Friday Forecast 1/6/2023
Dakota County 4-H Weekly Newsletter - January 6, 2023
Welcome to the Dakota County 4-H Friday Forecast
Winter weather cancellation guide for 4-H events
In the event of inclement weather, an email will be sent to registered participants informing them of the status of a 4-H event. It is important to pre-registered by the set deadline so you can be informed of any cancellations. 4-H staff will post cancellations on our Facebook page and on the Dakota County 4-H webpage.
If the weather event is in the morning, please check your email messages before heading out to be sure the event hasn’t been canceled. If schools are canceled due to the weather or Outdoor wind chill of 20 degrees below 0 Fahrenheit or lower, 4-H events, including club meetings need to be canceled.
When there is threatening weather, please use your best judgment when determining if it is safe to travel.
Shooting Sports & Wildlife - holiday party rescheduled to Jan. 10
Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center, 4100 220th Street West in Farmington for our holiday gathering.
Dress up in your favorite holiday outfit – ugly sweater, Christmas sweater, holiday hats, Christmas ties, Rudolph's red nose, whatever festive attire you have!
If you are new to Shooting Sports & Wildlife, or just haven’t been involved yet, come out and get acquainted, meet new friends and learn more about the program.
Please email Coordinator Peter Vogel, firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP, for planning purposes.
Save the date: Sunday, Feb. 5 for the second annual winter picnic.
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.
Re-enroll in 4-H by Jan. 15 to be included final gift card drawing
4-H Online is open for the 2022-23 4-H year! All 4-H members and volunteers must re-enroll each 4-H year. Re-enrollment should be completed before participating in any 4-H event including club meetings, workshops and county and state events.
When re-enrolling you will:
Select your 4-H club
Sign-up for projects; you will only receive email communication for projects you have signed up for so review your project list to be sure you didn't miss a project
Review and update:
Family's contact and demographic information
Each family member's health and emergency contact information
If you have questions or would like to opt-out of 4-H, please email email@example.com
Annual membership dues are due when enrolling
4-H county membership dues of $25/member are paid every year. Dues should be paid before participating in 4-H events including club meeting, workshops, county fair and state event. Family Member Dues Payment Form 2022-2023
Dues payments can be mailed to the Extension Office or placed in the drop box between the front doors of the Extension Office. Scholarships are available to cover dues if needed and can be requested by completing the dues payment form.
Project Bowl practices begin in early January
Project bowl team practices are underway. Watch your email as project bowl coaches will be contacting you with practice details. Check out the state project bowl website for more information about contests, reference material and rules.
How to register in 4-H Online for 4-H events/workshops
Registration for 4-H workshops and events will take place in 4-H Online. The 4-H Online event registration guide has step-by-step instructions to walk you through how to register. To register for an event in 4-H Online, the participant must be an active member in 4-H Online. 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. Please contact Cherie if you have questions.
Learn to crochet! Make a beanie hat - Jan. 14; register by Jan. 10
Class is Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dakota County Extension & Conservation Center, 4100 220th St. West in Farmington on Jan. 14. Space is limited.
Cost is $5 . Supplies provided.
Register for class in 4-H Online by Jan. 10.
4-H Horse Winter Round Up; register by Jan. 16
Join other MN 4-H horse enthusiasts for an exciting three-day, two-night conference of adult and youth leadership and 4-H horse project learning. It's for youth in grades 6 and up who are interested in horses and adult horse project leaders. Winter Round Up includes speakers, educational workshops and many hands-on activities in a beautiful outdoor setting.
In addition to gaining useful information and participating in activities, there are opportunities to share information, network with other horse project leaders and youth, make new friends and have fun!
Date: Feb. 3-5
Location: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro
Audience: Youth in grades 6 and up and adult horse project leaders
Cost: $110 registration fee (paid Jan. 2-16)
Registration: Final registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 16
Register in 4-H Online. For 4-H Online assistance, refer to the event registration guide.
Grade 5+: Program a Thing! part 2 - Jan. 14
Bring your imagination to program a microcontroller and make another Thing! In this second workshop, open to youth in grades 5+ participants will be programming a microcontroller, blinking lights and reading sensors. Youth will use a simple block coding tool so even brand new coders are welcome. Get introduced to the tools and capabilities of microcontrollers and make a Thing that does something! Workshop is Saturday, January 14 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center, 4100 220th St. West in Farmington.
Register via 4-H Online by January 11.
Careers Down on the Farm series starting Jan. 7
Youth in grades K-3: Explore the wonderful world of agricultural careers through hands-on activities and guest speakers webinar series. We’ll learn about being an auctioneer, implement mechanic, and much more from real Minnesota ag professionals! Sessions will be offered on Saturday mornings Jan. 7-28 from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
- Jan. 7: Farm to plate/grocery stores
- Jan. 14: Implement dealer/mechanic
- Jan. 21: Auctioneer
- Jan. 28: Florist
Choose Your 4-H Outdoor Adventure Speaker series - Jan. 9
The next Choose Your 4-H Outdoor Adventure Speaker event is Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. Sign up to receive link to join. Registration required.
Join us for an evening with Jon Zinnel, Conservation & Youth Shooting Sports with Federal Premium, CCI, Remington & HEVI-Shot Ammunition! Jon began his passions in Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife and was one of the first Minnesota and National SS&W Ambassadors. Jon will tell his story through 4-H and the shooting sports industry and conservation efforts.
Additional speaker dates include: Feb. 13, Mar. 13, Apr. 10, May 8.
Virtual plant science trivia nights starting Jan. 12; registration required
Youth may sign up as teams or as individuals. We will help form teams for those signing up as individuals.
Registration open for 2023 Citizenship Washington Focus: June 25-30; register by Jan. 13
- Who: Youth currently in grades 9+ can register to attend; space is limited to 45 youth; chaperones will be needed, but will not be recruited until January.
- How: Register in 4-H Online no later than Jan. 13. First come, first serve basis. If the first 45 spaces are claimed, there is a waitlist option.We'll do our best to accommodate as many on the waitlist as possible. Deposits must be received to hold each space by Jan. 25. If you have a group to register, please contact me to discuss options.
- Fee: Estimated at $2500 - $2800. The final fee will be based on how many youth register, and airfare/transportation costs.
Minnesota 4-H will participate in week four, June 25 - 30 (not including travel dates). If there is significant interest, we may send a second delegation June 18 - 23. Those interested in this option can indicate so here.
Register for BLU and TEEL leadership workshops - register by Jan. 13
Registration is now open for youth leadership workshops BLU and TEEL. Workshops will take place in February and this year's theme is "Seasons of Growth." BLU and TEEL will be held in five different locations throughout the state with one-day and two-day overnight options.
Building Leadership & Understanding (BLU) is a regional leadership workshop focused on building leadership skills and developing an understanding of others. The experience is planned and facilitated by the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors for emerging and developing youth leaders in grades 6 - 9.
Teens Engaged in Emerging Leadership (TEEL), is a companion experience to BLU. TEEL is a leadership workshop focused on developing and advancing skills for youth leaders in grades 10+, and is facilitated by recent alumni and advanced 4-H youth leaders.
4-H Gross Science - Jan. 17-Feb. 21
Join us as we explore our natural world's slimy, stinky, stomach-turning underbelly! We'll be presenting new activities during the winter series with more hands-on projects that make science disgustingly tangible.
Sessions will be held virtually on Tuesdays from Jan. 17 through Feb. 21. The Zoom meeting information and supply lists will be provided upon registration.
Audience - Youth in grades K - 6
Cost - Free
Registration - Register in 4-H Online; registration closes on Jan. 17.
For assistance with registration, please refer to the event registration guide.
Grade K-2: "Windy Winter" Cloverbud Workshop-Jan. 28; register by Jan. 20
Join the fun in a hands-on workshop on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center in Farmington (4100 220th St. W., Farmington). Youth will be engaged in a wind-themed STEM activity, crafts, games and more! Workshops feature age-appropriate programs focusing on fun, safe, non-competitive activities meant to engage youth and create new friendships.
The University of Minnesota Extension 4-H Cloverbud Program is designed specifically for youth in grades Kindergarten through second grade (K-2). Participants must be enrolled in Kindergarten and at least 5 years of age as of Sept. 1 of the current year to enroll as a Cloverbud. Dakota County 4-H Cloverbud members are welcome to bring non-4-H friends (grade K-2) to workshops too!
Participants register for the cloverbud workshop in 4-H Online. Registration is due Friday, Jan. 20. 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.
Additional Cloverbud workshop: Feb. 11, March 4, April 22, May 20
Grade 3-5: "Windy Winter" Sprouts Workshop-Jan. 28; must register by Jan. 20
Registration is due Friday, Jan. 20. 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. Contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the workshop.
Additional Sprouts workshops: Feb. 11, March 4, April 22, May 20
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.
Scholarships available to high school seniors, due March 15
Dakota County 4-H members who are high school seniors that will be graduating in 2023 and will be attending an accredited college, university, community college, or technical college during the fall 2023 quarter/semester are eligible to apply for the following scholarships.
Review each scholarship application for specific application requirements. Please note these scholarships are open to all enrolled Dakota County 4-H members. Contact email@example.com with questions.
Statewide 4-H Photography Challenge - submit entries by Jan. 31
Minnesota 4-H Photography is excited to offer another statewide photography challenge open to youth in grades K-13!
Select your best winter wonderland photo (with no or minimal editing) from the 2022-2023 4-H year and submit it with up to two (2) sentences that explain the photo! More information and rules for the challenge can be found at: Minnesota 4-H Snowscapes Photo Challenge | UMN Extension with rules available here. Photos due to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 p.m. (CST) on January 31, 2023. Top photos will be recognized with a prize and random prize drawing winners will also receive a gift.
Register at: https://z.umn.edu/Snowscapes-Photo-Challenge
Questions? Email email@example.com.
Aerospace Workshop - Feb. 18; register by Feb. 3
Join us for an introductory hands-on workshop learning about the aerospace project for youth grades 3+! On this project day, participants will learn how to build a rocket that they will launch later this spring. At this class, you will have an understanding of science, engineering, and technology.
We ask that an adult stays to assist their project member for this project day.
When: Saturday, Feb. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center, Farmington.
Who: Youth grades 3+
Registration: Register for the aerospace workshop in 4-H Online by Feb. 3. Space is limited.
4-H Animal Discovery: Dog & Poultry begins Feb. 6
Youth in grades 3+ with an interest in animal science are invited to join 4-H Animal Discovery, an exploratory learning series highlighting two animal species: dog and poultry. This 5-session virtual series kicks off on Feb. 6 and continue every other week on Mondays from 7-8 p.m. through April 3. Youth can expect fun, interactive lessons, at-home challenges and group reflection supported by 4-H members, volunteers and staff. Mark your calendars – registration opens Jan. 3. Learn more and register.
Upcoming Cloverbud and Sprouts K-5 Programming!
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.
Participants will engage in hands-on activities, meet new friends, and more!
Workshops are held one Saturday a month, typically from 9-11 a.m. at various locations on the following dates:
Feb. 11 - Robert Trail Library, Rosemount; registration deadline - Feb. 3
March 4 - location TBD; registration deadline - Feb. 24
April 22 - location TBD; registration deadline - April 14
May 20 - location TBD; registration deadline May 12
***Please note: dates, times and locations are subject to change.
The workshops are FREE but registration is required one week before the workshop to ensure enough supplies are on-hand for participants and to allow ambassadors and staff time to order and prepare materials. Spots are limited and registration will be through 4-H Online. Directions for how to complete a 4-H Online event registration can be found here.
Any questions regarding the K-5 programming, contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. The ambassador program is a great way to share your leadership skills while helping your community. The 4-H ambassador program allows youth to take part in activities to help them become leaders and good citizens. A 4-H ambassador is a self-motivated, enthusiastic leader who promotes the organization using the skills, knowledge, and leadership abilities acquired in 4-H. They serve to strengthen the 4-H program through public relations and serve as a positive role model for younger members. Some past activities include: participating in community service projects, planning and leading Cloverbud activities, and promoting 4-H at various events throughout Dakota County.
Meetings are scheduled before Federation at 6 p.m. Additional activities will be held on the off months. Here is a tentative schedule. Please note: dates are subject to change. Parents and guardians are asked to help support the program to ensure compliance with the Safety of Minors policy.
Contact Rachel at email@example.com for more information.
4-H choose your outdoor adventure self guided series
4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP)
WHEP is a hands-on environmental education program dedicated to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat management to youth. It provides participants an opportunity to test their wildlife knowledge in a friendly competition in teams of 3 - 4 similarly aged individuals. The winning senior WHEP team (14 - 19 years old) will have the opportunity to attend the annual national WHEP contest, typically held the last full week of July. 4-H WHEP will replace Wildlife Project Bowl.
The state 4-H WHEP contest will be held April 22, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details to follow!
YELLO 2023: June 13-16
The Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors are excited to announce that the 2023 YELLO leadership conference will beheld June 13-16 at Bemidji State University.
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. YELLO is planned and facilitated by the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors.
What happens at YELLO?
This annual event aims to engage youth in building leadership skills, developing positive relationships with peers and adults, and planning out how to take future action. Activities include youth-led leadership learning, service and education, deep dives and workshop, exploring Bemidji and fun social events.
Registration for YELLO opens in April. More details to come!
Adult Volunteer Opportunities!
Question Persuade Refer (QPR) volunteer training - Jan. 19
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 Abby.
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.