HAPPY SPRING, even though it really seems more like Summer! The arrival of spring means it's time to get serious about 4-H projects and participation! Remember May 1 is the last date to pay your membership and sign up for 4-H projects to be eligible to exhibit at this year's fair. It's also the deadline for the Horse Ownership/Lease Papers.
Once again there are many activities planned for the upcoming months. This newsletter is an April/May combined, so be sure and check out the whole thing for workshops, deadlines, State Fair entry information, summer camps and conferences, and MUCH MORE!!
4-H families, please feel free to give us a call here at the Extension Office or drop us an email if you need additional information. You can always visit us on the web at the about site too!
4-H Program Coordinator
Our April Federation meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 23, 6:30 PM at the Extension Office. Our Public Presentation contest will be held in conjunction with the meeting, so start working on your speech! Several High School 4-H'ers participated in Job Shadowing over spring break and we'll want to hear about their experiences at the April meeting too!
Twenty-two Federation youth met at Los Tres Caminos in Marshall to enjoy a Mexican meal and each other's company.
The May Federation Bash will be held Thursday, May 17, 6:30 PM at Jessie's house. Directions – At the Rt 40 & Rt 1 Intersection (Casey's) head east. Turn north at the first road (1800th St). It's the first house on the left. We'll be honoring our graduating seniors, having a short meeting, and lots more fun! Be sure to join us for dinner and cake to congratulate our seniors! Even if you haven't been able to join us before, please feel welcome to come! Federation is open to all members 8th grade and older.
Other upcoming events –
o Federation Cookout at Jessie's House ~ Thurs, May 17, 6:30 PM
o Relay For Life ~ Casey Fairview Park ~ May 19 – 20
o Federation Trip to King's Island ~ Tues, May 22 (Tentative)
RELAY FOR LIFE ~ Where else can you go and stay up ALL night in a safe environment with LOTS of friends, all working for a GREAT cause? Federation has been asked to participate with Relay for Life this year scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 19 and run through Sunday, June 20 at 6:30 AM at Casey Fairview Park. Federation members will be responsible for the "Fun Laps" to be held throughout the relay. A schedule of fun lap events will be planned for all who are participating. Bring your friends and family along for a walk and support this worthwhile cause. A schedule will be made at the April Federation Meeting but if you will be unable to attend and would like to participate, please call the Extension Office at 826-5422 to put your name down on the schedule. This is a GREAT Community Service activi
Did you think giving your club talk or demonstration wasn't such a big deal? We are looking for individuals to participate in the annual talk and demonstration contest. It will be held Monday, April 23, 6:30 PM at the Extension Office. The contest is open to all 4-H'ers and is a great experience! PLEASE pre-register for the contest by Friday, April 20th if you plan to participate.
A $15 first place award will be presented to the winner in the Talks Category in both the Jr. and Sr. Division. A $15 award will also be given to the top demonstration. Second place awards will also be presented. The top 4-H'er age 10 and over will be eligible to advance to the State Fair. Don't miss out!
Contest categories include: Formal Speech, Illustrated Speech, Extempore Speaking, Master of Ceremonies, Oral Interpretation, Original Works, and Project and Food Demonstrations. Time recommendation for speeches is 4-6 minutes and 8-10 minutes for demonstrations. Refer to the Public Presentation requirements in the 4-H Handbook for specific requirements
WHO: Clark County Federation Members
WHEN: Tuesday, May 22 (NOTICE CHANGE OF DATE)
WHAT: An exciting one day outing to King's Island amusement park!
We'll leave the Extension Office at 6:00 AM, drive to Cincinnati, OH and plan on picking up a quick breakfast along the way. We'll return late Tuesday evening near 10:00 PM. The cost of the trip will be $25 which includes your ticket into King's Island and an evening meal. This trip is dependent on having a minimum of 15 people going. Plan to bring additional money for breakfast, lunch, and extras. Please ( the Extension Office at 826-5422 to pre-register by May 1. Please be prompt in responding! Parent drivers will be needed.
The Clark County 4-H program is once again offering Dog, Obedience classes, which have already started! The classes are being held each Tuesday at 6:30 PM at the Clark Co. Fairgrounds in Marshall ~ rain or shine. These classes help both the handler and the dog become better trained! Anyone interested in participating should join the program as soon as possible by calling the Extension Office at 826-5422. Cost for the classes is $15.00 for 4-H'ers and $20.00 for non-members. Hillary Deckard is leading these sessions.
The Clark County 4-H program and Clark County Farm Bureau will be teaming up to offer a Terrific Tuesday program, "Wiggles and Wings!" It will be held Tuesday, June 12, 9:00 – 11:30 AM at Lincoln Trail State Park south of Marshall (Red Oak Shelter) and will be a morning full of discovering nature. Cost to attend the workshop will be $5.00 and the deadline to register is Friday, June 1 or until the workshop has been filled. This workshop will be a great way to start off summer! Don't delay in signing up!
Step 1: Pick something you've learned in one of your 4-H project areas that you'd like to share with others
Step 2: Create a 3-5 minute video— do a demonstration, interview an expert, or share something you've learned about your project. (Ask your county Extension office to borrow a camera)
3: Post your video to the Illinois 4-H State Fair Online website by Aug. 1st!
Open to all 4-H members*$50, $25 and $10 gift card
* Must be state-fair age eligible (10 by 9/1/11). No county selection process. Does not limit eligibility to be state fair delegate. Multiple entries welcomed.
This spring the Illinois 4-H program will be collecting data statewide to answer three critical questions: (1) Are we incorporating the essential elements of positive youth development programming into our 4-H club experiences? We will be asking about 1/3 of our clubs to complete a survey and will analyze the data statewide. 4-H staff will be contacting leaders of those clubs to set a time in the month or two to visit their club. (2) Have we positively influenced youth's aspirations and interest in 4-H Science? Youth attending science rich events for 4-H members and non-members will be asked to participate in the evaluation. (3) As 4-H members graduate, we want to know how 4-H has influenced their career decisions. 4-H members 17 and 18 years of age will be asked to complete an online survey. Look for a report this fall and thanks for helping us collect this information.
4-H MINI-CAMP – JULY 1-3
Is a week too long at camp? Maybe you are fine, but it's your Mom or Dad who will be homesick for you. If so, give 4-H Mini-Camp a try! Camp will be held from 2:00 pm, Sunday, July 1st through 7 pm, Tuesday, July 3rd. Get a taste of everything offered at our regular weeklong camp in a setting tailored for younger campers. 4-H Mini-Camp is focused on activities designed for kids ages 8 – 12. Cost of the camp is $100 for 4-H'ers and $120 for non-4-H'ers. Forms are available at the Extension Office or online at the Clark County Extension website. All registrations should be made directly to 4-H Camp before May 1. (Please let us know here at the Extension Office if you are planning to attend.)
SUMMER 4-H CAMP – Register now for 4-H Camp at Monticello – ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT! Clark County's week to camp is June 17-21 and Mini-Camp is set for July 1-3. Any youth, 4-H'er or non 4-H'er, 8 - 16 is welcome to attend camp. Mini-Camp, a shorter version of the week-long camp is held especially for youth 8 – 12 years old. Camping spots are filling up quickly ~ the first individuals to turn in their form and fees will be put on the camp list.
Mini-Camp registrations will be mailed directly to 4-H Camp, cost is $105 ($85 for Clark Co. 4-H members.) Cost of week-long camp is $160 ($130 for Clark Co. 4-H'ers) with the sibling cost being $140 ($110 for Clark Co. 4-H'ers). For non-4-H'ers or for any 4-H'er registering directly with 4-H camp, the fee will be $175. Registration materials are available at the office and at our website: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cce/ .
SUNDAY, APRIL 22 2:00-4:00 PM, Rabbit Barn – Oblong Park
Fantasy Sharrett, Crawford Co. 4-H Rabbit Superintendent, is holding a Rabbit Workshop for all 4-H members and their families.
Presentations will include: 1) Preparing your rabbit for a show; 2) Caring for your rabbit at the show; 3) Showmanship Classes; 4) Open Question and Answer Session.
Feel free to bring your rabbit in a cage. If this is your first year to show a rabbit OR even in you have taken rabbit projects for several years, you need to attend and learn all you can about caring and showing your rabbit.
Call the Crawford Co. Extension Office at 618-546-1549 to RSVP by April 18th. There is no charge for this information and educational workshop. Don't forget to sign up!
For Sale – 2 yr. old Pygmy Buck, Black, $75. Call Wayne Patton @ 217-218-3060.
FREE Poultry Equipment – 2 Hanging Feeders, Heated Waterer, Lg. Galvanized Waterer. Call Bonnie Slusser @ 217-826-8476
May 1st is the deadline to join 4-H, or to add or drop a project to be eligible for the 2012 4-H show.
No changes will be accepted after that time.
4-H'ERS MUST ATTEND THREE CLUB MEETINGS, CLUB TOUR, OR CLUB ACTIVITIES BEFORE JULY 1 OF THE CURRENT YEAR TO BE ELIGIBLE TO TAKE PART IN
4-H EXHIBITS AT THE FAIR, THE 4-H AUCTION, OR TO RECEIVE 4-H PREMIUMS OR AWARDS.
(However, all members are encouraged to attend 2/3 of their meetings to be Standard of Excellence members.)
College students must attend at least one of the above.
The 4-H year has flown by quickly. Spring is a great time to get serious about your 4-H projects if you have not already done so. It is exciting to think about all the possible activities and exhibit ideas you have with each project and narrowing down the list to what you will exhibit at the 4-H Fair.
Here's some things to consider:
· Take the time to thoroughly look through your project books. These books are University researched information that you can learn a lot from. Although it is not a requirement, it is a recommendation that you do as many activities as possible. Challenge yourself to go above and beyond! Use the information from your project book to develop your talk or demonstration if you have not already given yours this year. Rather than just making a fair exhibit, make it your goal to learn everything about this project that you possibly can!
· Carefully read the 4-H Handbook from your county to know the specific requirements for your 4-H Fair exhibit. Nothing is more disappointing than taking a project to the fair to find out you have not met the exhibit requirements. Please call the Extension Office if you have questions about your fair exhibit.
· If possible, share your project before the fair with someone to get their feedback. That will give you an opportunity to make improvements to your project prior to the fair.
Our goal this year is to see high quality projects in our general building and livestock barns. We hope to have 4-H'ers who can share with their judges how you experimented, practiced, researched, and went above and beyond the basic requirements in your project!
Consider applying for the State 4-H Leadership Team
The IL State 4-H Youth Leadership Team is recruiting older Illinois 4-H members and recent 4-H alumni to apply and interview for the 2012-2014 term. We are looking for 4-H teens who have demonstrated leadership abilities and are willing to step forward and assist with programming on the statewide level.
Information about YLT is available on the Youth Leadership Team page of the 4-H website @ http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/members/leadership_sylt.cfm. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age by September 1, 2012 (and no older than 19 by that date) in order to apply. Three to eight positions are needed from across the state.
Applications are due during the summer, depending on when the
member wants to interview. Interviews at the Illini Summer Academies require
applications be sent to the State 4-H Office no later than June 15. Interviews
will be conducted June 24, 25 or 26 during meal and break times. Youth do NOT
need to be attending ISA in order to interview on those dates, but they will be
required to come to Champaign/Urbana for the interview.
For interviews during State Fair (Aug. 10-14), applications are due by August 1. Interviews will be held on the State Fairgrounds. This is an incredible leadership opportunity. Give the office a call for more information!
SWINE & SHEEP ID DAY – APRIL 21
Are you enrolled in a market swine or market sheep project?? Saturday, April 21 has been set for the Swine and Sheep Identification Day at the Martinsville Fairgrounds. The weigh-in will be from 7:30–8:30 AM for Swine, and 8:30-9:00 AM for Sheep. All market swine and market sheep must be present for identification purposes to be eligible to show at the 2012 4-H Fair. See below article for all SHEEP to be EXHIBITED AT THE STATE FAIR.
Premiere pigs have the option of being re-weighed. A maximum of five pigs may be identified per member. Please let the weigh-in crew know if you will be showing your pig at the Illinois State Fair.
If you are enrolled in swine or sheep, but have decided not to exhibit, please let the office know prior to the weigh-in! Thanks!
SHEEP & MEAT GOATS GOING TO THE IL STATE FAIR
Anyone interested in showing your Sheep wether or Meat goat wether at the IL State Fair, they must be weighed, tattooed, and electronically tagged. These animals MUST be identified at a regional site with the closest one being at the Coles County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 5 at 10:30 AM - Noon. The cost for tagging is $2 per animal to be paid the day of tagging; checks are to be made out to the University of Illinois. Lambs must be castrated prior to tattooing for the wether classes. Remember, anyone over ten years of age by September 1, 2011 is welcome to show at the ISF.
STATE FAIR SWINE EXHIBITOR REQUIREMENTS – All IL State Fair Swine exhibitors MUST take the required Youth Pork Quality Assurance Training and a Premises ID number will be required for each participant to be eligible to show at the ISF. PQA training will be offered on Thursday, May 3 at 7 PM at the Clark Co. Extension Office.
Regular Barrows – Must be farrowed on or after February 10, 2012, no weighing
or tattooing is required but must submit ear notches when making entry for ISF.
Premiere Barrows – Must be farrowed on or after February 10, 2012, weighed and tattooed February 10-April 15 and tattooed within 35 days of birth and not weigh more than 1.0 lbs/day. Junior exhibitors can purchase nominated barrows.
STATE QUALITY ASSURANCE & ETHICS -
State Fair bound livestock exhibitors are NOT required to complete the QA & Ethics certification this year, but WILL be REQUIRED to have this certification in 2013 in order to exhibit at the IL State Fair. The below web site is currently open for you to complete this certification http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/.
You will ONLY have to complete this QA&E training one time. Reminder ~ the Clark Co. QA&E is STILL required to show at the Clark Co. 4-H Fair, it's a one-time training for 1st and 2nd year showmen held every other year. The county training will be offered in 2013.
HORSE JUDGING – The IL State 4-H
Horse Judging contest will be Saturday, May 5th
Hawk East Junior college in the Horse Arena, 26230 Black Hawk Rd, Galva, IL. This
change of location will allow for a more diversified set of classes for
· LIVESTOCK JUDGING - The IL State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest will be held on Monday, June 18th at the U of I Stock Pavilion, 1402 West Pennsylvania Ave, Urbana. Participants must be checked in and registered between 8:30 – 9:30 AM. The contest will start at 10:00 AM. There will be a $5.00 registration fee for each senior participant to cover his or her lunch. Call the Extension Office at 826-5422 for more information or if you are interested in attending.
· POULTRY JUDGING – The IL State 4-H Poultry Judging Contest will be held Thursday, August 9th in conjunction with the IL State Fair Junior Poultry show. The contest will take place from 8:30 – 11:30 AM in the Orr building on the IL State Fairgrounds in Springfield.DAIRY JUDGING – The 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging contest will be held Saturday, August 18th in conjunction with the IL State Fair. The contest will take place in the Livestock Center at the IlL State Fair in Springfield.
Registration is to be made on the day of the contest at the site of the contest. Registration will be from 8:30 – 9:30 AM with the contest starting at 10:00 AM.
To be eligible for these judging contests, members must have been 14 years of age and not older than 18 years of age as of January 1, 2012.
· State Fair Livestock entries along with your required fees will be due on June 29th to the IL State Fair along with your required entry fees.
· Horse entry forms along with your required fees will be due on June 8th to the IL State Fair. (along with registration papers for horses that are registered).
State Fair materials will soon be posted on the web at http://www.illinoisstatefair.info/. Please call us at the Extension Office if we need to run information off of the website for you! Remember, any 4-H'er 10 or older by September 1, 2011 can exhibit their livestock at the State Fair. No late entries will be accepted by the State Fair.
HORSE OWNERSHIP/LEASE PAPERS DUE - All 4-H'ers exhibiting an animal at the 2012 Clark County 4-H Horse Show must submit horse ownership and/or lease forms to the Extension Office by May 1 Two photos, one of each side of the horse are also required. If you are in need of extra forms, call the Extension Office at 826-5422, they are also available on line at – http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cce/ . Each 4-H'er planning to exhibit at the IL Jr. Horse Show must provide the Extension Office with 2 sets of forms and pictures per horse. These Ownership & Lease Papers will be sent to the State Fair Office by May 15!
SADDLE-UP FOR ST. JUDE TRAIL RIDE CELEBRATION WEEKEND ~
BEAN SOUP & MUSIC – Friday, May 11th – Free will offering
SADDLE-UP FOR ST. JUDE BENEFIT RIDE – May 12th to Moonshine
Everyone's invited to join on the festivities to kick-off the St. Jude Benefit Trail Ride Weekend beginning with a bean supper on Friday, May 11th at the Martinsville Fairgrounds at 6:30 PM along with musical entertainment then Saturday, May 12th we'll host a benefit trail ride for St. Jude by saddling up at the Martinsville Fairgrounds and leaving for Moonshine for a Moonburger at 8:30 AM. The public is invited to ride or drive a team and give a donation in honor of the children of St. Jude. Call the Extension Office at 826-5422 for more information.
4-H HORSE CAMP JUNE 2-3 ~ Come to 4-H Horse Camp at the Martinsville Fairgrounds June 2-3! There is no registration fee for enrolled Clark Co. 4-H Horse youth and open to all 4-H Horse project members. Meals and youth camping will be provided by the 4-H Horse Committee. Parents wanting to attend with camping trailers using electricity may do so for the weekend price of $10. Youth will sleep in open barns with supervision. Out of County 4-H'ers will be charged $30 to attend camp.
Hands-on activities are planned with the youth and their horses to improve their handling skills, horsemanship, safety, and a whole lot more FUN!
For more information please contact Cartha at the Clark County Extension Office 826-5422. Registrations are due to the Extension Office by May 18.
Do you have an interest in a SPIN Club – that's a Special Interest Club?
Here are a few GREAT opportunities for you to explore! SPIN Clubs are free to 4-H'ers who have already paid their 4-H Enrollment fee or open to any other youth who will need to pay a 4-H Enrollment fee of $20 to join. Call the Extension Office at 826-5422 for information on any of these SPIN clubs!
4-H JAZZ BAND – Calling all jazz musicians… Any 8th grade through high school musician playing trumpet, trombone, saxophone, drum set, keyboard, bass, and guitar are welcome to join. The next rehearsal will be on Tuesday, April 24th at 6 PM at the Marshall High School Band room. Don't miss this opportunity to play in the Clark Co. 4-H Jazz Band! Call Leaders Dick and Cartha if you'd like to join at 826-3174.
4-H SHOOTING SPORTS – The Clark Co. Shooting Sports program is up and running and meeting the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 6:00 PM at the Extension Office for our air rifle enthusiasts. There is still room left if any avid shooters are interested!
Shotgun enthusiasts – be ready to fire away in August when those youth will meet at the Clark County Sportsman's Club. Be watching for more info in future newsletters!
Any youth 10 years and older by January 1 is welcome to participate in the club. If you would like to be a part of this club, please call the Extension Office at 826-5422 or Leaders, Lori & Bill Rhoads at 889-2442.
The CLOVERS 4-H CLUB will be hosting a Bake Sale during the Master Gardener's Plant Sale at the Clark County Extension Office on Saturday, May 5 from 8-10:00 AM. So come out and support their club, there will be LOTS of yummy treats!
IVY TECH COLLEGIATE LIVESTOCK JUDGING INVITATIONAL JUDGING CONTEST – Eight 4-H'ers did a GREAT job representing Clark County on March 3rd at the 1st Ivy Tech Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest in Terre Haute. The Senior Team placed 3rd and included Angelina Stone, Justin Lewis, Leanna Keeney, and Ryan Warfel. Jr. Team participants included Mary Stone, Walter Stone, Rachel Lanham, and Raeanne Scott. Way to go 4-H'ers ~ Congratulations!!
LAKE LAND COLLEGE JUDGING CONTEST – Six 4-H'ers did a GREAT job representing Clark County on March 24th at the annual Lake Land College Judging Contest. Justin Lewis, Mary, and Walter Stone, Raeanne Scott, Rachel Lanham, and Thomas Crome. Way to go 4-H'ers ~ Congratulations!!
CONGRATULATIONS HORSE BOWL & HIPPOLOGY MEMBERS - Nine 4-H'ers attended the East Central Regional Horse Bowl and Hippology Contest on March 31st at Lake Land College, Mattoon. Members participated in both Hippology and Horse Bowl during the day. Sr. Hippology participants were Taylor Dashiell 1st, and Heidi Murphy. Intermediate participants were Katie Bagwell 3rd, Haley Elliott 4th, Addie Shotts 5th, and Erica Hardway 8th. Junior participants were Madolyn Wilhoit 3rd, and Abbie Davidson. The Senior HB team placed 3rd with team members Taylor Dashiell 2nd place individual, Katie Bagwell, and Heidi Murphy. The Junior HB team placed 3rd with team members Addie Shotts 3rd individual, Haley Elliott 4th individual, Erica Hardway 9th Individual, Madolyn Wilhoit, and Abbie Davidson. Lana Shotts participanted in the Jr. Jr. HB Contest. Members advancing to state were Taylor Dashiell, Katie Bagwell, Haley Elliott, Addie Shotts, and Madolyn Wilhoit. Good luck at State 4-H'ers! Many THANKS to Coach Ruth Stewart, Susan Shotts and all the parents who volunteer and help with the success of the team! GREAT JOB! HOT OFF THE PRESS ~ CONGRATULATIONS TAYLOR DASHIELL for placing 5th in the State Hippology Contest! Taylor will be eligible to practice with the State Hippology Team to advance to the Nationals!
It's been a busy time for 4-H at our county schools! "Safe Kid" sessions are being held for all third grade classrooms in Clark County in April and early May. "Welcome to the Real World" program was recently held for all Marshall 8th grade students.
Summer is quickly arriving and we're already making preparations for the 2012 4-H Fair. Each year we ask businesses and individuals in the community to sponsor plaques and trophies for the livestock award winners at $20 each. We are also looking for sponsors of our Senior Showmenship award winners in each specie for a donation of $50. If you would be interested and are not on our list, please let us know. We greatly appreciate the support of the Clark County community!
SINGING the NATIONAL ANTHEM could win you a $10,000 Scholarship! The Stand and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest, sponsored by Anthem herbicide is offering college bound students the opportunity to win this scholarship! A video must be submitted of you singing the National Anthem. Deadline for the video is June 15th. You must be a member of a national ag-related organization such as 4-H or FFA to enter and plan to pursue a career in agriculture or agribusiness. Enter at www.FMCcrop.com/contest . For more info call the Extension Office at 826-5422.
Several of our high school 4-H'ers enjoyed their Job Shadowing experience in April over spring break.
§ Emily Crews shadowed in the Marketing Department at Clabber Girl, Inc. in Terre Haute, IN.
§ Taylor Dowers shadowed Heather Pitts, Human Resource Center, Paris.
§ Diane Gorrell shadowed two teachers at Hutsonville High School, Ms. Rumler, Spanish and Ms. Hoecherl, Music.
§ Ruthann Gorrell shadowed elementary teachers at St. Mary's School, Paris
§ Teresa Gorrell shadowed Sarah Wilhoit, Court Recorder and Kathy Lay, Chief Judge Assistant at the Clark County Courthouse.
§ Justin Lewis shadowed veterinarian Dr. Clint McCoy at Robinson Animal Hospital.
§ Katie Maurer shadowed at Effingham Equity in Marshall.
§ Brandi Rhoads shadowed Nurse Practitioner Eliza Smith at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System in Pediatrics.
§ Abi Snyder shadowed at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Centerpoint, IN.
§ Jessica Zellers shadowed with Bev Cruse at Eastern Illinois University in Photography and Graphic Design.
We still have a few 4-H'ers wishing to participate in job shadowing that will be set up during this summer. Job Shadowing is a very educational experience offered to our high school 4-H'ers and we hope to hear a report from all of these 4-H'ers at our next Federation meeting on April 23rd!
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A NEW CLUB OPPORTUNITY?
Marathon in Martinsville participates in the "Wildlife at Work" and "Lands for Learning" programs and as part of these programs, they would like to have community involvement. Their property at Marathon includes 20 acres of woods, two ponds, as well as several places for flower beds, garden options, etc.
We are very interested in partnering with Marathon and are trying to think of opportunities that would be beneficial to us both. We would also like to encourage your club to consider doing a program with Marathon. It can be a one-time program or a more involved program. Here's some ideas:
Making owl or bat boxes, doing a bird count, working with the EC IL Bluebird Society who placed 21 bluebird houses on the property; Plant wildlife plots; Grasshopper Project; Explore the Vernal ponds for wildlife; Plant flower beds around signs at the gates or around the building; Explore wildlife in any way; Use an IPAD application to identify trees and leaves; Use GPS for a mapping project; The possibilities of nature projects are endless!
There would also be excellent opportunities for a 4-H SPIN Club if you know of a volunteer with these interests! Give it some thought!
CLARK COUNTY 4-H FAIR - JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER ~
The Clark County 4-H Fair will begin on Saturday, July 21st at the Martinsville Fairgrounds for general project judging and barn set-up and continue through July 25th with the Livestock Auction.
MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE – Saturday, May 5, 8:00-10:00 AM at the Extension Office. Do you have too many irises and not enough day lilies? Are your houseplants falling off the shelf? Then dig and divide your plants and bring them to the MG Plant Sale. Anyone can buy – Anyone can sell! Set your own price. There will also be baked goods and other great bargains being offered. Call the Extension Office at 826-5422 to reserve a space!
APRIL 17, 24 Dog Obedience Class, 6:30 PM, Marshall Fairgrounds
21 Swine Weigh-in, 7:30-8:30 AM, M'ville Fairgrounds
21 Sheep Weigh-in, 8:30-9:00 AM, M'ville Fairgrounds
22 4-H Rabbit Workshop, 2-4 PM, Oblong Park
23 Federation Meeting & Public Presentation Contest, 6:30 PM, EO
MAY 1 LAST DAY TO JOIN 4-H & SIGN UP FOR PROJECTS!!
1 Horse Ownership & Lease Papers due to Extension Office
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Dog Obedience Class, 6:30 PM, Marshall Fairgrounds
3 PQA Training, 7 PM, Extension Office
5 Master Gardener Plant Sale, 8:00 AM, EO
11 Bean Soup Supper & Music, M'ville Fairgrounds, 6:30 PM, Kick-off for the 4-H St. Jude Benefit Trail Ride
12 4-H St. Jude Benefit Trail Ride, M'ville Fairgrounds to Moonshine, 8:30 AM
12 4-H Day with the Cardinals, St. Louis
17 Federation, 6:30 PM, Jessie's House
19-20 Relay For Life, Casey Park 6:00 PM – 6:00 AM
22 Federation Trip to King's Island
JUNE 2-3 2-Day 4-H Horse Camp, M'ville Fairgrounds
12 Terrific Tuesday, 9-11:30 AM at Lincoln Trail State Park
13 4-H Petting Zoo, 2 PM at Burnsides Healthcare Center
14 State Livestock Judging Contest, U of I Campus
17-21 4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello
19 Leader's Meeting
27-29 Jr. Leadership Conference
We hope that you will take this opportunity to tell a friend about 4-H and invite them to your next meeting before MAY 1ST!
It's a great opportunity for you to have LOTS of FUN, make new friends, go new places, learn skills that you'll use the rest of your
life and be able to participate in the 4-H Fair too! For more info, have them call the U of I Extension Office, Clark Countyat 826-5422 for more info!