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During a normal year, 4-H members get on the bus and go on trips around Georgia -- but not in 2020 during the COVID quarantine. So the Rockdale County 4-H staff decided to take that concept virtually and toured places in the United States. The 4-H members were able to participate in eight trips during June. The trips were unique and different, with a variety of activities to go along with each location. The 4-H members visited Death Valley National Park, Channel Island National Park, Zion National Park, and Katmai National Park, exploring landmarks formed by destructive forces and wildlife. They also visited Austin, Texas, to learn about entrepreneurship and came up with their own business models. They toured The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. creating their own art pieces and museum piece to go in the Rockdale County 4-H History Museum. The last stop was to Orlando, Florida, to tour Disney World and Universal Studios while learning about roller coasters. They then completed their own STEM activity by creating a roller coaster with items found in their house. The trips took place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. They could attend the live version or watch a recording later. The participants were asked to complete a survey after each trip to earn a stamp on their 4-H Passport. If they received at least five stamps, they would earn a prize. Twenty-seven participants completed at least trip and 14 participants earned at least five or more passport stamps to earn a prize. One parent said, “Thank you for these great programs! These trips have been fun – such a good idea for a summer when we are largely stuck and home.”