Go Global with 4-H International Immersion Programs in 2023

Interested in exploring all the world has to offer? If so, Wisconsin 4-H International Programs has an opportunity for you! This is your chance to learn about the world by immersing yourself in daily life as a member of a family in a different country. By participating in a homestay instead of traveling as a tourist, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the country’s culture from an insider’s perspective, evolve as a global citizen, quickly adapt to new situations and ways of communication, and develop friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

Visit wi4hinternational.org for program dates, costs, and applications for Summer 2023. Applications are due to the Wisconsin 4-H International Programs Office by December 16th, 2022. Questions? Contact us by email at wi4hinternational@extension.wisc.edu, call 608-262-2491, or complete the brief inquiry form

Nov. 30, 2022
Join friends, family, and staff of Wisconsin 4-H for a fun night out with the Wisconsin Herd!

All kids in a Wisconsin 4-H Club group purchasing through the provided link will get to participate in a pre-game Career in Sports Panel and be invited into the Jockey High Five Tunnel to receive a FREE Herd t-shirt!
Nov. 29, 2022
Register for the upcoming 4-H Club Officer Training event on Saturday, December 3rd, 9am-11am, at the STEM Innovation Center, 2019 Technology Way, Green Bay.

All current officers and officers interested in becoming an officer are welcome to attend.

We are also looking for volunteers to assist with training. 
Nov. 18, 2022
Brown County 4-H is partnering with the YWCA of Green Bay to launch a new 4-H Club!

Drop in to learn more about 4-H and how you can get involved:
Monday December 5th, 5pm to 6:30pm at the Green Bay YWCA, 230 S. Madison St., Green Bay
Nov. 16, 2022
Check out the Suamico Beavertails Club Update from their November Meeting.
Nov. 11, 2022
Send us your Fall Forum recap! We want to hear from you how your experience was!
You can use the Club Update form to send in your update from Fall Forum: https://forms.gle/xsfnyTGTJ1vCZ54Q6
Nov. 9, 2022
Mark your calendars for November 7th! We are hosting an open house for parents and kids (K-2) that are interested in learning about the Brown County 4-H Cloverbud program. Parents can speak with 4-H volunteers and staff about upcoming Cloverbud activities and what 4-H has to offer while the k-2 kids do a fun hands-on activity!

When: Monday, November 7th, 6:00-7:00pm
Where: Kress Library,Gail Fischer Rm. #2 | 333 N Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115
Oct. 27, 2022
The Creative Arts Festival is set for March 18, 2023! Registration is tentative for January.

This year, the Creative Arts Festival Committee is making rounds to visit Brown County 4-H clubs. This is a great opportunity for members to learn how they can get involved with and participate in the festival.

Club leaders: Please use this google form to sign up your club for a visit request.
Oct. 27, 2022
The Building Safe Spaces Training is now available. Learn more online.

4-H Educators have been hard at work developing the next stage of training to support 4-H volunteers in building safe spaces for youth to thrive. This new, self-paced, online training module is available now. 
Oct. 27, 2022
This fall, Wisconsin 4-H will be inviting members (ages 13-18) to complete a survey about their 4-H experience. The survey will help Wisconsin 4-H to learn about the quality of our programs.

The survey will be sent to all Wisconsin 4-H members by e-mail in the first week of October. Youth who complete the survey will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 gift card!

For more information on the 4-H Thriving Model and some of the results from the 2019-2020 4-H Thriving Study in Wisconsin, visit 4-H Thriving Model – Wisconsin 4-H

Please keep an eye out for messages and more information about this important survey.
Oct. 26, 2022
If your club or group met their 2021 charter SMART goals, you are eligible to apply for a Wisconsin Chartered 4-H Club and Group SMART Goal Grant. Approximately 30 grants will be awarded for amounts $100, $200, or $300.

Apply by November 30, 2022, using the form found here.  

Grantees will be contacted after December 12, 2022 if they will be awarded the funds to celebrate their SMART goal success! 

These grants are made possible by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.

Oct. 21, 2022
Wisconsin 4-H is piloting a Pop-up Store for 4-H merch! The online store is linked here.

T-shirts & sweatshirts
Pullovers and jackets
Water bottles, coffee mugs
Bags and more

The store will be open for individual orders from now until November 9th.  Items will be received around the first week of December.  Shipping is a flat rate $15.  
Oct. 20, 2022

Are you a Brown County 4-H'er interested in participating in the Brown County Fair Livestock and Dairy Auction?

Youth (grades 3-13) are required to attend an Education & YQCA Meeting in order to participate.

Save the date for the upcoming Education & YQCA Meeting on January 21, 2023. Deadline to register is January 3rd.

See more information here!

Oct. 20, 2022
See article for important notes for Shooting Sports members on mandatory meetings and enrollment/renerollment.

Please note the deadline for 4-H Shooting Sports enrollment is November 30, 2022.  Please enroll today to stay informed regarding the season.
Oct. 13, 2022

The next Leaders Association Meeting is Tuesday October 4th, 6:00pm, at the STEM Innovation Center.

(2019 Technology Way, Green Bay)

Leaders Association Meeting Minutes and Agendas are available online. 

Bookmark this link to stay up-to-date on 4-H leadership: https://www.browncountywi.gov/departments/extension-brown-county/4-h-youth-development/4-h-leaders-association/


Oct. 7, 2022
Join the 4-H week fun! We are celebrating the accomplishments of 4-H'ers this week and all year long.
Click into the article to learn about local activities to celebrate 4-H Week in Brown County.

Through life-changing 4‑H programs, nearly 6,000,000 young people take on critical issues such as addressing community health inequities, engaging in civil discourse and advocating for equity and inclusion for all. 4-H believes in young people and their strengths and influence to improve the world around us.

Learn more about 4-H and its National impact here.

Sept. 29, 2022

In partnership with nine partner organizations, the National Audubon Society has launched an interactive free digital platform to track and understand the migration and conservation data for HUNDREDS of migratory birds!

Check out the Bird Migration Explorer here.
ExplorAves, en español

See the press release here!
Sept. 28, 2022
Congratulations to the 2022 Brown County Expo Team!

Sept. 26, 2022

It is time to re-enroll in 4-H Online!

For detailed instructions on enrolling in 4-H Online, you can access a family enrollment guide here.

Go to 4-H Online today to enroll in the 2022-2023 Program Year! Sign up soon, so you can register for events, get updated newsletters, and stay in the loop on all your favorite 4-H activities!
Sept. 15, 2022
Thank you to all who came out to show at the Brown County Fair, 2022! 

See list of Junior Division Winners here.
Sept. 15, 2022

2023 Educational Experiences

Educational Experiences for 2023 have been finalized! See the chart in article for a detailed overview of options.
You can also view/download a pdf version here.
Sept. 15, 2022

You can now submit your Club news and updates for publishing on our website and newsletter.

You can access the form for submissions here.
Sept. 15, 2022

You may now register in 4H-Online for both 2022 National 4-H Congress and 2023 Advanced Space Camp!
Registration for both educational experiences will run from July 1 to August 1

National 4-H Congress
Dates: November 25-29, 2022
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Eligibility: youth currently enrolled in grades 9-12
Need-Based Scholarships available! Complete the 2022 WI 4-H Educational Programs Scholarships form to apply.

Advanced Space Camp
Dates: January 21-27, 2023
Eligibility: youth currently enrolled in grades 9-11

More information about National Congresshttps://4h.extension.wisc.edu/opportunities/statewide-events-and-opportunities/national-4-h-congress/
More information about Advanced Space Camp: https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/opportunities/statewide-events-and-opportunities/advanced-space-camp/

July 1, 2022
Thank you to all those that participated in the third annual Bean Bag Toss and 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament! See full note from Mary Van Dyck in article.

Junior Division:  1st Place-Rockland/Junior Holstein; 2nd Place – Rockland 4-H
Intermediate Division:  1st Place-Denmark Red Lightning; 2nd Place-Legacy Builders
Senior Division:  1st Place-Greenleaf Gersome’s; 2nd Place-Morrison
Bean Bag Toss
Cloverbud Division:         1st Place-Sam Goral/Kayden Van Deurzen – Morrison/Happy Valley
                                               2nd Place – Pipsqueek Avery Sexton/Zander Pieper - Rockland
Junior Division:                  1st Place – Molly Goral/Zoey Vande Hey - Morrison
                                                2nd Place-Emily Derenne/Carsyn Clausen - Rockland/Denmark
Intermediate Division:   1st Place-Lori Schiegg/Molly Ruebl - Wrightstown
                                                2nd Place-Toss Masters Abby Guise/Ephriam Kremer – Legacy Builders
Senior Division:                 1st Place-Justin Ossmqnn/Madison Wiese Wrightstown/Morrison
                                                2nd Place-Kaydence Larson’Heidi Beyer - Morrison
Adult Division:                   1st Place-Bratz Bombers Joe & Jolene Bratz - Rockland
                                                2nd Place-Team Ruebl Rick & Joana Ruebl - Wrightstown
Apr. 8, 2022
Advanced Space Academy explores college and career preparation through an immersive experience in science, technology, engineering, and math. Trainees undergo a variety of astronaut training exercises, engineering challenges, and team-building activities, all culminating in an extended duration simulated space mission.

View full article for additional details...
Mar. 2, 2022
The Wisconsin State Fair is scheduled for August 4th through the 14th. We will continue to post the latest news and updates on this page. 

In the meantime, here are important links to review:Updated as of 2/10/2022
Feb. 10, 2022
Join us on March 19th at the Kewaunee County 4-H Model Horse Show!

View full article for additional details...
Feb. 9, 2022
​Join Brown County 4-H for a summer of discovery! This summer will be FILLED with exciting, hands on camps designed just for you! Open to any young person (ages listed per camp), whether you are a member of 4-H or not. Join us for a morning camp, an afternoon camp, or spend the day with us (we will even eat lunch with you!)
  • Not a member of 4-H? Join us to see how we learn by doing in these fun, highly interactive camps. 
  • Enrolled as a 4-H member? Spend time with us to explore project skills and spark interest. Enrolled 4-H members will receive a camp discount.
Each camp is $65 per person, except for Archery which is $10. Non-Members will pay an additional, one-time $10 registration fee.

View full article for additional details...
Feb. 4, 2022
The Brown County 4-H Sewing Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at the 4-H office in the STEM Building on the UWGB campus at 2019 Technology Way, Green Bay.  We are offering different Workshops to learn sewing techniques along with the opportunity to sew a Project for the Fair. 

View full article for additional details...

Feb. 3, 2022
We’re excited to learn about what is important to YOU in this new challenge. We hope you’ll help us by designing a shirt for Chris Clover so we can share with everyone else!

View full article for additional details...
Feb. 3, 2022
We had our first meeting of the New Year! Our Recreational Leader, Jonathan Jahnke, started the meeting off with a fun game of Cotton Ball Race. We acknowledged January birthdays. The Cloverbuds made paper puppets. The Educational activity was dissecting owl pellets. Before we started dissecting the pellets we learned some facts about how the pellets are made.

Submitted by Lydia Jahnke
Feb. 3, 2022
Class registration this year will be held at STEM Innovation Center on the UWGB Campus, 2019 Innovation Way, Green Bay Room #136 on Saturday, February 19 from 9:30 am for all new and returning members. 

View full article for additional details...
Feb. 3, 2022
Face to Face judging for clothing projects will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the UW Extension Office located at the Brown County STEM Innovation Center at UWGB, 2019 Technology Way. Judging for the Style Revue will be held at the same time.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS! (Cloverbuds, Exploring and Home Environment members who have sewing projects will have them judged at the Brown County Fair in August). Members will be able to take their projects home with them after judging but must return their projects on Tuesday of the Fair to receive their ribbons and premiums. 
If you have any questions, please call Sue Vanevenhoven (920-532-5550) or Connie Lenz (920-366-3166). 
Jan. 26, 2022
Rockland 4-H was a finalist in Cedar Crest's Ice Cream Flavor Creation Contest! They will be awarded with a club ice cream party.

Congrats to Rockland! You can learn more about the contest here.
Jan. 26, 2022
Mutual of Wausau has a 4-H Grant that is currently open for clubs to apply for.

The 4-H Club Grant was initiated to support 4-H Clubs in youth development and to promote civic and leadership responsibilities.

The deadline for this grant is April 1, 2022.

Learn more here.
*4-H is not affiliated with Mutual of Wausau
Jan. 19, 2022
Are you a full-time high school graduating senior? Do you have at least a 3.0 grade point average? Are you planning to study an agriculture-related field in college?

If you answered yes to the questions above, check out Green Stone's Scholarship here

*4-H is not affiliated with Green Stone
Jan. 19, 2022
Graduating 4-H members are eligible and encouraged to apply for the Brown County 4-H Scholarship. 
  • You can review the guidelines here. You can fill out the application here.
  • Applications must be received by the Extension Office by March 1.
  • Reading and following the directions carefully is recommended as the judges consider these criteria when scoring applications.
Jan. 13, 2022
Donate while you dine! Support the Legacy Builders 4-H Club on January 25th. Dine in anytime between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm at Culver's of De Pere.
Jan. 13, 2022
Congrats to Madison Wiese from the Wrightstown 4-H Club and Emily Ossmann from the Morrison 4-H Club! They all won big at the WI Junior Holstein Convention!

Madison and Emily's dairy bowl team took first place in the junior division. Madison took first place in the intermediate speaking contest, and she received a YDJM award.

You can read more about it here.
Jan. 12, 2022
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our January meeting! See below for a Projectmania review and our upcoming events.

Projectmania Review:
  • Elizabeth-Photography
  • Leo-Shooting Sports
  • Haylee-Sewing a Drawstring Bag
  • Casey-Marbles his rabbit
  • Eric-Chickens
  • Aly-Edited Photos with Effects
  • Helena-Model Horses
  • Ashlynn-Flowers
  • Alyssa-Macramé
Upcoming Events:
  • Tubing at Kewaunee Winter Park on January 16th
  • February Club Meeting on the 20th: Half of the meeting will be making blankets to donate to children who have experienced abuse and the other half will be a Royal Icing Demonstration. 
  • March Club Meeting on the 12th
  • Creative Arts Festival on March 19th
  • Game Day Event on April 2nd
Submitted by Alyssa Ostrenga
Jan. 12, 2022
On December 10th, Legacy Builders 4-H Club held their monthly meeting. The recreational leader, Jonathan Jahnke, opened up the meeting with a festive game of candy cane toss. During the meeting, Naomi Goben was sworn into her position, Sergeant at Arms. The educational activity was making gingerbread houses, which fit in perfectly with the season. 

Club Reporter: Lydia Jahnke
Club Photographer: Grace Brochtrup 

Jan. 7, 2022
Thank you to everyone who attended our December meeting! We were able to donate 50 cards and 15 yarn hats to Rennes Nursing Home! 
Upcoming events:
  • Projectmania on January 9th
  • Tubing at Kewaunee Winter Park on January 16th
Submitted by Alyssa Ostrenga
Jan. 7, 2022
The Brown County 4-H Creative Arts Festival is happening March 19, 2022, at Wrightstown High School. The even will go from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Performances will include Speech, Story Telling, Readers Theater, Poetry, Demonstration, Music, Movement, Multimedia, and Skit. 

Introduce your non 4-H friends to “4-H” by inviting them to participate as well– see guidelines for additional details.

Registration is due by February 4th. Click here to register.
-Speaking: go.wisc.edu/kqboqs
-Music: go.wisc.edu/vp358e
-Multimedia: go.wisc.edu/882851
-Drama: go.wisc.edu/h01dn7

We need volunteers to make this day happen! Sign up here.

Looking for examples? Check out Katie's project from last year here: https://youtu.be/sys2e42FmMM
Jan. 7, 2022
Join us for WI State 4-H Horse Virtual Training: Horse Project Policies, Concussion Protocol, and Planning a Horse Show on February 9th, 2022, at 6:30 pm. Please register for our virtual session by February 7th.
Jan. 7, 2022
Mark your calendars for the upcoming 4-H Livestock and Skill-a-thon Contest and the State 4-H Meats Judging Contest! If you have participated in the past or this is the first time you are hearing about the contest, we would love to have you join us for this day of learning, fun, and competition.
Jan. 5, 2022
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about scholarships for higher education, and 4-H is the place to look!

Are you a current member or alumni?
More than $15,000 in scholarships are awarded to outstanding Wisconsin 4-H members pursuing higher education in 2022 from the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. Scholarships are awarded to students based on demonstrated personal growth, development and leadership, academic performance and future educational goals.

To be considered for financial support, applications must be received by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation via email by Monday, March 15, 2022 at 5:00 pm. Use the link below for more information.
Dec. 29, 2021
We love to share your pictures & stories! Email us to be featured on our Facebook page and in our newsletter.
Dec. 29, 2021
On November 12th, The Legacy Builders 4-H Club held their monthly meeting at Christ the Rock Church in Depere, WI. Alycia gave a great educational class on how Robert's Rules of Order work in making a Club decision. Robert's Rules are:
1 - Make a Motion
2- Get a Second
3- Have a Discussion 
4- Repeat the Motion
5- Call for a Vote
These rules were used multiple times as the Club used them to make a delicious Chex mix with lots of ingredients. 
Dec. 9, 2021
The new Brown County 4-H youth group had their 1st meeting on November 4th. They had a great turnout and decided to name the club IMPACT – Innovative Mentors Positive Active Community Team! If you are interested in joining them please reach out at Jon.Hill@browncountywi.gov. 
Nov. 18, 2021
Join Wisconsin 4-H in a yearlong experience - Learn Together, Lead Together: Youth-Adult Partnerships! We will kick off with two sessions for the 2021-2022 Annual Leader Training. Plan for interaction and engagement, and all youth and adult leaders are invited to participate! Leave with ideas to use right now in growing youth adult-partnerships in your club and community. We hope all youth and adult leaders join us!

Attend one or both - sessions are designed to bring together youth and adult leaders, and provide easy to use strategies, activities and ideas during your 4-H experiences. Registration details below:
Brown County is offering this session in the virtual settings. Youth and adult participants can register using the links below. Once you register, you will receive the link for the zoom session(s), and be provided information on handouts, reference materials and supporting documents.

November 30th, 2021: Learn Together, Lead Together: Building Relationships, Communication and Inclusion
Time: 6:30-8:00pm  
Register here: https://go.wisc.edu/7r9x64

January 31, 2022: Learn Together, Lead Together: Equal Voices, Roles and Participation
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Register here: https://go.wisc.edu/vze9e3 

Attendance will be recorded. WI 4-H Club annual chartering requires one adult leader from each club or group MUST attend one of the Annual Leader Training sessions.
Have questions? Reach out to your local educator!
Nov. 17, 2021
We are looking to develop committees of staff, youth leaders (grades 8th-13th), and adult volunteers to edit current project information sheets and create a project leader supplement document for the project areas of swine, photography, and woodworking.

Examples of current project information sheets can be found here.

To develop these materials, committees will:
  • review current curriculum available for this project
  • develop a list of most common project skills
  • develop a list of suggested activities to provide a path through project learning using the project skill list
Your commitment: 1 hour every other week, as necessary for about 3 months.

Each committee will develop their own meeting schedule. Committees will be chaired by members of the Project Leader Support committee. Meetings will be held virtually.

Contact Jon Hill if interested in participating: jon.hill@browncountywi.gov

P.S. If you have any horse project photos, please send them to Jon Hill. 
Oct. 29, 2021
Thank you to everyone who was able to come to our meeting on Sunday, October 10th, 2021 at 4:00 pm at Lawrence Town Hall. Here are some highlights...
Oct. 14, 2021
Thank you to everyone who helped us make National 4-H Week a success! We had some great 4-H interviews posted, raised enough food for five families, some of our Cloverbud graduates got to take a picture with Chris Clover, and we recognized our volunteer leaders and community partners for their service. Thank you again for Making the Best Better!
Oct. 14, 2021
Wrightstown 4-H was hard at work cutting, tying, and crocheting plarn mats during their October meeting.
You can learn more about the 4-H Plarn Mat Project here.
Oct. 14, 2021

This month our 4-H club held its meeting at the Lawrence Town Hall.  To kick off the meeting, each member shared their name and what they entered in the fair.  After that, club members nominated members for officer positions and put together a rough schedule for the year ahead.  Then, for the club picnic, each member got a pre-packaged meal to enjoy and eat together.  To top it off, there was ice cream for dessert.  It was a great way to kick off a new 4-H year.
Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrits


Sept. 28, 2021

Submitted By: Carlie Smits - Wrightstown 4H

We started our  September 12th Wrightstown 4H meeting at 4pm. We started by installing the new officers into their rolls.  President Madison Wiese called the meeting to order.  We then went through the agenda and followed with some fun activities.  We did an activity to teach everyone how to make a motion and a speed meeting activity to meet other members in the group.  We ended the meeting with build your own ice cream sundaes.  While eating our sundaes we talked about what roles and activities the older youth could lead throughout the year.

At 3pm the younger Cloverbud members participated in a fun meet and greet with Chris Clover and Chris worked with the younger members on the 4H pledge.

Our next meeting is Sunday, October 10th.


Sept. 27, 2021

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 4-H year is open at wi.4honline.com.  Visit 4-H online and enroll today!  Questions? Call 920-391-4654 or email 4h@browncountywi.gov.


Sept. 19, 2021

Ben Brown (Friendly Fields 4-H Club), Alyssa Ostrenga (Lost Dauphin 4-H Club), and Riley VanZeeland (Suamico Beavertails 4-H Club) were recently recognized as the recipients of the Wisconsin 4-H Key Award.  The Key Award is presented annually to 4-H members who have grown in the 4-H program to be strong leaders, lived out the 4-H mission “to make the best better” and shown their dedication to living out the 4-H pledge of their head to clearer thinking, their hands to larger service, their hearts to greater loyalty and their health to better living.  These three young people have made their clubs, their communities and their countries better places, and are very deserving of the Wisconsin 4-H Key Award.  Please join us in congratulating them.

Aug. 31, 2021

This fall, Wisconsin 4-H will be inviting members (ages 13-18) to complete a survey about their 4-H experience. The survey will help Wisconsin 4-H to learn about the quality of our programs. 

The survey will be sent to all Wisconsin 4-H members by e-mail in the first week of October. Youth who complete the survey will be entered into a raffle to receive gift cards, scholarships to 4-H events, and other prizes. 

For more information on the 4-H Thriving Model and some of the results from the 2019-2020 4-H Thriving Study in Wisconsin, visit 4-H Thriving Model – Wisconsin 4-H.

Please keep an eye out for messages and more information about this important survey.

Aug. 24, 2021

The State Extension office has educational resources and teaching tools that are available to YOU, as a club or project.  To learn more, visit the PYD Media Collection website to see what is available. You will find displays, skillathons, learning lab kits, interactive CD ROMs, DVDs, and more. Project materials currently include horse, dairy, livestock, small animal, and some arts. 4-H approved volunteers may request materials and have items sent directly to them. 
There is no cost to order materials for Extension-sponsored programs. Non-Extension user groups must pay for outbound and return postage plus a $10 handling fee.

To learn more about the PYD Media Collection, see lists of materials by project area, and find out how to request materials, visit the website. Contact Monica Lobenstein, Learning Resources Specialist, monica.lobenstein@wisc.edu or 715-896-0377, with questions.


Aug. 24, 2021

This month our 4-H club had its meeting at Legion Pool in De Pere.  Members had a fun time swimming, splashing, and jumping off the diving boards.
A few weeks later, many club members participated in the Brown County Fair. Involvement ranged from helping out at the 4-H foodstand to exhibiting animals and projects that club members have worked hard to prepare all year.

Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrits

Aug. 23, 2021

Brown County 4-H is excited to welcome Jon Hill to the 4-H team, as the new 4-H Program Educator.  You may recognize Jon from his time with Brown County 4-H as the STEM Outreach Coordinator.  Jon began in his new role on Monday, August 9th.  We are excited to be fully staffed and working as a team to support all Brown County 4-H programming!
You will see Jon at the Brown County Fair next week. When you see him, come up and introduce yourself, the club you are with and share a little about you!


Aug. 10, 2021

This month our 4-H club held its meeting at the Lawrence Town Hall.  The club kicked off the meeting by each member saying their name and what they did over the 4th of July weekend.  The club then discussed business.  After that, club members finished up the meeting by painting rocks to be put in places in the community or entered in the fair.
Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrits


July 26, 2021

Shotgun TeamGrand Island, Nebraska was the 2021 site for over 600 4-H top qualifiers from 32 states to attend the National competition held June 20 – 25. According to Doug Thompson, Wisconsin State 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator, “this annual competition for most youth who participated this summer has been two years in the making. Covid 19 forced the National Committee to cancel the 2020 event so those still age eligible had the option to compete in this year’s championships.”
Twenty- four WI 4-H Shooting Sports team members and their families arrived in Grand Island June 20, 2021 for the competition. These youth competed on one of the following shooting sports disciplines teams: Air Rifle or Pistol, Archery Compound or Recurve, Smallbore Rifle or Pistol, Shotgun, and Hunting & Wildlife Skills. Each discipline has three different events on three different days. For example, the shotgun team shot trap, skeet, and sporting clays over the three days of competition. Each state is allowed to have one team of four youth per discipline.
Brown County 4-H was represented by Adam Wesolowski and Matthew Ossmann at the National Championships shooting in the shotgun discipline. They earned the honor to represent Wisconsin at the 2021 4-H National Championships by posting top scores statewide in 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational events. Congratulations to Adam and Matthew for proudly represented Wisconsin 4-H at the National Championships and thank you to the coaches, volunteers and involved parents who make our shooting sports program successful.    
View results and pictures from the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships here. Information about Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports is available on the State 4-H Shooting Sports website. To learn more about 4-H Shooting Sports in Brown County, contact your local 4-H Educator at 920-391-4610 or 4h@browncountywi.gov

Adam ShootingMatthew Shoot

July 14, 2021

Hello 4-H families! The ‘’Wisconsin 4-H News’’ is coming to your inbox soon. Get the latest information on statewide 4-H programs, events, deadlines and celebrations regularly in one spot. Emails will be sent out on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month to the email address you use in 4-HOnline. Look for the first “Wisconsin 4-H News” on July 1st!

June 28, 2021

This month our 4-H club held its meeting outdoors at the Lawrence Town Hall.  Club members introduced themselves by saying their favorite way to cool off in the summer.  After discussing club business, the members participated in a fun obstacle course.  To end the meeting, members all got a delicious ice cream treat.
Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrits

June 21, 2021

Happy Valley 4-H Club had their annual Pop Tab weigh-in on Saturday, June 12th and the total collected by Brown County 4-H was 308 POUNDS!  The Josie Van Deurzen Family delivered the tabs to the Ronald McDonald House® in Milwaukee.  Revenue from recycling these little bits of aluminum help RHMC of Eastern Wisconsin keep families together and close to the care they need when they need it most. 

Please keep collecting!  There will be another weigh-in 2022. 

If you have any questions or know of other groups interested in partnering with Brown County 4-H to collect pop tabs, please email bc4hpoptabs@gmail.com. The Extension Brown County office will gladly store pop tabs throughout the year.

June 16, 2021

Honey bees and other pollinators play an important role in the agricultural ecosystem. These same pollinators are under stress from a number of factors: pests, disease, lack of habitat, and more. The GROWMARK Pollinator Garden Program helps 4-H clubs do their part to help sustain and increase honey bee populations by providing enough seed to plant approximately a 700 square foot area, as well as educational signage to be placed around the garden.

UW-Madison Division of Extension Brown County offered garden space space at the STEM Innovation Center for clubs if they were interested in applying for this program.  The Lost Dauphin 4-H club applied, were selected, and on May 23rd planted their pollinator garden! 

This is the sixth year of the GROWMARK Pollinator Graden Program, open to 4-H clubs, Ag in the Classroom groups, and FFA chapters in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin.  “Nearly 200 youth organizations have been part of the program since 2016,” said Karen Jones, GROWMARK Youth and Young Producer Specialist. “Growing the number of pollinator gardens this year will help provide even more habitat for bees and other beneficial pollinator species.”

Thank you GROWMARK!


May 24, 2021

The Happy Valley 4-H Club took part in the 2021 Fox-Wolf Watershed Cleanup on Saturday, May 1, 2021.  The Fox-Wolf Watershed Cleanup took place in several locations along the Fox River and Wolf River watersheds.  Happy Valley 4-H cleaned up along the East River by Ledgeview Park in De Pere.  Check out the pictures of this great day! 


May 3, 2021

The Brown County 4-H Leaders Association is proud to announce this year’s Scholarship Recipients:

  • Jordyn Ossman
  • Riley Van Zeeland

 They have been awarded a scholarship to acknowledge their active participation, community service and leadership in the Brown County 4-H program.  We thank them for all their time and dedication and wish them much success as they continue their educational goals.  Congratulations!

Apr. 21, 2021

We started our April 11th virtual Wrightstown 4H meeting at 4pm. President Madison Wiese called the meeting to order. Lilly Bartosch led the Pledge of Allegiance and Andy Kinate led the 4H Pledge.  Allison Bartosch gave the Secretary’s Report, Alicia Wiese and Sabrina moved to approve it. We then went over old and new business including our community service projects, upcoming questions on fair projects and entries and the date for the Clothing Review for sewing project members.  We talked about an opportunity to do cardmaking virtually and virtual opportunities through the county coming up. At the end of this meeting our Junior members created dog toys out of old t-shirts to donate to local animal rescues. The meeting adjourned with a reminder of the next meeting in May.

At 3pm the younger Cloverbud members participated in a pet parade show and share activity, if they did not have a pet they were able to share a favorite stuffed animal and everyone introduced their animal.  They then learn how to make a few fun snacks too!

Submitted By: Carlie Smits Wrightstown 4H

April Meeting Activities

Apr. 20, 2021

Please utilize the link below for frequently asked questions related to 4-H and COVID-19. 


Apr. 9, 2021

4-H Leaders Association meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month and are open to anyone, youth and adult.  For more information on the next meeting including date, time, agendas and minutes, click here. 

Mar. 31, 2021

This month for 4-H our club celebrated Valentine's Day!  We kicked off our meeting by reciting the 4-H pledge and introducing ourselves by sharing our favorite candy bars.  Then, one of our very own club members led us in a fun Valentine's Day painting that each member could do from their own home.  After that, we talked about the 4-H online project lists, upcoming online Creative Arts Festival, and the fun opportunities happening this year in 4-H.  To finish the meeting, we talked about special activities we could do to celebrate St. Patrick's Day next meeting.
For our virtual March meeting, we celebrated St. Patrick's Day.  To kick off the meeting, we shared our names and what we are looking forward to over spring break.  Then, two different club members led us in St. Patrick Day themed activities.  The first was to build a leprechaun trap using a shoebox and a few craft supplies.  Then, another club member showed us how to draw leprechauns.  This month, our club members really stepped up to show us very enjoyable St. Patrick's activities.
-Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrits


Mar. 16, 2021

Want to try your hand at a creative stitchery project, but not sure how to start?  Brown County 4-H is here to help!  Join Melinda in learning the basics and making a simple cross-stitched bookmark.  Download the pattern, grab your aida cloth, needle and floss and make a simple cross stitched bookmark on your own timeframe.  Take your time, pause and repeat as needed as you work your own project and move along to the next video when you are ready. 

Click here to be redirected to the YouTube playlist with all three videos!


Mar. 11, 2021

Want to learn the basics of crocheting?  Join Melinda for five short videos to learn the basics of crocheting on your own time frame.  Take your time, pause and repeat as needed as you work your own project and move along to the next video when you are ready. 

4-H Members: Do you need materials to try this project?  We have them for you!  Email alyssa.zirbel@browncountywi.gov with your request for materials.  Also remember, the item you make while following along with this video can be submitted at the Brown County Fair! 

Click here to be redirected to the YouTube playlist with all five videos!


Mar. 4, 2021

We started our February 14th virtual Wrightstown 4H meeting at 4pm. President Madison Wiese called the meeting to order. Allison Bartosch submitted the Secretary Report and Madison Wiese submitted the Treasurer’s Report. We then went over old and new business including our community service project due February 28th, families in the club are tying blankets for the Children’s Hospital and we wrapped up our Band-Aid Drive with fun bandages for the kids at the hospital.  Members will be participating in virtual project meetings in the next few months.  At the end of this meeting our Junior members created a heart-shaped pizza in their kitchen brushing up on their culinary skills (some are pictured). The meeting adjourned with a reminder of the next meeting on March 14th at 4pm(Junior Members) and 3pm (Cloverbud Members).

At 3pm the younger Cloverbud members participated in an activity creating a Valentine’s buddy and Skittles Rainbow.  Some of these members are pictured with their activity.

Submitted By: Carlie Smits Wrightstown 4-H

Meeting Collage 2

Feb. 24, 2021

We started our January 10th virtual Wrightstown 4H meeting at 4pm by making homemade hot chocolate, the activity was led by Madison and Alivia Wiese. (Activity Pictured) President Madison Wiese then started the business portion.  Allison Bartosch submitted the Secretary Report and Josslyn Smits the Treasurer’s Report.  We then covered old and new business including our community service project for this month of tying blankets for the Children’s Hospital.  The meeting adjourned with a reminder of the next meeting on February 14th.

At 3pm the younger Cloverbud members participated in an activity creating sock snowman.  Some of these members are pictured with their creations.

Submitted by: Carlie Smits


Jan. 14, 2021

In December our 4-H club met virtually. We kicked off the meeting by each sharing our favorite holiday treat then singing Christmas carols. After that, since we would normally be volunteering at a nursing home for this meeting, one of our club members led us in making foam cup snowmen that would be dropped off at a nursing home. Additionally, we also made cards to be sent with the snowmen. Even though our meeting was not the same as it has been other years it was nice to still be able to get together and be able to still help out people in our community.
Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrits


Dec. 28, 2020

The Wisconsin State 4-H Shooting Sports program would like to recognize Meggan Daniels, Pierce County, Town and Country 4-H Club and Thomas Sevcik, Brown County 4-H Shooting Sports Club for presenting at the Wisconsin 4-H 2020 Virtual Fall Forum.  

Meggan and Thomas' presentation titled 4-H Shooting Sports Aims Youth at Life Skill Targets, was very well attended and received great feedback. Meggan shared the valuable growth and development opportunities she has experienced through a career in 4-H Shooting Sports, from local events to her national achievements. She also shared her recent National 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador Training experience on how to mentor other youth in developing shooting sports leadership programs. Meggan’s presentation was an inspiration to others to take full advantage of what 4-H Shooting Sports has to offer.

Thomas gave a preview of a new computer program to expand wildlife teachings for the shooting sports curriculum. This tool will also assist in keeping clubs connected during this time of separation but can also be used in the future when clubs will be able to meet face to face again. Thomas’ introduction to virtual learning was an invitation to participants to explore new approaches to making distance learning both educational and fun. His knowledge of using Google Forms to create challenging wildlife and conservation quizzes was a demonstration of future educational activities coming to 4-H Shooting Sports.

Thanks to Meggan and Thomas for their leadership in 4-H Shooting Sports. 

Dec. 14, 2020

"Brendan and Casey are busy today using skills they learned in robotics to build a robot that can fetch them a soda.  The boys are missing robotics classes!"

Thank you to Carrie Ostroski for sharing this picture and note with us. We are missing robotics classes too and are so proud of Brendan and Casey for utilizing their skills they learned at home!

Dec. 14, 2020

For the month of November our club held a virtual meeting.  The club kicked off the meeting by having each member share their name and something they ate that day.  The members then talked about new and old business consisting of 4-H enrollment, the virtual December meeting, bag decorating for ADRC, the county raffle basket donation, the virtual January meeting, and Pop (soda) Top collection.  The club completed 26 cards for families involved in the Califirnia and Oregon wildfires.  Their goal is to complete 35 more by the December meeting.  To finish off the meeting, members participated in a scavenger hunt where they found items in their house like forks and stuffed animals.  
Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrrits

Dec. 9, 2020

Thank you to all the families of the Wrightstown 4-H Club for contribution of food donations they collected for the Thanksgiving season!  This is a great example of community service and how to make a difference for Brown County residents in need.


Dec. 4, 2020

Through our partnership with JOANN Fabric and Crafts, 4‑H’ers can expand their hearts, hands, and minds through new crafting projects on Creativebug.com.

When you sign up for a JOANN 4‑H Rewards Card today, not only will you save 15% off every purchase and have a portion of the sale go back to support 4‑H, but you also will get free access to Creativebug.com. Creativebug.com has thousands of award-winning arts and crafts video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Click here to check out the Creative Bug partnership as well as other discounts and fabric available just for 4-H members! 

Nov. 25, 2020

Thomas PictureThe COVID-19 pandemic has affected organizations across the nation, many creating virtual events and programs. The 4-H Shooting Sports program is no exception but you probably ask how is virtual shooting sports a possibility? The Alabama 4-H program developed a virtual shooting sports quiz bowl and the opportunity was distributed by National 4-H Shooting Sports to all states. 
Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator Doug Thompson shared this opportunity for Wisconsin 4-H  youth to register through the Alabama 4-H program to participate in the virtual quiz bowl. Quiz questions were set to a time limit with a penalty given for a slow response even for correct answers. Questions covered archery, muzzleloader, rifle, pistol, shotgun, western heritage and wildlife. Participants could register as individuals or as a team of four in the Junior or Senior divisions and were given a week to go online and complete their quiz.
Thomas Sevcik, Brown County 4-H Shooting Sports member, participated as an individual in the Senior division. Participants who competed had their results placed both in their respective region in the United States and nationally. Thomas placed 5th out of 23 in the North Central Region, which comprises the mid-western states, and was 26th out of 120 in national competition. Congratulations to Thomas for representing Brown County and Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports with these outstanding scores.    

July 14, 2020

The 4-H Sewing Workshop was held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the STEM Innovation Center.  This new location was fantastic for sewing with it's large windows and natural light.  It was a great opportunity for 4-H youth to learn sewing skills.  It was fun to see the smiles on the members when they saw their final creations! 

Thanks to the sewing leaders who guided these youth in creating their one of a kind sewing project during the workshop.  Without our leaders sharing their skills, these opportunities would not be available for the youth.

Jan. 21, 2020

Please check out this video on Parliamentary Procedure and Group Decision Making put together by Sarah Tarjeson from Extension Sheboygan County.

Dec. 10, 2019