York County 4-H Spring News!

Upcoming Events

 May 10:
Registration Opens for Maine 4-H Days- See State news below
4-H @ UMaine May 31- June 1:
Registrations now open-See below State News
Market Lambs for Fryeburg Fair must be owned by June 1st
Available after June 1st:
MALE insurance renewal and new membership opens. Click Here for more information:http://mainelivestockexhibitors.org/memberships/
June at some point stay tuned for more information:
Entries are due for Ossipee Valley Fair, make sure to look for camping registration as well. Bring to fair: Embossed Approval form / Lease forms as well.
Animal Approval Forms due June 30th – to be Eastern States Eligible they are due May 1st (to the county office)

Happy Birthday!

April Birthdays

Aurora A  Four Leaf Clover, Ceili O – York County Shepherds, Ella M – Nature Kids , Elliot T – Kidding Around, Evora Q – Homesteaders,  Jeremiah T – Little Falls, Josaphine B – Kidding Around, Karli M – Lucky Charms, Lily H – Four Leaf Clovers, Lucia F – BFF, Malaya C – Lucky Charms, Misty A – Four Leaf Clover, Saoirse O – York County Shepherds, Stell P. – D.O.G.

May Birthdays

Abigail C – York County Beef Club, Addison S – Homesteaders, Alaric F – Lucky Charms, Hailey R – Boot N’ Buckles, Laurali S– Kidding Around, Levi F – York County Shepherds, Shaylah L – Dream Catchers, Sophia B – Nature Kids

June Birthdays

Amelia D – York County Shepherds, Amelia M – Lucky Charms, Anna K- Kidding Around, Charli V – BFF, Mary M – Nature Kids, Sierra M – Four Leaf Clover, Silas L – Kidding Around, Toni V – BFF

4-H Club News

14 Clubs located all over York County! We have a New Club! Club news contains news that the clubs have shared with the office!

Kidding Around

Kidding Around 4H Club’s March meeting theme was Pot Luck and Pets.  Each family brought their favorite snack or dessert to share and each member brought an animal to share.  We had guinea pigs, bunnies, a turtle and a lizard.






NEW CLUB!! York County 4H Outdoor Sports Club

The York County 4H Outdoor Sports Club held our first meeting at the York County Fish and Game lodge on April 28th.  The group welcomed new members, learned about 4H basics, project books and gun safety before learning how to shoot pellet rifles.  Next month we will be doing pellet shooting and archery.  New members are always welcome!  We meet on the 4th Sunday of every month from 1pm to 4pm at the York County Fish and Game lodge on route 35 in Lyman.  Please contact Patrice at 207.636.6085 if you would like more information.


York County Shepherds

At there last meeting we visited the Runs With Wolves Sanctuary.  George was acting President and did an amazing job getting the group together.
The club learned each wolve’s story and learned a bit about non profit agencies and how they work. Our club made a cash donation along with items such as toys, cleaning supplies and treats!
We are planning a farm visit for the May meeting and learning about the health of each animal and practicing good habits for bio-security.

York County Beef Club

Looked at ways to make various Dairy Products. Abigail demonstrated how to make “Farm Cheese,” Kiley demonstrated how to make Butter and Karlee demonstrated making Ice Cream. We made sure everyone’s approval forms were in on time and discussed what to do with money raised with their Fundraiser. Looking forward to a field trip to Arethusa Dairy Farm in Connecticut.










The DOG club held a rabbit and cavy education demo at tractor supply in Scarborough the day before Easter. 







Barn Friends Forever

The BFFs have been busy with springtime chores.  Members with animals have been putting up fences and seeding pastures.  All members worked creatively on T-shirt’s and we tried them on for the first time at a pizza party!
Outings and community help ideas are in planning stages. Everyone is looking forward to summer.


Nature Kids

Nature Kids have had a great spring. We have started preparing for the upcoming fair and announced new officers. We also made pictures/drawings of why plastic bags should be banned to share at a South Berwick town meeting. One thing that was really fun was our April Vacation workshop day where everyone did STEM experiments. It was cool to see what other people learned about!








State News May 2019

 Courtesy of Jessy Brainerd



  • Maine 4-H Days – Registration Opens May 10th
    Maine 4-H Days will take place July 19 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. Get ready for a fun-filled weekend full of exciting Enrichment & Livestock activities! From Tie-Dye to Relay Races; Fairy Gardens to Composting; Meet an Alpaca or sign up for Poultry Camp – we’ll have something for everyone. Registration opens on May 10th – go to https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/maine-4h-days/.  

    If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877.
  • Register Now for 2019 4H@UMaine May 31 – June 1!
    Have you ever wondered how optical illusions work? Want to find out how much you can learn from a zebrafish? Perhaps you’d like to make paper like a chemical engineer. What is it like to live on a college campus?  For answers to these questions and more, 4-H@UMaine invites you (6th-10th graders) to participate in our fun, interactive overnight on the UMaine campus with career role models and kids from across the state.

    Register Online http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/4humaine/.  It’s open TODAY and limited space is available!! Deadline: May 3rd. For more information about 4-H@UMaine, contact Greg Kranich at gregory.kranich@maine.edu or 207.581.3292.
  • 4-H Dog Fun Day – May 11th
    A day of fun and learning for all 4-H youth and leaders interested in a dog project. The fun dog day will be held on May 11th in the Chute Arena at the UMaine Witter Farm, 160 University Farm Road, Old Town, very close to the campus.  The event will be held from 8:00 am. to approximately 12:30 pm.  

    Our guest this year will be Megan Arey, who is a 4-H Leader from New Hampshire. Megan works with the New Hampshire Dog Program. Megan will review with attendees and their dogs’ showmanship, obedience, and agility, as well as provide a demonstration on the “Sporting Breed” Megan raises and works with Labrador Retrievers.

    Proof of current veterinary vaccination is required for all dogs attending, as well as a kennel, leads, water and treats. A mid-morning snack will be provided for participants. If you would like to attend, please contact Wendy at wendy.robertson@maine.edu or 942-7396 to RSVP.


4-H Camp Opportunities for Children of Military Families
There are numerous wonderful programs being offered to children of military families through special grant programs. These Adventure Camps are sponsored by the Department of Defense to provide quality outdoor experiences for children of Service Members in the active, reserve, or guard components.  Specific questions about eligibility should be made to the Tanglewood office at 207.789.5868 or extension.tanglewood4h@maine.edu.

Programs are designed to build self-esteem, trust, teamwork, friendships, skill building, and appreciation of nature through outdoor adventures. Staff of UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Centers and key outdoor education and adventure partners lead camps. Open sessions for ages 14 – 18 include: Ocean Adventure (6/25 – 6/28 and 6/30-7/5), Coastal STEM Challenge (6/23 – 6/28 and 6/30 – 7/5), and for ages 8 – 14, Make and Create STEM Challenge (7/28 – 8/2). Learn more about all sessions at: https://extension.umaine.edu/tanglewood/tanglewood-lincolnville/4-h-military-partnership-youth-programs/.

To register for these programs, go to: https://extension.umaine.edu/tanglewood/registration/.