Franklin County 4-H Newsletter, March 2022

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Franklin County 4-H Calendar

March 5 Regional Public Speaking Contest
March 10-13 National Youth Agri-Science Summit
March 15 Franklin County 4-H Scholarship Application due to Extension Office
March 16 4-H For All  Meeting
March 16 Public Speaking Workshop
March 20-24 2022 National Conference
March 22 4-H Virtual Food Science SPIN Club Meeting
March 22 & 29 Photography Tips and Tricks Workshop
April 1 Maine 4-H ESE Sheep Intent Form Deadline
April 9 Public Speaking Tournament

Franklin County 4-H Leaders’ Association

The March Leaders’ Association meeting will be held in person or via zoom. Please bring your questions and ideas! We all look forward to seeing you all at 7:00pm on March 17th.

Zoom information will be included in the Agenda for the March meeting.

All enrolled 4-H Volunteers are members of their county Leaders’ Association. Your leadership support is encouraged and vital in deciding the focus of our county 4-H programs.

All volunteers, please keep up to date with the newest COVID information and UMaine guidance on this site. UMS requires face coverings indoors in all university facilities — this is for everyone — vaccinated or unvaccinated.

Photography Tips and Tricks workshop (open to 4-H members outside of And/Sag)
FREE 2-part series March 22 and 29

6:00 pm – 7:15 pm with Miss Laura Personetter, 4-H staff
Register here by March 15
Miss Laura will share some fun tips and tricks she has learned in her photography experience.  Participants will have the chance to practice new skills through specially designed “homework” projects.  Photos will be shared in the group and feedback will be given. More information about this workshop series to follow soon!

Computer Science with a STEM Ambassador (open to youth outside of And/Sag. 4-H membership not required)

FREE 4-week series Mar 23, Mar 30, Apr 6, Apr 13

4 pm – 5 pm
Register here by March 15
Computer Science – geared towards grades 4-8
This set of interactive activities is designed to get kids excited about computer science (CS) through hands-on learning. Through puzzles, games, challenges, and creativity, youth will be introduced to the concept of CS, learn what computer scientists do, and even take on the role of a computer scientist. These activities are designed to make it easy to facilitate for those with no coding experience and advanced coders, alike. Each activity includes background and preparation details for the facilitator, discussion points, prompting questions, and reflection questions to relate the world of CS to the lives of youth.
Note: This set of activities requires all participants to have a laptop, tablet, or other device capable of running Scratch. Additionally, we recommend that all participants have a Scratch ( account created to save their work. In addition to materials provided, youth participants should have access to drawing and coloring tools (pencils, colored pencils, markers, etc) and scissors.

Maine 4-H ESE Sheep Intent Forms are Now Available

The 2022 Maine 4-H Sheep Eastern States intent to participate form is available online. In order to be eligible for participation on the Maine 4-H Sheep Eastern States Team this fall, 4-H members must complete the fillable PDF form or mail a hard copy of the intent form to the UMaine Cooperative Extension Oxford County office before April 1, 2022. Please contact Sara King at or 207.342.5971 with any questions.

4-H Market Lamb Intent for Fryeburg Fair

Youth planning to participate in the Market Lamb program at Fryeburg Fair need to submit the 2021 Fryeburg Fair Market Lamb Intent form by June 1st.  An online form is available, otherwise youth can print and mail a copy downloaded from the website.

4-H For All: Spring 2022

The purpose of this virtual club is to provide new and potential members and their families a place to learn about 4-H; and to connect youth across the state. Youth will choose a project to complete and learn more about 4-H and how to become involved. We want you to join and engage in our 4-H program! There is no cost, and meetings will help challenge you to create new goals and discover new passions. Open to youth 5-13, dates will be March 24, April 28, May 26 at 10am and 6pm. Register at:

Tidepool Immersion Discovery + Ecology Workshop Series

Explore the intertidal zone and help with marine science research! In this workshop, we will learn about animals you might find during low tide and use some amazing equipment to take awesome pictures on your phone to identify them. Along the way, we’ll learn about invasive species, climate change, species identification, and how you can participate in research by just taking a picture. Please note that the ability to get to the beach and supervision are required (at least once, between sessions). Participants must have access to a durable digital camera (a phone is fine). This workshop is supported by Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine. Register by March 31st, so supplies can be mailed to attendees’ homes.

  • Dates: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00, April 12, 2022 through May 17th.
  • In person field day at SMCC, South Portland (optional) scheduled in South Portland on April 22nd (rain date April 21).
  • Ages 13-18
  • Most activities will be held via Zoom. Materials will be provided and shipped directly to participants before the workshop. In person field day scheduled in South Portland on April 22nd (rain date April 21).
  • Facilitators: Emily P. and Sarah S.
  • Preregistration is required by March 31, 2022

4-H Virtual Food Science Club

Are you excited to learn new information about food? This five week virtual 4-H SPIN club has been developed to take complex topics and break them down to introduce students to the wonders of Food Science. We will be meeting each week to explain and experiment with five different food science topics that include; leavening agents, protein in eggs, fermentation in dairy, gluten matrices, and browning in fruits and vegetables. Join University of Maine graduate student Ella Glatter as she delivers online lessons on these food science topics and leads the club in hands-on activities that use techniques used by professional food scientists!

    • This is a five week special interest SPIN club that will meet weekly over Zoom
    • Dates: Tuesdays, at 3:30 p.m. Weekly over Zoom, Begins March 22, 2022
    • Ages: 9-13, Up to 10 participants
    • Facilitators: Ella G. and Cindy R.

Pre-registration is required by March 10, 2022

Public Speaking Workshops

Are you interested in learning more about giving a polished, interesting presentation? The Maine 4-H Communication Science Team members will be leading two workshops in February and March.  Workshops are designed to help 4-H members learn new Public Speaking skills and to prepare for the upcoming state Public Speaking Tournament in April.

Workshops are open to 4-Hers age 9 and up, and will take place on February 16 and March 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, via Zoom.  Contact if you would like to attend this Free Online Workshop.

The Maine App Challenge

Love technology? Here is a chance to put your passion to a purpose and win a scholarship along the way! The Maine App Challenge is an incredible opportunity for Maine middle school and high school students who are 13 years of age and older to create a mobile application with a chance to win a scholarship and other valuable rewards. A series of innovation workshops from the University of Maine Foster Center for Innovation will help you get started! There are three scholarships available for the top mobile apps: $6,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.

Other awards include: $500 to the high school with the highest participation, Tablets to the first 50 completed submissions, a guaranteed internship interview for the top 10 submissions following his/her college sophomore year.  Visit the Tyler Technology Maine App Challenge website for more information.

Maine 4-H Virtual Learning Hub

Maine 4-H VirtualLearning is a hands-on, virtual learning program for youth ages 5-18. Workshops will be organized by age and topic. Topics include engineering, science, animals and agriculture, teen leadership, and more.

Workshops will range from single-time events to short-term programs (typically four to six sessions). Participants will engage in hands-on activities, interact with other 4-Hers, and be positive adult role models.

No prior experience with 4-H is required to participate. This is a great way for those who are interested to learn more about 4-H.

2022 4-H National Trip Interviews

As in the past, we will be holding interviews for National trips in the early spring.  Websites are currently being updated to work towards that same schedule with a date to be announced very soon.  At this time, we will be interviewing for National Congress in 2022 and National Conference in 2023.  National Conference 2022 that will be held on March 20-24, 2022 is currently still being reviewed within our state guidelines due to the Covid travel situation that seems to be strengthening daily, information will be shared as it becomes available. If you have questions. Please feel free to email Heidi Palmer, State Activities Coordinator at:

4-H Volunteers Register Now!
March 16 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm

This year’s Cabin Fever Series for 4-H Volunteersis combining efforts with other states in the Northeast region! The following three topics will be featured in virtual workshops this winter:

    • re-engaging and motivating youth
    • designing captivating and fun activities

expanding possibilities for youth to broaden their world

These workshops will offer a great chance to learn something new, brush up on your skills and connect with 4-H volunteers from across the Northeast! Register now!

Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

EFNEP offers FREE nutrition education classes to income-eligible adults with children, or young adults 19-25 years old, and if you are eligible for programs such as SNAP, WIC, or Head Start.

  • EFNEP offers the following class options for adults:
    • Eating Smart, Being Active
      1. 9 lesson series with live virtual classes and short videos to watch anytime.
    • Create Better Health
      1. 4-lesson series with live virtual classes, follow-up materials, and access to videos.
    • 10 Steps to a Healthier You
      1. 10-lesson self-paced series with interactive videos and printable worksheets.

EFNEP also offers nutrition education in the classroom and with community groups to youth in eligible schools in grades K–12.

  • EFNEP offers the following class options for youth:
    • Food, Fun and Reading (K-2nd grade)
      1. 6-lesson series, each lesson includes a parent/caregiver letter, recipe and a tip sheet for the child to share at home.
    • Create MyPlate (3rd – 5th grade)
      1. 8-lesson series, each lesson includes a recipe sheet for the students to take home.
    • Science and Our Food Supply: Using the Nutrition Facts Label to Make Healthy Food Choices (6th – 8th grade)
      1. 5-lesson series, each lesson includes hands-on activities that can be done in the classroom or at home.


Not sure what class to choose?  We can help. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact:

UMaine Extension EFNEP


Phone: 207.581.3188 or 800.287.0274 (in Maine)

Website: health/efnep/distance-education-class-options


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