UMaine, 4-H Youth to Connect on Campus

May 13th, 2014 11:24 AM
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4-Her at 4-H@UMaineThe University of Maine will host more than 100 Maine 4-H youth this weekend at the annual 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus.

Youth 12 to 17 years old will stay overnight on the UMaine campus, explore careers, and take part in experiential learning during a variety of workshops offered by UMaine faculty and graduate students. The event will be held from 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 16 until 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

Workshop topics include composite materials, embryology, fundamentals of acting, aquaculture, high-altitude ballooning, dance, field skills for the forest, ecology, waves in the ocean, veterinary medicine, permaculture, chemical engineering, CSI-geology, nanotechnology, and nutrition and health.

Some 4-H members will also judge the Maine Invention Convention state competition from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at UMaine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center. During this collaboration between UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation, Cooperative Extension, and the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering, students from around the state will showcase their respective inventions to solve real-world problems.

More information about 4-H — the youth development program of University of Maine Cooperative Extension — is available online at, or by contacting Karen Hatch Gagne at 207.592.6980 or Barbara Baker at 207.212.8397.

Register Starting May 1st for Maine 4-H Days

April 23rd, 2014 4:21 PM
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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.

VOLT Trained Volunteers Needed for 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College

April 23rd, 2014 4:20 PM
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4-H@UMaine is happening on May 16 & 17 at the University of Maine, Orono.  Come spend this fun, exciting event with some great youth.  See and learn about the great things happening at our University.  Meals and lodging are provided on-site.  Contact Sheila Norman at 207.564.3301 or for more information and/or to request a registration form.

For more information on the 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College please go to the website:

Come to Camp this Summer!

April 23rd, 2014 4:19 PM
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Looking for a fun adventure this summer? Come to Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville, or Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp in Tenants Harbor! All Maine 4-H members are eligible for $100 off any residential or adventure trip program, or $50 off any day‑camp program. There are many options to choose from – go backpacking on the AT, canoe the Ducktrap River, learn to sail, camp on an island, swim, create, make new friends. Check out our website at Camp is in session from June 23 to August 29. If you have questions, or need more information, contact Patti Chapman at or call 207-789-5868. We’ll be watching for you!

4-H Dairy Judging Results

April 23rd, 2014 4:18 PM
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The 4-H Dairy Judging event took place on April 12, 2014 at the Hardy Ayrshire Farm in Farmington and at Silver Shade Holstein Farm in New Sharon. Jay Nutting was the official judge for the event. Seventeen 4-Hers participated in the event which was open to 4-Hers in the dairy program statewide. High scoring senior was Sadie Farrand of Franklin County. High Scoring Junior was Mason Rowe also of Franklin County. 4-Hers who participated in the judging event are eligible to tryout for the Eastern States Dairy Team at the State 4-H Dairy Show at Windsor Fairgrounds, July 19-20 2014.

4-H Animal Science Research Project

April 23rd, 2014 4:18 PM
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Karen Hatch Gagne and Kristy Ouellette are doing a research project to learn about Animal Science projects within Maine 4-H.  We will be requesting parental permission to send out a survey to 4-H youth ages 13-18 who have been in Animal Science commodities for the past three years.  The parental permission packet will explain the purpose of the study (using a tool-Common Measures) to assess 4-H youths’ outcomes related to Positive Youth Development, 4-H Science, Citizenship and Healthy Living.  When a parent gives parental permission, and Karen receives the parental signature form, then the Common Measures survey will be electronically sent to that child.  If you do not have easy access to the Internet, you may request a paper copy to complete.  Participation in this research project is voluntary.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Karen Hatch Gagne or Kristy Ouellette

Annual 4-H Robotics Expo Draws 22 Teams

April 3rd, 2014 3:19 PM
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4-Her with robotTwenty-two teams and 76 youth demonstrated their knowledge of robotics and public speaking at the 8th Annual 4-H Robotics Expo on March 29, at the University of Maine at Machias.

Youth also took part in a challenge activity and attended workshops presented by faculty and staff from the UMM and University of Maine.

Jen Lobley, Extension educator in Washington County for 14 years, said 4-H provides learning opportunities that teach leadership, citizenship and life skills. “Today’s event did all of that,” she said. “Our youth participants collected over 550 items of food to be donated to the Machias Area Food Pantry and they demonstrated a number of life skills, including leadership, teamwork, decision-making, problem-solving, and communication.

“Each year the projects grow in complexity, as does the confidence of the youth,” Lobley said. “When we started this event eight years ago, only a handful of kids tried the challenge activity. This year, we had over half our participants sign up for the activity. It builds resiliency, that’s for sure.”

For more information about 4-H and volunteering, contact the Washington County UMaine Extension office, 207.255.3345, 800.287.1542 (in Maine),

Mason Quoted in Press Herald Article about Fire Victim, 4-H Volunteer

March 31st, 2014 2:14 PM
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Mitch Mason, the 4-H youth development educator for the University of Maine’s Cumberland County Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about Gorham resident David Smith, a well-known member of the area’s farming community whose cabinet shop was heavily damaged in a fire. Mason said Smith is very active in the 4-H program. He teaches children how to take care of their animals, hauls animals to fairs and clinics, makes house calls if children have questions, and teaches a woodworking class at an annual 4-H forum. “David’s one of those folks who’s always around, willing to volunteer,” Mason said.

Maine 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl & Hippology Tryouts & Study Sessions

March 26th, 2014 11:35 AM
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Quiz Bowl is a questions game similar to Jeopardy. Two teams with four players each, use electric buzzers to answer questions and gain points. The questions are all horse related and can range from diseases and anatomy to tack and riding disciplines.

Hippology consists of several components including a written test, visual slides, identification of diagrams, horse judging, and a team problem.

Every year, a quiz bowl/ hippology tryouts is held for the Maine State Quiz Bowl team. Four 4-Hers and one alternate are chosen to be on each team. 4-Hers selected to be on the teams are expected to attend practice sessions, and compete both regionally in New Hampshire and nationally in Kentucky.

In order to try-out for the Quiz Bowl/Hippology team, you must be enrolled in 4-H and be 14-18 as of Jan. 1st. However, ALL 4-Hers and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to come to quiz bowl/hippology study sessions. Meetings will be held once a month on Friday evening. You can participate in the study sessions by coming to Libby Hall at the University of Maine in Orono, or by arranging a skype or poly-com connection to Orono from a place convenient for you. Please contact the Quiz Bowl/hippology coordinator to proceed on the latter.

To try-out for the Quiz Bowl or Hippology teams, 4-Hers must take the written tryout test which will be offered at your local county extension office from Feb. 16th-March 14th. The first Quiz Bowl/ Hippology study session, will be held March 28th at 6pm.

If you are interested in trying out for the team, or just want information please contact the quiz bowl/hippology coordinator:         Edie Kershner or (207)322-4601.

Tanglewood 4-H Camp Offers April Vacation Adventure

March 25th, 2014 3:09 PM
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Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Lincolnville will host an April vacation day camp for children ages 5–10 that celebrates the outdoors. The camp will be held Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Games, art and exploration will encourage personal growth in harmony with nature. Cost is $150 per child. Register online by April 11, 2014. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Patti Chapman at 207.789.5868 or