Crow Wing County 4-H

January 30, 2023

Extension 4-H

Volunteer Openings: Project Workshop Instructors

Our youth want to try new things! Share your passion for any topic by planning a workshop or learning series for youth. Work directly with 4-H staff to plan the learning experience that fits your passion, availability, and preferred age audience.

Location: Crow Wing County

Project areas: your choice! Share your favorite hobby, or knowledge from your career, or try something new Project Day is planned for April 8 from 9:30-12:30 pm at the Land Services Building.

Number of roles available: 3

Preparation and training: 30-minute online learning module and direct staff support

Commitment: 2-12 hours, depending on your availability and preferences.

Needle Felting Gnomes

Local offering | grades 5+

In person

During this two-session workshop, learn the basics of needle felting, the types of materials used and where they come from, and how to further your project learning in the needle arts.

Walk away with a ready-to-enter fair exhibit and the knowledge to share with a judge on how to needle felt.

The two sessions are on Thursday, February 23, and Tuesday, February 28 from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Land Services Building [322 Laurel Street Brainerd, MN 56401].

The cost is $10 per person, check or cash, by Feb. 16 to the County Extension Office [326 Laurel Street Brainerd, MN 56401].

A light snack and juice box will be provided. Grades 5+. Registration closes on Monday, February 20, 2023. To learn more and register:

Your springy gnome is sure to light up any room!

Minecraft Gaming Project Club

Local offering | grades 5+


Interested in coding, different gaming platforms, and socializing with other gamers? Join this Ambassador-led six-session Minecraft gaming project club to learn more!

Sessions will be held via Zoom and participants must have a computer or laptop with Minecraft available. Online safety will be weaved throughout the program and adult volunteers will be present.

The cost to participants is free and members will have the opportunity for additional play times outside of the gaming club.

Session times are Fridays from 6:00-7:30 pm on Feb. 17, Mar. 3, 17, 31, Apr. 14, and 28. Grades 5+.

Zoom links will be sent via email the Wednesday before each session. Registration is from Jan. 30 to Feb. 14, 2023, and the program has a maximum of eight participants.

To learn more and register:

Hubbard County Rabbit Fun Show

Hosted by Hubbard County | all ages

In person

Save the date!


Date: Saturday, February 18th at the Akeley ARCC

Clinics and Registration start at 9:30 am; the Show starts at 10:30 am

Judge: Haley Maday

Cost: $3 per rabbit entered

- Cloverbud Showmanship Clinic

- Market Rabbit Selection and Beginner/selection showmanship Clinic

- Showmanship classes during the show

- Bring a tarp for under the carriers

- Silent Auction

- Food Stand Available

Passport to Tasty Tuesdays... Foods from Around the World

Statewide offering | all ages Virtual Get your food passports ready as we travel to a different country, learn about their culture and create some of their favorite meals or desserts! Our destination will be a mystery until you get your ingredient list! You don't want to miss out on this exciting food adventure! Our arrival dates for our mystery destinations are: February 14, 28; March 14, 28; April 4 and 11 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Registration is currently open and there is no deadline.

To register, log in, or if Registration is new to 4-H, enroll, at For assistance, refer to the event registration guide at

Amazing Amphibians and Roaming Reptiles

Statewide offering | grades K-13


What do frogs, snakes, and turtles have in common? Join us and learn more about Herpetology, the study of amphibians and reptiles. We will go undercover and discover the mysteries of our cold-blooded friends as we learn how they can become one of your new 4-H projects! Hop and slither to the sessions on the following dates: February 2, 16; March 2,16,30; and April 6, 20 from 7 pm - 8 pm via Zoom. Registration is open and there is no deadline. For grades K -13

Registration is currently open and there is no registration deadline. To register, log in, or if new to 4-H, enroll, at For assistance, refer to the event registration guide at

Fruit and Meat Fundraiser

The Fruit and Meat Fundraiser has officially started! If you haven't already, please get your order forms from your club leaders.

All orders can be placed online this year, including meat AND 50% of the profits are given back to the clubs to be used for scholarships, educational programming, social activities, etc.

Orders can be placed through February 13th with a delivery date of March 25th.

This is our largest fundraiser; Our county has set a goal to sell $35,000 in products this year!

Please reach out to the Extension office with questions.

Happy selling!

10th Annual Chick Chain Program, Check this out!

Local offering | all ages

Interested in learning more about backyard chickens? The Poultry 4-H Club is hosting its 10th annual Chick Chain Program.

The Chick Chain Program is designed to give an opportunity for new and existing 4-H members, including Cloverbuds, to learn more about raising backyard chickens. Youth have an opportunity to learn life skills while having fun learning about chickens and the poultry industry.

Now in its 10th year, the 4-H Poultry Club will be awarding 10 egg-laying chicks (likely red or black sexlink birds) for eligible 4-H participants that qualify for the program. Chicks will be purchased from a reputable hatchery.

Registration and fee must be received by February 10, 2023.

Read more and register here:

Market Beef Animal ID due February 15th, 2023

All market [including market steers, market heifers, and dairy steers] beef MUST be owned, tagged with a MN 4-H ear tag, and identified by February 15, 2023.

Breeding heifers, cow/calf pairs, and prospect calves (steers and heifers) must be owned or leased, tagged or tattooed, and identified by May 15, 2023. Please note that Cloverbuds do not need to identify beef animals at this time.

Contact the Extension office to arrange a pick up time for tags.

Crow Wing County 4-H Yearly Calendar

Events are added throughout the year and edited if needed.

Access the Yearly Calendar events HERE.

Upcoming Events

  • Baxter Sandpipers 4-H Club | Thursday, February 2, 2023, from 6:30-8:00 pm | Northland Arboretum

  • NW BLU and TEEL | Saturday, February 4-Sunday, February 5, 2023 | Castaway Club, Detroit Lakes

  • Northern Reins 4-H Club | Monday, February 6, 2023, from 6:30-8:00 pm | Location TDB

  • Poultry 4-H Club | Tuesday, February 7, 2023, from 6:00-7:00 pm | Brainerd Public Library

  • Long Lake Beavers 4-H Club | Wednesday, February 8, 2023, from 6:00-7:00 pm | Brainerd Public Library

  • Cloverbud Project Day | Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 10:00-11:30 am | Land Services Building

  • Black Bear 4-H Club | Sunday, February 12, 2023 | Tubing @ Mount Ski Gull

  • Pequot Lakes 4-H Club | Sunday, February 12, 2023 | Tubing @ Mount Ski Gull

  • Last day for Fruit and Meat Sales | Monday, February 13th

  • Daggett Brook 4-H Club | Monday, February 13, 2023, from 6:30-8:00 | Daggett Brook Town Hall

  • Cuyuna Range Miners 4-H Club | Thursday, February 16, 2023, from 6:00-7:30 pm | Location TBD

  • General PDC | Tuesday, February 21, 2023, from 6:00-7:30 pm | Land Services Building

  • Local Ambassadors | Thursday, February 23, 2023, from 6:30-8:15 pm | Extension office

  • State Ambassadors Applications Open | Tuesday, February 28, 2023


Events and news are separated into county items and regional/statewide items. Please click on each of the links to view county and statewide events.

Events in Crow Wing County – calendar of events

Statewide news - learn about what's going on across Minnesota

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