Friday Forecast 3/24/2023
Dakota County 4-H Weekly Newsletter
Welcome to the Dakota County 4-H Friday Forecast
March 18 Regional Project Bowl team results
The 4-H Regional Project Bowl event was held in Redwood Fall on Saturday, March 18 and Dakota County had 12 4-H’ers participating! Here are the results:
Jr. Rabbit, Blue team 1: Cooper W., Allison C., Jens K., Grant B.
Jr. Rabbit, White team: Katrina D., Henry H., Lilly K., Abbi I. - advancing to state contest
Sr. Rabbit team: Chloe H., Allison D., Jack C., Lucas D. - advancing to state contest
Horse project kicks off year with Boot Camp!
Over 50 people, many new families, attended the 4-H Horse Boot Camp event on Tuesday, March 21, at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center in Farmington. Ladybug, the young miniature horse, was the star of the event! Youth and families were given information on the various disciplines offered and over $100 in prizes were awarded. A huge thank you to the Horse PDC members for organizing and hosting this fun event! Learn more about the 4-H horse project.
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.
Lucky U Stables Hosting Upcoming Horseless Horse Meetings
This program, led by youth leaders involved with the Horseless Horse and Horse projects, will allow youth to work with horses in a variety of ways while on the ground. Each session will include an education piece and hands on activities with horses.
What: Horseless Horse Project Meetings
Who: Youth 3rd grade and up
Where: Lucky U Stables, 11050 Manning Ave S, Hastings
When: April 4, 18, May 2, 16, June 6 and 20, July 18
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Registration: Horseless Horse program registration closes May 15. For assistance with registration, please refer to the 4-H Online event registration guide
Waiver: Complete waiver prior to attending.
Cost: $25 per participant; checks payable to Dakota County 4-H, please mail or drop off to: Dakota County 4-H, 4100 220th Street West, Suite 101, Farmington, MN 55024 with 'HLH' noted in the memo line of your check.
Youth will be required to wear horse riding helmets when in proximity to the horses for in-person events (4-H does supply the helmets for youth to use during the practices). Dress appropriately for the weather, the barn can be chilly.
Contact Kirsten at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or for more information.
Youth leaders wanted for an overnight 4-H camp!
Earn volunteer hours, and build leadership skills while creating core memories for yourself and others. Staff are looking for positive youth leaders who enjoy working with youth, are okay with nature and want to add sunshine to their summer. 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. Click here for the camp counselor application.
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. In order to apply for this award, youth 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 Livestock PDC and animal science workshop planning followed by State 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 Livestock PDC meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. where youth and adults attendees will discuss and plan workshops, guest presenters, and bonus trip applications. A webinar hosted by the state animal science team follows from 7 to 8 p.m.
During the webinar they'll highlight system-wide policies and processes to strengthen the animal science program, discuss updates connected with livestock species, and offer educational resources. We hope you'll join us! Any questions contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jessica Beissel at email@example.com.
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
Inclusive 4-H Retreat - April 15
Are you interested in creating safe and welcoming spaces in your 4-H clubs or project events? Are you excited about helping make 4-H an inclusive space for youth of all abilities? This is an exciting opportunity for you!
Date: April 15
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Location: University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Registration: Register by Monday April 3.
The Inclusive 4-H Retreat is a half-day training for 4-H volunteers and youth in the central region area. This retreat is designed for volunteers, 4-H’ers, and their family members. Content is best for youth 6th grade and older. The purpose of the retreat is to provide an overview of ways to include youth with disabilities from diverse communities in your 4-H clubs. You will learn about creating welcoming environments, engaging youth in activities, and developing relationships. You do not need to have any prior knowledge or experience to attend this workshop. Workshop will be hands on participants will walk away with activities and ideas you can use right away in your 4-H spaces. Each attending household will receive a $25 gift card.
Contact: Anna Gilbertson, Extension Educator, Anoka County, email@example.com or Darcy Cole, Extension Educator, McLeod County, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics Training - June 23
Who: Youth 6th grade and above that would take a state fair livestock trip
When: Friday, June 23 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Krueger Farm, 9819 Neal Ave. So., Hastings
Cost: $5 per 4-H'er; money collected at the event
Register: Deadline to register is Tuesday, June 20.
Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics (LQA&E) training is required of any youth 6th grade and above that would take a state fair livestock trip. It is required for youth exhibiting dairy, beef, sheep, swine, goats, llama, rabbit and poultry. Livestock Quality Assurance training helps youth provide excellent care for their food animals and ensure a high level of food safety to consumers. It is designed to enhance the educational experience of 4-H animals science projects. Training must be completed before your county fair.
Questions should be directed to Rachel Rezac, email@example.com or Ann Church firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the MN 4-H LQAE training page for additional training dates.
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