Aroostook 4-H May Newsletter 2021

Happy Birthday to all of our 4-Her’s born in May.

Micah C.
Jasmine L.
Jolea R.
Shelby R.
Sidney S.

Animal Approval Forms due June 30

public speaking blue ribbonAroostook 4-Hers at the State Public Speaking Tournament

The 2021 4-H Public Speaking Tournament took place virtually over the weekend of April 16-18 and three of our Aroostook county youth participated.  Lydia, Abe and Grace H., all from the ‘Paca Pals Club, presented at the state level. Grace is a Cloverbud and gave an Illustrated Talk on how to make Gimbap, a Korean snack. Abe gave an Illustrated talk on how to take care of red-eared Slider Turtles.  Lydia gave an Illustrated talk about Thoroughbred Horses and received the third highest score in the Juniors division!


small red tomatoes on a vine in a bowlOne Tomato Project

Do you want to be involved with a 4-H Service Project? 4-H will be partnering with the Aroostook Homemakers to give away free Cherry Tomato plants on June 5th at the Presque Isle Mall (outside.) We will have lots of more information soon but let the 4-H staff know if you would like to take part in this event.  You can email Mari:


bowl of blueberries and two hands holding blueberriesFree Ag Resources!

Maine Ag in the Classroom has loads of wonderful resources to learn about Maine agriculture. They have called May Blueberry Month.  This link will take you to their PDF which is full of free resources to learn about blueberries.



summer learning series4-H Summer Learning Series

After an incredibly successful 4-H Summer Learning Series last year, Maine 4-H will once again offer virtual experiential learning workshops and clubs to youth ages 5-18 throughout June, July, and August 2021. Topics range from engineering, art, science, animals & agriculture, food & nutrition, teen leadership, and more – there is truly something for everyone! An exciting addition this year is that 4-H@UMaine will be offered as part of the 4-H Summer Learning Series – so keep your eyes peeled for a special 4-H@UMaine “track” of workshops connecting youth to UMaine faculty and students on campus!

Early registration will be available to enrolled 4-H’ers on Friday, May 28, 2021 and will open to the public on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Help us spread the word to your friends and communities – enrollment in 4-H is not required to participate, this event is open to all! For more information, visit the 4-H Summer Learning Series webpage.

Coming this fall….the 2021 Virtual Exhibit Hall!!

Start planning now to showcase your 4-H projects in the online exhibit hall in October. There will be a couple of new categories to feature a broader view of your work!  Be on the lookout for more details on the University of Maine Cooperative Extension website and by email.

Exciting Upcoming Maine 4-H Virtual Teen Science Cafes

Maine 4-H Virtual Teen Science cafes will take place on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 4:45 pm. Pre-registration is required, and registration links are online.

  • May 11 – Meet Amber Gray, a Social Sciences and Humanities Librarian at UMaine’s Raymond H. Fogler Library – and learn about her journey and what exactly it means to be a librarian? Here’s a hint: there’s more to it than relaxing and reading books!
  • May 18 – First-Year Student, First Year in the Lab –  Katherine Stevens, a freshman at UMaine is going to meet with youth this week to talk about her experience as a first-year college student, and what that’s meant for her in terms of working in a lab, and experiencing student life.

UMaine Offers Summer Camps and Academic Programs!

The Early College Program allows students to take college courses while they are still in high school. Students can take these courses either tuition-free or at a reduced early college rate.  If you are a high school student interested in taking some college courses this summer, visit the Early College website. For a listing of Youth summer camps affiliated with the University of Maine, visit the Youth Summer Camps website.

Spring 2021 Maine 4-H Dog Clinic (in-person!)

The Spring 2021 Maine 4-H Dog Clinic will be held in-person at the UMaine Witter Farm in Old Town, Maine. You don’t need a dog to participate and all skill levels are welcome however, you must be 4-H age 9 or older. Registration closes on May 21. For more information or to register, please go to the website, or contact Sheila Norman at or 207.942.7396.