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4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment 2014: Train-the-Trainer Workshop

September 11, or October 7 at 6:30 pm, or September 12 at 3:30 pm. The workshop, delivered via distance learning to sites around the state, will equip participants with the experience and resources to deliver the 2014 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) Experiment “Rockets to the Rescue!” Designed for 4-H volunteers, after-school and childcare providers, teachers, and library staff, the workshop provides 2 hours of professional development. Participants must complete the full training to receive CEUs and materials, and will be asked to host at least one NYSD experiment with youth, within 2 months of training.

More information and online registration is available at: Registration will close 10 days prior to the training. Cost: $10 for currently enrolled 4-H volunteers (volunteers must confirm with Jessy Brainerd at or 207.581.3877 for the coupon code to receive this reduced rate) or $25 for non-enrolled volunteers.

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4-H Animal Science Committees

Maine’s Animal Science Committees (ASC) are looking for new members to join.  The ASC is comprised of 4-H volunteers and youth members who work with Extension staff to develop an educational plan for youth in animal programs statewide. Committees plan various educational programs and events available to youth in animal projects throughout the year. One program that volunteers coordinate is the Eastern States program. Volunteers and youth, along with support from 4-H staff, coordinate the teams that represent Maine at the Big E each year in September. There are seven Animal Science Committees, dairy, beef, horse, sheep, dairy goat, dog, and working steer that are looking for volunteers to join their committees. Please consider joining a committee and learn more about them and the application process to join at   For more information please contact Michaele Bailey at, 207.581.3872 or Donna Flint at, 207.324.2814.

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Register Starting May 1st for Maine 4-H Days

Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials are available online. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first serve 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 400 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2014. 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, Dog Camp, Field Skills for the Forest, Cheese Making, Lego® Robotics, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Make Your Own Hula Hoop, Line Dancing, and so much more! All of the workshops, and their descriptions, will be posted on the Maine 4-H Days web page by May 1:

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

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Volunteers Needed for 2014 Maine 4-H Days

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.

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

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), (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.

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

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.

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4-H Animal Science Committees

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.

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2013 Maine 4-H Days – Another Great Year!

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.

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

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.

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Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps

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.

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Cooperative Extension: 4-H
103 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 1.800.287.0274
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System