4-H October Newsletter 2020





October 4th-10th is National 4-H Week!

Celebrate all week with us by participating in daily 4-H challenges on our Aroostook 4-H Facebook page or on our Aroostook 4-H Instagram.

Monday: Kick-off national 4-H week by wearing your best 4-H gear or commenting on our Facebook post with your favorite 4-H gear.

Tuesday: Like and follow our social media pages.

Wednesday: Join 4-Hers across Maine as we take part in the What 4-H means to Me campaign.

Thursday: Choose one activity from the 4-H Inspire Kids to Do Activity Guide.

Friday: Send us an email or comment online about a positive memory you have of 4-H.

Happy Birthday to all 4-H’ers born in October

Allyson B.
Caleb D.
Charlie P.
Galen D.
Gavin H.
Harleigh L.
Katelyn A.
Logan W.
Sammy C.


 4-H clover logo  Re-enrollment


The Aroostook 4-H staff has mailed out re-enrollment forms to club leaders or directly to 4-H members.  If you have any questions on how to fill out your forms, or haven’t received your packet, please email emily.dow@maine.edu or mari.glatter@maine.edu or call the Houlton office at 532-6548.  The new year begins October 1, 2020.


Latest Update: 4-H Club Meetings

Maine 4-H has just updated the COVID-19 Protocols for 4-H Club Meetings.  You can review the entire set of guidelines in this PDF but the good news is that clubs can now have 20 individuals gathered and they can meet indoors.  Please do read through the entire checklist and complete the 4-H Youth Development Volunteer In-person Program Restart Approval Form before meeting.  As always, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. (mari.glatter@maine.edu)

Project Records

If you have a Project Record that you have completed during this past 4-H year please email mari.glatter@maine.edu so that we can make arrangements to get that from you for project judging.

TSC Fall Paper Clover

Tractor Supply Company is running the fall 4-H Paper Clover campaign from October 7-18th.  This event raises all of our Aroostook county funds so let your family and friends know so they can purchase a $1 clover in stores or on-line.

Aroostook County Extension Website

If you haven’t looked around at the Aroostook County Extension website recently we invite you to take a moment to explore it.  The website has undergone a bit of a makeover and has loads of great information.  Check it out!

several squash and pink stuffed pig


Percy has been busy harvesting squash

Now, what to do with this bounty?  He will be checking out UMaine Cooperative Extension website for recipes and how to preserve.



logo book, apple grade levels scienceVirtual Teen Science Gatherings

You can join Maine teens from across Maine as they meet with cool presenters and learn more about science.  Every Thursday, from 3:30-4:15, get together with other teens to chat with a scientist and explore animal health or artificial intelligence, wildlife or engineering.  Click here to Register today!  If Thursday does not work in your schedule, or you would love more teen science times, Maine 4-Hers have been invited to join the University of Vermont’s VTeen Science Exploration. These science cafes are a similar format and run from 3:30 – 4:45 pm on Wednesdays.  On their announcements page, scroll down to VTeen Science Exploration for details about the different offerings, and registration links.

4-H Aquarium Club

Would you like to be a part of our first  4-H Aquarium Club?  This virtual group is open to youth ages 5-18 who are interested in being members of a community of youth aquarium hobbyists!  This group is for Maine youth who already have an aquarium hobby, or who are looking to start one, to come together to talk about their love for fish and aquaria. The club is led by aquaculture experts Dr. Scarlett Tudor from UMaine’s Aquaculture Research Institute, and Melissa Malmstedt from the UMaine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR).  Meetings take place approximately once per month, starting in November 2020.  Bookmark this page to know when registration opens.

Mindfulness Meeting for Youth

K-2 kids are invited to join Sara King, the 4-H Professional from Oxford County, for a Mindfulness Meeting on Monday, October 19th at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. Have you heard of yoga and mindfulness but aren’t sure what it’s all about? Come check it out! Sara will guide everyone through a short yoga sequence, followed by some breath work and a mindful activity! Please register by October 16.

graphic with 3 hands raised for volunteeringTrainings for 4-H Volunteers

With the start of the new 4-H year just around the corner, Maine 4-H is excited to offer some virtual learning opportunities for 4-H volunteers! Whether you are a club volunteer who has worked with a group of youth for a number of years, or a newly enrolled volunteer trying to decide how you can get involved, the Maine 4-H program has something for you. Register to join us for one, two or all three virtual sessions to learn how you can work with 4-H youth this year. Register here.

    • Taking 4-H Outdoors – Thursday, October 8, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
    • Virtual 4-H Special Interest Clubs – What’s All the Hype? – Friday, October 2, 12:00 – 1:00 pm OR Monday, October 5, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
    • When Your 4-H Club Can’t Meet in Person…GO VIRTUAL! – Friday, October 9, 2:00 – 3:00 pm OR Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
      4-H Volunteers: Connecting with Cloverbuds – Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 – 8:00 pm