Family Newsletter - February 10, 2022
Remember you must re-enroll yearly!
February upcoming events, activities & deadlines
Share the Fun & Performing Arts Workshop - Feb. 12
Are you interested in learning more about the Performing Arts? Does your club want to put together a Share the Fun skit, but you’re not sure where to start? Then this workshop is for you! Join experienced Performing Arts and Share the Fun volunteers on Saturday, February 12th via zoom from 1-3 PM for an immersive workshop. Both youth and adults are welcome - Youth participants will learn more about the Performing Arts, while parents and club volunteers learn how to create a Share the Fun skit! No cost to participate.
Broomball Stick Making Workshop
When: Sunday, February 13 from 1-3 pm
Where: Baytown Township Community Building - 4020 McDonald Drive N. on the corner of County 14 & McDonald Drive North
What: You will learn how to use simple supplies and tools to make your stick.
Cost: The cost of materials to make one stick will be between $7-$10, depending on the cost of supplies. (St. Croix Clovers members can decide....donate the stick you make to the club or pay $ and bring it home.)
How many: Workshop limited to 15 participants.
Who: Workshop open to regular 4-H members. (For St. Croix Clovers members: Cloverbuds of younger siblings can attend as well with a parent).
Materials needed: We will wrap the paddles of the stick with an old t-shirt or towel to cushion the paddle. Please bring an old t-shirt or old towel for this purpose!. We will provide everything else.
Please RSVP to Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Market Beef and Dairy Steers ID Deadline - Feb. 15
All Market Beef and Dairy Steers need to be tagged and entered into 4honline no later than Tuesday, Feb 15. Details were emailed to families enrolled in the Beef Project. All 4-Her’s must be re-enrolled in 4-H to enter an animal ID. Any questions, please contact Ann Church at email@example.com
Cloverbud Workshop - Feb. 19
Calling all Cloverbuds! Join us at Hooley Hall on Saturday, February 19th from 9 AM - Noon for a day full of STEM. We will have guest scientists, Ambassador led experiments, games, food and fun. All Cloverbuds and non 4-Hers in grades K-2 are invited to come meet new friends and participate in hands-on project learning. We plan to spend time outside, so come dressed for the weather! Pizza lunch will be included.
Cost is $20 and must be prepaid for supplies and pizza. Sign up at https://forms.gle/MsatTmqugoHtpJef7
Llama Project Meeting - Feb. 22
Anyone interested in learning more about the Llama project is invited to join the first project meeting of the year on Tuesday, Feb. 22, starting at 7:00 pm at Hooley Hall on the fairgrounds. We are very fortunate to have Dan Whittaker work with youth interested in the llama project! Thank you Dan! If you want to learn more about the Llama project and steps to lease an animal, please plan to attend this meeting or contact Dan with questions at; firstname.lastname@example.org
Shooting Sports DNR Training
4-H’ers who are in 7th grade and up and interested in participating in the 2022 4-H Shooting Sports Season in the disciplines of; 22 rifle and .22 pistol, Muzzleloading, or Shotgun are required to complete DNR FireArm Safety Training prior to the season starting!
You have different options to complete FireArm Safety
- The online option is; HUNTERcourse.com - it takes about 15 hours on line to complete.
- Or if you prefer in-person classes, Oakdale Gun Club is offering in person classroom training. More information can be found at https://oakdalegunclub.org/training/dnr-youth-firearm-safety/Classes fill fast.
- Fees for the training are handled by the DNR.
- Youth need to be 11 years old to complete FAS, but they will need to wait until they are 12 to register with the DNR.
Youth must complete the in-person or online DNR FAS course before Field Day testing.
Parents, please send Joel at; email@example.com a pic of their Completed On-Line Certificate to register for Field Day.
Any questions can be directed to Tim Warmka at; firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to March
Let the Good Times Roll, Washington County 4-H or Bust!
Join us for spring break road trip themed day camps this March 8th - 11th. We start on the farm to work with products produced on the farm followed by a trip to the big city exploring projects like performing arts and crafts and then up north to explore things related to STEM. Finish off the week with a trip to the beach and family bingo night with pizza and prizes! Bring along a friend.
Day camps will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day from Tuesday through Thursday. Open to grades K-6. Cost is $50.00 We are also in need of camp counselors from grades 7 and up to help us out. Friday evening 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. is for the whole family! Sign up now, deadline is March 1st.
Summer Resident Camp
Save the Date for 4-H Resident Camp!
4-H Overnight Camp is scheduled for June 13-15, 2022. This is a great opportunity for youth in grades 3-8 to connect with new and old friends, enjoy nature, and try new things! Camp will be held at the Baker Outdoor Learning Center in Maple Plain, MN with 4-Her’s from Washington and Dakota County. Youth in grades 9+ will serve as camp counselors alongside Baker Camp and 4-H staff. If our first session of camp fills up, we will hold a waiting list and see if we have enough campers to offer a second session on June 15-17. Watch for registration materials to come out soon!
Apply to be a Camp Counselor at 4-H Resident Camp!
Do you enjoy working with youth and being 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! Resident Camp is an overnight camp for youth in grades 3-8, scheduled for June 13-15, 2022 at Baker Outdoor Learning Center. Counselors must be in grades 9+. Applications are due March 1.
Animal Science News
So you want to show an animal at the fair
In an effort to help families find individuals who are willing to lease project animals we are asking for some help. We are often asked by families if they can lease an animal and the short answer is YES! The next question is "Who can I contact about leasing a . . .(species)?" Well, that is a bit harder.
Perhaps you are a 4-H alumni, a farmer, a boarder, or know someone who is willing to help a new project member get started in learning about a particular species. If that is the case we want to hear from you! If you are a member looking to learn more about a species, we want to hear from you too!
Let's help each other! Please fill out a short survey so we can get the process going. All animals need to be ID'ed by May 16th to show at the fair.
County Youth Leadership Opportunities
Teen Teachers needed for reading buddies in Forest Lake & Lake Elmo!
We're bringing the reading buddy experience back in 2022, in-person! Washington County 4-H is partnering with the Washington County Libraries to pair children with a 4-H reading buddy and staff member. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their reading skills with a 4-H mentor for 15-minute sessions at the Hardwood Creek Library in Forest Lake, and the Lake Elmo Library. Young readers who are interested can sign up through the Washington County Library system.
Sessions will take place on various Tuesday's and Thursday’s starting in January. Volunteers are able to sign up for as many sessions as they are able. See specific dates and locations in registration form. Additional dates/times will be added as we move into the spring. Register to be a teen teacher here.
Sign up to be a 2021-2022 Washington County Ambassador!
Are you in 7th grade or above? Do you want to build your leadership skills and meet new friends? The Washington County 4-H Ambassadors meet once a month to plan workshops and camps for younger members, service projects, and fun social events! This is a great opportunity to expand your leadership to the next level while meeting friends from around the county. All skill levels and experience are welcome!
Fill out this quick google form to show your interest in the Washington County 4-H Ambassador program:
Teen Teachers needed for Youth Teaching Youth!
Are you in grades 9-12 and interested in teaching your younger peers? Youth Teaching Youth is for you! Teen Teachers teach in elementary school classrooms and library settings. Training and guided curriculum options are provided. We are looking for teens in the South Washington County, Stillwater, and Forest Lake Area Schools. Don't miss this opportunity to build your resume and improve your public speaking skills in a supportive environment. Contact Megan Slater if you are interested in learning more at email@example.com.
Upcoming Events/Activities and Deadlines
- February 15 - All Market Beef and Dairy Steers will need to be identified by the Feb. 15th ID deadline. More information will be emailed directly to those enrolled in the beef project in mid January.
- April 12 - Dog Orientation. Time to get your Dog ID completed and uploaded to 4honline. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aZnG9UoAdit_z7ElBHiHM8b10XaIbVHHdE6lyonEZlU/edit
- April 19 - Dog Demo Night
- April 26 - Weekly Dog training starts!
- May 16 - Animal identification deadline - All animals coming to the fair need to be identified by this date in your 4honline family account. This is a state deadline and consequences apply (no state trips, no premium, no auction, etc.) if you miss this deadline. Only exceptions are as follows; market beef (due Feb. 15), poultry (leased birds and doves/pigeons need to be ID'ed) & pet show animals.
- May 16 - Additional ID Info. If you are activating a previously ID'ed animal. You must overwrite the past years Coggins or Dog Vaccination form with current 2022 paperwork in order to comply. All animals should be activated for the current year. This includes animals that you do not intend to show this year but may show in the future.
- June 12-15 - Washington County Horse Camp. Must be enrolled in 4-H and provide your own horse. Registration opens April 1 and will be emailed to those enrolled in the Horse project.
- July 30-31 - County Dog Show
- Aug. 3-7 - Washington County Fair (All animal shows except Dog)
- June 12-15 - Washington County Horse Camp at Hooley Hall (Age 10 and up as of Jan. 1, 2022) Must have your own horse.
- June 13-15 - Resident Camp - Grades 3-8 at Baker Outdoor Learning Center in Maple Plain, MN
- June 13-17 - YELLO (Youth Exploring Leadership & Learning Opportunities) Grades 7-13 at Bemidji State University.
- July 11-14 - Washington County Day Camps at Hooley Hall - Grades K-6
- May 13 - Performing Arts Night - Our Performing Arts Night is scheduled for Friday, May 13th at the Park Pavilion on the Washington County Fairgrounds. This will be a night for Share the Fun skits, One Act plays, and Performing Arts judging.
- NEW THIS YEAR - Performing Arts will be judged on this day rather than during the General Project Judging day before the County Fair. This is to give participants a chance to showcase their talents and perform in front of an audience. Conference judging will still take place after the performances.
- July 10 - County Arts-In Auditions
- July 17-20 - County Arts-In Encampment
STEM - Upcoming Workshops
- Feb. 19 - Hooley Hall from 9:00am-12:00pm (Details above)
- March 10 - STEM themed Day Camp.
- April 30 - STEM Workshop with Master Gardeners
Youth enrollment and animal ID deadline
- May 16, 2022
Washington County Fair
- July 1 - County fair registration deadline. All projects/animals need to be entered in FairEntry by this date.
- July 30 - 4-H General/Static project judging (Saturday)
- July 30-31 - County 4-H Dog Show
- Aug. 3-7 - Washington County Fair
2022 SS&W Leader Certification Trainings
We are in need of Certified Trainers for the 2022 Shooting Sports season. Certified Trainers for 4-H must be certified through the 4-H Program. Current trainers need to recertify every 7 years. There are some upcoming Training opportunities - check it out! Information and steps to become certified can be found at; https://extension.umn.edu/4-h-events/4-h-shooting-sports-and-wildlife-leader-certification
University of MN Center for Family Development FREE webinars
The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development invites you to participate in one or more of our FREE webinars from January - April 2022. Together with our partners, we have created six dynamic series that you may find of interest:
- February 3 & 17 & March 3 - Book Read - Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive
- March 10 - Estrategias para crear una vivienda más saludable (Strategies for Creating a Healthier Home)
- March 22 - Making Your Home Healthier
- April 6 - RentWise 101
- April 14 - Consejos para rentar una vivienda (Tips for renting a home)
- February 16 - Tapping into your nervous system to support recovery
- March 15 - Recovery Health Changemakers
- March 16 - Befriending Your Emotions in Recovery
- March 29 - Nutrition and Physical Activity for Recovery
- April 5 - Opioid Overdoses: Risk Factors, Signs and Saving Lives!
- April 5 - A community engaged approach to supporting recovery from Substance Use Disorders
- April 12 - Harm Reduction 101
- February 22 - Exploring mental flourishing for ourselves and our communities
- March 23 - Ambiguous Loss in Rural Communities Training 101
- April 20 - Creating Balance in the Chaos
March 1 - Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?
March 31 - Thrifty Thursdays - Building Credit with a Credit Card
April 7 - Thrifty Thursdays - Budgeting with a Calendar System
April 12 - Make Money Make Sense
April 14 - Thrifty Thursdays - Budgeting Using Apps or Excel
April 21 - Thrifty Thursdays - Budgeting with an Envelope System
April 28 - Thrifty Thursdays - Plugging Your Spending Leaks
February 24 - Reducing Food Waste
April 7 - Food Composting 101
April 21 - Reducing your Family’s Carbon Footprint
Stand Alone Webinars
Please register for the webinars you plan to attend by using the links above. We encourage you to share these opportunities with your friends, family, co-workers, networks, and program participants by forwarding this email or sharing the attached fliers, which can also be accessed here:
Job Opportunities for Youth & Adults
Many thanks to Kim Bjerke and Virginia Stoffel for their help in offering the Valentines Food Workshop! Participants learned how to make a heart shaped pizza from scratch, while learning where the ingredients come from in a pizza. Delectable desserts included a variety of truffles dipped in chocolate along with strawberries, pretzels and marshmallows.
Where are the club reports??
We know clubs are meeting and doing fun things, please share with others in the county by letting us know what your club is doing. This is the responsibility of the Club Reporter which is part of your club officer team.
Email Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org a paragraph of what your club did this month. If you happen to have a photo, include that as well. Thank you!
Project Bowl Concession Stand Fundraiser
If your club or group is looking for a fundraiser, consider running concessions at the Hastings Project Bowl on March 12. Project Bowl will be located at the Hastings Area High School. Contact Cheryl Stephenson at email@example.com or call 651-480-7750.
New Family Survey
We invite new families who have been enrolled in 4-H for less than 2 years to take a short survey.
We want to take this opportunity to gather some information on how to better serve you and make your 4-H experience a positive one like it has been for so many 4-H families before you. With all the project areas and directions that 4-Hers can explore and develop from we need your help in finding what areas we as staff need to focus on to meet the current needs of our families. Our goal is to take the results of this survey and implement future programming
This will only take a few minutes to complete and we thank you for your input.
Washington County Extension website - the place to find information!
- Current and past Family Newsletters
- County Animal ID letters
- News articles about our larger ongoing project areas
- Events calendar
- County club map with contacts
- County Fair information as it becomes available
- Much more
County membership fee update!
As you may have noticed, shortly after you enrolled online you were approved. Monthly email reminders will be sent to families who have not paid their county fees. We continue to accept checks/cash at any time. Please pay your membership fee, county fees are used not only for programming but also towards salaries for county personnel.
Washington County has a yearly enrollment fee of $25.00 per member (youth only) or $100 max per family for 4 or more children. We ask that you please send payment to our office address listed below.
Checks should be made out to Washington County 4-H and sent to the following address:
Washington County 4-H
14949 62nd Street North
Stillwater, MN 55082
**For those using online banking, please be sure to include Washington County 4-H as checks made out to just Washington County go directly to the property tax office**
We don't want anyone to miss out so please just let us know if you need a scholarship for enrollment. You will find the scholarship link below. Also, if you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, this can be done at any time. Scholarship requests have increased dramatically in the past few years.
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Interim Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Principal Office & Administrative Specialist
Washington County 4-H
14949 62nd Street North
Stillwater, MN 55082
(We are located in the Stillwater Government Center)
Office hours - Please call ahead as staff hours do vary.
Friday by appointment
651-430-6800 or firstname.lastname@example.org