4-H News in Washington County – September 2021
October 3-9: National 4-H Week
October 6-17: Fall Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Co.
October 15: 4-H Treasurer Reports Due
October 15: 4-H Project Records Due
November 24: Deadline for Re-enrollment Paperwork
December 30: Final 4-H Re-enrollment Paperwork Deadline
Thanks to all the 4-H friends and family who stopped by to say hello at the Washington County Fair in Pembroke held at the end of August. We had lots of new people sign up to learn more about 4-H and we distributed over 30 Take Home Garden Kits. Each kit included a container, soil and seeds as well as instructions and a “design your own seed packet” activity. We look forward to seeing photo submissions from families in a few weeks and hearing about how your seed nurturing adventures! Stay tuned to hear how you can help bring more 4-H to the fair next year!
Another 4-H year will begin soon! Re-enrollment packets will be mailed at the beginning of October. Please be sure to follow the instructions. Reminder: There will be a $1 Accident Insurance Fee per member and leader, $2 for horse members and leaders. Clubs may vote to use money from their treasury or to individually contribute the fees. This applies to new and returning members and leaders. Note- members pay the fee only once regardless of how many clubs they are in. Please submit fees with your enrollment forms. We would like to have your re-enrollment paperwork returned by Wednesday, November 24th. The absolute final deadline is Thursday, December 30th. No exceptions will be allowed after that date.
The 4-H year officially ends on September 30th. Please, finalize your club treasurer’s report and send or bring it to the office. Reports will be reviewed and returned with feedback. Thank you for complying with this mandate from the University of Maine.
4-H members in Washington County are encouraged to complete a project record for all projects in which they have participated during the 2021 4-H year. Despite another uncommon and challenging 4-H year, it is important to reflect on your experiences and set goals for the upcoming year.
Project Records are due in the Machias office by Friday, October 15. Project records can be found on the Maine 4-H Project Records website.
Volunteers, please make sure to schedule an end of year check in with Brittany. Sign up information and more details can be found in an email sent on August 9.
- K-12 Planetarium Field Trips at the Versant Power Astronomy Center
The Versant Power Astronomy Center (formerly Emera Astronomy Center) would like to share the news that they have over 50 different programs that cover not just astronomy and space exploration, but also biology, chemistry, climate science, earth science, engineering, history and more! We have programs for all age levels which match with the Next Generation Science Standards, so do explore our offerings.A full list of their offerings can be found at https://astro.umaine.edu/visit/planetarium-programs/and for general information see https://astro.umaine.edu/ which has a variety of online resources and our full public program schedule. If you have any questions about our programs, feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- New England 4-H Summer Show Survey
Please share your thoughts on the 4-H Summer Show, whether your group attended or did not attend. We want to hear what you think! Please share this with others who are interested in the Summer 4-H Show and other New England 4-H activities. This survey is one way to get voices heard from Maine that we would prefer the ESE experience during the Big E vs. the summer show experience. Follow this link to the survey: Take the Survey. OR copy and paste this url into your browser: https://uconn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0BoQ2Zw7q5IelgO?RID=MLRP_bqmakulIdmCCrRA&Q_CHL=email.
- The Art of Math: 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!The Art of Math activities include sessions on Patterns and the Fibonacci Sequence, Symmetry, Shapes, Geometry, and end with a building challenge! This kit can be used with upper elementary aged youth (4th – 6th or so). It was used virtually last spring for the 4-H STEM Ambassador program, and most of the activities worked well.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.