Want to learn more about 4-H and how you can join a county 4-H club?
Waldo County 4-H Clubs are hosting their 4-H Cub Informational Meetings on …
Little Beavers 4-H Club
Dairy & Community Service
Monday, November 11, 2013
Marilyn Schofield 568-3547
Meeting day: Jenn Schofield
948-3272 or 338-4993
Fine Pine 4-H Club
Friday, December 6, 2013
Connie Tuller 223-5039
Home School 4-H Club
Community Service Learning
For youth 5 – 18 years old
Fridays 10:30 AM
Kindred Spirits 4-H Club
Informational Meeting to be announced soon
Richard Kersbergen, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator on sustainable dairy and forage systems, was quoted in an Associated Press article about goCrop, a new app that helps map crops and monitor irrigation systems. Kersbergen said goCrop would be a potentially useful tool in helping dairy farmers keep records. NWCN.com carried the report.
Are you a gardening enthusiast? Would you like to share your gardening knowledge with your community? If so, you may want to join the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers training for Kennebec and Waldo Counties this fall.
The program provides participants with more than 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. In addition, the program trains volunteers to conduct and join sustainable horticulture projects in Kennebec and Waldo Counties.
Trainees receive the latest research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. This coming program will focus on vegetable and fruit production and will be on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from Oct. 16 through early December. Classes will be held at Colby College from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Participants must attend two of three tours held at other area sites in spring of 2014 and pass a written exam. To complete the course, participants must volunteer a minimum of 40 hours at approved community projects the first year. There are many ways to volunteer – demonstration gardens, school programs, Harvest for Hunger campaigns, newsletter articles, public talks, and more.
For more information or to apply online, go to http://umaine.edu/kennebec/resources/master-gardeners/ or contact the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Kennebec County office by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 207.622.7546 (local) or 1.800.287.1481 (toll-free, in Maine). The course application is due Sept. 11 for first consideration. If accepted, the program fee is due by October 9. If the fee is a barrier to a participant, please contact the county Master Gardener Coordinator. Limited scholarships are available. To request a disability accommodation, call Caragh Fitzgerald at 207.622.7546 / 1.800.287.1481 / or TDD: 1.800.287.8957 (in Maine0 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 14 days before the program begins provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted.
Image Description: gardener working in vegetable garden
4-H Afterschool Academy for Childcare Providers
Wed, Sept 19th and Wed, Oct 3,
Location will be at
Jim and Bon’s Day Care
336 Main Street North
To register contact: The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Waldo County Office
Visit our 4-H Afterschool Academy website: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/how-can-you-participate-in-4-h/afterschool/academy/
For more information, contact Jennifer Lobley.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program in Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo Counties provides participants with at least 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. Trainees receive current, research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. In return, trained Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise in many ways for community programs and activities.
Image Description: Master Gardener Volunteers at the Morris Farm
Want to teach middle school or high school science using a school garden?
University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Waldo County is offering training for Maine teachers who want to use gardens and greenhouses as proficiency-based learning environments for the applied science.
Sept. 9, the Waldo County Extension Association will offer a free information session on using the Master Gardener curriculum and assessment in the classroom. The program includes a field trip to Islesboro Central School, dinner and a facilitated discussion at the Technical School in Waldo. Participants will meet at noon at the Islesboro Ferry in Lincolnville.
After the event, participants will also receive an hour-long support visit and resources to use in their classrooms, including ideas for tying gardening to the Next Generation Science Standards.
A 1.0 CEU credit for participants is pending.
The Science in the Garden program is offered in response to the growing popularity of school gardens and the local foods movement. University of Maine Cooperative Extension has partnered with horticulture teacher Ryan Martin at the Islesboro Central School on a pilot program utilizing the Master Gardener curriculum. As part of this program, students who demonstrated proficiency were awarded Master Gardener certifications.
For more information about the Science in the Garden program or the Sept. 9 information session, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Vina Lindley, firstname.lastname@example.org or Rick Kersbergen, email@example.com.
As you make plans for your 4-H clubs, afterschool programs and science clubs this coming school year, please take a moment to consider a visit to the University of Maine! Please contact your county Extension 4-H Staff who work closely with our Maine 4-H Science Professionals assisting to match a UMaine offering to the needs of your youth.
Some example offerings include:
While many of these experiences are at the University of Maine campus in Orono, faculty and graduate students are willing to travel to YOUR location!
As always, if you have youth interested in a topic that is not on this short list, please let us know.
In 2013/2014, we also will have some special offerings… including an opportunity to connect with a researcher on an Arctic climate change research trip, and opportunities to spend a Saturday exploring a science topic at UMaine. Details on these will be shared as soon as the programs are set.
SciGirls®, the popular PBS Kids series, will deliver a free training workshop for educators and STEM professionals at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office in Lisbon Falls on September 12 from 9:00 to 4:30 p.m The University of Maine College of Engineering and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension/4-H will host the workshop. Registration is required.
Who should attend? K-12 educators, formal and informal; career and technical professionals; higher education faculty; business and government leaders. We particularly encourage participation by STEM professionals who wish to get involved with organizations dedicated to increasing the numbers of girls in STEM.
Visit the National Girls Collaborative Project registration page to sign up.
Registration will close one week before the training. Space is limited, so sign up early! Beverages and snacks will be provided by your hosts, please plan to bring a lunch.
SciGirls presenter Sarah Carter says that participants will learn the latest research for exciting and engaging girls (and boys) in STEM; experience hands-on STEM activities; and gain access to free materials for hands-on, video-enhanced activities that put a creative twist on teaching STEM. SciGirls integrates inquiry- based STEM instruction with a commitment to gender equity.
SciGirls is a PBS Kids television series that seeks to change how tweens think about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. In each episode, bright, curious real girls put STEM to work. Viewers can check out the website to play games, watch episodes, share projects, and connect with other SciGirls in a totally safe social networking environment.
Space is limited, so please sign up early!
Rick Kersbergen, University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator of sustainable dairy and forage systems, spoke with the Kennebec Journal about the low quality of this year’s hay harvest due to a rainy June. Kersbergen spoke about the loss of nutrients while farmers wait for the hay to dry. He said once the hay crop quality drops, the only remedy is a second crop of good quality hay.