Family Newsletter - May 20, 2021

Welcome to our Family Newsletter! The most up-to-date information about events and activities going on in Washington County 4-H! Please pass along to friends and family that might be interested in attending a 4-H event. You will also receive the monthly Clover Update highlighting regional and state events.

Remember you must be enrolled in 4-H to participate! There are links at the end of this newsletter with more information about enrollment. If you have any problems with registrations or printing forms or need more information on enrollment please contact our office at 430-6800 or email

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Good things are coming our way!

We are thrilled to have not one but two Washington County 4-H alumni working this summer as our 2021 Washington County 4-H Interns. Watch out folks these two have come ready to make this summer the best yet! So let's meet them.

Hi Wash. Co.! My name is Tianna Warner. I go to West Virginia University where I study Forensic Biology and Conservation Ecology. I am so excited to be an intern this summer because I truly loved every second of my 14 years in Washington County 4-H and I gained so much from this program. This summer I am most looking forward to seeing all the happy campers outside having fun, and of course the County Fair!

My name is Grace Verdick and I am so excited to be this year's 4-H summer intern. I was in 4-H for fourteen years and have loved every minute of the program. I just finished my sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin River Falls with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Sociology. This summer I am looking forward to planning, and working at the summer day camps. They have always been such a fun part of the summer in 4-H.

Welcome Tianna and Grace, we are happy to have you part of the team!

Youth Opportunities

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Open to 4-Hers in grades 5 and up! Come join Mark an avid fisherman in Washington County and has taught several community education classes on the subject of fishing. He will be covering some of the topics such as identifying fish in Minnesota, talking about safety practices for fishing and boating, and many more topics. Mark will bring a few different rods to show along with putting on a casting accuracy clinic. This workshop is on May 25 at 6:00 pm at Hooley Hall on the fairgrounds. Sign up today!

Fishing Workshop

Please register by May 24

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Resident Camp - sign up extended to May 24.

The deadline to register for Resident Camp has been extended to May 24th. Limited spots still available, so don’t delay registering!

4-H Camp may still look a little different this year, but we are excited to be going back to Baker Near Wilderness Center to enjoy time together. The experience this summer will be day-long opportunities for youth in grades 3-8 from Washington and Dakota counties to come and learn about a variety of outdoor educational activities. Camp will run from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m, including travel time. We will be offering transportation for members to camp. Bus pick up/drop off will be the Dakota County Northern Service Center, located in West St. Paul.

The cost to attend is $25. Registration will not be considered complete until payment is received.

*Please note that we will be running the same camp for both days of each age group. Youth can select which date they would like to attend on the form. If spots are available, youth can choose to attend both days of camp for each age group - if you are interested in this option indicate on the form that you are available for both dates.

June 14 & 15 - Grades 6-8: Register here!

June 16 & 17 - Grades 3-5: Register here!

Don't miss out, two great day camps coming up!

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June 5th Day Camp - Out in Nature

Feeling a little cooped up lately? Join us at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park for a day outside on June 5th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm! We will be going on a nature bingo walk, doing some nature related crafts, games, and practicing environmental mindfulness. This exciting day is available for youth in K-5th grade. Come enjoy the beautiful state park and finally get some fresh air this summer! Campers should bring their own lunch and dress for the weather. The cost of this camp is free, however, a Washington County Parks pass will need to be purchased the day of the event, for entry into the park. Registration is due June 1st.

*Families will need to purchase a county parks pass to get into the park the day of. Park passes cost $7.

Out in Nature Day Camp

Register by June 1

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June 12th Day Camp - Goat Loads of Fun

You’ve “goat” to be kidding me! Come join us in Scandia at Poplar Hills Dairy Goat Farm on Saturday, June 12th from 12:00 to 3:00 pm. On this fun-filled day, we will take a tour of the farm, meet the goats, do a nature walk, scavenger hunt, make exciting goat crafts, and play some fun 4-H games. This is a great opportunity for youth in grades K-5 to get outside, meet friends, and hang out with some goats!

The cost will be $15 per camper. Registration is due June 4th. Don’t delay registering - limited to the first 20 participants to register.

Goat Loads of Fun Day Camp

Register by June 4

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Join us for a Painting Class

Let’s paint together! Open to grades 3 and up. McCayla Thoe from Selcouth Artistry will be hosting an in-person canvas painting class. Join McCayla on Saturday, June 26 from 9:00- 11:00 am where you will be instructed on how to paint a beautiful canvas picture. The price of this workshop is $25.00, we will then have the materials needed to paint.

McCayla asks that you wear appropriate clothes, some often end up with paint on them, so make sure to wear clothes that you can get a little paint on... just in case

Only 10 spots available so please pre-register no later than June 18th!

LAST CALL - Shooting Sports starts June 7

Welcome to the Washington County Shooting Sports Registration.

2021 Important Updates -

You must be enrolled in 4-H and in the Shooting Sports & Wildlife project area in 4honline. Log into your family account and make sure you are enrolled in the project area and that a consent has been signed. The consent form will automatically pop up when adding the project.

4-H’ers registering for 22 Rifle, Trap, and/or Black Powder must have completed a Fire Arms Safety course prior to participating in these 4-H disciples.

• Summer

Summer sessions for Archery, BB and Pellet will take place on Monday nights at the

Washington County Fairgrounds for grades 3 and up starting June 7.

June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26, Aug 9, 16, 23

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Black powder, .22, and Trap will be Tuesday nights starting June 8 at Oakdale Gun Club for 4-Hers who have their DNR gun safety certificate and have completed 7th grade. Training will take place on the following Tuesday’s-

June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 10, 17, 24

Training: 6 pm – 8:00 pm

State Shoot

State Shoot will take place Sept. 10-12 at the Alexandria Shooting Park. We are unsure of the details at this time but in a typical year, youth must have logged 15 hours/discipline with certified trainers and must attend 8 hours of wildlife training.

We also charge an additional fee of $30.00/participant or $60.00 max per family to help cover expenses of the program. Payment must be received before attending training. Checks should be made out to Washington County 4-H sent to the following address. Those who paid and did not request a refund for the 2020 season will have fees waived for 2021 unless additional family members are added.

Washington County 4-H

14949 62nd Street North

Stillwater, MN 55082

We are also in need of additional volunteers to help with Archery, Rifle as well as other tasks related to coordinating things. Volunteers must be 4-H screened and trainers must also be certified.

If you have questions, please contact Ann Church at

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Arts-In Registration now open!

Arts-In is an immersive performing art and leadership experience. The Arts-In cast will learn an original 30-minute musical show, full of singing, dancing, acting, and fun! All 7th graders and other interested members will learn set and prop construction, sound, and lighting. The show will be performed by the 8th grade+ cast and band 9 times at the Washington County Fair and twice at the MN State Fair.

Auditions will be from 4:30-9 PM at the Washington County Fairgrounds on July 11. The camp will be day-long experiences at the fairgrounds from July 18-21, with no overnights. The cost is $60 ($70 for non-Washington Co members) and all materials are due by July 1st. After July 1st, there will be an additional $25 late fee.

Arts-In 2021 registration is here! New this year, we’ve condensed registration down to three google forms, Arts-In registration, volunteer form, and the attendance conflict form.

Arts-In Registration

Attendance Conflict Form

Volunteer Form

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June Federation Meeting - Election of Executive Board

All families are invited and encouraged to attend the four-yearly Federation meetings. At the June 28th Federation meeting, we will be selecting our new officers for the coming year, discussing county fair updates, and sharing other valuable information. All club reps should be in attendance. Come see what Federations meetings are all about!

We are seeking candidates for the 2021-2022 Exec Board!

We are looking for aspiring youth leaders! If you have completed 7th grade or above, plan to enroll in the Youth Leadership project, and have the time and energy to make 4-H great, then you might be a great candidate for one of the youth offices! Please make sure you can commit to a monthly meeting (usually the 4th Monday of each month) before applying for a position. Do NOT apply to be a candidate if you have other commitments on the 4th Monday of the month.

Officers to be elected are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, along with three north and three south Youth Representatives. If you are interested in running for a position, or you would like to recommend a candidate, please contact one of the nominating committee members; President, Megan Olson at; or Historian, Abbey Rademacher at; or Ann Church at:

We are also looking for adult volunteers to be on the Executive Board! Please let us know if you are interested. Adult positions are 2-year commitments. No worries, the time flies by! If you’re interested in running for a position you will need to complete an Officer Application and have it turned into the office no later than Monday, June 21. Youth NOT completing the Officer Application prior to voting will not be able to be nominated from the floor unless there are no other candidates for a particular position.

The June Federation meeting will be held on Monday, June 28th beginning at 7:00 pm - zoom or in-person TBD. We must have representation from at least half the clubs in order to vote on new officers! Please mark your calendars!

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Ambassador Outdoor Movie Night!

Have you ever asked yourself, “What are Ambassadors? What do they do? Why should I join?”

Our current Washington County 4-H Ambassadors have the answers for you! Join us for a recruitment event on Monday, June 28th starting at 8:30 PM at the Washington County Fairgrounds Park Pavilion (following the Federation meeting). We will have an informal meeting, watch a movie on the big screen, play yard games, and have fun!

The Ambassador program is for all 7th-12th graders who wish to be a leader in Washington County 4-H! Youth in 6th grade are welcome to attend this event to learn more about the upcoming year.

Ambassador Movie Night

Please pre-register by June 27

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Fashion Revue - Open to all 4-H members K-13

Time to get excited about making or purchasing an outfit! What better way to fill your summer days than working on a project, so we want to invite you to join us for Fashion Revue!

Fashion Revue encourages members to focus on their sense of style, fashion, and consumer skills. 4-H members may enter up to two constructed outfits, two purchased outfits, and one Upcycled garment. Only wearable items are entered in Fashion Revue. Members will be judged individually. Judging will be based on the fit and appearance of the garment as well as the presentation of the outfit. Members will be judged by age and category. State Event trips are awarded to eligible members 6th grade and up.

Upcycled Sewn Garment Challenge (fun category)

Again, we will offer an Upcycled category. In this category, 4-H members have an opportunity to design and sew a wearable garment from a previously used garment. The completed garment must be different from its original use. Participants must have a "before" and "after" photo of the garment for judging purposes.

Fashion Revue judging will take place on Friday, July 16th beginning at 10:00 a.m. and end midafternoon depending on participation numbers. Please pre-register by July 1st. Detailed judging times and additional outfit information will be emailed out to families. Fashion show and awards will be presented during the Washington County Fair on Friday, August 6th. (Time TBD)

We are excited to see what you will create!

Animal Science News

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Still interested in showing at the fair?

Anyone still wanting to exhibit an animal at the Washington County Fair in 4-H can still do so however, it will be for ribbon only as the deadline for full benefits such as premiums, champions, auction and state trips has passed. That yearly deadline is May 15th. Animal Id's are still required for ribbon only showing and they should be turned into the county office as 4honline access is denied after the May deadline.

2021 Dog ID

Have your veterinarian complete this form and then upload it to 4honline in your family account along with a current photo of your dog. MUST be completed before attending any training classes!

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LQA Certifications valid for 2021 List

List is on our county website under resources.

Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics Training (Please read-mandatory training!)

LQA&E Training Requirements:

All youth participating as a State Fair 4-H livestock exhibitor in beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbits, meat goat, dairy goat, and llama must have completed livestock quality assurance training. Certification is good for 3 fair seasons. If you are due to be certified, there are two training options available;

Option 1 - LQA&E face to face Training

Participation in a face-to-face 3-hour Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics (LQA&E) training offered in various locations around the state. This certification is valid for three fair seasons. 4-Hers completing grades 3-5 complete Level 1. 4-Hers completing grades 9-13 typically certify in Level 2. 4-Hers completing grades 6-8 may be certified in either Level I or Level II. The determination of which Level to certify at for grades 6-8 should be based on the livestock project experience the 4-Her possesses.

Washington and Dakota County 4-H plan to offer a ‘face to face’ 3-hour training on Friday, June 18 at the U of M Rosemount Beef Facility. (Please watch for updates in the newsletter as time gets closer for more details).

If you are not available to attend training offered by our county, you can attend another county's training. It will be your responsibility to send our office a copy of your completed certificate prior to the Washington County Fair. For additional face to face training dates and locations around the state, visit the state website page at;

Option 2 - YQCA on-line Training

4-H members have the option of completing the 1-hour online offered via distance learning. This certification is valid for one fair season. The cost of this training is $12/child and is paid at the time of online registration with a credit card. Since training is good for one fair season, it will need to be completed annually. This is a nationally offered program and a registration fee is utilized to upkeep the system and update the training modules. To learn more about the online option, go to;

Training promotes responsible care of animals, making informed decisions in animal care, and providing safe consumer food products. Youth will receive a certificate of completion. Additional information concerning any Livestock Quality Assurance training in our county will be listed in upcoming 4-H newsletters.

If a 4-H member took the online training in 2020, it will be good for the 2021 fair season as well since there was not an in-person state fair last year.

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Horse Hippology - Fun opportunity to learn about the horse!

Horse enthusiasts are invited to be a part of Washington County’s Horse Hippology teams! Hippology makes learning fun! In this friendly competition, 4-H'ers show their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry. Any 4-H'er can join — you do not need to be in the horse project or own a horse. Practices will be held weekly until the state competition in September. To learn more about ‘what is hippology’ – go to:

If you interested in participating on a Washington County Team or have questions about Hippology, please connect with Lisa Kalka at;

Grads, Scholarship & Awards News

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2021 High School Graduates -We haven't heard from you yet!

Washington County 4-H would like to honor the class of 2021, we know it has been a rough senior year and you have missed out on many things. However, 4-H wants to celebrate your accomplishments by highlighting you on our Facebook page in the coming weeks.

To participate please email the following to Kathy Erf - no later than May 31st. Thank you!

  • A photo of yourself
  • Include your plans after graduation
  • Answer to one of the following optional questions

Optional but highly encouraged

  • What you have missed most over the past year.
  • Any memories you are creating while 'staying at home'
  • Biggest wish for summer
  • Best advice
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Apply today for the Minnesota State Fair Scholarship!

The Minnesota State Fair is proud to announce that up to 21 scholarships of $1,000 each are available to young adults from greater Minnesota or those enrolled in an agriculture program in 2020-2021! Twenty of these scholarships are funded by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation while an additional scholarship is being provided by Christensen Family Farms.

Read through the rules and instructions or apply now via the online application. Applications and supporting documents must be received on or before Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by phone of their award by Monday, Aug. 16. An announcement of the recipients will be made Friday, Aug. 27 at the 4-H Beef Championship held in the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum and Monday, Sept. 6 at the FFA Awards Program held in Compeer Arena.

Requirements for Consideration

  • Application must indicate anticipated participation in the current year’s Minnesota State Fair.
  • Rural residency or enrollment in an agriculture program required.
  • Must be a resident of Minnesota.
  • Applicant must be a high school graduate as of the current year’s fair.
  • Applicant must be attending or planning to attend a post-secondary school in the current year. No restrictions as to the course of study or choice of school.
  • Incomplete applications or applications without a transcript will not be considered.
  • Completed applications and transcripts must be received on or before Aug. 2, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Previous Minnesota State Fair Scholarship recipients are ineligible to enter.
  • Christensen Family Scholarship recipients must be willing to travel to the Christensen Family headquarters in Sleepy Eye, Minn., at the expense of Christensen Farms.


Washington County Scholarships

All are due June 1, 2021

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4-H Graduates

4-H youth who are graduating from the 4-H program (will not be enrolling in 4-H in the fall of 2021) are encouraged to fill out the Graduation form. By filling out this form, you will be recognized at the Awards Program Sunday night of the County Fair and given a gift.

Please also consider decorating a poster board with all your 4-H accomplishments, memories, and special moments. We would love to display these photo poster boards in the 4-H Building during the Washington County Fair!

Minnesota Key Award (Youth Award)

4-H is proud of its youth leaders! The Key Award recognizes 4-H member’s contributions to their club and the community and encourages youth to grow as outstanding citizens. Key Award recipients will be announced at the County Fair Awards Program. Please send the completed application to Ann Church at by June 1st.

4-H Key Award Application

Due to 4-H office by June 1

Friend of 4-H (Adult Award) Nominations Due June 1

The 4-H Federation is seeking nominations for the prestigious Friend of 4-H Award. Is there someone special who you would like to nominate; someone who has gone the extra mile to contribute to 4-H in a special way? If so, please write a short description of what your nominee has contributed to 4-H in Washington County and what makes him/her worthy of receiving this honor…there is no application form to fill out. Nominations must be submitted to Ann Church at by June 1. The Friend of 4-H will be announced at the County Fair Awards Ceremony.

Thank you Livestock PDC

Many thanks to the Livestock PDC members who have planned and began work on the NEW wash rack that is being added outside the swine barn on the fairgrounds! It will be a great addition to the 2021 fair! Special thanks to Chris Herman, Neil Herman, and Troy Gorgus for completing the concrete work! Watch for more pics and results to come. This project is being funded by the LIvestock PDC and Monsanto Fund America's Farmers Grow Communities money that was directed to Washington County 4-H from the Swanson and Biscoe families.

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Champion Program needs you!

Would you like to join the Champion Team?

Consider being a part of this leadership team:

  • design t-shirts
  • take photos
  • assist youth with their thank you cards for project sponsors

Do this all while celebrating accomplishments together at the Washington County Fair.

If interested, send an email to Bev Johnson ( and Jean Anderson ( with a note describing why you would make a great Champion Team member. We look forward to hearing from all interested youth leaders before June 1, 2021.

Rabbit Workshops

We are looking for older 4-H youth or volunteers who would be willing to coordinate a few spring/summer Rabbit Workshops including Rabbit Agility. If this is something you would be willing to help with, please contact Ann at;

WANTED - Shooting Sports Volunteers

Washington County 4-H Shooting Sports program is in need of Certified Trainers to work with our 4-H youth. Minnesota 4-H requires all Trainers to be ‘certified’ through the MN 4-H Program. There are various roles that we could use extra help with; Trainer, Coordinator, and/or Wildlife Lead.

Adults - If you have questions about volunteering please contact Ann Church at

Hippology - Jr. Coach needed

Hippology teams are forming. We could use a Hippology Coach for the Jr. Team!

Hippology is a fun, friendly competition, 4-H'ers show their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry. Any 4-H'er can join — you don't need to be in the horse project or own a horse. Washington County Jr and Sr. Teams will most likely practice on the same evenings. If you are interested in coaching, please contact Ann at;

The competition is held every September at the Minnesota 4-H State Horse Show. Winning teams go on to represent Minnesota in national competitions.

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Please consider a donation

The 4-H Food Stand at the Washington County Fair is the biggest fundraiser we have during the year. We are asking families to consider donating cans of pop and water bottles.

Flavors needed; Coke, Diet Coke, Mountain Dew, Rootbeer, Sprite (12 oz.)

Water bottles - (16.9 oz)

Donations can be dropped off at the fairgrounds on July 31 at Hooley Hall.

Questions can be directed to Annamarie Zack at

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#1 4-H Memory - County Fair!

Attention: Parents, Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles and family friends!

Seeking 4-H alumni for a 150th celebration committee.

We are looking for a group of enthusiastic individuals who LOVE the county fair. 150 years is a big deal and we want 4-H to be part of this celebration! Our staff has a few ideas but we would appreciate hearing from you and then working together to pull it off.

We would love to showcase some of our Alumni's 4-H projects over the past 100+ years with a "memory lane", perhaps add a few special project areas in our premium book that all our 4-H members could participate in, or maybe organize a 4-H reunion during the fair. The sky is the limit but we need your help now to start planning.

After missing last year this is an opportunity to create something pretty special. Gather some old and dear 4-H friends and do some brainstorming, many hands make light work and this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make a lasting memory for all involved. **Need not be alumni of Washington County 4-H, (any county or state ok)**

Please contact Kathy at if interested in being part of this committee, limited commitment, the county fair is only 3-months away! Come join the celebration.

150th County Fair Planning Update

The Ag Society is hard at work and planning continues for the 150th anniversary. Committee members are looking for your favorite fair memory. Send your favorite memory to the Secretary at

To recognize the contributions of the animal exhibitors, the committee is also asking for photos of you with your animal(s) for a special pictorial display in each barn. Ask your friends, your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles for their photos too! We would like to feature as many exhibitors as possible. Please forward a copy of your photo(s) or digital photo(s) to the Secretary at or 19237 Meadowridge Ln N, Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047. Include the name of the exhibitor and the year the photo was taken (or approximate year). Only send copies of photos, originals will not be returned.

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Summer Day Camps (In-person)

  • Out in Nature Day Camp - June 5 (Grades K-5)
  • Goat Loads of Fun Day Camp - June 12 (Grades K-6)
  • Resident Camp - June 14-17 (Grades 3-8)
  • Summer Day Camps - July 12-15, 2021 (Grades K-6) Registration available early June.

Judging & Workshops

  • Painting Class - June 26
  • Fashion Revue - July 16 / Awards & Show - Aug. 6


  • Horse Camp - June 13-16, 2021 - Washington County Fairgrounds
  • County Practice Horse Show -TBD - Washington County Fairgrounds
  • County 4-H Horse Show - Aug. 4, 2021 - Washington County Fairgrounds

Performing Arts

  • May 21, 2021 - Performing Arts Festival
  • Arts-In Auditions - Sunday, July 11, 2021 (4:00-10:00 p.m.)
  • Arts-In Encampment - July 18-21, 2021 - Washington County Fairgrounds

Washington County Fair & County Show Dates

  • NEW - 4-H General Project Entry Day - Sat. July 31 - (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)
  • County 4-H Dog Show - Sat. July 31 & Sun. Aug. 1
  • County 4-H Horse Show - Wed. Aug. 4
  • Washington County Fair - Aug. 4 - Aug. 8, 2021
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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.

Washington County Extension has a new website!

For the most comprehensive list of county, regional and state events and activities along with these 4-H resources.

  • 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
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Please pay your membership fee

Thank you for enrolling in Washington County 4-H, now let's get you active!

Some of you enrolled a long time ago while others may be just today. Either way, your current status says "awaiting approval". The reason it says that is because Washington County has a yearly enrollment fee of $25.00 per member (including Cloverbuds) or $100 max per family for 4 or more children. We ask that you please send payment to our office address listed below or make an appointment.

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 at the end of this newsletter. If you are looking for additional information or are no longer interested in 4-H, please let us know so we can take you off our email list.

4-H Event Scholarships

Need based scholarships can also be used for county membership fee

Washington County 4-H

    Ann Church

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
    (651) 430-6809

    Megan Slater

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

    (651) 430-6805

    Annamarie Zack

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

    (651) 430-6807

    Kathy Erf

    Principal Office & Administrative Specialist

    (651) 430-6800