- Healthy Soils
Healthy soil is productive soil. This kit contains lesson plans and supplies to conduct activities on soil water movement, rainfall simulation, water holding capacity, soil structure, and soil aggregate stability. The trunk includes items like graduated cylinders, funnels, brushes, and sieves. The user must provide soil and some of the larger catch containers.
Animal & Plant Science Trunks
- Beef Learning Laboratory
This resource contains masters of the learning laboratory kit contents-situation/task statements, charts and diagrams, identification tags, and instructions.
- Dairy Learning Laboratory
This resource contains a curriculum guide with Critical Points of Quality Assurance and Animal Care video, charts and diagrams, identification tags, planning calendar and much more!
- Dog Learning Laboratory
Educators Resource Materials set, this resource contains masters of the learning laboratory kit contents- situation/task statements, charts and diagrams, identification tags, and instructions.
- Goat Learning Laboratory
This resource contains a curriculum guide with Critical Points of Quality Assurance and Animal Care video, hoof trimming poster, digestive track poster and much more!
Hippology is the study of horses. By using this trunk, 4-H can study and learn about horses without owning a horse. This trunk covers all aspects of horses and prepares youth for the 4-H Hippology contest by providing stations, tests and team problems for study purposes.
- Horse Learning Laboratory
This kit contains: animal skeleton structure poster, feed and seed samples, injection sites poster, ground handling horses safely video and much more!
- Plant Identification Learning Laboratory
Its purpose is to introduce students to the basic concepts and terminology used in the identification of deciduous trees and shrubs.
- Poultry Learning Laboratory
This kit contains: Bird medication product label and insert posters, bird comb identification poster, egg quality image color cards and much more!
- Sheep Learning Laboratory
This kit contains: Animal part identification poster, wholesale meat cut poster, disease matching cards and much more!
- Swine Learning Laboratory
This kit contains: educators curriculum guide, animal skeleton structure poster, ear notches, color loin prints, meat science CD-Rom, and much more!
Energy makes change – it produces a change of some kind; it does things for us. Scientists define energy as the ability to do work. Energy is found in many different forms, such as light, heat, sound, and motion. Each specific trunk focuses on a particular form of energy.
- Science of Energy (for age levels 9-18)
This trunk includes instructions for hands-on experiments that youth can use to teach themselves and others about forms of energy and energy transformation. This trunk includes a teacher's guide for grades 4-8 and another for grades 9-12, plus most supplies to conduct the experiments. The teacher's guides also include correlations to national science content standards.
Creative Arts Trunks
- Advanced Leathercraft
This trunk includes alphabet stamps, sponges, dye, an assortment of stamps and tools. This trunk also includes several disposable leather pieces.
- Beginner Leathercraft
This trunk includes alphabet, picture and number stamps. This trunk also includes some dye and several disposable leather pieces.
- Sewing Trunk
Includes five sewing machines, basic sewing supplies and lesson materials needed to complete a beginner quilt for approximately 5 participants.
This trunk is designed to encourage youth to record and preserve their memories and/or heritage using photographs, journaling, memorabilia, and embellishments.
Money Management Trunks
- Reading Makes Cents (Grades 3-5)
A collection of 53 experiential activities developed around exemplary children's literature that has money as a theme. Features hands-on, exploratory activities. Take-home activities are are included in English and Spanish.
- The Big Box of Leadership and Team Building
This trunk features the books "The Big Book of Humorous Training Games," The Big Book of Team Motivating Games," and "The Big Book of Leadership Games." This leadership trunk works well with teams that are short term or just getting to know each other. The activities work well with people who are not wanting to be very active, yet still want to go beyond sitting and listening.
- The Leadership Challenge
This trunk features the books "Building Everyday Leadership In All Teens", "Building Everyday Leadership In All Kids", and "The Leadership Challenge Activities Book". The trunks works well with groups who are going to be working together over a long period of time. All of these books feature activities that build off each other or can be used independently.
Nutrition & Wellness Trunks
- Eat Smart! Play Hard!
Are you looking for something to help your 4-H club be recognized as a Healthy 4-H Club? Are you looking for fun nutrition and physical activity ideas to incorporate into your club meetings and/or county activities? Check out the Eat Smart! Play Hard! 4-H trunk. The trunk is filled with games and equipment to emphasize healthy eating and physical activity. Items include a Glo-germ kit, 12-foot parachute, MyPlate Food Bingo, MyPlate activity mat, Dairy Council food models and more. The resource binder includes additional ideas and snack recipes.
- Food Preservation
This trunk includes a binder with current Extension food preservation publications and equipment, including a pressure canner, water bath canner, stock pot, funnel, jar lifter and other canning equipment. The trunk also includes items to “show” but not use: freezer bags, freezer paper, foil, containers, pectin, incorrect canning/freezing containers, etc. All of these items must be returned with a completed inventory/usage form.
Outdoor Education Trunks
- Bird Study (The Bird Watching Trunk has been combined with the Bird Study Trunk)
This kit includes binoculars, field ID books, an electronic bird song identifier, replica bird eggs and other resources to get youth and adults started in bird watching. Also included in the kit is the "Bird Watching in North Dakota" guide developed by Floramay Miller and Dean Aakre.
- Camouflage Box
Camouflage has been used since the beginning of human civilization. This trunk explains the many ways it is used today from hunting to military to fashion. Activities are separated into four sections; Introduction to camouflage, Thicket activity, Newspaper activity, and Hidden in plain sight activity. The kit contains 15 pieces of camouflage material, 10 plastic animals, and an instruction book.
- Deer Aging
This trunk is designed to help 4-H members learn how to age deer by using visual and jaws key identification points in a club. Activities will teach: live deer age evaluation, teeth wear to age harvested deer and much more hands on activities.
- Dutch Oven Cooking
Contains cast iron Dutch ovens, instructions and recipes.
- In-line Spinners
This trunk is designed around the sport fishing curriculum helper's guide. Activities are designed to teach youth and adults about fish habits and preferences based on bait presentation methods. Trunk contains materials to create in-line mepps type spinners.
- Maple Sugar Candy Making
Contains pans, molds and recipe for maple sugar.
- Outdoor Cooking
Contains pots and pans, propane burners, measuring equipment and recipes.
- Raptors (Hawks and Owls)
Explore the life of raptors by dissecting bowl pellets and identifying the remains of prey animals in owlbs diet. Includes replica parts and resource books.
- Under Water World (Macro invertebrate)
Trunks include materials and supplies to teach youth and adult about aquatic macro invertebrates. (Kit requires access to a water pond).
- Upland Game Bird Identification
Trunk contains lessons plans, upland game bird wings and quiz sheet, upland game bird identification resources, educational resources emphasizing fun and learning and discussion questions.
- Whistling Dakota Style
Wood forms and instructions for making your own wooden whistles.
- Wildlife Call
- Predator Calling- includes a number of calls for calling predators along with written and taped instructions on how to use the calls and short written instructions on when and where to do predator calling.
- Big Game Animals this section includes a number of calls used in calling big game animals along with when and where to call.
- Turkey Calling this part includes a number of different types of turkey calls along with written and taped instructions on how and when to use the calls.
- History of Animal Calls a short written session on who, when and why we used calls during hunting.
- Wildlife Tracks
This kit contains rubber tracks, and rubber scat (feces) for common North Dakota animals such as beaver skunk, bobcat, coyote, raccoon, mink, muskrat, and deer. There are other materials included in the box such as wildlife ID books and lesson plans.
Science & Technology Trunks
- Advanced Engine
The advanced engine trunk is equipped with an 11 HP Briggs and Stratton engine. The kit comes complete with extra carburetors, blocks, tools, repair manual, student workbook, and DVD instruction. The kit is able to be used to for other small engines. It comes in two Stanley tool chests with wheels and requires a pick up or van to carry.
Trunk includes Celestron Telescope, Star finders, and books with activities.
- Digital Camera
Includes: 10 Kodak digital cameras, HP 375 Photosmart printer, software for editing photos on computer, photo printer and software, PowerPoint presentation on Mega fun with Mega Pixels and leader's resource binder.
- Electronic Snap Kits
This trunk contains eight kits and is designed to be used with ages 8 and up. The instruction book contains definition of electrical terms and 100 projects for students to complete. Students will learn electrical terms and how to build circuits utilizing different electrical components. Project booklet has complete simple diagrams of each project and parts are color coded. It is recommended that not more than 90 minutes be used for the activity and a break is taken at midpoint. It is useful for more than one session.
- Flip Video Pocket Camera
Youth can use this trunk to learn about filmmaking. The trunk includes several pocket video cameras and resources to learn how to create a video.
This trunk includes: 6 Garmin eTrex GPS units, Geocaching instructions, and books on Geocaching.
- GPS - Garmin eTrex Legend
This trunk is designed to teach the basics of Geospatial Positioning. This trunk includes: 10 hand-held Garmin eTrex Legend GPS Units, Leaders resource binder, GPS basic PowerPoint, instructions books, PC interface cables to connect GPS unit to computer, and 10 laminated instruction sheets on how to facilitate an elementary Scavenger Hunt.
- Lawn and Garden Equipment Learning Laboratory
This resource contains masters of the learning laboratory kit contents- situation/task statements, charts and diagrams, identification tags, and instructions.
- LEGO® Crazy Action Contraption
This trunk is for youth ages 7 and up who love to build and invent. Comes with step by step instructions and supplies to build 10 contraptions including a rubber band racer, spinning tops, a balloon-powered rocket car, and automatic field goal kicker, a ping pong popper, a candy machine and more!!
- LEGO® NXT Robotics
The NXT is an intelligent computer-controlled Lego® brick and the brain of this MINDSTORMS robot. With this trunk you will find 4 NXT Robotics sets, extra pieces, instructions and resources to build and program several different robots. This trunk is design for ages 12 and up.
- LEGO® WeDo Robotics
The LEGO® Education WeDo Robotics Trunk is an easy to use robotics construction set that introduces youth ages 7 and above to building models featuring motors and sensors; programming their models and exploring a series of activities. This trunk includes 6 WeDo constructions sets, 4 activity packs and software. You will need laptops or desktops to program the robot creations. (Available in Fargo, Mandan and Minot)
Trunk includes 5 compasses, 1 package dry-erase markers, 3 topographic maps and guide book.
- Pop Bottle Rocket
Pop bottle rocket launcher and accessories, tire pump and curriculum.
Youth will learn about weather patterns, types of weather and weather forecasting.
- Wired For Wind
The Wired for Wind Trunk allows youth to design, build and test a wind turbine. Based on the 2011 National Youth Science Experiment this trunk will allow youth to experiment with different blade pitch angles to determine how this affects the turbines speed and performance. You will need to supply poster board, cardboard or thick paper, paper cups, glue sticks and a hot glue gun or packing tape, scissors, pencils and a fan.