of what it costs to own a home in West Virginia or overseas.

Instructors –  Julie Tritz, WVU Extension 4-H Wayne County, Tina Cowger, WVU Extension 4-H Marion County, and Alex Coffman, WVU Extension 4-H Grant County

I Made That! Sewing SPIN Club

  • Stuffed Animal, felt mug rug, fabric yo-yos, paperclip, and index cardsSix Tuesdays - March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and April 6
  • Time - 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Age - 3rd to 12th grade
  • Club Cost - $10

Club participants will learn about basic sewing tools, hand stitches, and different textiles while constructing a few projects – Felt Mug Rug, Yo-Yos and a stuffed animal. Club members will be introduced to sewing machines, but this class is for members who want to learn to stitch by hand.  This is a great club for checking off activities in the Sewing 1 (Under Construction) project. The club is open to any interested members!

There is a $10 fee for participants, who will receive a club kit with most supplies to create the hands-on projects. A supply list will be provided for any items not provided.

Instructors –  Jenny Murray, WVU Extension 4-H Specialist and Ashley Kooken, WVU Extension 4-H Specialist

Learn, Grow, Eat, Go! SPIN Club

  • Four children touching a plantSix Wednesdays - March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7
  • Time - 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Age - 3rd to 5th grade
  • Club Cost - $5

Join this gardening and nutrition club to learn about plants from seed to plate in 6 weeks. 

Participants will receive a club kit with supplies to learn and grow through hands-on activities and experiences.

Instructors –  Tracey Valach, WVU Extension Health Educator Randolph County, Courtney Hinkle, WVU Extension Health Educator Logan and Mingo Counties, Nicole Mitchell, WVU Extension Health Educator Fayette County, Mollie Toppe, WVU Extension 4-H Wetzel County, Evan Wilson, WVU Extension ANR Cabell and Wayne Counties, and Lauren Weatherford, WVU Extension FCD Fayette and Nicholas Counties

Island Life SPIN Club

  • Island with trees and sand in a body of waterFour Thursdays - March 4, 11, 18, and 25
  • Time - 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Age - 3rd to 12th grade
  • Club Cost - Free

Come travel the world as we explore island life from the Caribbean islands to the world’s largest, Greenland. Youth will learn about large and small islands in both warm and cold climates as well as some of the benefits as well as challenges to living on an island. 

Instructors –  Julie Tritz, WVU Extension 4-H Wayne County, Tina Cowger, WVU Extension 4-H Marion County, and Alex Coffman, WVU Extension 4-H Grant County

See Them Sprout: 4-H Vegetable Gardening SPIN Club

  • radish held in the palm of a handSix Saturdays - March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 and 10
  • Time - 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Age - 3rd to 5th grade
  • Club Cost - $5

Have you ever wondered how long it takes a seed to sprout? If so, join us for the See Them Sprout: 4-H Vegetable Gardening SPIN Club as we conduct an investigation to answer this question. Each week you will be transformed into a scientist as you make observations, collect data, and draw conclusions to answer this question all from the comforts of home.  This club will meet many requirements in the See Them Sprout project book. Any 4-H member is welcome!

Participants will receive a toolkit filled with supplies needed to conduct your investigation. 

There will be plenty of other surprises along the way that you won’t want to miss!

Instructors –  Ashley Kooken, WVU Extension 4-H Specialist, Luci Mosesso, WVU Extension 4-H Pocahontas County,  Lesley Woodrum, WVU Extension 4-H Summers County, and Christie Kuntz, WVU 4-H Volunteer

Get Started in Art SPIN Club

  • Mixed Media of person with long colorful hairSix Mondays - March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, and 12
  • Time - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Age - 3rd to 12th grade
  • Club Cost - $25

Explore the basic elements of visual art through activities on color, line, space, balance, and more, and then complete your own work of art.   This SPIN Club will be taught by a WVU Creative Arts Professor and WVU Students! 

Each participant will receive a club kit of supplies to create and explore during the club.  This club will meet many requirements in the Get Started In Art  Any 4-H member is welcome!

Instructor –  Dylan Collins, Associate Professor | Sculpture, WVU School of Art and Design

Bread Making SPIN Club

  • A youth holds a sheet of sliced bread ready to toast in the ovenFour Wednesdays (every other week) - March 10, 24, April 7 and 21
  • Time - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Age - 6th to 12th grade
  • Club Cost - Free

Join 4-H'ers from around the state as we learn to make different types of bread as well as some of the science behind bread making.  This club will meet many requirements in the 4-H Cooking 301 project.  Any 4-H member is welcome!

Instructors –  Eva Beto, WVU Extension 4-H Program Assistant Marion County, and Diana Marple, WVU Extension Administrative Assistant Marion County

Welcome to 4-H! SPIN Club

  • Two kids huggingSix Mondays - March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, and 19
  • Time - 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Age - 3rd to 12th grade welcome ( targeted at the 3rd to 6th grade audience)
  • Club Cost - Free

For over a century, 4-H has provided opportunities to grow and learn while becoming part of an extended family. This is your invitation to join this incredible program! Join us as we explore all things 4-H. 

Whether this is, “Welcome to 4-H,” or, “Welcome BACK to 4-H,” – You DO NOT want to miss this!  While the This is 4-H project will provide a guide for this SPIN Club, you DO NOT have to be registered for the project to participate. 

Instructors –  Jamie Mullins, WVU Extension 4-H Calhoun and Gilmer Counties, Becca Fint-Clark, WVU Extension 4-H Monongalia County, Lisa Ingram, WVU Extension 4-H Marshall County, Carole Scheerbaum, WVU Extension 4-H Hancock County, and Mollie Toppe, WVU Extension 4-H Wetzel County

Capture the Moment SPIN Club

  • Woman with a camera on a roadFour Wednesdays (every other week) - March 17, 31, April 14 and 28
  • Time - 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Age - 3rd to 12th grade
  • Club Cost - Free

Do you like getting a “great shot” when you are with family, friends, or just while taking a walk?  Join us for a 4-part series of workshops designed to help you “up your game” when it comes to capturing moments with your camera. 

We will cover topics that will help you with getting some great photos as you complete the Photography Basics – Book 1 project.  Whether signed up for the project or not, you should join us.  

Instructors –  Carole Scheerbaum, WVU Extension 4-H Hancock County, Barbie Little, WVU Extension 4-H Raleigh County, Jamie Mullins, WVU Extension 4-H Calhoun and Gilmer Counties, Julie Tritz, WVU Extension 4-H Wayne County, and Lorrie Wright, WVU Extension 4-H Mason County

Marvelous Machines Engineering Design SPIN Club

  • Five Thursdays - March 18, 25, April 1, 8, and 15
  • Time - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Age - 2nd to 5th grade
  • Club Cost - $10

In this virtual spin club, youth grades 2-5 will incorporate a growth mindset as they use the engineering design process to explore, design and build simple machines. Each student will receive materials to complete the activities and an engineering themed storybook. Classes will be held virtually once a week through Zoom.

Instructor –  Suzanne McDonald, WVU Extension 4-H Specialist

To register for a SPIN Club, go to  https://4h.zsuite.org/ and enroll in 4-H with your county. Then select the “event” option to choose the Club.

Register in 4-H ZSuite