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Arapahoe County Youth Development empowers youth to have healthy, positive relationships, develop life skills, realize their spark and become engaged learners. We are a reliable community partner for schools and organizations, while being accessible and welcoming to all youth.


Join us for a FREE weekly virtual embryology program! This program is for youth of all ages (including adults)! We will learn about the life cycle of a chicken, embryo development, chicken breeds, incubators, egg parts and functions, and even watch chicks hatch live!

Live online sessions will be held April 1, April 8, and April 15 at 2:00 PM MDT.

Session 1 – Intro to Embryology

  • What are embryos?
  • What is an incubator and why do we use them?
  • How does the incubator compare to a hen on a farm?
  • Why are eggs different colors?
  • What does an embryo need to develop?
  • What are the parts and functions of an egg?
  • How strong are eggs?

Session 2 – Candling Eggs

Join us Wednesday, April 8 at 2:00 PM

  • What is going on inside our fertilized eggs?
  • How can we see chicks developing?
  • What do unfertilized eggs look like compared to fertilized eggs?
  • What are the different breeds of chickens that will hatch?

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Programming Options | FAQ’s | Youth Development Brochure |
*NEW* 2020 Summer Camps



embryology pamphlet

**New** Our 4-H Embryology program has been updated to meet educational needs. Check out our new 4-H Embryology programming options to find the right fit for you!


Programming Options

In School Programming

Would you like your students to gain hands-on experience corresponding with state standards alongside what they are learning in your classroom?  Request a program to encourage learning through hands-on activities.

After School Programming

Do you have a handful of students who are interested in Math and Science? Or do you have students who struggle to engage with what is being taught in the classroom? The 4-H After School program offers a variety of hands-on activities designed to engage students and increase learning.

Summer Programming

Is your school/community center looking for programming over the summer? See the Youth Development & School Enrichment Brochure in order to customize your summer program needs.

Youth Enrichment at a Community Center

If your local library, housing center, or other youth facility is in need of quality youth engagement, 4-H Youth Development programming is the right fit to deliver educational and hands-on activities to the youth in the community!

4-H Club Program

A 4-H club is a group of youth (5-18) with similar interests who meet to learn a new skill in a 4-H project area and have fun. They can be neighbors, friends and even family members. The club determines when, where and how often they will meet and what projects they will work on.  Learn more about the 4-H club program.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the educational programming come from?

The diverse curricula are based on research coming from Colorado State University. Arapahoe County Extension has unique access to materials and expertise from this land-grant university regarding the mental, physical, social and emotional development of young people, and works
to connect those resources to youth in our community.

What is the cost for youth development and school enrichment programming?

The cost for Arapahoe County Extension to deliver programming at partnering locations is dependent on the number of youth and the type of program that is delivered.  An agreement is made between Arapahoe County Extension and our partnerships prior to the start of programming. Costs may cover materials and supplies for hands-on learning, such as crafting materials, embryology incubators, gardening supplies, etc.

Who facilitates the programs?

All programs are overseen and facilitated by Arapahoe County Extension staff and official volunteer leaders. All volunteers are required to undergo a background check prior to working with youth.

How can I get involved as a volunteer?

“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” ~Author Unknown. Make a difference in a kid’s life today!  We are always seeking youth-friendly, organized, flexible, adult leaders to help children learn and grow through fun, hands-on projects. Training is provided. Please contact Claudia Meeks at 303-738-7977 for more information.


4-H Youth Development programming has a diverse set of subject areas to choose from. Check out our 4-H Youth Development Brochure for more information on each program.

Summer Camps

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.