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Volunteers Needed for 2014 Maine 4-H Days

Monday, March 24th, 2014
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Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in volunteering, or offering a workshop, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or   207.581.3877. Registration materials will be available at: by May 1.

Save the Date for Positive Youth Development Conference (Presentations Needed)

Monday, March 24th, 2014
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Save the date for the 2014 Positive Youth Development Conference July 21-22 “Charting the Course: Connect. Inspire. Empower!” University of New England, Biddeford, ME. PYDI Early registration open April 1 through June 15, 2014 $125.00 early price (includes lunch both days), www.regonline/pydi2014 (also of interest is the Summer Training Academy on July 23 – $199 plus materials) CEU Eligible.

Every year, teachers, afterschool providers, youth workers and others come to this conference for fresh new ideas of hands-on projects/programs that work to raise the level of engagement of youth in learning – 4-H is good at this – volunteer leaders and youth are doing fabulous things others need to know! Youth and adults are co-presenters in 90 minute workshops on using 4-H Science Kits; Starting 4-H Clubs in Afterschool Programs; Importance of Service Learning (Community Service) to Youth & How To Do It; How 4-H Clubs Care for School Gardens in the Summer; 4-H Animals in the School Setting, etc…. Contact Barb Baker for more information & ideas about presenting by April 11: 207.942.7396. No charge for one adult and any youth presenters to attend the conference! Some youth also have an option to be part of a special youth program – ask Barb about this special opportunity.

Help Wanted! Regional Public Speaking Contest 3/29/2014

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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Help is needed from 4-H clubs or 4-H families to help with the Regional Public Speaking Contest on March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine, Orono, in Jenness Hall, (snow date April 5).  Help with set up and serving snacks from 9:00 to 1:00 or 1:00 to 5:00 for serving snacks and clean up.  Support members of your club who are presenting or learn about public speaking this year so you can try it next year.  This is a great community service project for   4-H clubs, individuals, or families.

To sign up to help or for more information contact Sheila Norman at 207.564.3301 or email as soon as possible, no later than March 21.

4-H Animal Science Committees

Monday, December 30th, 2013
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The 4-H Animal Science Committee is a group of volunteers who work to plan state-wide educational activities for youth in the different commodities. These committees also plan the activities for the teams that attend Eastern Sates. Current 4-H volunteers are encouraged to apply for membership on one of these committees for horse, dairy, beef, sheep, dairy goat, dog, and working steer.

Applications can be found online. Applications will be reviewed twice a year before the Spring and Fall meetings. Applications can be submitted to the State 4-H Office anytime during the year, but the deadline for consideration for the fall meeting is September 15. The deadline for consideration for the spring meeting is January 15. The next ASC meeting will be Saturday, March 1 in a central location.

For more information you can contact Michaele Bailey at, 207-581-3872.

2013 Maine 4-H Days – Another Great Year!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013
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We would like to say a huge “Thank You” to all of the absolutely amazing volunteers who made this year’s Maine 4-H Days one of our best!!! Thanks, also, to the 4-H’ers and their parents who braved the heat to come out and have a wonderful time! As always, we would like to heartily thank the Maine 4-H Foundation for their continued support of Maine 4-H Days, and the other great 4-H programs and events that happen through the year.

In early 2014, planning will start for next year’s event.  If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/recommendations about the event, please email, or call 207.581.3877.

Celebrating 100 Years in Maine with 100 4-H Geocaches!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013
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WHAT: Several 4-H clubs around the state are already preparing for 4-H National Youth Science Day and getting 4-H families excited about the world of Geospatial technology.

HOW: Clubs in Washington and Penboscot counties have launched geocaches at the club and/or county level.  They have already hidden more than 10 geocaches! There is even a 4-H geocache hidden at the University of Maine. This is a fun way for our youth to explore Geospatial science and technology, as well as experience being part of a statewide collaborative! We do have resources available to help in our 4-H Science Geospatial Toolkits.

WHY:  It would be great for Maine 4-H to create 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Maine! These could be for one time use with a club or designed for more frequent use.  Would you like your family or 4-H club to be involved?

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Check with your county office to see what is happen at the local level or connect with Sarah Sparks at or 353.5550 or 800.287.1458.

Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps

Thursday, July 25th, 2013
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4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council are pleased to reveal the National Science Experiment for the 2013 4-H National Youth Science Day. 4-H Maps & Apps will introduce youth to the power of geospatial technologies and their unique ability to help us understand and improve our communities.

Developed by Colorado State University Extension, this exciting activity will engage young people in ways to improve our environment with the help of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

The experiment will test the ability of young people to:

  • Use geospatial skills to create the ideal neighborhood park
  • Become a community planner by using maps and layers to investigate and solve real-world problems, and
  • Contribute data and their community to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) The National Map through The National Map Corps project.

Save the Date!

This annual youth science event will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, and will bring 4-H’ers together from all around the nation to complete this single, innovative activity.

Participation in 4-H National Youth Science Day is meant to help spark an early passion for STEM education and to encourage young people to consider these paths of study and future careers.

To download the 2013 National Science Experiment Youth and Facilitator Guides as well as other key resources, visit the 4-H National Youth Science Day website.

Register Now for Maine 4-H Days!

Friday, June 21st, 2013
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Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21, 2013 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials are available online. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to register early. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms.

We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event.  Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 500 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2013. Volunteers are needed for: presenter assistance, office/registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more.  We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.

Along with many of your favorite returning workshops (Archery, ATV Certification, Modular Origami, Shades of Creativity, Blacksmithing, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Decorating a 4-H Birthday Cake, Milk Science, Duct Tape Projects, Exploration of an Owl’s Diet, and so much more!  The State 4-H Dairy Show will also be held during 4-H Days. All of the workshops, and their descriptions, are posted on the Maine 4-H Days web page at:

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 207.581.3877.

4-H @ UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus

Monday, April 22nd, 2013
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This program will take place May 17th & 18th at the University of Maine in Orono. Youth ages 12-17 can join the fun of becoming familiar with the campus and what it has to offer. The youth will stay in dorm rooms overnight, eat at the dining halls, and attend workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real feel of what college life is like. We hope to see you all there. Details are available on the event page. Please contact Debra Kantor by email or at 474.9622 with any questions, or if you’re interested in volunteering.

2013 Maine 4-H Days – Presenters Needed

Monday, March 25th, 2013
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Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and volunteers are needed to present a variety of workshops.  If you have a skill you could share with youth, anything from photography to cooking or botany, let us know! We also have 4-H Science toolkits available, and can provide materials for your workshop.

Some workshops we have had in the past: Wood Working, Jewelry Making, Fun with Science, Theatre, Cheese Making, Nature Walk, Phenology, Jump Rope Fun, Make Your Own Hula Hoop, and much more – workshops can relate to any of the 4-H projects – from public speaking to dairy goats or robotics.  We have many more ideas available if you are interested in volunteering, but aren’t sure what you’d like to offer.  Youth volunteers are also needed to be presenter assistants, or to offer their own workshops.

If you are interested in volunteering, as a presenter or otherwise, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 581-3877.