The Brown County 4-H Leaders Association, along with the Food Stand Committee, regret to announce that we are unable to host the 4-H Food Stand at the Brown County Fair this August.  This decision has come after months of planning and preparing for an ever-changing and unexpected year, and based on the guidance from UW-Madison and Extension, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Since this is one of our largest fundraisers of the year, the Brown County 4-H Leaders Association will be looking for other fundraising opportunities to help maintain the current and future programming provided to our Brown County 4-H members.  If you or your family members have any great ideas for fundraising, please share them on this form: https://forms.gle/5HEUbRqTmyNX1KjGA

If you have questions, comments, or concerns please contact Cindy Ossmann at cossmann1@gmail.com

We look forward to having the food stand back at the 2021 Brown County Fair!  Thank you for your understanding and continued support of Brown County 4-H!
 

July 9, 2020

4-H Online is upgrading from the 1.0 to 2.0 system this fall.  This upgrade is more user friendly and a welcome transition for leaders, members and staff.  However, with the upgrade we have deadlines for changes to make note. 

IMPORTANT DATES
July 15 - ‚ÄčLast day for families to add new youth or adults
August 7- Participating adult volunteers and youth must be "Active" and Group Enrollment deadline in 4HOnline 1.0
August 20 - Last day to edit in 4HOnline 1.0
August 21- 4HOnline 1.0 is closed for families and staff edits (Families will not have access until 2.0 is open)
Early September- 4-H Online 2.0 opens for families

Club leaders, please ensure your current member enrollment and new families "status" and any changes are correct before deadlines.  If there are any reports you often use, please run and save them to your computer before August 21st for your records until we have access to the 2.0 system again in early September. 

If you have any questions about this timeline or the transition, please email alyssa.zirbel@browncountywi.gov

July 9, 2020

Hello WI 4-H Families and Volunteers-

On July 14th at 7:00 p.m. we will be holding the quarterly Town Hall meeting. The meeting will be available via zoom or YouTube. We are super excited about the agenda for the meeting and hope you will make the time to participate.

The Division of Extension Dean Karl Martin will be providing updates regarding the programming decisions made during the Covid-19 pandemic. He will also be discussing all the work the Division of Extension and 4-H have put into providing new virtual experiential learning opportunities. A lot has been offered this summer at the local and state level and we look forward to sharing some of those positive events with you.

We also want to use the Town Hall meeting as an opportunity for all of you to ask questions or share ideas with the State 4-H leadership. JulieAnn Stawicki, Interim Associate Dean, and Dondieneita Fleary-Simmons, 4-H Program Manager will answer questions that you send in a head of time. The link to submit questions is: https://forms.gle/bzNqQ68UD2epL1At9

Again, we are super excited to connect with all the 4-H families and volunteers next week. We are grateful for the amazing work you do and the ongoing commitment you have to the youth in 4-H. Below you will find the links to connect to the 4-H Town Hall meeting. You have the option of connecting to the zoom link or to the YouTube link or you can call in.

The YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/ML0lD61POvo
Zoom Link: https://uwextension.zoom.us/j/95172969243?pwd=MnFhYmVQa1lMUDRieUZmc1VxVi9DQT09
Password: 053947
Phone Number: 1 301 715 8592
Webinar ID: 951 7296 9243

 

July 9, 2020

Please utilize the links below for frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 and events in 2020.

FAQ: COVID-19 and WI 4-H:  https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/4-h-faqs-related-to-covid-19/
FAQ: COVID-19, FAIR and EXTENSION:  https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/extension-fair-faq/
FAQ: COVID-19 and EXTENTION/4-H:  https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/2020/05/15/wisconsin-4-h-and-covid-19-response/
 

July 9, 2020

Each August, the Wisconsin 4-H Program typically holds the Military Kids Camp at Upham Woods. This year, while we are unable to offer that camp in-person at Upham Woods, we are happy to invite youth to participate in the upcoming virtual Badger Youth Camp on August 4, 5, & 6 (Mon-Wed) from 9:00-11:30am each day.

This opportunity is open to all youth ages 8-17 including 4-H members in military families.  The camp will include wellness, art, and outdoor learning activities including guest experts such as UW-Madison Wildlife Ecologist, Jamie Nack!  We also welcome Cassie Immel, active serviceperson and UW-Madison graduate, to kick-off the camp with a keynote speech & discussion on how youth can maintain hope, health, and resilience during these challenging times.

Please register within the next two weeks in order to receive a camp-in-a-box in the mail beforehand!  Registration available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-badger-youth-camp-2020-tickets-109189966128. The $10 fee includes registration and “camp in a box”.

Click to learn more about 2020 Virtual Badger Youth Camp and the Wisconsin National Guard Child and Youth Program.

 

July 9, 2020

Although the preferred mode of meetings is still virtual, as of July 1, 2020 4-H members and leaders may be allowed to hold small face to face gatherings in groups of 10 people or less.  If you are interested in holding a 4-H gathering of 2 to 10 people, you must contact Melinda at 920-391-4613 or melinda.pollen@wisc.edu before scheduling anything.  You and Melinda will discuss the activity, and she can share with you considerations and what she may have available to help you.  After initial contact with Melinda, she will direct you to fill out a form that needs to go through an approval process from UW-Madison Division of Extension 4-H Positive Youth Development Program before the gathering is allowed to proceed. 

 

July 2, 2020

No one likes a bully, and the mean bully goat has been flinging forest animals all over! How will they get home? Click here to join Brown County Library and Brown County 4-H to help create a solution to this problem using STEM.

 

July 1, 2020

Summer is here and the Institute of Positive Youth Development is excited to announce the offering of a “Summer Virtual Learning Community” for youth and families throughout Wisconsin!  This means that youth and adults, in kindergarten and older, can choose from one or more virtual activities being offered from July 1 - August 31.  These high quality virtual opportunities include everything from live cooking experiences, self-paced lessons, documentary group watches and discussions, expert group presentations and discussions by professors and professionals, virtual tours of farms, art museums, and more!  There is something for everyone.
 
So how do you get in on the fun? We invite you to follow along with the summer of activities and hope you find something engaging for you or your family! You can find more information on our webpage here: https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/virtual-learning-community/
 
Follow the Virtual Learning Community calendar on TeamUp: https://teamup.com/ksnu8io835yz2chr6f

You can also download the TeamUp app for free to access the calendar quickly on your smartphone or other device.
 

June 30, 2020

Disclaimer:  Due to the health concerns, 4-H members are encouraged to avoid large gatherings of any kind and to attend only events that are following Extension guidelines, including distancing and face coverings. However, 4-H will not prevent young people from exhibiting individually.  Members choosing to participate on their own will not be covered by any 4-H insurance during their participation and 4-H assumes no responsibility should they become sick as a consequence of their participation.  Click here for more 4-H FAQs related to COVID-19.
 

Auction committee members have been working hard to help bring a successful auction to the 2020 Brown County Fair.  Reminder that auction requirements are due by July 15, 2020.  As of June 26, 2020 only nine exhibitors have completed and turned in their YQCA, educational, and picture forms.   Below is a copy of the checklist that was included in your tag packet.
 
DAIRY:  
For those in the dairy project and interested-the dairy proficiency test and basket assembly will take place on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 5pm. Location: Way-Morr Park (Lions’ Club Pavilion).
 
GUIDELINES & CHECKLIST:
Please visit browncountyfair.com for auction guidelines.  These guidelines are streamlined this year.  Below is a checklist that all participants must complete by July 15th to be auction eligible.  

  • Complete YQCA –ONLINE ONLY (email certificate and paid receipt to browncountyauction@gmail.com when completed)
  • Complete one (1) educational meeting or submit a 250-word essay about your animal and what you are doing to get it ready for the fair and auction. (email either essay or name of course you completed to browncountyauction@gmail.com.  Please include participant’s name, organization name, and educational meeting info-name of meeting, web address, etc.)
  • Tag animals and send return online form with picture ASAP.  Click here for an example of tag placement sheet.
  • Register for fair (online) and MAIL in stall reservations by July 15, 2020
  • Sign-up for showmanship in the species you wish to be auction eligible with
  • Sign-up to help with auction (i.e. set-up, take-down, etc.). Watch for email in late July/early August for this.  TBD
  • Complete all necessary testing in order to bring your animal on fairgrounds (i.e. rope test, blood test, etc.)
  • Graduating High School Seniors Only: email browncountyauction@gmail.com for scholarship opportunity
  • PATIENCE and GOOD ATTITUDE!

The auction committee would really appreciate it if you acted quickly and provided the above information to us as soon as possible.  This year's fair has added additional challenges with COVID-19 and your cooperation with getting the above information in makes our job a lot easier.  Again, we thank you for your patience and look forward to seeing you at the 2020 Brown County Fair.
 

June 26, 2020

Disclaimer:  Due to the health concerns, 4-H members are encouraged to avoid large gatherings of any kind and to attend only events that are following Extension guidelines, including distancing and face coverings. However, 4-H will not prevent young people from exhibiting individually.  Members choosing to participate on their own will not be covered by any 4-H insurance during their participation and 4-H assumes no responsibility should they become sick as a consequence of their participation.  Click here for more 4-H FAQs related to COVID-19.


The Brown County Fair Junior Clothing Judging will be held in the STEM Innovation Center on the UWGB campus on Wednesday, July 22 from 3:00-6:00 pm.  Because of the COVID-19 guidelines in place, we are asking participants to sign up for a time for judging to have less people at one time to allow for social distancing.  We hope this will make the judging process smoother and less wait times for families.  Please be aware the times are tentative as some judging may take longer than others.  If you have more than 2 projects, please sign up for 2 time slots. We appreciate your patience and understanding. 

Please click here to sign-up for your time slot. Remember that you still need to sign up for the fair projects through the Brown County Fair website to get your fair tags. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sue at vanevenhovens@sbcglobal.net or call 920-532-5550.  Thank you!

 

June 22, 2020

Disclaimer:  Due to the health concerns, 4-H members are encouraged to avoid large gatherings of any kind and to attend only events that are following Extension guidelines, including distancing and face coverings. However, 4-H will not prevent young people from exhibiting individually.  Members choosing to participate on their own will not be covered by any 4-H insurance during their participation and 4-H assumes no responsibility should they become sick as a consequence of their participation.  Click here for more 4-H FAQs related to COVID-19.


The Brown County Fair is moving forward as scheduled on August 19-23, 2020. 

Are you an interested in becoming an exhibitor at the 2020 Brown County Fair? Do you have questions? Head over to the Exhibitor page on the Brown County Fair website for the updated 2020 exhibitor handbook!

A reminder: paper entries are open! Online entries are open. All entries are due for all divisions by July 15th!

June 20, 2020

Poultry exhibitors should be checking their birds for lice and mites and treating the bird if they are infested.   All birds are to be free of lice and mites when brought to the fair for exhibit.  If the bird has signs of lice or mites at check in, the bird will not be allowed to be exhibited at the fair and be sent home.  Please read ALL the rules for Poultry in the Exhibitor Handbook; Dept. 7 Poultry, Junior Division or Dept. 107 Poultry, Open Class.  The handbook can be found at www.browncountyfair.com
 
Pullorum Typhoid testing has been waived for this year for poultry.
 
Turkey exhibitors must have documentation that the turkeys are Micorplasma Gallisepticum Free.
 

June 18, 2020

In Wisconsin, young people have the privilege of being able to raise and care for livestock through involvement in youth based organizations such as 4-H and FFA. The opportunity to learn about how they function, such as genetics, meat science, health and many others introduces youth to a number of essential skills that contribute to adult success. Anyone can get involved in livestock projects, youth may come from a rural area but more and more youth are getting engaged with animals from all areas, suburban and urban. These projects are great vehicles to set youth up for many opportunities to learn about production agriculture and the steps in producing a wholesome food animal product for consumers.

Click here for resources related to this opportunity.

June 17, 2020

Stay busy during social distancing with hands-on design engineering challenges from Brown County 4-H!  We are releasing new activites each week via YouTube tutorials with new topics and challenges.  Watch the videos, get creating, and share your photos using #wi4h, #inspirekidstodo and #bc4hwi! Be sure to check back here each week here for the newest video which we will post at the bottom of this list.

At University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of Extension, we are working to integrate accessibility into our web, video, and audio content. If you experience accessibility barriers using our web, audio, or video content or would like to request complete captions or other alternative formats, please contact us at accessibility@extension.wisc.edu. You will receive a response within 3 business days.
June 16, 2020

Are you planning on graduating from Brown County 4-H in 2020?  Then please click here for more information and to fill out the graduation profile.  Profiles are due by July 15, 2020

June 11, 2020

In consideration with the 2020 Summer and Fall State 4-H Horse Association events being canceled and also considering the safety of 4-H members and volunteers, the 4-H horse practice days at the Brown County Fairgrounds have been canceled. Please continue to safely ride on your own, and we look forward to the next time we can get together as a group.

- Brown County 4-H Horse Association

June 5, 2020

The 2020 Wisconsin State Fair has been canceled.  Click here to read the full cancellation statement.

May 28, 2020

The school year is coming to a close, but summer is just getting started! I hope you find some useful information in the May issue of Exploring 4-H. Click here for the May issue!

Summer is a great time to try new things and see new places. Every time we do something new, we learn. This month's issue has some great resources for adults to help everyone in your group learn as much as possible through reflecting on your hands-on experiences. Whether that experience is showing an animal, traveling to a park, or creating a craft project, reflecting with youth helps them learn more and help you see where they might need extra support.

If you joined 4-H in the last month or you haven't had a chance to check out the previous editions, you can find all the previous issues on our website.

Please don’t forget to fill out this 5-question survey.  4-H is all about “making the best better”, and your feedback helps us improve! 

Please stay home and healthy during this time. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

May 28, 2020

This virtual camp geared towards 4th - 8th graders is an introduction to Urban Horticulture though small scale hydroponic systems. Campers will take a virtual tour of a local hydroponic farm and create a hydroponic micro-farm of their own to grow delicious produce all year long! You will learn the basics of hydroponic systems, plant science, the role water and nutrients, and discuss careers in horticulture.‚Äč 

Camp Dates:  July 30-31; 9-11am

Click here for more information!

May 18, 2020


After receiving a $100 Do Good grant from Modern Woodmen in February, the Lost Dauphin 4-H members have been hard at work.  After Covid-19 has shut many things down, the club decided to use the money to buy supplies to make crafts for people in nursing homes.  Members completed projects at home which were then collected to go to the nursing homes.  These included cards, sun catchers, chia pots, and fabric marble mazes. By doing this project the club hopes to cheer up nursing home residents.

Boy Sewing Girls Smiling Boy Sewing

Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrits
 
May 11, 2020

Four VirtualFarm Tours at the Arlington and Lancaster Research Stations  every were recorded.  The tours highlighted the sheep, swine, beef units as well as the farm center and feed mill. Attendees will get the opportunity to view an animal surgery suite, facilities, tractors getting ready or in the fields, baby lambs, baby calves and so much more.  For previous live farm tour recordings, please click here

May 7, 2020

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

Alicia Baroun
Candra Carter
Paris Riggle
Sarah Vander Heiden

 
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. 23, 2020

Did you miss any of the Photography 101 series that Brown County 4-H held via Zoom? All of the videos are now available on our YouTube channel!  Each session is available by clicking on the names below.

Learn Your Camera Settings
Basic Composition
Intermediate Composition

Apr. 16, 2020

Art Club is a youth-led all-ages space for young people to share their art work, chat, and meet new friends. We'll meet every Sunday at 2:00 pm virtually.

To join, simply complete the registration form (https://bit.ly/Register4ArtClub) and we'll send you this week's meeting link.

All youth are welcome, so share with your friends!
 

Apr. 15, 2020

In Wisconsin 4-H, we believe in educational opportunities that involve youth in their own learning. We encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. We want youth to DO a hands-on activity, REFLECT on their experience, and APPLY what they learned in the current activity and beyond.  We also know that world events could prevent some of those things from happening. Let’s not let them!

Extension educators from around the state created a handy list of easy-to-access activities and curriculum. We chose the resources on this page with busy parents, caregivers, and families in mind. We know there’s a lot coming at you all at once, so we took some time to go through a lot of possible activities, resources, and information. We only listed the ones we think are the best, in the current situation.

The page is organized by grade level and is chock full of Extension and 4-H resources as well as high quality, fun, learning activities from a range of other sources.  Click here to start exploring the resources!

Apr. 6, 2020

Free Online: Mindfulness Class for Kids!
Classes will be held on:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
10am PDT / 1pm EDT

For the next few weeks, Mindful Schools will be offering free mindfulness classes for kids! Join us online – for mindful activities, mindful movement, read-alouds – and let’s have fun exploring mindfulness together.  Click here for more information.

Mar. 23, 2020
Give BIG Green Bay was an amazing experience for us, and your support means the world to our office. Both through your contributions and your sharing of our messages went a long ways in helping us receive over $9,000 in total contributions from donors. We are still waiting to find out how much we are receiving in matching incentives, but no matter what, those raised funds will go a long ways for us to be able to grow some of our existing programming and expand our programming into new areas in the county while making sure everyone has an opportunity to participate in     4-H programs.
 
Thank you for all that you have contributed not just financially but also through your time, your words, and your efforts.
 
Feb. 20, 2020

Brown County 4-H wants to be able to better tell the 4-H story to members of our community. The best way to tell the 4-H story is by hearing YOUR 4-H story.
 
We’re looking for 4-H members, alumni, volunteers, parents to share your story by telling us “How has 4-H impacted you?” You can tell your story by recording a short video (no longer than 3 minutes), and uploading it via a Google form. We will then use videos to create promotional videos and tell the 4-H story to others.
 
As we promote 4-H for Give BIG Green Bay and other future community outreach events, we want to be able to share YOUR stories. 4-H means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and we want to be able to communicate that.
 
Upload your story here: https://forms.gle/zPx1c22iR9pwo4Wh7 (selfie videos are welcome!)
 

Jan. 24, 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 help us bring Chris home!  All tips are anonymous.  We are only concerned with bringing him home.  If you choose to include your name with a tip that leads to his discovery, there will be a reward offered! 

Please click here to leave a tip towards his discovery!

Jan. 17, 2020

Do you know a 4-H alumni who is currently serving in the military? Do you know a 4-H family who has a family member serving? Lost Dauphin 4-H club is sending care packages to service members and wants to support those who are or have been involved with 4-H. If you know a service member or a family that can share contact and address information and would like a care package, please have them contact Carrie Ostroski. Carrie can be reached by email at costroski1@yahoo.com.
 
Thank you for helping Lost Dauphin support those who serve.
 

Dec. 18, 2019

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

Dec. 10, 2019