Community Resource Guide

Youth Programs

Activities and programs for pre-school - 12.

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4-H Teen Conference

A Summer Learning Experience for Youths Ages 14 through Grade 12

Offered through UNH Cooperative Extension, the statewide 4-H Teen Conference is for students ages 14 through Grade 12. Teens from across the state participate in four days packed with activities including half day and full day workshops on a multitude of topics and interests. Community service projects are included, as are opportunities for leadership development.

» 4-H

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Agriculture, Food & the Environment

A one-week, overnight program for high school students ages 15-17. The program will introduce students to the exciting world of agriculture science. Explorations will include the impacts of agriculture on the environment along with the many ways UNH researchers are working to lessen these impacts. Students will also learn how UNH is working to become a truly sustainable university. Themes will include local food and nutrition, and camp culminates with a meal prepared by students using fresh local ingredients. Participants will gain a heightened understanding of where their food comes from and the many structures in place which enable food to arrive to consumers’ plates.

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Group and private swim lessons are offered in the summer and throughout the academic year.

» Campus Recreation

Phone: 603-862-0845
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Art Camp - Summer Art Camp for Children

Art Camp

The UNH Museum of Art offers visual arts classes for Grades 2 – 8 and pre-college intensives for Grades 9 – 12 in July. Classes are half-day for one week and include art, clay & wheel work, photography, art history, and painting. Studio art showcases of student work are held on Friday of each week.

» Museum of Art

Phone: 603-862-3713
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Athletic Summer Camps

Overnight and day camps are available in many different sports for kids ages 6 and up to learn new skills and strategies or improve current skills. Both skill instruction and game play is included.

» UNH Athletics

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Barry Conservation 4-H Camps

A Summer Learning Experience for Youths Ages 8-17

These camps are held at the Berlin Fish Hatchery in White Mountain National Forest are great for kids who love the outdoors, enjoy hands-on learning in environmental and conservation programs, and can benefit from a smaller camp.

» 4-H

Phone: (603) 862-2184
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Boat-based Educational Activities

Learning About Our Coastal Waters Through Hands-On Experiences

Help middle- and high-school students learn about our coastal waters through boat cruises and other opportunities.

» UNH Sea Grant Extension

Phone: (603) 862-6702
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Browne Center, The

Team Building and Leadership Development Through Action Learning

Organizations ranging from local school groups to Fortune 100 companies have received training from the Browne Center. Annually, 9,000 participants engage in year-round training programs.

» The Browne Center

Phone: (603) 868-1772
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Camp Wildcat

A Summer Day Camp for Kids

A day camp for youth in Grades 1 – 7. Campers will have a chance to explore nature and the environment, participate in sports, learn new skills and crafts, make new friends, and have fun while being active in the summer! Seven weeks of camp are split into two 2-week sessions, 2 Travel weeks, and an Outdoor Adventure Week

» Campus Recreation

Phone: 603-862-2031
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Campus Recreation

Club sports, intramural sports, fitness and wellness, aquatics, outdoor adventures

Hamel Recreation Center is home to the campus fitness center, court sports, and all your recreational needs.

» Campus Recreation

Phone: (603) 862-2031
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Child Study and Development Center

UNH Child Care and Nursery programs

The center is nationally accredited and offers high quality part-time nursery programs (2-4 years-old) and a full-day kindergarten program to families in the Seacoast community. In addition, full-day infant through preschool programs are available for UNH affiliated families. Admissions forms and information are available at our website.

» Child Study and Development Center

Phone: (603) 862-2835
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Computer Camp - EPIC

A one-week afternoon program for kids entering Grades 4-6. Students will learn computational thinking and programming through games, challenging puzzles and visual programming. Lego Mindstorm robots will be built and programmed.

» Computer Science

Phone: 603-862-2980
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Cooperative Extension

Putting Knowledge and Research to Work in Our Local Communities

Ten county outreach offices provide information on agriculture, forestry and wildlife, family development, 4-H youth development, food and nutrition, environmental management, and community development.

» UNH Cooperative Extension

Phone: (603) 749-4445
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Culinary Camp

The Thompson School of Applied Science offers two week-long day camps of Kids Culinary Camp in its commercially licensed kitchen facility on the UNH Durham campus. Kids explore basic cooking and baking techniques with varied regional offerings.

» Thompson School of Applied Science

Phone: 603-862-3626
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Dairy Teaching and Research Center

Tour the Center or Just Stop in to Visit the Animals

Visitors to the Thomas P. Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center can view 100 milking cows, tour the state-of-the-art facility, and participate in a variety of workshops.

» Dairy Teaching and Research Center

Phone: (603) 862-1027
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Day of the Coast Celebration

Environmental Learning for Students Grades 1-8

A day of customized activities designed to help elementary and middle school students and teachers augment their environmental curriculum.

» UNH Sea Grant Extension

Phone: (603) 862-6702
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Educational Talent Search

Opens Doors for First Generation College-Bound Youths

Fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is offered at no cost to eligible participants in grades 6-12. Specific services include academic advising, career planning, college information, and financial aid counseling.

» Educational Talent Search

Phone: (603) 862-1562
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Engineeristas – Girls and Engineering

A one-week camp for girls entering grades 6 & 7. Focus is on a wide range of engineering including environmental, marine, mechanical, material, and computer science. Campers participate in field trips and develop a project based on their own interests


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Family Boat Building Program

A Project for the Whole Family

Offers adults and children 12 and over a chance to work together and build a 12 foot skiff in two days.

» UNH Marine Docents

Phone: (603) 862-6702
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French Camp

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

The French Summer Camp at UNH is a non-residential program for teens 13-17, sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Experienced University language professors lead the camp's cultural and linguistic daily activities. The students' morning French classes are divided into two groups, beginner and advanced, while all participants gather together for the afternoon cultural workshops. The classes focus on developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through both individual and group projects. Our cultural workshop themes include: French cuisine, with a demonstration by a French chef; African traditions, with an introduction to African drums and dance; francophone media, where participants explore a wide variety of francophone music, newspapers and movies, and create their own cartoon, movie or journal; sports and games, where we explore some unique French leisure activities; New England’s francophone heritage, which explores New Hampshire as a fra

» College of Liberal Arts

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Future Leaders Institute

FLI: Money, Greed, Corruption. A one or two week residential camp for students in Grades 9 – 12. Participants will study the relationship between money, greed, and corruption in ancient and modern life. Days will include interactive in-class work with discussion and debate of classic and contemporary views; evenings will include films, discussion, and outdoor activities.

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Hamel Recreation Center

A State-of-the-Art Health Club Facility

State-of-the-art fitness center features more than 100 stations of cardiovascular and weight training equipment, jogging track, racquetball courts, group fitness studios, and much more. Open to the community for memberships.

» Campus Recreation

Phone: (603) 862-4515
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Horse Barns and The Smith Equine Center

Attend a Show, Take a Tour, or Visit the Horses

The University houses approximately 52 horses that may be visited daily between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The University hosts two horse trials and a dressage show each year.

» Biological Sciences

Phone: 603-862-1356
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Hospitality Management Summer Program

A one-week residential program for students entering Grade 12. Participants will be introduced to the hospitality industry through presentations, hands-on experience, guest speakers, computer simulations, and visits to restaurants and hotels.

» Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics

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IOL Paid Internship Program

The UNH Interoperability Lab (IOL) hosts ambitious students entering Grade 12 for its summer paid internship program. Interns gain invaluable experience working with global networking companies through hands-on, problem-solving work and visits to high-tech corporations.

» InterOperability Laboratory

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Kids Eager for Engineering Program with Elementary Research-based Science

KEEPERS is a week-long, half-day experience that acquaints elementary students with the various engineering fields. Activities are designed to assist the development of inquiry and design skills. Students explore fun, real science concepts, and engage in hands-on, minds-on engineering challenges.

» The Leitzel Center

Phone: 603-862-0718
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Marine Docent Program

A Learning Opportunity for Volunteers Who Love the Sea

An organization of volunteers from all walks of life dedicated to the conservation and wise use of marine resources.

» University of New Hampshire Marine Docents

Phone: (603) 862-6702
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Marine Environmental Science

A two-week residential program for students who have completed Grades 10 – 12 held at the Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island off the coast of Portsmouth, NH. Focus is on coastal marine habitats, with an emphasis on issues as they relate to global habitats and concerns. Learning is through lab exercises, field work, explorations, and excursions to neighboring islands. Students can earn 3 college credits.

» Shoals Marine Laboratory

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New Hampshire Farm to School

Promotes a community-based, community-supported school food community

Initiatives include agriculture, health and nutrition, K-12 connections to local farms, curriculum

» New Hampshire Farm to School

Phone: 603-862-2542
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New Hampshire Youth Band

Providing Musical Challenges for Serious Musicians

This ensemble provides musical challenge and advanced performance experiences for school band musicians from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. Groups rehearse and perform at UNH on Sundays from noon to 2:00 PM. Concerts are given with various UNH concert bands, and occasional trips for outside performances and tours, including to locations such as New York City, are regularly scheduled.

» Music Department

Phone: (603) 862-2404
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Northeast Passage

Accessible Recreational Activities

NEP is a health promotion and recreation program serving individuals with disabilities living in the New England area. Sports and recreation programs include: sled, hockey, cycling, water skiing, golf, cross country skiing, hiking, various court sports, paddle sports, and opportunities for competitive training.

» Northeast Passage

Phone: (603) 862-0070
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Outdoor Adventures at Campus Recreation

UNH's only professionally run outdoor recreation program.

Provide outdoor trips and clinics for UNH students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community. Trips include hiking, kayaking, climbing, spring break bouldering, backcountry skiing, ice climbing, and more. Outdoor gear rentals are also available at a reasonable price at the Recreation Center.

» Campus Recreation

Phone: (603) 862-4515
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Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy through Art

Image-Making Within the Writing Process

Dynamic art-and-literature-based approaches to writing designed to meet the needs of students with diverse learning styles.

» Center for the Advancement of Art-Based Literacy

Phone: (603) 862-3691
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Project SMART

A Summer Program for High School Students Gifted in Math and Science

The four-week, residential intensive science and technology program challenges, educates, and motivates talented high school juniors and seniors (from across the nation) who are interested in biotechnology, nanotechnology, marine and environmental science, and space science.

» Project SMART

Phone: (603) 862-3840
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Rowing/Coxing Camp

Men's and Women's Rowing

Rowers in Grades 9-12 spend a week learning what it takes to be a great rower/coxswain. Athletes will work as a team to gain skills in rowing/coxing while experiencing student life at UNH.

» Campus Recreation

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S.T.A.R.S. Summer Camps

Theatre Day Camp and Dance Intensives for Youth

Training in performing arts, creative arts, production, and performance. Skilled and experienced directors have advanced degrees and/or are state-certified to teach grades 3-12. They provide a supportive atmosphere in which talent and creativity are encouraged.

» Theatre and Dance Department

Phone: (603)862-2150
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Sailing and Kayaking

The UNH community sailing centre at Mendums Pond offers classes for ages 5 – Adult for different skill levels. The primary aim is to encourage fun on the water, make new friends, and build self-confidence.

» UNH Sailing Team

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Sea Trek Lectures and Tours

Volunteers Reach Out to New Hampshire Schools and Organizations

Lectures on marine-related topics for schools and communities. Tours of Jackson Estuarine Lab and the Shoals Marine Lab.

» UNH Sea Grant Extension

Phone: (603) 862-6702
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Seacoast Reads Tutoring Program

Supports Literacy and Encourages Volunteerism

Seacoast Reads seeks to support and increase school-aged children's proficiency in reading and writing, develop self-confidence and encourage a love of reading. We place UNH undergraduate tutors at local schools, libraries and after school programs. The tutors spend approximately 2 hours a week with one student on their reading and writing while developing a positive relationship.

» Education

Phone: (603) 862-2955
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Seacoast Science Center

An Oceanside Learning Environment

Located in historic Odiorne Point State Park, Rye, NH. Featuring aquariums and live-animal exhibits.

» Seacoast Science Center

Phone: (603) 436-8043
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STARTALK – Chinese Language and Culture

This day camp allows students to develop basic Mandarin Chinese language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with a focus on simple and healthful Chinese cooking. In addition, students will participate in daily cultural activities.

» College of Liberal Arts

Phone: 603-862-3266
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Summer Youth Music School (SYMS)

Students Sharpen Their Music Skills

A longstanding and popular summer music program for kids entering grades 5 – 12. Students concentrate on an instrument or voice along with electives to broaden their experience. Learning is one with outstanding college music professors, high school teachers, and college students.

» Music Department

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Techsplores and Techventures

Techsplorers (Grades 6-8) and Techventures (Grades 9-10) explore electrical, mechanical, aerospace, biomedical, and naval engineering along with robotics and computer technology. Camp includes field trips and students work in small groups to present a final project. Both are 2-week sessions.


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The UNH Observatory

View New Hampshire's Sky

Guided tours of celestial wonders presented twice each month, clear skies permitting.

» Physics Department

Phone: 617-955-3704
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Therapeutic Riding Program

Serving Challenged Equestrians in the Seacoast Area

NARHA-accredited treatment for challenged equestrians or any individual with physical, emotional, or mental disabilities.

» Animal & Nutritional Sciences

Phone: (603) 862-0121
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Upward Bound

Helps Talented High School Students from Low Income Families Succeed

Includes an academically rigorous six-week summer institute on the UNH Campus as well as a comprehensive yearlong academic support program.

» Upward Bound

Phone: (603) 862-1563
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Woodman Farm

Displays Experimental Gardening Techniques

Provides visitors with a view of innovative growing techniques and a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and flowers during the summer months.

» UNH Horticulture Farm

Phone: (603) 868-2345
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Writers Academy

Writing, Editing, and Publishing for Youth

The UNH Writers Academy is a program for middle school and high school students to spend a week in the summer with their peers, sharing what they enjoy about writing and reading their favorite stories, poems or plays.

» English Department

Phone: 603-862-1168
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