Family Newsletter - March 24, 2022
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March upcoming events, activities & deadlines
Ambassador Meeting - March 28
Join us for our next Ambassador Meeting on Monday, March 28 at 6 PM via Zoom! We will be discussing our upcoming Ambassador Development & Social event, as well as brainstorming for summer! If you are in 7th grade and above, and interested in developing your leadership skills, join us on Monday!
Contact Megan with any questions at email@example.com
Looking forward to April/May
Don't miss out! Register by April 1
Join us for Creative Arts Night on Friday, April 8 at Hooley Hall
Cost will be $15/participant. Payments should be made out to Washington County 4-H and sent to
Washington County 4-H
14949 62nd Street North
Stillwater, MN 55082
No refunds after April 1.
Pizza will be served for dinner.(gluten free can be added under food allergies)
A. Wood burning – This class teaches texture and shading techniques that will be used to decorate a wooden item. You’re welcome to bring a pattern you want to burn from home or make up your own on the spot; there will also be a variety of patterns and ideas provided at class.
B. Paper cup May Day basket weaving – This craft is for kids to make and gift to a friend or keep themselves. Using a paper cup to decorate a basket that you fill with fresh or paper flowers to give as a May Day gift. These baskets can also be made into creative storage for odds and ends! This craft is ideal for all skill levels and varying levels of individualized supervision.
C. Household Crochet - Learn how to crochet! We will learn how to use a variety of crochet stitches in our projects. We will be creating coasters, dishrags, or hot pads to use around your house! This will be a great introduction to crochet.
D. Marble Oil Painting & Card Marking – Learn the art of printing multi-color swirled or stone like patterns on paper. Then utilize pre done marble oil painting to make Mother’s day or other greeting cards.
E. Paper Bead Making – Learn this craft from the Victorian age of rolling scraps of paper. Bring your own paper scraps or utilize the provided collection of paper. The beads will be finished Mod Podge to give them durability to be used for jewelry or beaded curtains.
Don't miss out, register today!
Dog Project Updates
Dog Training is right around the corner! Please pre-register here along with completing your Dog ID below. We use the registration to organize the training classes. Dog Orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th at 6 PM in Hooley Hall. This is an opportunity to meet the trainers, learn more about the different training areas to participate in, and answer any questions you may have. Dogs do not need to be brought to the orientation. Demonstration Night will be held the following Tuesday, April 19th at 6 PM at Performing Arts Pavilion. Training will begin the following Tuesday, weather permitting.
All dogs must be ID’ed prior to attending training, so don’t forget to schedule your vet visits and complete your ID! The Dog ID needs to be uploaded into your 4HOnline account to be considered complete.
Print the Dog ID form and bring it with you to your veterinarian appointment.
Club Leader Meeting
Washington County 4-H Club Leaders are invited to attend our Spring Club Leader Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, beginning at 7:00 pm. This meeting will be held over zoom. A link will be sent to all Club Leaders as the time gets closer. Megan and Ann will provide updates, along with upcoming programs and events. As always, there will be time for questions and sharing!
April STEM Workshop
Spring is just around the corner! We want to be ready for those May flowers. But how do those come to be? On April 30th, Washington County 4-H is partnering with our Master Gardeners to provide our 3rd through 6th-grade members an opportunity to learn all about plant science. Some activities with include planning your own perfect pizza garden, learning about different vegetables and fruits, and much more! Please register by April 20th at the following link: https://z.umn.edu/April2022stemworkshop.
If you have any questions, contact Caitlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Performing Arts Night
Mark your calendars for 7 PM on Friday, May 13th at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Performing Arts Night is an event to showcase the many talents of individuals or groups showcasing Talent Acts, such as, singing, dancing, musical instruments, monologue, etc. In addition to Talent Acts, Clubs can present a Share the Fun skit and/or One Act Play. We know there are many talented 4-Hers in our county so don’t hesitate to register.
The Performing Arts winners will be invited to perform on-stage at the County Fair. Our top two Share the Fun acts will be invited to perform at the Minnesota State Fair! We hope to see many One Act Plays and Share the Fun skits to fill our evening of entertainment. Club leaders; please consider a talented adult or youth volunteer to lead your members in a fun-filled play.
NEW THIS YEAR - Performing Arts will NOT be judged during general project entry day (July 30), they will be the talent portion of the evening. If you are planning to enter a Performing Arts project for the 2022 County Fair, your judging will take place on May 13th, 2022. Register for Talent Acts here.
Reach out to Megan with any questions at email@example.com.
Summer is right around the corner!
Summer Resident Camp filling fast!
4-H summer camp at Baker Outdoor Learning Center is a great way to have fun, meet new friends and explore new things! Campers will spend three days and two nights at camp enjoying swimming, nature activities, games, crafts, educational programs, cabin life, campfires and more! Camp is led by Baker Near Wilderness staff, 4-H Extension educators and high-school aged camp counselors (grades 9–12+). Gather your friends and sign-up. You won't want to miss this amazing camp opportunity this summer! Camp is open to all youth!
Registration fee includes meals and lodging for three days/two nights, camp programming, supplies, transportation, and camp t-shirt. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Payment must be included with registration form to secure your spot. Registration closes when camp is full or on May 13, whichever occurs first.
Registration is not complete until payment has been received. Scholarships are available. Contact 4-H Extension educator in your county for more information on scholarships.
*Non 4-H members are welcome to attend camp but must complete 4-H membership registration and pay membership dues. Contact the 4-H Extension educator in your county for 4-H enrollment materials.
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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org a pic of their Completed On-Line Certificate to register for Field Day.
Any questions can be directed to Tim Warmka at; email@example.com
Trained adult leaders NEEDED! Please see below under volunteer opportunities for times and locations.
**NEW** Regional Club Leader Training
You are invited to register to attend the Central Region Roundtable for New 4-H Club Leaders. This is specifically planned for club leaders who have been in the role for two or fewer years. We know that being a club leader during this timeframe has been especially challenging due to the chaos of COVID and therefore you may or may not have experienced what it’s “normally” like being a club leader. You may have likely had to figure out how to meet virtually, in-person and even in a combination of both of these and may now be facing some unique challenges in revitalizing your club. Based on feedback from other new club leaders in our region, we are offering this as an opportunity to share ideas, troubleshoot challenges, and get support for the important work you are doing with young people in 4-H. This will also be an exciting opportunity to connect with leaders both from and outside of your county.
Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Register online at https://z.umn.edu/LeaderRoundtable by April 8.
Animal Science News
We're rounding up horse enthusiasts.
Join us for our first 4-H Horseless Horse Project Learning Day! Are you interested in horses?
Did you know that you do not have to have a horse to join 4-H and the horse project?
Would you enjoy learning about horses from other 4-H youth who want to share their horse sense with you?
* Meet a horse and learn about horse behavior and safety around horses.
* Learn about horse ownership, grooming, care and basic equine first aide.
* Play a game while learning about basic horse anatomy.
* Learn about areas of the 4-H horse project that do not require a horse.
Come meet new friends and learn what 4-H and the 4-H Horseless Horse Project are all about! If interested in joining us at St. Croix Knoll Stable this April. Please let us know by signing up here!
Horse Tack Sale
Interested in buying or selling tack gear and/or supplies? If so, plan to attend the State Horse Expo on April 14, 15, 16 held at the state fairgrounds. Volunteers are needed to help with the Tack Sale! Funds are used for the State Horse Program. For information on how you can help, go to:
The Carver County Rabbit Project Development Committee (PDC) is sponsoring a workshop, open to ALL 4-H families. Join us for some fun educational activities, as well as hearing from Dr. Katrina Gustafson, DVM, on what to watch for with the RHDV2 virus. Connect with other 4H'ers and make plans for future events. Youth do not have to be enrolled in the poultry project to attend, but must be enrolled in 4-H. Register under EVENTS in 4HOnLine. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Get Into Goats!
Join us at the Wadena County Fairgrounds (400 Ash Ave, Wadena, MN 56482) as we explore the world of Goats! Learn from industry and show professionals about goat selection, nutrition, housing, trimming and showing. This is a series for the whole family, with special sessions for adults that will provide how to instructions for goat IDs and enrolling in 4-H Online, how to maintain accurate 4-H records, the cost of raising goats and the future of goat farming.
Saturday April 23rd 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday June 4th 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday October 1st 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Open to all MN 4-H families! Sign up at https://mn.4honline.com
(search for 2022 Wadena Goat Camp)
Session #1: Held at the 4-H Building. Families will start out by learning more about Meat Goats and Dairy Goats. They will hear about housing, fencing and physical needs of their goats. Speakers will talk about biosecurity and goat nutrition. Youth will learn how to identify goat types/breeds and will leave day #1 knowing what to look for when purchasing their first goat.
Session #2: Session #2 will be held at the Wadena County Fairgrounds – Show Arena. Bring your own goat (if you have one) to learn about fitting, trimming, staging and showing. There will also be a mock showmanship class to prepare exhibitors for
the county fair. No additional cost for this session.
Session #3: Session #3 will be held at the Wadena County Fairgrounds – 4-H Building. Families will have the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments, complete 4-H records and look ahead to the next year’s goals. No additional cost for this session.
Cost: $30 per family for all 3 sessions
(includes lunch & snacks)
Make Check Payable to Wadena County 4-H. Mail to
221 Harry Rich Drive, Wadena, MN 56482 or bring
payment to the first day of camp.
I currently have a wonderful rabbit that we are looking to rehome with a 4-H family. He is 4-H standard bred, BEW mini Holland lop and would be a great learning rabbit for someone. He is 4.5 years old, super sweet and my daughter is no longer involved in the program and I’d love to see him in a home with more time than she has. If interested please contact Melaney Barba at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-424-6063.
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
Sign up to be a 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! Stillwater & Forest Lake areas
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 needed to be identified by the Feb. 15th ID deadline. Information was emailed directly to those enrolled in the beef project in mid January and again February 7th.
- 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 24 - 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 future years.
- 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.
June 13-15 - Minnesota 4-H Livestock Judging Camp: St. Paul Campus
Do you have youth in your 4-H program that would like to learn more about livestock evaluation? Do you have young members on a general livestock judging team who need help with structuring, completing and presenting a set of oral reasons? Are you interested in starting a livestock judging team in your county? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Minnesota 4-H Livestock Judging Camp is the event they should participate in! Presented by the University of Minnesota livestock judging team and Coach Kyle Rozeboom, youth will learn the fundamentals of judging and evaluation.
June 23 - 25 - Gopher Dairy Camp: St Paul Campus
Gopher Dairy Camp is open to youth who have completed grades six through nine but haven’t yet started grade ten. It is hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Gopher Dairy Club in cooperation with the Minnesota 4-H Dairy Project Committee and Minnesota Livestock Breeders’ Association. This camp offers unique workshops, which will allow attendees of all skill levels to improve their skills in cattle grooming, showmanship and industry knowledge. Attendance is limited to the first 100 youth who register for the event.
- 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
- 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
Minnesota 4-H requires that adult volunteers be certified to train the various disciplines of the Shooting Sports Program. If you are interested in becoming a Certified Trainer, you must become a screened 4-H volunteer prior to completing the Shooting Sports Leader Training. To become a screened volunteer, go to; https://sites.google.com/umn.edu/4-h-volunteer/apply-or-renew/apply
Shooting Sports Instructor Trainings - Upcoming Certified Leader Trainings:
• April 9th (Rifle/Pistol with a focus on .22 and Shotgun) - Spring Valley
• April 30th (Archery, R/P, Wildlife, Shotgun and Muzzleloader) - Alexandria Shooting Park
• May 7th (Archery, R/P, Wildlife, Shotgun and Muzzleloader) - Redwood Falls
Registration for these events is now available. Registration information can be found here; .https://extension.umn.edu/4-h-events/4-h-shooting-sports-and-wildlife-leader-certification
Volunteers must recertify every 7 years.
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:
- April 6 - RentWise 101
- April 14 - Consejos para rentar una vivienda (Tips for renting a home)
- 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
- April 20 - Creating Balance in the Chaos
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
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:
Family Bingo Night was a success!
A good time was had at the "beach" (Hooley Hall) a few weeks ago during Family Bingo Night! Hoping to make this a yearly event. A special thanks to Jim & Heather Verdick, Rademacher's (Dean, Ellen, Abbey) for helping make this a special evening.
Washington County was well represented at the recent BLU/TEEL conference held the last weekend of February at the University of MN - St. Paul Campus. Congrats to our youth who attended the weekend's conference to grow their leadership skills! Taylor Borut, Brynna Henningfeld, Norah Leyde, Shealy Murphy, Ethan Schieffer, Addison Strohus and Norah Webb.
Washington Jr. Horse Team
Jr. Horse Team members were; Kylie Montgomery, Shealyn Murphy, Addison Strohfus, Peyton Smith and Keira White.
Congratulations to both teams on your hard work!
Many thanks to our coaches! Liberty Belter, Jr Team coach, and Carrie Frantzick, Sr. Team coach from Chisago County! Your time and energy to coach these youth is appreciated!
St. Croix Clovers
In February, the St Croix Clovers brought valentines to a nursing home. The residents loved them, so much so that we might go there another time and bring what we’re working on for the fair. We made food to feed 22 children for a year at Feed My Starving Children on February 26th. At Baytown Hall the St Croix Clover’s had their monthly meeting. One act and Share the Fun, our little plays at the Performing Arts Festival, are off to an amazing start! The One act play they are performing is a reenactment of “The Pied Piper.” We had our federal meeting in which we discussed different fun things planned, like the Campout which is on June 10th, and an outdoor game night in May. It can’t just be me who’s super excited about those two events. The St Croix Clovers are having another Simple’s Soup fundraiser, starting March first. We've welcomed many new members into our club these past months, and look forward to seeing many more new faces in coming months.
Respectfully Submitted by,
St Croix Clover’s reporter.
Gertens is hiring!
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. New Family Survey.
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