Cornell Animal Crackers "All Creatures Great and Small"


NYS 4-H Animal Crackers "All Creatures Great and Small"

  • Saturday, May 4, 2024, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

All Creatures Great and Small featuring Beef, Dog, Horse and Swine!

The annual Animal Crackers program provides New York youth with fun, hands-on, science-oriented learning experiences on Animal Science topics. This workshop is for 4-H members interested in learning more about their favorite livestock, companion or pet animal species; emphasis on different species groupings and activities varies annually. Participants will learn about different aspects of animal care, interact and exchange information with faculty, staff, students, professional producers, industry experts, and more, utilizing the unique facilities of Cornell University. Hands-on workshops are planned for each species group.

Each year an opening presentation kicks off the event with a welcoming statement or remarks related to the annual theme. Livestock production and companion animal themes are offered every year, Dairy topics in odd years, and Horse topics in even years. A noon-time demonstration and closing program is also typically featured.

Workshop presenters and topics are selected by a planning committee that looks at trends and current issues. Youth input on topics is also solicited through statewide advisory committees and educator feedback.

Examples of some of the fun things participants have experienced in the past: The holey cow, dog first aid basics, goat milk soap, wool felting, poop soup, chicken anatomy, farrier tools, and more!

Time: 8:30 am - 9:00 am - Check-in will be in the main lobby of Frank B. Morrison Hall. Program starts promptly at 9 am.

Location: CALS Animal Science, 507 Tower Rd., Frank B. Morrison Hall, Ithaca, NY, 14853.

Parking: Parking is free on Saturdays in the large lot adjacent to the south end of Morrison Hall (“O” lot) or in the Peterson lot at the corner of Judd Falls and Tower Roads across the street from the Dairy Bar. If participants are in need of handicap parking, please notify the event coordinators when registering prior to the event.

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Registration: Participants must register with their local 4-H office, deadline is April 25, 2024.


The cost of $25 per youth and $15 per adult/chaperone

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Cornell University
Judd Falls Road
Ithaca, NY 14853

Last updated April 1, 2024