4-H Four-cast

February 13-26

From the Educators

Hello, Jackson County 4-H Families!

I'd like to introduce y'all to the newest member of our staff here in 4-H, Cristy Harms! Cristy is Jackson County Extension's newest Office Specialist and will be taking over many of the roles previously held by Jackie. We're very excited to have Cristy on board and she's learning the ropes of 4-H quickly! Everyone offer her a warm welcome as she'll be the first contact for enrollment, registrations, and other topics in the future. Also, her favorite candy is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

STEP Classes are now available to register for on our website! More info below, but we have an exciting series for our 2023 "STEP it Up" as we dive a bit deeper, though still at a level for beginners, into cooking, food preservation, science, sewing, and arts. Let's grow those skills in preparation for county fair!


Lena and Steven


Jackson County's Winter Horse Judging Event was a big success!

A big shout out goes to leaders Kiersti Casebeer, Trea Connick and Andrea Cordova for making this event happen. Also thank you Ann Johnson for lending us your barn for the live animal judging. (pictured below: Trailblazers club at the winter judging event) Want your photos featured in the newsletter? Send them in with captions and names!
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This Week (February 13-19)

  • Horse Parent Meeting: Monday, Feb 13, 6PM in SOREC Auditorium. Horse leaders meeting follows the parent meeting at 7 pm.
  • CloverBuddies: Tuesday, Feb 14, 6:00pm SOREC Auditorium
  • Presentation Contest Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Feb 15
  • Early Bird Youth Voices in Action Deadline: Wednesday, Feb 15 (see below)
  • Beef Tagging Day: Saturday, Feb 18th at Expo, Barker Barn, 8-10:30AM
  • SOLAR: Saturday-Monday Feb 18-20th at SOU

Next Week (February 20-26)

  • Presidents Day: Monday, Feb 20, Extension Open. 4-H Staff not in office.
  • Livestock Judging Meeting: Tuesday, Feb 21 from 6:00-7:30 pm at Crater High School Science Building room 208. Please text Lynn Gladman at 541-499-9568 if you have further questions.
  • Padgham Committee Interest Form Due: Wednesday, Feb 22
  • Applications due at Extension for State College Scholarships, State Awards, National 4-H Congress, Beekeeping Essay Contest, and State Ambassadors: Wednesday, Feb 22
  • STEP: Make a rock cactus garden! (Rock Painting): Thursday, February 23 at 6:30PM (Register at least one day in advance)
  • Presentation Contest: Saturday, Feb 25 at SOREC Auditorium 9-4 pm
  • Horse Showmanship Clinic: Sunday, Feb 26, Jackson County Expo, Barker Barn

Information for Everyone

Register for the Presentation Contest!

The Annual Presentation Contest is coming up on Saturday, February 25th from 9AM-6PM! Please register ahead of time at the link below and enter the time blocks that work best for you!

Ages: Open to all 4-H Members

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Feb 15, 2023

Contest Date: Saturday, Feb 25, 2023

Register at: jackson4h.fairwire.com

Do not create a new account if you have already shown in 2023 (at the Foods Contest), but make a new account if you haven't competed yet in 2023 with 4-H.

Information and Rules: beav.es/5Xe


Our next two STEP Classes are:

Painting ROCKS! (Make a rock cactus garden!): February 23 at 6:30PM, Ages 6-19

Have you ever been interested in rock painting? How about owning a cactus? On February 23, 2023, 4-H college intern Regan Moreau will be hosting a cactus rock painting class. In this class we will be using different painting techniques to create your perfect cactus rock. You can decide if you’d like to put your cactus rock in a pot or not!

Pie in the Sky: March 2 and 3 at 6:30PM, Ages 8-19:

In this two-day class, 4-H Foods Judge Shelli James will be teaching participants how to make homemade pizza! On day 1, participants will learn to prepare and make dough. On day 2, they will come back to learn about preparing toppings and baking a pizza! The class will cover basics of food safety and tips on making quality pizza.


Check out our new webpage for the STEP program at https://extension.oregonstate.edu/4h/jackson/step-classes!

You can register for STEP Classes at this link! Deadline to sign up is 4PM on the day before the first class.

There are STEP it UP classes for all 4-H ages, so take the time to check them out! Some of them are two-parters this time, which means that you should attend both sessions. We'll make pizza, paint cactus rocks, make schlep bags, preserve our own fruit, and much, much more! Check it out!

The Jackson County Ambassadors are Recruiting New Members!

The Ambassadors Club is now open to 7th-12th graders! The club is a wonderful way for teens to learn about leadership and represent Jackson County 4-H programs throughout the county. Find the application at: Jackson County Ambassadors!

For questions, contact Amy Grow at grow.amy@yahoo.com today!

2023 Padgham Volunteers and Planning!

We are just about to start our Padgham Planning Team for Summer Fair 2023! We are also putting together our team of volunteers for the following areas:

  • Judging day set-up (Friday, July 7)
  • Clerks on static judging day or for other competitions (Saturday, July 8)
  • Exhibit Hall set-up, we need many volunteers here (Sunday-Monday, July 9-10)
  • Padgham Hosts (Wednesday, July 13-Sunday, July 17)
  • Educational activities for the public! (Wednesday, July 13-Sunday, July 17)
  • Padgham Tear Down (Sunday, July 17)

If you are interested in being a part of the Padgham Exhibit Hall for 2023, please fill out this form by Wednesday, February 22nd!

We also need some photography judges! If you are interested, give us a call!

Some Other Important Deadlines (Scholarships and More!)

There are a few deadlines coming up for 4-H Scholarships and Activities!

Feb 22: Applications due at Extension office for these opportunities:

Mar 1: Applications due at Extension office for:

May 1: Application due at Extension office for:

Make sure to have these in on time for full consideration! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out!

Getting Started with Poultry in Jackson County!

Jackson County 4-H is planning a Getting Started with Poultry class at the Extension Center on Monday, February 27th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Meet Logan Miller, poultry extraordinaire and Grange Co-op animal expert. She will explain how to get started with chickens and turkeys! She loves questions, so please come and visit us!

Please RSVP with the 4-H office if interested. We need at least 6 youth to make this happen. 541-776-7371. Thanks!

Save the Date: Oregon 4-H Outdoor Leadership Training

Are you planning to be a camp counselor?

Oregon 4-H is offering the first ever Outdoor Leadership Training this year! What's more, the state will be offering huge fee discounts for the first so many folks to sign up! What's even more, Steven is planning to attend this event at the 4-H Center and, if we have enough youth from our county attend, will be able to provide free transportation!

Registration Opens: March 1

Retreat Dates: May 5-7

Looking for Camp Counselors!

Jackson County 4-H is excited to announce 4-H summer camp at Camp Myrtlewood for 2023!

We are looking for Camp Counselors who are in 8th-12th grade to volunteer for the 2023 4-H overnight camp season at Camp Myrtlewood in Myrtle Point, Oregon. Volunteer camp counselors gain valuable job experience, learn about leadership and responsibility, and become role models for the 4th-7th grade campers. 4-H Camp Myrtlewood will occur between July 24 and July 28. 4-H and non-4-H youth from Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Douglas, Lake, and Coos County in Oregon are welcome to apply. Applicants for camp counselor must be 16+ years old by July 1, 2023 (completed 10th grade) and applicants for CIT (counselor in training) must be 14-15 years old (completed 8th or 9th Grade). If you're younger, be on the lookout for camp registration later this Spring--campers can be ages 9-13!

Apply Here!

Horse Project Survey

The Horse supers would love to get input from your clubs for the April 29th event they are planning. Horse members, fill out the following link!


Pick Up Your Calendars!

The Jackson County 4-H Association generously donated these custom calendars for parents, leaders, and members to write in all deadlines important for the 2022-23 4-H year! Calendars can be picked up for free at 569 Hanley Rd., Central Point, OR. Thank you for the generous gift 4-H Association Board members!

Information for Leaders

Shooting Sports Volunteer Training Soon

Every year during 4-H recruitment we have dozens of folks in the county reach out with an interest in a 4-H Archery club. For the past few years, unfortunately, we've had to turn kids away from 4-H Archery because we don't have archery-certified volunteers. Archery volunteer certification, like other shooting sports certifications, requires a day of training.

Registration for the March 11 and 12, 2023 Shooting Sports Master Leader Training is open.

Saturday, March 11 (8am-5pm)




Hunting Skill

Sunday, March 12 (8am-5pm)




(Disciplines that don’t fill are subject to cancelation)

Cost is $80/day or $160 for both days. The Jackson County 4-H Association will likely be able to cover the cost. Lunch and curriculum is included. Volunteers must be enrolled, approved and take the Shooting Sports eModules prior to attending the training.

Reach out to 541-776-7371 for information on taking these trainings!

Enrollment Reminder: Clubs Must Have Cloverbud Activities to Have Cloverbud Members

For a club to be eligible to have Cloverbud members, the club must offer activities at least a few times per year specifically designed for Cloverbuds. If your club does not offer Cloverbud activities but younger Cloverbud siblings or children want to join 4-H, then they may enroll in the club "CloverBuddies," which meets at 6PM on the second Tuesday of each month. They can then audit your club from time to time.

Regardless, as per the Jackson County Enrollment Policies, Cloverbud members should have no direct contact with horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, llamas, goats, or dogs in any 4- H activity. It is fine for Cloverbuds to learn about these animals with their club. However, they may not handle them in any way while with their 4-H club or leader.

4-H Resume

The 4-H Resume is a wonderful tool for teaching your members and parents what 4-H is all about. There is a spot for youth to record club and county activities, leadership and community service. Please recommend that members showing at fair turn them into the 4-H office by the record book check date, which is about 3 weeks before fair. Spring fair competitors deadline is May 10.

4-H Resume

Finally, here's an oft-requested form for your convenience (now fillable)!

Animal Science Record

State-wide or Virtual 4-H Opportunities

Market Animal Selection Class Recording

Check out this recording of the Animal Science Webinar: "Market Animal Selection" to learn about selecting a market animal!

OSU Discovering the Scientist Within

Would your kiddos be interested in this event? It is a fun (free) event if your kids have a way to get to Corvallis!

OSU is hosting a free half-day science workshop called Discovering the Scientist Within. The event is designed to nurture girls’ interest in the sciences by providing a program of hands-on activities paired with positive adult women scientist role models. The goal of the workshop is to introduce girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to the STEM fields. Participants are provided the opportunity to meet successful women pursuing a diversity of careers related to science and engineering fields. The event will be held IN PERSON on Oregon State University’s campus in Corvallis, Oregon, on Saturday, March 11th from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Individual pre-registration is required. Registration opens February 3rd and closes March 3rd. Schools are welcome to bus students to the event, but each student must register individually with their parents. For more information, those interested can visit http://beav.es/ZCq, email precollege@oregonstate.edu, or call Emily Nicholson at 541-737-9424.

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4-H Camp Tumbleweed

4-H Camp Tumbleweed is open to youth in 4th-6th grade. Below is a newsletter blurb:

Are you ready to learn new skills, meet new friends, and sing camp songs? It sounds like you’re ready for 4-H Camp Tumbleweed, Survivor Edition! Spend your spring break learning outdoor survival skills, testing your confidence on “the big swing” and exploring the forest on group hikes. You will be grouped with a trained teen camp counselor who will be your guide through camp. You do not need to be a currently enrolled 4-H member to attend, so bring your friends!

Camp Dates: March 28-31

Camp Location: Camp Tadmor near Lebanon, OR

Registration: Open February 1st

Early Bird Registration Cost (ends February 15th): $200

Regular Registration Cost(ends March 5): $220

Payment: Payment will be made online through Idealogic

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Youth Voices in Action - Be a Change Agent!

Looking to get out of the house during spring break? Youth in grades 8 through 12 are invited to attend the Youth Voices in Action leadership conference in Salem, Oregon. Youth will have developing their leadership skills, practicing public speaking, and working in teams while meeting with state agency representatives and legislators to solve real life problems.

There are a limited number of scholarships available through the Katy Zollner Scholarship fund. Deadline for applying for this scholarship is February 10th. The scholarship may say it has “preference” counties but it is open to all youth so feel free to apply! The registration fee will cover food, lodging and conference expenses except for one dinner out.

Check out this link for more information!


$175 early bird till February 15th

$200 February 16th - March 1st (Closed)

Dates for Youth Voices in Action: Tuesday March 28th to Friday March 31st.

Registration is open -- early bird deadline is February 15th -- closes 3/10/2023.

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Community Classifieds

Extension Regional Hiring

Assistant Professor of Practice, Extension Forester

Oregon State University Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) Extension invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice position serving as an Extension Forester for Klamath and Lake counties in Oregon. This is a 12- month, full-time, county-based Extension and fixed-term professorial position based in Klamath Falls, OR. The anticipated starting salary is in the range of $58,008 - $63,000, commensurate with education, skills, and experience. To review posting and apply, go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/131634. Apply to posting # P06446UF. For full consideration, apply by March 15. Closing date of March 31, 2023 is subject to change without notice to applicants. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

Summer Extension Interns

Heads up, shortly, we will be recruiting summer interns in each Southern Region Counties.

Community Classifieds (not endorsed by OSU, but provided as a service)

Horse Farm Job for 4-H Member

Monday - Friday - 2 hrs/$40/day

Great position for a reliable high school student just a couple hours per day. Afternoon/early evening horse feeding and paddock cleaning, some grooming, hoof picking, blanketing when needed. Farm sitting possible while away. Would prefer someone living close by. We are on Blackwell Road, 1 mile from Gold Hill. Horse experience required. Call 541-636-1191

Free Rooster for a 4-H Member!

Amy Polsky is looking to donate an ~1-year-old Houdan rooster named Kozi to a 4-H member who raises poultry. She can be reached at 808-870-3391! See the photos below!
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Our activities are open to all who meet the appropriate age requirement. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made no later than five days prior to the event to Lena Hosking, 4-H Educator lena.hosking@oregonstate.edu

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