4-H News in Washington County – July 2020

Dates to Remember

July 14- Food and Fun Read Aloud Program
July 15-August 1: Upload to Virtual 4-H Exhibit Hall
July 16: 4-H Volunteer Share Fair, 7:00 p.m. 
July 21- Food and Fun Read Aloud Program
July 28-Food and Fun Read Aloud Program
July 31:
Deadline to submit photos for the Washington County 4-H Photo Contest

Online Events in July
Mainely Dish Mondays
Wednesdays: Wednesdays in the Woods , 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Ongoing: Maine 4-H Summer Programming
Ongoing: Washington County 4-H Camp in a Box


Washington County 4-H Arts and Crafts Showcase

We had a beautiful submission from Linda J. for the Washington County 4-H Arts and Crafts Showcase.  Linda will be receiving a 4-H t-shirt!

Linda shared this about her experience:

Materials used: Acrylic paint, 16 x 20 canvas, and paint brushes
Time spent: Approximately 8 hrs
Art/craft style: painting
Reason/ interest: I have always been interested in puffins, but until I got word of this art contest I had never drawn or painted a picture of one. When I received word of this art contest I spent a day thinking of what type of picture to draw/ paint, and then my mind went to the puffin watching tour I went on. I had taken about 50 pictures and I had the inspiration to attempt to draw and paint a puffin that looked like the one in my picture.
Well done Linda!
4-H At Home June Jamboree
Independent 4-H member Jenilyn showing her dream-catcher that she made as part of the 4-H At Home June Jamboree!

Hancock County 4-H hosted the 2020 4-H At Home June Jamboree! Participants celebrated June Jamboree from home this year from June 12th to July 4th.  Participants took part in activities like outdoor art, outdoor cooking and scavenger hunt challenges.  

Washington County 4-H Camp in a Box
4-H Camp in a Box Kits are still available to borrow this summer!  We offer the following kits:
  • Backyard Bird Watching
  • Family Fishing
  • Wildlife Tracking
  • Water Quality Monitoring
Backyard Birding Kit
Family Fishing Kit
Water Quality Kit
Wildlife Tracking Kit
For more information, contact Brittany Foster, 4-H Youth Development Professional at brittany.foster@maine.edu, or visit the website:  Washington County 4-H Camp in a Box.
Washington County 4-H Photo Contest
The deadline is quickly approaching: Friday, July 31st!  Remember cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded! You may submit photos and entry forms in three ways:
  • email to tara.a.wood@maine.edu
  • mail to 28 Center Street, Machias, ME 04654 
  • drop off at the office located at 28 Center Street in Machias and leave in tote outside the door

For more details, visit Washington County 4-H Photo Contest website.

Photos can also be submitted to the Maine 4-H Virtual Fair!

4-H announces summer fun workshops

4-H will offer more than 50 summer learning activities throughout July and August for all youth ages five to 18.

4-H staff and volunteers will offer a wide variety of experiential learning workshops both online and offline. Topics include leadership development, science and engineering challenges, creative cooking, art and photography, animal sciences and natural sciences. Participants do not need to be enrolled in 4-H.

Workshops are free, although some have suggested donations for materials. Register and find workshop descriptions on the program webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Sarah Sparks, sarah.sparks@maine.edu; 207.581.8206. Extension 4-H summer programming is supported by the Maine 4-H Foundation.


UMaine Extension, Porter Memorial Library to offer virtual read-aloud program

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and Porter Memorial Library will offer a free online food-themed reading group for children ages 5–12 and their caregivers.  The program begins Tuesday, July 14, and continues weekly through Aug. 4, from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. each session.

Each session will feature a read-aloud story and a brief discussion using Zoom. Related recipes, suggestions for activities to try at home, and options for more in-depth nutrition information for adults will also be included.

Register for the free series on the program website [extension.umaine.edu/washington/wash-food-fun-reading]. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact rita.stephenson@maine.edu or 207.255.3345.

4-H News from the State

  1. 4-H Volunteer Share Fair!
    Social distancing is hard! We know you are missing your 4-H members and fellow 4-H volunteers! Join us on Thursday, July 16th from 7:00-8:00 pm for virtual share fair! This event is open to 4-H volunteers across the north east region from West Virginia to Maine! This interactive Zoom session will give you a chance to share ideas, hear what is going on in other states and get ideas on how to stay connected to your 4-H groups. The event is free, but you must register at  http://go.uvm.edu/4hshare. We hope to see you there. 
  2. 2020 4-H Summer Programming
    Have you signed up for YOUR picks from the 2020 4-H Summer Programming offerings? There really is something for every interest area! Check out some awesome cooking demos, or one of the multitudes of livestock workshops; are you interested in science? We’ve got you covered! From learning how fostering kittens works to building a solar oven to make s’mores in your yard without a fire, there are over fifty different online and offline options running during the months of July and August. Register now, as workshops are filling up! Share this with your friends, as participation in 4-H is not required for many workshops! Discover everything we’ve got planned and register at: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/2020-4-h-summer-programming/.
  3. 2020 Virtual Exhibit Hall
    Have you been working hard on a 4-H project that you’re ready to show off? The 2020 Virtual Exhibit Hall is here! There will be ribbons! There will be prizes! We will be accepting submissions between July 15thand August 1st. We can’t wait to see what our talented Maine 4-Hers have created! More information about exhibit categories and submission guidelines can be found here: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/virtual-fair
  4. Congratulations to Maine 4-H Foundation 2020 Scholarship Recipients!
    Celebrate our 2020 Maine 4-H Foundation scholarship winners. Check our Maine 4-H Foundation video awards presentation. https://extension.umaine.edu/4hfoundation/2020-scholarships/
  5. 2020 Big E Has Been Canceled
    It has just been announced that the Big E has been canceled for 2020. The official statement from them “The Big E is so much more than just a fair, it is tradition, it is celebration, it is the showcase of everything we are so proud of in New England. This is why our hearts are heavy as we bring you this news. For the safety of our fairgoers, staff, vendors, entertainers, exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers and the broader community, the 2020 Big E has been canceled. Thank you all for your support and we’ll see you September 17-October 3, 2021, when we can all celebrate together again.”