Friday Forecast 3/17/2023
Dakota County 4-H Weekly Newsletter
Welcome to the Dakota County 4-H Friday Forecast
Welcome Interim Extension Educator Jess Beissel!
Jess will be joining the staff as an Interim Extension Educator until a permanent person has been hired. We’re happy to have her onboard!
Hello, My name is Jessica Beissel and I am the interim for the 4-H Youth Development position here in Dakota County. I grew up as a very active member of the Dakota County 4-H program and have always had a passion for it! I am married with three kids and I’ve led a 4-H Club in Dakota County for the last several years, which my family is a part of. We spend our time at 4-H events, cattle shows or on the ball fields!
I’m excited to become more involved in the 4-H programs and to offer fun experiences and learning opportunities for 4-H youth and their families. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The position is currently posted here, with an anticipated start date sometime in May.
Two Dakota youth attended Ignite by 4-H
Good luck to Project Bowl participants competing this weekend in Redwood Falls!
The Regional Project Bowl event at Redwood Falls is this Saturday, March 18 and Dakota County has 13 4-H’ers participating in three teams!
Jr. Rabbit teams: Katrina D., Henry H., Lilly K., Abbi I., Cooper W., Allison C., Jens K., Tayen B., Grant B.
Sr. Rabbit team: Chloe H., Allison D., Jack C., Lucas D.
A big thank you to the volunteer coaches: Neil Deplazes, Emily Dahlbeck and Dakotah Beck.
March 11 Regional Project Bowl team results
The 4-H Regional Project Bowl event held in Hastings was Saturday, March 11 and we had 25 4-H’ers participating! Here are the results:
Sr. General Livestock: Ella H., Maria H., Noah Q., Mattea Q. - earned a 2nd place finish
Jr. General Livestock: Jonathon T., Silas M., Wyatt W., Will S.
Jr. General Livestock: Zaria M., Elizabeth L., Maddi B., Emily J., Emery M.
Jr. General Livestock: Logan T., Gradyn T., Levi M., Gerald S. - advancing to state contest
Sr. Poultry: Savannah N., Grace E., Connor E., Josiah T., Micah T. - advancing to state contest
Jr. Poultry: Tristan K., Isaac K., Denae T. - advancing to state contest
Sr. & Jr. Poultry project bowl team members: Grace E., Connor E., Josiah T., Savannah N., Denae T., Isaac K. , Tristan K., Micah T.
Jr. General Livestock project bowl team members:
Back row: Emily J., Libby L., Maddi B., Gerald S., Logan T., Grayden T., coach Steve N.
Front row: Emery M., Zaria M., Silas M., Levi M., Wyatt W., Will S.. Not pictured: Jonathan T.
Horse Boot Camp - March 21 for Horse and Horseless Horse project members
Interested in horses? Want to learn more about the 4-H Horse, Horseless Horse and Horse Training projects? If so, then you don't want to miss Horse Boot Camp workshop that includes a special appearance by Ladybug, the mini horse. Both 4-H'ers and friends are invited.
Youth and adult members of the Horse Project Development Committee (PDC) are hosting an evening with information, food, prizes, making horse treats, and miniature horses.
There will be tables to learn about the various classes (Pleasure, Games, Western Heritage, etc), tack/equipment, and care along with 4-H specific info on Animal ID, county fair information, animal leasing, and enrollment.
What: 4-H Horse Project Boot Camp
Who: 4-H'ers and friends - grade 3+, volunteers, parents
When: Tuesday, March 21, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center, 4100 220th St. W. in Farmington
Ladybug, the mini horse, will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. for petting and photo-ops. Prize drawings for all youth in attendance!
No Horseless Horse at Lucky U on March 21 - members should attend this event.
Introduction to 3D printing - March 25; register by March 22
Learn how 3D printing works and how to make a 3D model you can print yourself! In this workshop we’ll introduce the concepts of 3D printing machines, preparing a 3D model for printing and designing a 3D model using friendly tools. There will be an opportunity to print your own design after the workshop and we’ll discuss opportunities to make prints at your local Public Library using their 3D printers.
When: Saturday, March 25; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center, 4100 220th St. West in Farmington
Who: 4-H’ers grades 5 and up
Registration: Register in 4-H Online by March 22. For assistance, refer to the event registration guide at z.umn.edu/4hEvent.
If you have any questions, please contact Kris Vatter, email@example.com.
Grade K-2: "4-H Detectives" Cloverbud Workshop - April 22; register by April 14
Join the fun in a hands-on workshop on Saturday, April 22 from 9 to 11:15 a.m. (note time) at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center, 4100 220th St. W. in Farmington. Youth will be engaged in a CSI Detective activity hosted by Science Made Fun, 4-H led crafts, games and more! Workshop is for youth grades K-2.
Registration is due Friday, April 14. Participants register for the cloverbud workshop in 4-H Online. The 4-H Online event registration guide will walk you through how to register. Contact Cherie if you have questions. If you are new to 4-H, please select the “Virtual 4-H” or “In Person Camp/Event” club for your county. In the projects field, choose the project your primary focus is on and any other project areas you have an interest in.
May Cloverbuds workshop is May 20; location TBD; registration deadline May 12.
Contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Grade 3-5: "4-H Detectives" Sprouts Workshop - April 22; register by April 14
Join the fun in a hands-on workshop on Saturday, Saturday, April 22 from 9 to 11:15 a.m. (note time) at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center, 4100 220th St. W. in Farmington. Youth will be engaged in a CSI Detective activity hosted by Science Made Fun, 4-H led crafts, games and more!! Workshop is for youth grades 3-5.
Registration is due Friday, April 14. Participants register for the sprouts workshop in 4-H Online. The 4-H Online event registration guide will walk you through how to register. Contact Cherie if you have questions. If you are new to 4-H, please select the “Virtual 4-H” or “In Person Camp/Event” club for your county. In the projects field, choose the project your primary focus is on and any other project areas you have an interest in.
May Sprouts workshop is May 20; location TBD; registration deadline May 12.
Contact Rachel at email@example.com if you have questions.
Camp counselors needed overnight 4-H camp! Apply by March 30
Do you enjoy working with youth? Do you love getting out in nature? Do you consider yourself a leader or want the chance to expand your leadership skills? If yes, we hope you apply to become a 4-H camp counselor! Camp counselors must be in grades 9+. 4-H camp is scheduled for June 12-14 and is an overnight camp for youth in grades 3-8. Applications are due March 30. Camp Counselor Application. Contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Minnesota 4-H Key Award applications due April 1
Every year, we recognize a group of exceptional youth leaders that have contributed many hours of service to our program. The Key Award recognizes your contributions to your club and the community and encourages you to grow as an outstanding citizen. For young women, the award is a gold key mounted on an attractive necklace. For young men, the gold key is on a tie tack.
In order to apply for this award, you must meet the requirements that are detailed in the application. Applications are due to Dakota County Extension Office in Farmington by April 1.
MN 4-H Key Award Application
4-H college-bound youth: Apply for Minnesota 4-H scholarships; applications due April 1
In addition to Dakota County 4-H college scholarships, Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H offer several scholarships for 4-H youth who are pursuing post-secondary studies at accredited colleges and universities. Visit our website for detailed information on the applications, letters of recommendation needed, and amounts awarded. Applications are available and accepted online only. The online application does not auto-save—we suggest applicants prepare their responses in another document to copy/paste into the scholarship form when they have enough time to complete the process. Questions can be directed to email@example.com with "Attn: scholarships", or call 612-624-7971. Apply by April 1. Learn more.
Apply now to be a 4-H summer intern!
Are you looking for work experience in the youth development field? Apply now for county and regional-based 4-H summer intern positions throughout the state of Minnesota. Each internship will provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about University of Minnesota Extension and explore job opportunities in 4-H Youth Development.
Spring PDC and animal science update webinar April 13
It's time to start preparing for summer animal science programming. Join us on Thursday, April 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a two-part session at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center, 4100 220th St. West in Farmington. The first part will be our normal county PDC meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. where attendees will discuss and plan workshops, guest presenters, and bonus trip applications. Following the local discussions will be a webinar hosted by the state animal science team. This is for local livestock PDC volunteers/youth and interested staff and will be held from 7 to 8 p.m.
4-H camp registration is open!
Any youth who have completed 3-8th grade (as of June 2023) is welcome to join the fun in a camp immersion experience with Dakota and Washington Counties! Participants will be engaged in campfires, wilderness challenges, outdoor adventures, crafts, making new friends, and much more!
When: Monday, June 12 through Wednesday, June 14
Where: Baker Outdoor Learning Center, 4001 County Rd 24, Maple Plain, MN
Who: Youth who have completed grades 3-8
Cost: $150/camper; includes bus transportation from Dakota County Northern Service Center in West St. Paul
Camp registration is through 4-H Online Event registration system and is due May 12 or when camp is full. For registration assistance, refer to the event registration guide or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resident camp refund policy: If canceled before May 15, $25 cancellation fee. No refunds after May 15.
Middle and high school students encouraged to join the local ambassadors
The Dakota County 4-H ambassador program is open to youth in grades 6-13, who enjoy volunteering and working with younger members. A 4-H ambassador is an enthusiastic leader who promotes the organization using the skills, knowledge, and leadership abilities acquired in 4-H. Some past activities include: participating in community service projects, planning and leading Cloverbud and Sprouts activities, and promoting 4-H at various events throughout Dakota County.
Meetings are right before Federation meetings, at 6 p.m. Additional activities will be held on the off months. Here is a tentative schedule.
Sign-up here to participate in the 2022-23 Ambassador program.
Contact Rachel at email@example.com for more information.
Save the dates for Cloverbud and Sprouts K-5 Programming!
Free! (Registration required)
May 20 - Location TBD, Registration Deadline May 12
Join the fun at the Cloverbud and Sprouts workshops! The University of Minnesota Extension 4-H Cloverbud (K-2) and Sprouts (3-5) Programs are designed specifically for youth in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade. Participants must be enrolled in Kindergarten and at least 5 years of age as of September 1 of the current year to enroll as a Cloverbud. Dakota County 4-H members are welcome to bring non-4-H friends to workshops!
All participants must be enrolled in 4-H Online before attending, for liability purposes.
Questions can be directed to Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGIONAL AND STATEWIDE OPPORTUNITIES
4-H Gross Science
Join us as we explore our natural world's slimy, stinky, stomach-turning underbelly! We'll be presenting hands-on activities during the spring series that will make the science disgustingly tangible. Zoom sessions held virtually on Tuesdays from March 21 through April 25. Youth in grades K - 6. Free. Learn more and register.
4-H Crazy Contraptions
4-H Exploring Spring
Choose Your 4-H Outdoor Adventure Speaker series - April 10
Join the online event each month to hear from inspiring speakers, such as professionals in the outdoor industry, authors and youth in the 4-H Program!
Join us on April 10 as we hear the journey of Pam Wright, a professional wilderness guide in northern Minnesota and owner of Soka Outdoors, on her thru-hike of the Superior Hiking Trail. Registration required.
Can you grow a monster sunflower? Register by May 1
Growing sunflowers is fun and beautiful; growing giant sunflowers is even better! Join this summer challenge to receive seeds and instructions on planting and growing your monster sunflower. this challenge is for all youth in kindergarten and up, and is free to all. Register by May 1 to receive sunflower seeds and a learning guide. Learn more and register.
4-H choose your outdoor adventure self guided series
YELLO 2023: June 13-16; registration opens early April
The Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors are excited to announce that the 2023 YELLO leadership conference will be held June 13-16 at Bemidji State University. Dakota County 4-H will pay half the registration fee for 4-H members that work an additional food or malt stand shift at the Dakota County Fair. Transportation available from Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center.
Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Opportunities (YELLO) is a 4-H leadership conference for youth in grades 7+ that prepares youth to learn and lead in their communities.
ANIMAL SCIENCE OPPORTUNITIES
Farm Service Agency loans available for youth
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers loans for individual young people to start and operate income-producing projects of modest size in connection to their participation in 4-H clubs, FFA, a Tribal youth group, or similar agricultural youth organization. Projects financed with an FSA youth loan need to provide an opportunity for the young person to acquire experience and education in agriculture-related skills. For more information on loan purposes and project requirements, visit the FSA website or contact your local FSA office.
First year in the 4-H program? Check out this resource to learn more!
Questions? Email Kirsten at email@example.com.
ADULT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Youth Aspirations: Imagining and Navigating Futures in Higher Education
While many higher education preparatory programs focus on grades, test scores and financing, recent research in the field of youth development suggests that cultivating and fostering higher education aspirations may be a missing piece. Join Dr. Joanna Tzenis on Tuesday, May 2 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. to learn how you can sustain the college and university aspirations of young people while helping them identify and strategize around emergent challenges. This 75-minute training is open to Minnesota 4-H volunteers, potential volunteers and youth leaders. Learn more and register.
New year brings new project workshops! Seeking instructors and ideas
Do you have a special interest or skill to share? Have an idea for a workshop or a connection for a workshop that you feel the 4-H’ers would enjoy? Let us know!!! 4-H staff are looking for volunteers to help lead new workshops this upcoming 4-H year. If you are interested in leading a workshop or have a suggestion for a great new idea please contact Kris.
Leading a 4-H club web page has launched
Resources for club leaders and volunteers leading a 4-H club have been reorganized. Explore these categories: Beginning the 4-H year, leading a 4-H club meeting (organized around a sample agenda), managing 4-H club operations, and ways to support club members. Suggest improvements to the site by using the gray “feedback” button on the right side of the screen.
Volunteer & Club Leader Helpful Resources
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Dakota County 4-H Contacts
Kirsten Pederson: firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-480-7722
Rachel Rezac: email@example.com, 651-480-7754
Kris Vatter: firstname.lastname@example.org; 651-480-7758
Jessica Beissel: email@example.com; 651-480-7752
Cherie Frandrup: firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-480-7702