Dryden Y.O.U.R.S - O.U.R.S. Participants

duck race 2019
friends OURS

Dryden O.U.R.S.

Opportunity, Understanding, Respect, Success (O.U.R.S.) is a 4-H program for youth residing in or nearby mobile home parks in Freeville, New York. Every week, volunteers from Cornell University's Youth Outreach Undergraduates Reshaping Success (Y.O.U.R.S.) program work with the youth through mentoring, games, crafts, outdoor activities, and field trips.


O.U.R.S. is a community-based youth program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County.

is a Cornell University Public Service Center program. Contact YOURS at: 300 Kennedy Hall - 2nd Floor, Cornell University, (607) 255-1148 or email 

Visit the Y.O.U.R.S Facebook page:

Visit the Y.O.U.R.S. Instagram page:

Program Offerings

The O.U.R.S. & Y.O.U.R.S. after school programs are held at 4-H Acres on Lower Creek Road in Ithaca and the Varna Community Association. Transportation to all programs at 4-H Acres (Monday and Tuesday Programs) are provided at no cost for participating youth who live in close proximity to 4-H Acres. Contact program manager Patrick Lynch with any questions on this.

-Participants receiving transportation will be picked up from Dryden Elementary or Middle School at 3:00pm and dropped off at home between 6:15-6:30pm. Participants providing their own transportation should arrive at 4:00pm and be picked up at 6:00pm unless otherwise informed by the program manager.

- All programs adhere to CDC and Tompkins County Health Department guidelines. Masks will be required when riding in the 4-H Vans.

-Fall programming runs from October 17 - December 5 (there will be no program on Wednesday November 23). Participants are able to select from the following program days:

Cornell Explorers

Mondays October 17 - Dec 5

Grades 6-8


Each Monday we will work with a different groups from Cornell University - from science experiments to animals, we will explore plenty of fun and interesting subjects.

Exploration Tuesday

Tuesdays October 18 - November 29

Grades 3-5


Tuesdays are all about the great outdoors! Get outside and explore the natural wonders of Dryden and Tompkins County through hikes, games and challenges!

Wednesday Cooking

Wednesdays October 19 — November 30

Grades 3-8


Every Wednesday we will be cooking up new recipes at the Varna Community Association Kitchen - where everyone will get a chance to take groceries home to try and recreate the day's recipe at home!

Register Here:


Patrick Lynch
Dryden OURS Senior Program Manager
(607) 272-2292

Last updated September 28, 2022