4-H Family Newsletter - March 9, 2023
This newsletter highlights
- Horse PDC/Camp planning meeting - March 13
- Horse Project Learning Day - March 18
- Ambassador meeting - March 27
- Performing Arts Festival registration deadline - April 1
- New Family meeting - April 3
- Arts-In Student Director application - due April 3
- Dog Orientation - April 4 (time to get your vet appointments scheduled)
- Summer Camp - limited spots available, sign up now!
- SAVE THE DATE section is always being updated, check it out.
Upcoming County Events & Activities
Performing Arts Night Registration - Due April 1
Join us at the Stillwater Middle School Auditorium on Friday, April 14th starting at 6 PM for Performing Arts Night! This is an opportunity for clubs to put together Share the Fun skits, One Act Plays, and for individual Talent Acts! All Performing Arts Projects will be judged on April 14th, there will be NO Performing Arts judging at the County Fair. See descriptions for each category below and register NO LATER than April 1st. Contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Share the Fun Guidelines and Registration
One Act Play Guidelines and Registration
Student Director Applications - Due April 3
It’s that time of year again, Arts-In is looking for Student Directors! As a Student Director, you will work in cooperation with the directors to put together all aspects of the show - script development, music selection, teambuilding activities, and a specific area of interest (performing, band, and technical). It is preferred that you have prior Arts-In experience. Applications are due April 3rd. Reach out to Megan at email@example.com with any questions!
Dakota/Washington 4-H Camp - Registration Open!
Don’t delay to register for our popular overnight camp with Washington and Dakota County 4-Hers, held June 12-14! Camp will once again be held at Baker Outdoor Learning Center in Maple Plaine, MN. Campers will participate in outdoor adventures, wilderness challenges, crafts, campfires, making new friends, and so much more!
Campers must have completed 3-8th grade (as of June 2023). Bus transportation will be provided from the Dakota County Northern Service Center in West St. Paul. Cost will be $150 per camper. Register and pay online through your 4HOnline account. Registration will close on May 12, or when camp is full. Limited spots available; register today!
Contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Resident Camp Counselor Application (Due Mar. 30)
Calling all youth leaders interested in being a 4-H Resident Camp Counselor! Camp counselors provide camp games, lead cabin activities, and supervise all aspects of your campers’ day. Selected camp counselors assist in planning camp and receive required counselor training throughout the planning process. Join us at Baker Outdoor Learning Center from June 12-14, 2023 for lots of fun, leadership, and lifelong friendships. Counselors must have completed 9th grade by the start of summer camp. Deadline to apply is March 30, 2023. Contact Megan at email@example.com with any questions. Apply to be a camp counselor here!
Need ideas for upcoming Spring Breaks? The solution - start working on County Fair Projects!
Most 4-H youth would say that the highlight of their 4-H experience is the county and/or state fair. The county fair provides youth an opportunity to showcase their projects and what they have learned over the past year. Most project areas (except for Photography and Creative Arts) do not have a limit on how many exhibits can be entered. Spring break season will soon be here, what better time than to start forming some ideas and getting a start on those fair projects! Need ideas on what to bring to the county fair? Check out the resource guide at: 4-H County Fair Project Ideas
Remember to keep General/Static Project Judging Day open! - Saturday, July 29
County Fair week is; Wednesday, August 2 - August 6! Don’t miss the fun!
New Family Night - April 3
4-H staff will host a New Family Orientation starting at 6:30 PM on Monday April 3 at the Stillwater Government Center. Topics covered will include; 4-H basics, project areas, upcoming spring project registrations, animal ID deadline and more. We will allow extra time for your questions! If you can join us, please pre-register at z.umn.edu/WashingtonNewFamilyNight
Pheasants Forever Fundraiser (Due Apr. 24)
The Washington County 4-H Shooting Sports program is participating in a Pheasants Forever fundraiser this year to help keep the costs of the Shooting Sports project down for the families who participate. We are selling raffle tickets for $10 each. 100 percent of the proceeds from the Pheasants Forever raffle ticket sales will go back to the Washington County 4-H Shooting Sports program!
There are five awesome prizes for the raffle:
1st place is a CZ-USA 1210 Shotgun
2nd place is a $1000 Joe's Sporting Goods gift card
3rd place is a $500 Joe's Sporting Goods gift card
4th place is a $100 Joe's Sporting Goods gift card
5th place is a $50 Joe's Sporting Goods gift card
Checks can be made payable to: Washington County Pheasants Forever
The raffle drawing will occur on May 9, 2023. Retain the stub with the purchasers contact information (the purchaser retains the descriptive portion of the ticket). All unsold tickets, checks and cash must be returned to one of the Shooting Sports trainers or the 4-H Extension Office in Stillwater by Monday, April 24, 2023.
Please contact Ann at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating in this fundraiser. We can mail the tickets to your home or you can arrange for a pickup. All 4-H families are welcome to participate in this fundraiser!
2023 Shooting Sports Registration (Due by May 15)
Registration material has been emailed to all families enrolled in the Shooting Sports Project for the 2023 year. If you did not receive that email, please go into your 4honline account and enroll in the Shooting Sports Project, this will ensure you receive future emails.
You can find the forms to register on our website at; Washington County 4-H website
Here are the 4 steps to register;
- Enroll in 4-H and the Shooting Sports project through your family account in 4honline.
- 4-H’ers registering for 22 Rifle, Trap, and/or Black Powder must have complete a Fire Arms Safety course prior to participating in these 4-H disciplines. Fire Arms Safety courses are offered in various locations. In addition, Oakdale Gun Club requires a signed waiver (you will find at the website link above). If you are participating in 22 Rifle, Trap and/or Black Powder, please make sure the Oakdale consent is signed and returned to our office either through the mail or scanned and emailed.
- Complete the Shooting Sports registration form by May 15.
- There is a $40.00/participant or $80.00 max per family to help cover expenses of the program. Payment must be received before attending training. Checks need to be made out to Washington County 4-H mailed to the office at; Washington County 4-H, 14949 62nd St. N., Stillwater, MN 55082. Scholarship money is available if needed, contact our office for information.
Tell us about your favorite volunteers
National 4-H volunteer week is coming up April 16-22. We are so fortunate to have many special volunteers in Washington County. Take a minute and tell us how that special person(s) made a positive 4-H experience for you or your family. Just a sentence or two about someone from your club, an activity or project area who made a difference. If you have a photo, even better! This can be from both members and adults. Please email that information to Kathy at email@example.com by April 1.
Animal Science News
Horse Project Development Committee Meeting - March 13
Youth and adults interested in getting more involved in the Horse Project are welcome to attend the upcoming Horse PDC meeting scheduled for Monday, March 13th beginning at 6:30 pm at the Stillwater Gov’t Center. To learn more, contact Ann at; firstname.lastname@example.org
Horse Camp Meeting - March 13
The Horse Camp Committee will meet on Monday, March 13th beginning at 7:30 pm at the Stillwater Gov’t Center. If you would like to help with Horse Camp, please contact Lisa Kalka at; email@example.com or Ann at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Llama - Alpaca project meetings continue - March 14
4-H members have an opportunity to learn and work with Llama’s, thanks to the generosity of Dan Whittaker. The next project meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 28 at Hooley Hall on the fairgrounds beginning at 7:00 pm. Dan will introduce the llama/alpaca project along with basic terminology and care of the animals prior to working with the live animals on his farm later in the spring. If you are interested, please contact Dan directly at; email@example.com or Ann Church at; firstname.lastname@example.org If any of these meetings are canceled due to weather, a message will be left at; 651-430-6809.
Horse Project Learning Day - March 18
Join us on Saturday, March 18 at the Oakdale Library (1010 Heron Ave. N, Oakdale, MN 55128) from 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM.
Check in 9:30-9:45 AM
Come learn from our speakers on these topics:
•4-H horse project
•Equine nutrition and body condition
Make and take horse related craft
Parents encouraged to join 4-H youth in this learning event!
(Donation to 4-H horse project welcome at event)
Attendance limited to first 30 registered
Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics Training - June 23
Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics 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. We designed it to enhance the educational experience of 4-H animals science projects.
Washington County 4-H will be offering Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics Training on Friday, June 23 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm at the Krueger Farm located in the south end of the county. Watch for more details to come!
Dog Training - starting soon!
Dog training begins with orientation scheduled for Tuesday, April 4 at Hooley Hall beginning at 6 p.m. All dog project members and a parent are expected to attend this orientation, even if you have participated in previous years. If you are unable to attend orientation, please register for training and the Dog project so we know who is interested.
You cannot start training without proper vaccinations and a completed Dog ID form. All dogs' shots must be up to date and signed by your veterinarian.
We will have a dog training demonstration day on Tuesday, April 11 at Hooley Hall at 6 p.m. that we encourage you to attend as well to get more of a feel regarding what the classes actually are. The schedule will be explained more fully at orientation with training starting the following week, weather permitting.
Contact Megan Slater with any questions at email@example.com.
Washington County Dog Training registration
Joining the Dog Project? Here are some tips to start a bond with your dog and set you out on the right foot!
Animal Science Mentor Families Needed
We are looking for youth and/or adults willing to mentor new families in animal science projects. If you have some experience in the beef, dairy, sheep, swine, dairy/market goat, llama, rabbit or poultry projects and would be willing to help a new family get started, please contact Ann at; firstname.lastname@example.org let us know! We will match you up as we get requests. If you are a new family looking for some help getting started in animal science projects, let us know and we will do our best to match you up!
Ambassador Meeting - March 27
Our next Ambassador Meeting will be held on Monday, March 27 from 6-7 PM at the Washington County Government Center. We will be putting the finishing touches on the upcoming Cloverbud Workshop, solidifying our service project plans, all while playing games and having fun! Treats will be provided. Contact Megan at email@example.com with any questions.
Youth Leadership Opportunity
Looking for youth voice on the Washington County Extension Committee. There are two open positions on the Washington County Extension Committee for youth in grades 9-12 who live in Washington County. These positions are important in providing input to the University of Minnesota Extension and Washington County partnership, which includes the 4-H and Extension Master Gardener program. The commitment is five evening meetings a year for a one year term. Please contact Tammy McCulloch, Extension Regional Director to learn more and apply at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-735-6161. What a great way to learn about local government, build your resume and ensure that Extension programs address community needs!
Upcoming and continuing state wide events
Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Opportunities (YELLO) - June 13-16
The Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors are excited to announce that the 2023 YELLO leadership conference will take place 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 how to take future action.
- Youth-led leadership learning: The State Ambassadors select a leadership-related topic to focus on for the year. They engage with topical experts and/or practitioners to gain a deeper understanding of the related research and then build age-appropriate lessons to deliver during the event.
- Service and education: Participants engage in hands-on service to learn about civic responsibility while also making positive contributions to the community. This year’s service focus is on food insecurity.
- Deep dives and workshops: Youth engage with the campus and/or community to learn deeply about special topics while gaining understanding of potential future careers, academic programs, or other opportunities for engagement in 4-H and beyond.
- Exploring Bemidji: Youth will get an opportunity to have some fun in the community! This could include seeing local attractions, attending arts and cultural events, or visiting other entertainment venues.
- Social events: Youth will be able to network with one another in fun ways. In the past, this has included talent shows, game nights, dances, etc.
Registration for YELLO will open in April. The cost to attend YELLO is $275, with an additional $50 fee for opting in to ride the bus. Youth will register via 4-H Online.
Virtual Horseless Horse
Interested in learning more about horses? We are excited to offer an online series for all horse enthusiasts to learn more about horses.
We will meet once a month in a virtual setting. There will be additional supplemental material that youth can work on with others or by themselves to explore each topic further.
This virtual series will be held on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-8 p.m.
Learn more at; 4-H horseless horse round up | UMN Extension
Passport to Tasty Tuesdays... Foods from Around the World
Get your food passports ready as we travel to a different country, learn about their culture and create some of their favorite meals or desserts! Our destination will be a mystery until you get your ingredient list! You don't want to miss out on this exciting food adventure! Our arrival dates for our mystery destinations are: February 14, 28; March 14, 28; April 4 and 11 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Registration is currently open and there is no deadline.
Registration is currently open and there is no registration deadline. To register, log in, or if Registration is new to 4-H, enroll, at https://mn.4honline.com. For assistance, refer to the event registration guide at z.umn.edu/4hEvent
County Events/Activities and Deadlines
- April 4 - 4-H Dog Orientation, learn about how dog training will work in Washington County. Turn in your Dog ID paperwork and training fees. Registrations and forms here!
- April 11 - Dog Demo Night. Learn about the different classes offered through live demonstrations.
- April 18 - Dog Training starts
- April 23 - Tentative start date for Dog Agility.
- July 29-30 - County 4-H Dog Show
- July 20 - SAVE THE DATE!
- March 13 - Horse Project Development Committee Mtg. - 6:30 PM Stillwater Government Center
- March 13 - Horse Camp Meeting - 7:30 PM Stillwater Government Center
- March 18 - Horse Project Day - Save the date!
- June 11 - 14 - Washington County Horse Camp (Registration emailed to horse members early April)
- February 15 - Market Beef/Dairy Steer ID deadline
- March 14 - Llama Project Mtg. - 7:00 PM @ Washington County Fairgrounds
- May 15 - Animal ID deadline (Dog, Horse, Llama, Rabbit, Dairy, Breeding Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goat (market & dairy) and leased poultry).
- June 23 - In person Livestock Quality Assurance Training - 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Krueger Farm, Cottage Grove, MN
- April 14 - Performing Arts Night - Performing Arts Night will be held on Friday, April 14 at the Stillwater Middle School Auditorium from 6-9 PM. Now is the time to start brainstorming your One Act Plays and Share the Fun skits with your clubs! All Performing Arts performance and non-performance acts will once again be judged on this night. Reach out to Megan Slater at email@example.com or Avis Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Save the Date - Arts-In Encampment
Arts-In is a 30-minute original musical performed daily at the Washington County Fair and twice at the Minnesota State Fair. The show is put together over the 4-day encampment held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in July. The cast consists of performers, band members, and the technical crew. The 2023 dates include:
Auditions - July 9
Encampment - July 16-19
Dress Rehearsal - August 1
Washington County Fair - August 2-6
Student Director applications coming soon! Contact Megan Slater at email@example.com with any questions.
- April 24 - Final date to turn in Pheasants Forever Raffle tickets
- May 15 - Final date to register for the Shooting Sports program. Details can be found on our county website. Shooting Sports Information
- June 12-15 - Our popular 4-H Summer Resident Camp will take place at Baker Outdoor Learning Center. Grades 3-8. Registration is now open in 4honline! (Online payment accepted)
- July 10-13 - 4-H Summer Day Camps will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds, Day Camps are open to grades K-6. Registration available late May/early June.
Washington County Fair
- July 1 - County fair registration deadline. Final selection of projects and animals need to be entered in FairEntry by this date.
- July 29 - 4-H General/Static project judging (Saturday)
- July 29-30 - County 4-H Dog Show
- Aug. 2-6 - Washington County Fair
Youth enrollment and animal ID deadline
- May 15, 2023
- Participation is limited after May 15 (Not eligible for champions, auction, premiums or state trips) Blue, red and white ribbons only.
- May 20 - WCMG Plant Sale & Garden Expo - https://washingtoncountymg.org/wcmg-plant-sale/
Graphic Design Contest Winners
Winners of the Graphic Design contest for the Food Stand Signage Contest were chosen on Creative Arts Night. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your talents.
Ice Pops category; Alison Bergmann
Soft Pretzel category; Amanda Augustine
Breakfast at Hooley Hall category; Aemilia Wollak
In February we had a fun time at our Sledding party at Woodridge park. On March 3rd we met for our March meeting. We talked about our food shelf project, performing arts night and a Gerten's plant fundraiser update. We also talked about upcoming activities of maple syrup tapping, 4-H camp and the Cloverbud workshop. The Cloverbuds painted 4-H clovers from handprints. We welcomed Cathy Vogt Master Gardener to help us learn about garden designing and plan ideas for updating our Adopt-a-park garden this summer.
Workers for 2023 Midwest Mopars in the Park National Car Show
Last year, many 4-H’ers enjoyed working at the Midwest Mopars Show held at the Washington County Fairgrounds. 4-H youth will be hired to help at the front gate with putting on Wristbands. Others will be helping park cars.
Dates of the event are; June 2, 3, and 4.
Time: 7:45 am until approximately 4:00 pm
$15.00 an hour CASH. Includes travel time also. Paid at the end of each day. If you are interested, please contact Dan Nielson Director, Midwest Mopars in the Park, Spectator Entry, 763-843-1510 Cell call or text. Dan will need to know if you are interested no later than May 15th.
Many thanks to Cynthia Hammel and Andrea Wollak for coordinating a wonderful Creative Arts Night! Youth had a variety of projects to choose from to learn various skills and techniques. Special thanks to all the instructors; Jon Wollak, Andrea Wollak, Al Hammel, Jena Derung, Beth Hinzman, Cheryll White, Emily Bishman, Joe Hammel and Trillian Patboda along with many parent volunteers!
Volunteer & Club Leader Helpful Resources
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Youth Enrollment Information
4-H Family Tips
Things to do to get off to a good start
Enroll/Re-enroll youth for the 2022-2023 4-H year through 4honline. (4-H year runs from Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) To participate fully in county fair and state events you must be enrolled by May 15.
- Enroll/Re-enroll as an adult volunteer. Complete the process now so you are ready to step in when you want to or are needed. Volunteer application.
- Pay County membership fee $25/youth or $100 max/family (youth only). Scholarships available.
- Once your enrollment is complete you can start registering for events and activities. Save time and complete the enrollment process now. 4honline
- All links and information about enrollment/fees can be found at the end of this newsletter.
Still looking for a club to join?? Contact the club to confirm their meeting place and time. Feel free to attend multiple club meetings to find the right fit for your family. Once you have decided what club to join, please contact the club to make sure you are on their email list.
4-H Clubs in Washington County
Feel like you missed something? All Family Newsletters are posted on our county website under resources.
Enroll before May 15
Families are encouraged to enroll/re-enroll early in the fall to get the most out of 4-H in the coming year. The most important part of re-enrolling is updating your information. Maybe you have a new email, new projects to add, changing to a different club, updating the grade you are in or changing health information. All of this and more can be done though your family account in 4honline. https://v2.4honline.com/
Enrollment is required annually to participate in 4-H! If you have any problems with registrations or need more information on enrollment please contact our office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 651-430-6800. While the 4-H year is a year-round organization, you must be enrolled BEFORE May 15th to avoid any penalties. This is also the deadline that all animals must be identified in your family account if you intend on participating in dog training or showing at the county fair.
Still looking for a club to join?? Please contact the club to make sure you are on their email list.
4-H Clubs in Washington County
Yearly Membership Fee
As you may have noticed, shortly after you enrolled online you were approved. Monthly email reminders are sent to families who have not paid their county fees up until the County Fair. Members who do not pay or fill out a scholarship request are flagged at the county fair. 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. Without this income we will be forced to raise fees for all events.
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 by completing the scholarship form.
Washington County Extension Website
- 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
4-H Event cancellations based on weather
Staff will evaluate weather conditions and make a decision as to whether events will be canceled. Decisions to cancel an event will be based on;
• Forecasted low temperature and wind chill
• Total predicted snowfall
• The ability to safely operate vehicles (ice, snow, visibility)
• If area schools are canceled
To communicate a last minute cancellation, the staff leading the event will update their phone message to reflect the change of plans.
Roles of Local Youth Educators
Ann Church - Livestock (Beef, Dairy, Llama, Sheep, Swine, Poultry, Rabbit), Horse, Shooting Sports, Federation, Community Clubs, Fair, Charters and Finance, Grant writing, Foods & Creative Arts projects.
Megan Slater - Youth Teaching Youth, Ambassadors, Performing Arts, Resident/Day Camps, Dog, Goat and Cloverbud workshops.
Ashton Kulesa - STEM, Project Workshops, New Families, Food Stand, Outreach and Libraries.
Contact information is listed below.
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Principal Office & Administrative Specialist
(651) 430-6800 or (651) 430-6803
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 email@example.com