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4-H National Youth Science Day!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Youth holding a live starfish; photo by Edwin Remsberg, USDAMaine 4-H Youth Learn and Lead on Climate Change

During the month of October, youth in Maine will join hundreds of thousands of young people across the nation as part of 4-H National Youth Science Day, and conduct one simultaneous experiment: 4-H2O, the 2010 National Science Experiment.

4-H2O will:

  • teach youth how carbon dioxide can affect aquatic animals, plants, and other living organisms in lakes, streams, rivers, and oceans;
  • feature a series of interactive activities and discussions to demonstrate the importance of water quality and its relevance to climate change; and
  • show how youth can help reduce their carbon footprint in their own communities.

To combat a national shortage of young people pursuing science college majors and careers, 4-H National Youth Science Day will spark an early youth interest in science education. Currently, more than five million youth across the nation take part in 4-H science, engineering, and technology year-long programming. Through the One Million New Scientists, One Million New Ideas campaign, 4-H has undertaken a bold goal to engage one million new young people in science, engineering, and technology programs by the year 2013.

Come join us at one of these events!

  • October 7, 2010, 3:30 pm, Patten Free Library, Bath
  • October 18, 2010, 3:30 pm, Lisbon Falls Public Library
  • October 26, 2010, 3:30 pm, South Portland Public Library
  • October 26, 2010, 5:30 pm, Baxter Memorial Library, Gorham
  • October 27, 2010, 6:30 pm, New Gloucester Public Library
  • November 3, 2010, 3:00 pm, Auburn Public Library

To request more information, or to RSVP, please contact: Sarah Sparks, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 24 Main St, Lisbon, ME 04252 1-800-287-1458 or

4-H members serve as honorary pages at the State House!

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Taylor W., Bronwyn G., Lauren C., Ashley W. and Simeon G. served as honorary pages at the State House.

4-H members served as honorary pages during UMaine Day at the Legislature on March 11, 2010. When the Maine House of Representatives is convened, the Honorary Page program gives youth an opportunity to participate in the process and to interact with Legislators. Under the supervision of the Sergeant-At-Arms and Chamber Staff, 4-H members had the opportunity to see what it was like to work on the floor of the House and Senate and be part of a Legislative Session. They performed such duties as delivering messages to Legislators and distributing Amendments and Supplements in the Chamber.

Youth in Governance is one of the mission mandates of the 4-H youth development program. For more information about 4-H opportunities in Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties please contact Extension Educator Kristy Ouellette, at 353-5550.