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Registration Now Open for 2018 Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
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UMaine-led STEM Competition for Maine Middle School and High School Youth Focused on Renewable Energy, Innovation, and Economic Development Slated for May 18, 2018.

The Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge, hosted by the University of Maine, asks teams of students to design and construct a floating platform for a scale model wind turbine, and then delivers a presentation to a panel of expert judges. The event is designed for student teams with a diverse range of experience. We encourage all middle and high school students to participate.

UMaine staff work with teachers or advisors throughout the design and build process. Teams are presented with a guidebook and a simulated test turbine to test their platform prior to competition day.

Participation is free, and a limited number of travel stipends are available to schools with demonstrated need.

We recently published this ~2 minute video highlighting the design, build, and test process with youth from King Middle School in Portland:

High School Teams are teams of 4 or less high school students. Members of the top qualifying team will be offered an internship at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, contingent upon their enrollment at UMaine, valued more than $20,000.

Middle School Teams are teams of up to 10 middle school students. These groups will test their platform and provide a presentation, just like high school teams, but they will not be considered for the internship award. An alternative award will be granted to the members of a winning middle school team.

For more information, contact Marcy Smith at, or 207.581.2125

4-H Healthy Relationships Teen Council Meeting March 19th

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
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In February, Maine 4-H sent 7 teens to the Healthy Living Summit in Washington D.C. As part of the trip the group created an action plan to bring back to Maine to implement. They chose to focus on helping other youth establish healthy relationships in all aspects of their lives including families, significant others, and friends, in part by helping them to understand their own self-worth. Their goal is to empower kids to connect and create an environment full of healthy relationships. The team will be meeting virtually via Zoom on Monday March 19th 5:00 – 6:30PM and welcome any other youth ages 14-18 who would like to participate in this action plan. For more information about the action plan you can visit our live video at If you are interested in participating please email Sara Conant, or call the Cumberland County Extension office at 207.781.6099.

4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) Wildlife Education Training Event April 19-20th Please hold the date!

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
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Maine will host the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program this July at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia. In preparation, Maine 4-H will have a training event to prepare and select a team to compete in the national event. On April 19th and 20th the Maine 4-H program will host an overnight educational training program and team selection. Plans include an ongoing WHEP event and participation in the national program each year. More information will follow. Cost will be $25 per member all meals and materials included. The training will be held at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Training is open to all youth ages 8-19. Studying a science-based manual, participants:

  • Learn wildlife terms and concepts
  • Learn about wildlife habitat
  • Learn how to judge the quality of wildlife habitat
  • Learn about wildlife habitat management practices
  • Learn about wildlife damage management

To learn more, go to: or or contact Sally Farrell, or 207.324.2814.

February Clover Campaign Supports Maine 4-H Youth

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will partner with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Feb. 1-28 as part of a nationwide in-store fundraiser benefitting state and local 4‑H programming in communities and counties where a store is located.

This is the first year the 4-H Paper Clover Campaign will be available at Jo-Ann stores. Shoppers will have the opportunity to support 4-H by choosing to purchase paper clovers for $1 and $4 at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H to support 4-H youth development activities.

Each Paper Clover will include instructions for a special Valentine’s Day craft idea that customers can create to share with someone special. With the $4 Paper Clover, customers will also receive a coupon for $4 off their next purchase.

To learn more about the national partnership, visit  More information about Maine 4-H is available online (

Come to Orono for the 2018 4H@UMaine May 18-19!

Thursday, December 28th, 2017
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Planning has started and the wheels are in motion thanks to the efforts of a tremendous team! We are looking forward to another great event this year, and there are some exciting changes in the works! Stay tuned for details. For more information about 4-H@UMaine, contact Greg Kranich at or 207.581.3292.

Visit the 4-H Fix today and glory in the achievement!

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
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We’ve been singing the praises for the 4-H Fix! Now it’s time for the 4-H Fix to return the favor!  The 4-H Fix will be singing and cheering for 4-H on December 15th. Why not come and join in the chorus! Fa la la la la la la la la!

2018 Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
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July will be here before you know it, and we are looking for a few good volunteers to join the fantastic current Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee.  Joining this committee gives you the chance to help come up with ideas and plans for one of our biggest statewide events!  If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/recommendations about the event, please email, or call 207.581.3877.

Save the Date for 2018 Maine 4-H Days

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
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Maine 4-H Days will take place July 20 – 22 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 207.581.3877.

Don’t Miss the November 4-H Fix

Thursday, October 26th, 2017
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Ok, so the 4-H Fix hasn’t won any awards yet, but after November 17th lots of folks will say it is championship reading! That’s when the 4-H Fix will be telling the stories of Maine’s 4-H Champions! Visit the 4-H Fix today and glory in the achievement!

Fryeburg Fair Challenge

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
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Fryeburg Fair has once again presented the Maine 4-H Foundation with a challenge gift of $10,000 if we can raise the matching funds during the fa Maine 4-H agricultural programs have been growing over the past year and more support is needed.  The Maine 4-H Foundation has increased its support to agricultural programs and has recently invested over $66,000 in animal science endowment funds dedicated to ensure the future of agricultural programs.  Today the endowment funds for Agriculture and animal science exceed $110,000!

Every gift counts and you can direct it toward the animal science program of your choice.

Consider a gift to the Fryeburg Fair challenge today.  It is easy to give, email a pledge to Susan Jennings at, or go online at!