Benefits: Extension K-12 Initiatives
Youth doing an engineering project.
Goal $ 5,000.00
0.2% towards our goal


Help Minnesota youth explore careers.

University of Minnesota Extension and Cottonwood County 4-H are excited to offer a unique program that helps young people explore career paths.

University on the Prairie immerses students entering grades 7-12 in three days of hands-on science activities with instruction from university faculty and industry professionals. Hosted at the Southwest Research & Outreach Center in Lamberton, MN, the program is an avenue to connect rural youth from across Minnesota with academic leaders and industry professionals. Faculty from the University of Minnesota, South Dakota State University, Ridgewater College, and the Southwest Research & Outreach Center served as lead instructors last year.

Throughout the program, students test hypotheses, participate in hands-on labs, and learn new skills while exploring science-based career opportunities related to ag/environmental science, chemistry, engineering, food science, and health science.

Students have the opportunity to network with faculty and industry professionals while receiving specialized instruction that they would not have the opportunity to receive elsewhere.

Your gift supports exceptional young people.

Every gift, no matter the size, helps Minnesota 4-H grow true leaders and makes it possible to offer University on the Prairie at a minimal cost to youth attendees.

Quotes from past participants, teachers, and parents:

  • “As a high school junior interested in pursuing a career in science, I was really excited to gain a better understanding of all of the possible paths in science that resonate with me, but I have never really known about. I was also surrounded by such knowledgeable and nice people who made this an enjoyable and informative experience.”
  • “The different fields and people I met helped influence my thoughts about college and a career. Looking deeper into fields I enjoy makes me wish to learn more and explore careers in different paths.”
  • “I really enjoy that everyone is genuinely trying to help you learn and find a career.”
  • “I am impressed that the teachers for each session are able to relate to this age group of students and explain difficult concepts to them so they understand.”
  • “Information and technology that aren't readily available to rural youth are brought to them! I think it's my job as a parent to give my children experiences like U on the Prairie that stimulate their mind. Thank you for bringing this to us!”

Thank you for helping Minnesota youth learn to lead and succeed! Join us on social using #MN4HGIVE and #MN4H.

Minnesota 4-H is the youth development program led by University of Minnesota Extension's Center for Youth Development.

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