4-H October Newsletter 2021

4 cupcakes with frostingHappy Birthday to all 4-H’ers born in October

Emily B.
Harleigh L.
Charlie P.
Allyson B.
Sammy C.

find your spark


National 4-H Week October 3-9 2021

Find your Spark


4-H 2021-2022 Re-enrollment

It is the start of a new 4-H year!  Be watching for an email next week to all of our 4-H families that shares information on re-enrollment.

Executive Board Members of the Aroostook County Extension Association  invite you to their
Annual Meeting, Thursday, October 14, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

Due to the number of Covid-19 cases currently in Aroostook county,  we have chosen not to gather in person; however, we can meet virtually via a Zoom link.  There will be a brief business meeting, highlights of programming for this past year, election of board members and officers, and budget approval.

To register, you can reach Emily at 532-6548 or emily.dow@maine.edu
When we receive your email address, we will send you the Zoom link to join us.
We look forward to your interest and participation in this meeting.

Please register by Tuesday, October 12th.  This meeting is open to the public

4-H Teen Ag Leadership slide4-H Agriculture Leadership Opportunity for Teens

The Maine 4-H Ag Leadership Program is accepting registrations for an eight-week agricultural education and leadership experience. This program is open to Maine youth ages 14-18. Youth involved in this program will have opportunities to pursue their interest in agriculture and explore career pathways. This includes mentoring in post-secondary opportunities, as well as sparking a passion to investigate and explore current issues around food systems, livestock, crop sciences, aquaculture, climate issues impacting food systems, social justice around food equity, and more. There is not a requirement to have previous 4-H membership, this program is open to all Maine youth with an interest.

These opportunities will begin with a creation of an online learning cohort and will also include in-person experiences across the state and on the UMaine Campus.

Visit the Maine 4-H Agricultural Leadership Ambassador Program webpage for more information or to register.

pictures of applesLearn about Apples!

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom has a terrific resource that each month highlights a different Maine crop.  For October, it is apples.  Check out the clickable Harvest of the Month PDF to learn more about this great Maine commodity.



learn more about wildlife text and map of maine logoGet Involved in the Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP)

Do you like wild animals, trees, and the environment? Are you thinking about pursuing a career in land stewardship or wildlife management? Then you might like the Wildlife Habitat Education Program! WHEP is a 4-H and FFA program aimed at educating young people about wildlife habitat management. All ages are welcome, but the program is best suited for ages 8 to 18. In addition to learning how to identify wildlife, fish, animal tracks, and trees, youth participate in an annual state competition to test their knowledge! Particularly knowledgeable youth aged 14-18 may compete in the National WHEP contest!

Attend the Zoom informational session on October 26th at 6:30 pm to find out more about how you can get involved as a volunteer or youth participant. Register today!  Contact Erin McDonald in York County if you have any questions: erin.mcdonald1@maine.edu or 207-324-2814.

4-H Volunteers- We Need Your Input! 

Please tell us if any of the workshop topics listed would be of interest to you! Answer the five questions in less than a minute, hit submit and then stay tuned to see what will be offered during this winter’s 4-H Volunteer Cabin Fever Series! Thanks for your help! 

4-H Volunteer Workshop Interest Survey

picture of a virtual exhibit hall with 6 exhibits displayedVirtual Exhibit Halls

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H is again offering a virtual exhibit hall to showcase some of this year’s work by Maine 4-H members.

 While some fairs did take place this year with in-person audiences and judging of displays, the UMaine Extension 4-H virtual exhibit hall gives members another option to show their work and expands the audience statewide. The first UMaine Extension 4-H virtual exhibit hall opened in August 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Included in the 2021 exhibits are posters created by 4-H Summer of Science teen leaders, mentored by UMaine Extension 4-H staff, who delivered weekly STEM activities to youth in grades 3–7.   Cooperative Extension Homemakers also created a Virtual Exhibit Hall, their first.

Minerals and Gems: Maine 4-H STEM Toolkit of the Month

Each month we will be highlighting a different 4-H STEM Toolkit available from UMaine Cooperative Extension 4-H Program!

Maine has a rich history of mineral mining, especially in the western part of the state. Currently sand and gravel are the principal resources being mined, but granite and slate are also extracted. In certain parts of the state limestone and gemstones are mined successfully. The Minerals and Gems 4-H Science Toolkit was developed to introduce youth to these geologic resources. The toolkit contains eleven experiential learning activities and includes samples of minerals and gems found in Maine. Youth will explore those minerals and gems using standard identification methods and tools (such as hardness and streak). Youth will explore the structure of those minerals, and will learn where in Maine minerals are found – and why! This Maine 4-H Toolkit was created with the generous support of the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum.

Learn more about this, and other 4-H STEM Toolkits online, where you can see what is available for different age groups or topic areas.

science lighting display red, blue white and Unveristy of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H logoMaine 4-H Virtual Teen Science Cafes

Maine 4-H Virtual Teen Science Cafes are back this fall! Youth in grades 7-12 are invited to join us this season as we explore topics in environmental science. Sessions will be offered one Thursday a month from 3-4pm, starting October 28.  Registration coming soon, please check our website for more details.


Maine 4-H Dairy Team Earns Blue Ribbons at The Big E

On Friday, Sept 17, and Saturday, Sept 18th, Maine sent four 4-H Dairy members down to The Big E to compete against other New England states in a newly formatted set of competitions. The day started with the 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest and ended with two 4-H Dairy cooking competitions, Grilled Cheese and Extreme Milkshake. The Maine Quiz bowl Coach (and Chaperone) Wendy Landry helped the team prepare for the event in the months prior. The four youth members, Owen B. from Penobscot County, Ali L. from Cumberland County, Jillian S. from Cumberland County, and Kat L. from Cumberland County won first place in the 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest. All team members take a written General Knowledge test before the team

 competitions, scores are used to seed the teams for the buzzer rounds. Maine 4-H member Kat Leach received High-Scoring Jr., and team member Jillian S. received High-Scoring Sr. in the written exams. Owen, Jillian, and Ali also took home the 1st place for their grilled cheese sandwich which consisted of extra sharp cheddar cheese, colby jack cheese, grilled chicken, bacon, and ranch dressing on homemade sourdough bread.  In addition, Kat and Owen received 1st place for their entry into the Extreme Milkshake completion. The recipe included 100% Maine ingredients, locally made vanilla ice cream, fresh blueberry milk, whoopie pies, and blueberry cake and topped with a lobster lollipop.

Plan Your College of Engineering Enhanced Visit

Sign up online through the Admissions Office to attend a College of Engineering Enhanced Visit!  Each Friday, the tour starts at 10:00 am and ends at 12:00 pm. This tour covers the following majors of College of Engineering: Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Construction Management Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Survey Engineering Technology, School of Engineering Technology.  Registration closes ONE WEEK before tour date.  To register, and to see other opportunities to learn about UMaine, visit:  go.umaine.edu/visit/.

bowl of carrot soup and a black and white napkin on a tableMainely Dish Recipe
Curried Carrot Soup

Looking for something warm on these cool fall days?  Give this soup a try.