Science is in trouble. Climate-change deniers hold office, vital medical research is being de-funded, and space exploration is taking a backseat to drilling for fossil fuels. But we can do something about it, starting at home. Escuela Verde and Upham Woods invite you to create a one-of-a-kind science project to share with the community, a project that addresses a challenge we're all facing. SCIENCE STRIKES BACK is our way of making science great again with a fun event for lovers of fact-based learning of all ages! 

Science Strikes Back is going virtual for 2021 on February 3rd at 6 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Come  explore alongside peer scientists and curious community members. Pre-registration is required for everyone who wants to participate in the synchronous presentations.  Click here for more information about this unique event

 

Jan. 20, 2021

Face to Face judging for clothing projects will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the Extension Brown County office located inside the STEM Innovation Center at UWGB.  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 (532-5550), Sharon Faulds (676-3201) or Connie Lenz (338-0097).

 

Jan. 18, 2021

All members who aspire to be a part of the 2021 Brown County Fair Market Auction are invited to attend an Informational Meeting followed by a Q&A Session on Sunday, February 7th via Zoom from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm. 
 
The Brown County Livestock & Dairy Auction Committee is rolling out a new online platform.  The process for qualifying for auction will be streamlined into a NEW Online Portal. All requirements and directions needed to be auction eligible are located in the Auction Portal. Students/Parents can access the portal through the Brown County Fair Website Exhibitor Page.

The meeting will run through Portal registration and provide updates.  If you have any questions, please contact Dan Wiese, Auction Committee President at danwbf@icloud.com
 
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Jan. 18, 2021

The next at home kit is ready for your registrations and is only $5.00! Open to youth in grades 5-8 and registration is limited to 50 participants. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate.

This program is presented in partnership with Extension Brown County 4-H, Door County 4-H and Kewaunee County 4-H and featuring the UW-Madison Biotechnology Center. 

Click here to register!

 

Jan. 18, 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

Kewaunee County 4-H invites you to virtual sheep nutrition meeting held on January 25th starting at 6:30pm, featuring Lance Miller, Purina Animal Nutrition with Land O' Lakes.  Lance is an awesome speaker and has always provided great information for our members.
 
If you would like to join the learning fun, you will need to register at the zoom link below. Once you have registered, you will be sent a confirmation link with the log-in information directly from zoom. 
 
Register for this meeting at:
https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvdO6gqDgoEtcrN4dS7O3ZM4lzb9PnIK4g
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Have a question that you would like Lance to answer during this meeting? Fill out this form with your question no later than 4:30pm on January 21st: https://forms.gle/byyQJbLhDC1YNsoB8
 
If you have any questions about registering or using zoom, e-mail Jill at jill.jorgensen@wisc.edu
 

Jan. 13, 2021

DNA Identification technologies have proven to be instrumental in safeguarding the reputation and integrity of our State’s Youth livestock programs. Wisconsin State Fair’s process for 2021 DNA identification is as follows:
 
DNA Identification: DNA identification must be submitted to be eligible for all 2021 Wisconsin State Fair Championship awards in the Junior Beef, Sheep and Swine Divisions in the market and non-registered breeding stock shows. As part of the DNA identification process Wisconsin State Fair requires an 840 ear tag as official animal identification. 840 RFID ear tags are preferred but any official 840 ear tag is accepted. The 15-digit sequence of numbers which begin with 8-4-0 will be recognized by Wisconsin State Fair as the individual animal identification number.
 
Purchase DNA Identification Hair Kits: Wisconsin State Fair DNA identification hair kits are available for purchase online by credit card only at entry.wistatefair.com. Due to COVID-19, walk-up orders will not be accepted at Wisconsin State Fair Park.
          DNA Identification Hair Kit: $6
          840 RFID Ear Tag: $5 (Wisconsin State Fair sells individual 840 RFID ear tags but 840 ear tags do not need to be purchased through Wisconsin State Fair.)
          DNA Identification Hair Kit and 840 RFID Ear Tag: $11
 
Wisconsin State Fair DNA Identification Submission Date: Wisconsin State Fair DNA identification submissions must be postmarked/delivered on (or before) June 9, 2021*. Due to COVID-19, in person drop-offs of DNA identification will not be accepted at Wisconsin State Fair Park. DNA identification may only be returned via mail, Fed Ex or UPS. DNA identification being sent to Wisconsin State Fair should be addressed to:

Wisconsin State Fair, Agriculture Department, 640 S 84th St, West Allis WI 53214

 *Junior market beef, sheep and swine and non-registered breeding stock without DNA identification postmarked/delivered by June 9, 2021 are eligible to show at Wisconsin State Fair but are not eligible for champion awards.
 
County Fair DNA Programs: Wisconsin State Fair recognizes and accepts DNA identification from County Fair programs which use Animal ID Inc. as their DNA service provider. Any DNA identification hair kits purchased through a County Fair program must be submitted back to the respective County where purchased. DNA identification postmarked/delivered on (or before) June 9, 2021 will be recognized as meeting Wisconsin State Fair DNA identification requirements.
 
Reminder! Purchasing and/or submission of DNA identification hair kits is NOT entry in the 2021 Wisconsin State Fair. Exhibitors MUST enter the Wisconsin State Fair Junior Show online at wistatefair.com in a separate process in late spring.
 
Please contact Wisconsin State Fair at entryoffice@wistatefair.com with additional DNA identification questions.

Click here to purchase Wisconsin State Fair 840 ear tags and DNA kits.

 

Jan. 13, 2021

Attention youth leaders in grades 7-12 and adult 4‐H volunteers!  Don’t miss your chance to participate in the 2021 Winter Leadership Camp.  It is always a great weekend full of leadership development and fun, and this year we are making it happen in a virtual format! The camp is scheduled for Friday evening, February 12 and Saturday, February 13.  Youth from throughout Wisconsin will come together at Virtual 4‐H Winter Leadership Camp to work on improving their leadership skills through hands‐on, interactive leadership sessions.  Youth will gain a better understanding of what it means to be a leader and how to apply being a youth leader in their club, county, and school.  Along with leadership learning, youth will have opportunities to participate in a variety of virtual recreational activities. Adult leader volunteers are also needed to support youth in learning leadership skills. Cost for youth is $20, which includes supplies that will be shipped to you.
 
Registration can be found here: http://bit.ly/4HWinterCamp
 
After you submit the form, you will receive a link for payment of a $20 registration fee that can be paid with a debit or credit card.  Please contact Kevin Palmer, Manitowoc County 4-H Educator, kevin.palmer@wisc.edu or (920)242-5448 with any questions.

 

Jan. 4, 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

Great news!  We are releasing the next round of Livestock Lessons ending on March 5, 2021. Livestock Lessons is a new animal science experience for Wisconsin youth.  Giving a Livestock Lesson is an opportunity for youth to share their learning with others and to teach others about animal sciences.

The potential topics for your lessons are endless!  We would love for you to submit your 4-H demonstrations, FFA public speaking entries, any videos and written work that aligns with work your already doing.  This time period will allow us to see you talk about acquiring your animal project or caring for newborn animals.  No matter what topic you choose, remember that the most impactful presentations are both accurate and engaging. Be creative, be funny, be serious, just be you! Think about something you have learned in your animal science project or something that you enjoy doing and prepare to share it.
 
Round 2 of the Wisconsin Livestock Lessons will include many ways for youth to show their work and interests:

  • For grades 3-8: (only one submission per category)
    • An oral video presentation.
    • Written Public Service Announcement (PSA).
  • For grades 9-13th: (only one submission per category
    • An oral video presentation.
    • Written Public Service Announcement (PSA).
    • SAE Project Slides 

Livestock Lessons are open to all youth who are interested in the animal projects. Each youth can enter one submission in both oral presentation and written public service announcements; and for older youth grades 9-13th they can submit an entry in the SAE Project Slides. The SAE Project Slides are a new addition to assist older youth in framing out topics of interest and explore careers, which can assist them in completing their SAE application.  Submitted entries will be divided into the following grade judging categories from the 2020-2021 school year. Junior (Grades 3-5), Intermediate (Grades 6-8) and Senior (Grades 9-13).
 
Submissions are due March 5.  The top entries in each division will receive monetary awards and may be featured on Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program social media, YouTube channels and other media outlets. 

Oral Video Presentations, Public Service Announcements (PSA), and SAE Google Slides must be submitted by March 5.

Additional program information and how to submit your Livestock Lessons can be found by going to the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program site.  https://bit.ly/LivestockLessons
 
Contact Bernie O’Rourke at borourke2@wisc.edu, UW Madison Animal & Dairy Sciences, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, for questions. 

 

Dec. 23, 2020

Across the Division of Extension we have been learning and improving our transition to virtual spaces.  You haven’t heard from the Virtual Learning Community since our Summer Virtual Learning Community, but Positive Youth Development in virtual spaces has continued to grow and develop.  Since summer we’ve been building out virtual opportunities and had over 500 people registered for our first ever Virtual Fall Forum AND hundreds of volunteers registered and participated in our Virtual Annual Leader Trainings.  In order to continue building out a community of learning around the state, we need Youth Leaders and Adult Volunteers!   
  
Below are some commonly asked questions:  
  
Why are we inviting YOU? 
We have BIG DREAMS: 

  • provide high, quality virtual opportunities for youth and families across the state, Kindergarten-13th Grades and Adults  
  • involve YOUTH and adult leaders, staff and community partners in facilitating planned activities 
  • provide additional promotion for programs that are being offered across the state  

What type of content are you looking for? 
We are looking for project area content, leadership trainings and open spaces for youth to engage and connect around other topics/areas of interest.  If you have an interest or passion and are willing to share it with others, we’ll help make it work in a virtual space.
 
Does the session need to be new? 
Nope.  We know that many participants were just getting to know the calendar and as they did never attended all the sessions that might have interested them.  Also, if you’re like us, you’ve been learning and tweaking.  If you have a program that you have already offered and are willing to offer it again, please do! 
 
Can I submit more than one session? 
Absolutely!  We all know that virtual programs are most effective in 40 minutes, so if you have too much content for one session, a series is great.  We’ve also learned from our evaluation that participants enjoy seeing each other more than once and recognizing faces and names. 
 
Is there a deadline to submit? 
Nope.  Programs are needed ongoing!  Submission dates are weekly.  After you submit, sessions will be reviewed by a committee of youth leaders, volunteers and staff using our Positive Youth Development learning review process adapted for virtual learning.   
 
I would like a little more information about Virtual Learning Community before I submit.  Where can I go? 
Fair enough.  With the lessons learned, we have a new submission process, facilitator support resources, a uniform registration process, evaluation process and a plan for promotion and marketing. Our website can be found at https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/virtual-learning-community/
 
Okay!  I’m convinced.  Where do I submit? 
Submissions can be made at:  https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2idXsm8tPCVGILz
With the easy to use back button, you can explore the submission form to learn a little more about the types of sessions and content.   
 
What happens after I submit? 
Our committee will respond to submissions with a follow up e-mail or call to the primary contact within a week.  
   
The Virtual Learning Community knows how important supportive relationships within youth development spaces are to creating community, valuing youth voice and empowering action in our communities.  We are committed to ensuring that anyone who wants to find an engaging, educational, and FUN online connection will be able to do so easily.  We hope you will help us make it happen.

 

Dec. 23, 2020

Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Friend of 4-H Award Winner, Travis Cleven!   

The Brown County Friend of 4-H Award is sponsored by the Brown County 4-H Leaders Association. The recipient of this award is a person or organization who supports the overall 4-H program and has an excellent understanding of the purpose of 4-H.
 

Dec. 18, 2020

The Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program (WYLP), in connection with the University of Wisconsin Madison Animal & Dairy Sciences Department, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Division of Extension, are excited to offer these LIVE Virtual Zoom educational programs for the winter/spring of 2020-2021.  These current topics are for youth and adults alike and occur on the 2nd Thursday of the month from January through May.  Each session begins at 7 p.m. CST with a presentation followed by Q&A.  You must register in order to receive the connecting information through email.  
 
For more detailed information of each presentation and to register for any or all of the events, please go to:  https://go.wisc.edu/r3x8lh.  On this webpage you can also complete an educational verification form and turn it into your county fair and or livestock committee to verify your participation.  These activities can serve as “county educational requirements”.

  • February 11 - Feeding & caring for Swine without Ractopamine
  • March 11 - Lamb Live & Carcass Evaluation; Lamb Culinary products
  • April 8 - Artificial Intelligence in Animal Sciences using sensors and cameras
  • May 13 - Meat Science Cookery

For more information visit https://go.wisc.edu/r3x8lh or contact Bernie O’Rourke, UW- Madison Extension Youth Livestock Specialist at (608) 263-4304 or borourke2@wisc.edu.
 
For more information go to the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program.
 

Dec. 18, 2020

Click here to view the 2021 Wisconsin State 4-H Horse Association calendar of events.
 

Dec. 18, 2020

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation will award more than $15,000 in scholarships to outstanding Wisconsin 4-H members and alumni pursuing higher education in 2021.  To be considered for financial support, applications must be received by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation via email by Monday, March 15, 2021.

Wisconsin 4-H Foundation scholarships are awarded to students based on demonstrated personal growth through 4-H, development and leadership in 4-H, academic performance, and future educational goals.

To be eligible for Wisconsin 4-H Foundation scholarships students must have been a Wisconsin 4-H member for at least three years; have a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and be enrolled or planning to enroll at a university, college, or technical school during the 2021-2022 academic school year.  Scholarship winners from previous years are not eligible to receive a second 4-H Foundation scholarship.

The application is a one-page resume and a one-page cover letter, both of which give the 4-H youth a chance to share their 4-H achievements, as well as their future plans.  Applicants are asked to treat this process as if applying for a job.

Cover letters and resumes must be submitted as one PDF document and emailed to scholarships@wis4hfoundation.org.  For detailed information about what to include in and how to prepare the application documents, 4-H youth can visit www.Wis4HFoundation.org/scholarships.

A panel of experienced youth educators will screen the applications and select finalists.  Applications chosen as finalists will be ranked by a second panel comprised of 4-H and youth development experts.  The 4-H Foundation will assign available scholarships to the top-ranking applications based on scholarship criteria.

Applicants who are awarded scholarships will be notified by postal letter and email in May.

 

Dec. 14, 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

This holiday season, enjoy your extra time indoors with these fun science, baking, and crafting activities. Whether you’re a mad scientist, a curious baker (and taster), or a daring dreamer, there’s a little something here for everyone.

Grades: 1-12
Topic: STEM, Cooking and More
Estimated Times: 25-45 Minutes

Click here to download the activity guide.  Tip:  You can print this or save a digital version for new ideas anytime. Many of the activities are shown as an abbreviated version—just visit the web page listed for each activity to get the full version with additional instructions and information!
 

Dec. 12, 2020

While the building isn’t available for in-person tours because of COVID restrictions, Dr. Jeff Sindelar, Extension Meat Specialist, will show you virtually all of this new structure's opportunities and capabilities on Madison’s campus in this YouTube video. The program was organized and moderated by Bernie O'Rourke, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, UW Madison Animal & Dairy Sciences.

The building serves as a hub for problem-solvers looking to improve the meat industry, animal and human health, agriculture, the environment, and overall quality of life in Wisconsin, the U.S., and beyond.

Youth looking for educational credit should use this form to capture their knowledge and pass on the form to their county fair leaders:  https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/youthlivestock/files/2020/03/Educational_Verification_Form-fillable.pdf

After viewing, please fill out the evaluation found by clicking here. The information you provide in this evaluation is key to what we can offer in the future.

More videos, pictures, and a timeline of the new building can be found on this website.

 

Dec. 10, 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

4-H Online 2.0 is now open for enrollments!  Go to http://wi.4honline.com to access the new system. 

  • RETURNING FAMILIES - If you are a returning 4-H family, your family login will be the same as you used last year.  If your password does not work, click on the Reset Password link on the login page and you will be emailed a new one.
  • NEW FAMILIES - Please visit the Join 4-H page to find a club that will fit for your family.  After you have connected with a Brown County club that fits your family, you can create a new account on 4H Online. 
  • ALL FAMILIES - Please consider entering an email address for each member, especially for older youth.  This will allow the newsletter and project related emails to go to both the parent (family) and youth email addresses.  
  • ALL FAMILIES - If members are planning on showing at the Brown County Fair in 2021, February 28th is the last date projects can be selected in 4-H Online 2.0.  Please take time to log into your account and ensure your project list is correct before this date.  If a project is not selected by February 28th, members will not be able to show in the Junior Fair in that project. 

The system will look totally different from what we had in the past, but you can use the family enrollment guide by clicking here at for help during the enrollment process.  This enrollment guide is helpful for both new and returning families. 

The new system is more streamlined and easier to use, as well as mobile friendly so you can use your phone to enroll!  There will be more features coming, like Spanish language translation and additional club leader features. 

Please be patient with any bugs or issues you have while enrolling and if you have any questions, please email alyssa.zirbel@browncountywi.gov.

Dec. 2, 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

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

https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/4-h-faqs-related-to-covid-19/

Nov. 24, 2020

Graduating 4-H members are eligible and encouraged to apply for the Brown County 4-H Scholarship.  Applications must be received by the Extension Office by March 1.  Late applications will not be accepted.   Reading and following the directions carefully is recommended as the judges consider these criteria when scoring applications.  Use the links below to start the application process.

  • 4-H Leaders Association Scholarship Guidelines - Download
  • 4-H Leaders Association Scholarship Application - Download
Nov. 18, 2020

Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Meritorious Service Award Winner, Cindy Ossmann!   

The Brown County Meritorious Service Award is sponsored by the Brown County 4-H Leaders Association. The recipient of this award has demonstrated outstanding work in the 4-H program at the club and county levels.

Nominations are made by Brown County 4-H Leaders or Members.  Congratulations Cindy!

Nov. 13, 2020

Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Volunteer of the Year, Angela Duckart!   

The recipient of this award is recognized for their volunteer efforts to the 4-H program. Individuals are nominated by 4-H leaders and voted on by the Brown County 4-H Executive Board. This award is sponsored by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, Inc.   Congratulations Angela!

 

Nov. 13, 2020

Did someone in your family attend the 2020 Wisconsin 4-H Virtual Fall Forum?  If so, you are eligible for financial reimbursement.  Click here to apply.  The complete form (with original receipts), can be submitted to bc4hleaderstreasurer@gmail.com or mailed to the 4-H office. 

 

Nov. 11, 2020

Do you know of a farm or home that has been in continuous family ownership for 100 or 150 years?  The Wisconsin State Fair CENTURY AND SESQUICENTENNIAL FARM PROGRAM is looking to recognize them!  Farms or homes with 100 or 150 years of continuous ownership through the year 2021 will be recognized at a special breakfast program during the Wisconsin State Fair, August 5-15.  Applications are due by March 1, 2021.  Details of the event will be mailed to accepted applicants by mid-April. 

For an application for either century or sesquicentennial, email alyssa.zirbel@browncountywi.gov.

If you would like more information about this program, click here.

Oct. 28, 2020

The preferred mode of meetings is still virtual.  However, 4-H members and leaders may be allowed to hold gatherings if the following steps are taken BEFORE the gathering.

If you are interested in holding a 4-H gathering, 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 regulations, considerations and what we can do to help.  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. 

 

Oct. 28, 2020

Thank you to the Wrightstown Area Spirit newspaper for showcasing Brown County 4-H clubs in their communities.  Their support of our clubs does not go unnoticed.  The tagline written under the header in the spread highlighting National 4-H Week is truly what 4-H is all about!  Check out their website at http://wrightstownspirit.com/.

"We salute the area clubs that help members learn life skills, build self-confidence, learn responsibility, achieve personal goals...and have fun!" - Wrightstown Area Spirit  

 

Oct. 1, 2020

Wisconsin State Fair will honor 2020 YQCA certifications for the 2021 Wisconsin State Fair Junior Show YQCA requirements.  In order for Wisconsin Sate Fair to accept 2020 YQCA certification for 2021, exhibitors must email a copy of their certificate to entryoffice@wistatefair.com no later than November 3, 2020. 

 

Sept. 25, 2020

As you may have heard, National 4-H Council has either cancelled or moved to virtual the national 4-H Educational Experiences.  The experiences impacted are below:

- 2020 National 4-H Congress - Canceled
- Citizenship Washington Focus Presidential Inauguration - Canceled
- National Youth STEM Summit - Virtual
- National Youth Healthy Living Summit - Virtual
- National Youth Agri-Science Summit - Virtual
- National Youth Photography Summit - Canceled
- Citizenship Washington Focus - Virtual
- Leadership Washington Focus - Virtual
- National 4-H Conference - Virtual
- Space Camp - No Wisconsin Delegation
- American Spirit Experience - Canceled
- 2021 National 4-H Congress - To Be Determined (Does Not Meet at National 4-H Conference Center and is held in November)
 
Because of this, the Brown County 4-H Leaders Association Educational Experiences committee will not be putting out the typical educational experiences scholarship and interview packets, as in years previous.  Please be sure to watch your email and newsletter as virtual and remote experiences arise, as there will be information about potential scholarships and financial support.
 
If you have any questions, please reach out.  To request the full announcement from Amber Rehberg, WI 4-H Educational Experiences Specialist, email alyssa.zirbel@wisc.edu.
 

Sept. 23, 2020

Attention Brown County!!  COVID can’t stop this...

Remember to collect your pop tops! Brown County 4-H is collecting pop tops to raise funds to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin.  When pop tops are donated, volunteers bring them to a local recycling facility and exchange the aluminum for cash. Revenue from recycling helps keep families near their children who are receiving medical treatment. 

At the 2019 weigh-in (pictured) Brown County 4-H clubs and groups raised nearly 600 pounds of tabs! Members have their sights set to surpass that number with the 2020 collection.

If you have any questions or know of other groups interested in helping Brown County 4-H to collect pop tops, please email bc4hpoptabs@gmail.com or contact the 4-H program at the Extension Brown County  office by calling 920-391-4654. We gladly will take any pop tabs and store them here until the 2020 weigh in!
 

Aug. 20, 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

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.

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June 16, 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

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
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

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