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From Embryo To Chick

From Embryo To Chick



The Livestock Conservancy is partnering with the North Carolina Chatham County 4-H for a virtual 4-H Embryology Program. For more than seven years, Chatham County 4-H has partnered with The Livestock Conservancy to utilize rare heritage breed hatching eggs as part of the Classroom Heritage Chicken Hatching Project. This partnership provides youth an opportunity to not only learn about life cycles, but also heritage breeds and genetic conservation.

Traditionally, the Embryology Program is offered to all Chatham County schools serving elementary age students, and held in the classroom with teachers guiding students through the incubation process and embryonic life cycle. However, due to school closures, caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the program is unable to be held in the classroom, so it will be offered through a virtual learning experience.

Starting Monday, April 20, 2020, Jeannette Beranger, Senior Program Manager at The Livestock Conservancy, and Victoria Brewer, Chatham County 4-H Extension Agent will walk participants through the Experiments in Poultry Science 4-H curriculum. Each session will be released via YouTube on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through Friday, May 15.

The program schedule is listed below:

Over a four week period, participants will learn about and experience the incubation process, necessary requirements for taking care of chicks, and a few tidbits for when chicks become chickens. While this program is traditionally offered to elementary students, this cooperative virtual learning experience can be enjoyed by people of all ages. 

The program is offered at no cost to participants, however, we do request that participants register so Chatham County 4-H is able to capture pertinent information for federal and state reporting purposes. Providing requested demographic information allows N.C. Cooperative Extension to ensure that our organization is serving citizens of all communities, providing beneficial programming to diverse audiences. In addition, by registering, you will receive additional opportunities that will enhance this virtual learning experience--all activity sheets included with the curriculum will be sent to you via email or mail, AND you will receive information regarding interactive sessions held with Jeannette and/or Victoria throughout the program, as contact information is required in order to communicate details regarding these interactive sessions.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension is a strategic partnership of NC State Extension, The Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), and local governments statewide. Extension professionals in all 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians connect millions of North Carolinians with research-based information and technology from NC State and N.C. A&T. Educational programs specialize in agriculture, food and nutrition, 4-H youth development, community development and the environment.

4-H is North Carolina’s largest youth development organization, equipping more than 262,000 young people each year with the skills necessary to succeed and improve the world around them. 4-H programs and camps encourage young people to “learn by doing,” helping them to develop into active, contributing citizens. NC State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T University coordinate 4-H programs statewide. For more on the 4-H program in Chatham County, please contact Victoria Brewer at victoria.brewer@chathamnc.org or Liz Mauney at liz.mauney@chathamnc.org.

We hope you can join us for this cooperative virtual learning experience! For questions about this program or The Livestock Conservancy, please contact Jeannette Beranger at jberanger@livestockconservancy.org.


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