Chickens in the Classroom!


What can we learn from a chick? Cincinnati Nature School students found out with ChickQuest, a 4-H School Enrichment program that challenges youth to use science, technology, engineering, and math skills to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg. From monitoring living eggs to observing fluffy chicks, students use a logbook to record data and observations.  These lively activities pique curiosity, encourage collaboration and communication, and provide young scientists with unforgettable experiences.

This 21-day STEM classroom adventure starts with eggs and ends with chicks. ChickQuest challenges youth to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg.  While watching eggs in the incubator and waiting for them to hatch, students learn about habitats, life cycles, structure and function, classification and a lot of careers.  Students are the scientists who help make it happen!

Meadowview (Milford) and St Louis (Owensville) Elementary begin their “Egg-citing Adventure” next week.  If your school is interested in bringing ChickQuest to your classroom, contact OSU Extension at 513-732-7070.

Simple Snack for the Whole Family!

Check out this simple recipe that the whole family can help make!  This Trail Mix is filled with whole grains, protein and fruit!  For more recipes that your entire family can enjoy, check out

Kitchen Activities for Kids!

Get your preschooler to try new foods by having them help in the kitchen.  Check out these tips for helping your kids to feel good about doing something “grown-up.”

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Southern Ohio Farm Show

Tammy Jones and Richard Purdin teach us how to make healthy March Madness snacks and combat Autumn Olive in this week’s episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show.
Tune in next week for another new episode and more tips for March Madness snacks!

Farewell, Friends!

While I am excited about opportunities that await my future, it is with sadness that I say good-bye.  My final day with OSU Extension will be Friday, May 28.  Until then, I am working limited hours wrapping up programming and projects that I have scheduled.  I have resumed working for the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Member Services, a position I held for 12 years before coming to Extension.

Thank you for the warm welcome during my time in Clermont County.  I will cherish the many friendships I’ve made along the way.   I’ve enjoyed working with, and learning from all of you; it has been a pleasure!  Thank you for letting me be part of the journey.

Thank you for all the experiences and wonderful memories!



Healthy Eating Doesn’t Have to be Hard!

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard, especially when we take it one step at a time.  Try this fresh salad that is packed with crunch and flavor to help you reach your goals!  For more recipes check out

Turn Your Resolutions Into Real Solutions

With the new year, we have a fresh start to a healthier version of ourselves!  We can turn our resolutions into real solutions.  Start with small changes, take one day at a time, be active your way, team up and celebrate successes!  Let us know what your real solutions are by emailing Becky at

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A Tasty Twist on the Traditional Burger

Beans are one of nature’s most perfect foods and are a great source of protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals.  For a tasty twist on the traditional burger, try this Lentil Burger recipe.  It is packed full of flavor!

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Vary Your Protein Routine

Meat, chicken, turkey, and eggs are the protein foods most commonly eaten by Americans, according to the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Fish, beans, soy products and nuts are also a great source of protein.  Check out these tips to vary your protein routine.  You can find more information at

Pickled Beets and Eggs

The deep red hue of pickled beets and eggs is beautiful.  For a colorful and tasty recipe, try Pickled Beets and Eggs.  Let us know what you think!  Email Becky at with your thoughts about the recipe.

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