Family Newsletter - February 11, 2021

Welcome back!

It has been nearly 6 months since we did a Family Newsletter and we have decided it needs to come back to give you the most up to date information about events and activities going on in Washington County 4-H. You will also receive the monthly Clover Update highlights regional and state events. Please pass it along to friends and family that might be interested in attending a 4-H event.

Remember you must be enrolled in 4-H to participate! There are links at the end of this newsletter with more information about enrollment.If you have any problems with registrations or printing forms or need more information on enrollment please contact our office at 430-6800 or email mnext-washington@umn.edu

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For the most comprehensive list of events and activities.

Cloverbud Learning Day - February 20

Join us for a Cloverbud Learning Day - an event you will not want to miss! Learn about healthy living and the great outdoors by competing in the winter Olympics! The fun doesn't stop there, head indoors to complete crafts, play games, and have fun with your friends, all while learning more about 4-H. All Cloverbuds and non-4-Hers in grades K-2 are invited to come meet new friends and participate in hands-on project learning.

This workshop will be $10 for all members who register by February 12th, the cost will increase to $20 for those who register after the deadline.

***Dress for the weather! We will be spending a large part of the workshop outdoors.***

Market Beef and Dairy Steers ID Deadline extended to February 16

Those enrolled in the Beef Project should have received a few reminders regarding the Market ID deadline. Because Feb. 15 falls on a holiday this year the market beef and dairy steer ID deadline has been extended to Tuesday, Feb. 16. The 4-Her must be re-enrolled in 4-H to enter an animal ID. All ID's should be entered through your family account in 4HOnline.

Any questions, please contact Ann Church at churc109@umn.edu

Virtual Photography Workshop - February 23

Is photography something that you are interested in? Avis Peters, a long-time Washington County 4-H Club Leader, photography enthusiast and member of the state 4-H photography advisory committee will be putting on a workshop about photography. Topics will include lighting, composition, and rule of thirds. This is a workshop that is geared towards 4th grade and older. You will need a video screen to be able to join a zoom meeting and a copy of the handout that will be sent to you. This will be held on February 23rd from 6:30-8:00 pm. Pre-register by Feb. 19th. No cost!
Photography Workshop Registration

Deadline is February 19 in order to get 5-page handout mailed to you

Virtual Painting Class - March 6

Let’s paint together! Open to grades 3 and up. McCayla Thoe from Selcouth Artistry will be hosting a virtual canvas painting class. Join McCayla on Saturday, March 6 from 2:00-4:00 pm where you will be instructed on how to paint a beautiful canvas picture. Pre-register by February 19th! Limited spots are available.
Painting Class Registration

Deadline is February 19

Barn Safety Workshop - February 20

Join this presentation by internationally known animal safety expert and author Rebecca Gimenez Husted. Youth and volunteers will learn about how to make a fire safety plan, develop ways to make their own barns safer, and understand fire safety for planning at events such as County Fairs and Livestock Exhibitions.
Barn Safety Workshop

Register by Feb. 17

Lama Project Meeting - February 23

Anyone interested in learning more about the Llama project is invited to join the first project meeting of the year on Tuesday, Feb. 23 starting at 7:00 pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds - Hooley Hall. Limited llamas are available for leasing so please contact Dan Whittaker at llamadan@aol.com as soon as possible. The next meeting is scheduled for March 9th.

Arts-In Director Applications due February 24

The role of Arts-In Director is incredibly valuable, and we are now accepting applications for the 2021 show season. This position consists of working with the Performing Arts PDC and Student Directors to write a script, select music, choreograph dances, coordinate encampment activities, and oversee performances at the county and state fair. Previous 4-H or Arts-In experience is preferred. Please carefully read over the job description, taking note of all the mandatory dates and responsibilities. Applications are due to the Washington County 4-H office by February 24th, 2021. If you have any questions or trouble with the link please contact Megan Slater at slate187@umn.edu

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Horse Project Members – It is time for Winter Round Up!

Winter Round Up 2.0 Virtual will be held Saturday, Feb. 27th and Sunday, February 28th. This a 2-day online conference for youth and adults who love horses. Keynote Speaker: Amberley Snyder, a nationally ranked barrel racer whose career was nearly ended by a paralyzing car accident. Hear her inspiring story. Pre-registration is required by February 24th.

Maple Syruping Workshop - March 13

Get outside with the Carpenter Nature Center Naturalists and learn all about Maple Syruping! Join us on Saturday, March 13th from 1-3 PM at Carpenter Nature Center. The workshop will cost $5 per person. We will be following safety protocol and attendance will be capped at 24 participants, so register today! Please dress for the weather as we will be spending our time outside!

Register no later than February 26th.

Register here for Maple Syruping

Deadline is February 26

New! Reading Buddies Seeking Youth Leaders - Tuesday's & Thursday's at 4 PM

Are you looking for a new leadership opportunity, without even leaving your house? 4-H is partnering with Washington County Libraries to provide reading buddies! Young readers will be paired with a 4-H mentor and staff facilitator for interactive reading practice over zoom. Each child will have a 15-minute time slot with their reading buddy, between 4-5:15 PM.

Cooperative Care for Dogs Workshop - March 20

How does your dog react to nail trims? Does he let you brush his teeth without complaint? Can the groomer handle him with ease? Are vet visits enjoyable?

Husbandry is a term that covers all types of necessary physical care. Grooming and veterinary procedures fall into this category. In this seminar, we will begin teaching our dogs to cooperate with us for a variety of required behaviors. We will do a quick review of operant and classical conditioning training methods. The ultimate goal is to have dogs who are relaxed and calm for procedures that will benefit their health and well-being.

Join us at Hooley Hall on Saturday, March 20th from 10 AM -NOON. This class is appropriate for dogs of all ages and at all levels of training. If you want to bring your dog to the seminar, you will need to have current 2021 Dog ID's on file. This workshop is FREE, but you must register no later than March 12th.

Livestock in a Box Series

Minnesota 4-H is excited to offer a collection of monthly learning kits mailed directly to youth who are interested in exploring animal science! The Minnesota 4-H Livestock in a Box series will explore four livestock species: goats, rabbits, poultry and dairy.

  • March: Goats
  • April: Rabbits
  • May: Poultry
  • June: Dairy

Each box comes complete with four-five learning activities designed especially for the featured animal. All of the supplies needed for the activities are included in the box along with an extra item or two that connects to the featured species.

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2021 Food Revue Results

Congratulations to the 2021 Food Review Champions!

Sr. Grand Champion – Calissa Newton

Sr. Reserve Champion – Ashley Wahlman

Honorable Mention – Hannah Dunbar

Jr. Grand Champion – Alaina Newton

Jr. Reserve Champion – Aubrey Delaney

Honorable Mention – Kristina Wahlman

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Minnesota 4-H Agriculture Ambassadors selected

We would like to congratulate the newest Washington County member Morgan D.

Hello my name is Morgan and I’m currently a junior in high school and I love learning about animals especially horses and animal genetics and I hope to one day be a veterinarian or animal geneticist. At home, I have horses, chickens, cats, a bunny, and a dog that I love to spend my free time with.

4-H expertise: All areas of the horse project and vet science

There are 25 Minnesota 4-H Agriculture Ambassadors who serve as a voice for 4-H in agricultural settings and help promote 4-H and 4-H agriculture opportunities throughout the year. Lillian B. is also from Washington County and was selected in 2020.

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Dog Project - April 6 & 13

Spring will be here before you know it and so will dog training classes. Come learn about the Dog project and see demonstrations of classes and what is available in the Dog project. Orientation will be on April 6th starting at 6:00 pm. It is expected that both new and seasoned Dog Project members attend orientation. Dog Demonstration night will be April 13th starting at 6:00 pm, with training beginning the following week, if weather permits. Contact Megan Slater with any questions at slate187@umn.edu.
Dog ID

Have your veterinarian complete this form and than upload to 4honline in your family account along with a current photo of your dog. MUST be completed before attending any training classes!

Performing Arts

  • May 21, 2021 - Performing Arts Festival - Includes: Talent Show, One Act Play and Share the Fun skits. Registrations will be available soon.
  • Arts-In Auditions - Sunday, July 11, 2021 (4:00-10:00 p.m.)
  • Arts-In Encampment - July 18-21, 2021 - Washington County Fairgrounds


  • Horse Project Day - TBD - Washington County Fairgrounds
  • Horse Camp - June 13-16, 2021 - Washington County Fairgrounds
  • County Horse Show - TBD - Washington County Fairgrounds

Washington County Fair & County Show Dates

  • General/Static (Non-animal) 4-H Project Judging at Co. Fair - Aug 3, 2021 (1-6 p.m.)
  • Washington County Fair - Aug. 4 - Aug. 8, 2021
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Are you enrolled in 4-H yet? Are you an active member?

Inactive members continue to receive our newsletters until May 15. After that date, all inactive members are taken off our email list and are archived for the following 4-H year. If you wish to remain on our email list or think you will participate in an upcoming 4-H event in 2021 you need to enroll.

You must be enrolled to participate. County fees remain at $25.00 per member/$100 max per family. Checks may be made out and sent to Washington County 4-H. 14949 62nd Street N., Stillwater, MN 55082

4-H Event Scholarships

Need based scholarships can also be used for county membership fee

Washington County 4-H

    Ann Church

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
    (651) 430-6809

    Megan Slater

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

    (651) 430-6805

    Annamarie Zack

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

    (651) 430-6807


    Kathy Erf

    Principal Office & Administrative Specialist

    (651) 430-6800