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Season 4, Episodes 6-10 - Energy Express on WVPB 

Monday, June 26, 2023, 5:30 p.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.   

This episode is a rerun from season 3. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

One of the best parts of summer is spending lots of time playing outside and enjoying the sunshine, but what about when it rains? To kick off today's episode, we're sharing some ideas for how to have just as much fun inside on those rainy days! First, we'll have a read aloud of "The Enormous Turnip" in both English and Spanish by WVU Dean of Extension and Engagement Jorge Atiles. Next, we're going on an adventure to the Morgantown Public Library with our friend Rory, who's a Monongalia County 4-H'er. The library is a great place to explore on a rainy day! 

Now that we've learned more about fun indoor activities, it's time to head back outside with our outdoor experts, Mike Shamblin and Bruce Loyd! They're teaching us all about the importance of planning ahead and preparation when going on a camping or hiking trip. 

Then, it's snack time! Molly Poffenbarger walks us through how to make a yummy broccoli, ham and cheese quesadilla. 


 Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 5:30 p.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. 

This episode is a rerun from season 3. 


Thursday, June 29, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

We're kicking off today's episode with a trip to the lake! We're hanging out with our friends Mike and Bruce again, but this time, we're learning more about water safety, which is a very important summer topic. Grab your life jackets and let's go! 

After our cruise in the canoe, it's time to head into the lab to learn how to engineer a bird beak with Emma Gardner, STEM specialist at WVU Jackson's Mill. Using the engineer design process, we'll test five different "beak" tools and five food sources. For this activity, you'll need tools such as tongs, chopsticks, a small spoon, a pipette or tweezers, but you can also test other tools. You'll also need items that represent food sources, like rice, popcorn kernels, pipe cleaners, pompoms or water. 


Friday, June 30, 2023, 5:30 p.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.

This episode is a rerun from season 3.