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Season 3, Episodes 6 through 10 - Energy Express on WVPB

Monday, June 27, 2022, 9 a.m.  

This week kicks off with a read-aloud of “The Relatives Came” by Tino Kayafas, a business and jazz student at West Virginia University. Next, we head over to Jefferson County to learn how to grow your own plants in buckets and recycled containers with Emily Morrow, agriculture and natural resources agent. After working up an appetite in the garden, it’s time to head to the kitchen! Lucy and Brynlea, both Jefferson County 4-H’ers, host “Best Friends Bake” and teach us how to make jackpot cookies. To close out today’s episode, Sheraya, another Jefferson County 4-H’er, teaches us how to wash clothes properly. Don’t forget to sort your clothes beforehand! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 9 a.m.  

Get up and get moving during this episode! Olivia Mackey from the College of Physical Activity and Sports Science teaches us what a tabata workout is and leads us through it. But first, remember to warm up! Next, 4-H’ers Hannah and Paige show us how to get crafty and make terrariums in mason jars. Pro tip: add eggshells to your soil for added nutrients. For this activity, you will need soil, a spoon, gravel, a mason jar, a plant, rocks, water, activated charcoal and moss. Finally, it’s snack time. Pendleton County 4-H’er Katie demonstrates how to make rainbow fruit skewers – and makes some awesome jokes along the way. For this recipe, you will need strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, honeydew, blueberries, purple grapes, marshmallows and skewers.  

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 9 a.m.  

The Wild Owens kick us off today talking about bear dens and cubs. WVU Extension specialists Sheldon and Sarah Owen are joined by Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader at the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to hug some black bear cubs and learn about their habitats. Next, Alex Coffman, 4-H youth development agent, discusses keeping public parks and spaces clean with Leave No Trace. And while you’re out in these parks, you may come across some plants that could be dangerous. Bruce Loyd and Mike Shamblin, Extension agriculture and natural resource agents, walk us through the woods while showing us plants to avoid and how to identify them.  

Lastly, Andi Hoover, Family and Community Development agent, teaches us how to make a delicious snack—dirt mix! For this recipe, you will need chocolate-covered Chex Mix, dried cranberries, raisins, pretzel sticks, a granola bar, green Twizzlers, walnuts and gummy worms.   

Thursday, June 30, 2022, 9 a.m.  

Today we start off talking about mental and physical wellness with the WVU Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meshea Poore. Next, we head into the woods with Dave McGill, WVU Extension forest resources specialist! He leads up on a scavenger hunt to find and identify trees that are common in West Virginia. Agriculture and natural resources agent Karen Cox joins the fun next to show us all the fun things that come from trees, from toys to snacks! Lastly, Stephanie Lusk, Family and Community Development agent, leads us through “seed to tree” yoga, taking us through the growth of a tree.   

Friday, July 1, 2022, 9 a.m.  

This Friday, we're back at Ms. Amie's farm for "Learn, Grow, Eat and Go." Our WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program health educator Amie Tutor teaches kids all about tomatoes. Then, we visit Gritt's Midway Greenhouse to learn how tomatoes are grown. Amie then reads "What Will Grow?," a book about all the yummy foods we can grow in our gardens.

Shannon Ritchie leads kids through a "garden yoga" physical activity, and Amie catches back up with us to lead our rainbow roots activity. For this activity, you will need colorful pipe cleaners, a piece of paper with a hole punched in the center, and something to color with, like markers, crayons or colored pencils.

Molly Poffenbarger teaches us how to make garlic tomato bruschetta. And to wrap up this week, our host Zack plays us a song about tomatoes.