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Humboldt County 4-H Program

Welcome to the Humboldt County 4-H Website!

The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program engages youth in reaching their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development. UC Cooperative Extension is responsible for administering the Humboldt County 4-H program.

2020-2021 4hOnline Enrollment

Enroll in the Humboldt County 4-H Program through this link! For more information about 4-H check out the rest of the website or call us at (707) 445-7351.

To view updates from previous months please visit the Archived Weekly Updates page.

Please complete the short training session which is found on the UCCE Humboldt-Del Norte 4-H page. This training includes the 4-H Location Safety Plan that must be submitted to the local 4-H office and approved before you can hold any in-person meetings. Thanks for caring about the youth in our community and for your efforts to ensure their safety!
Weekly Updates 5/3/21 - 5/9/21

Arcata Bottom 4-H Community Club Update
"Well, things are starting to feel a little more normal. We have received confirmation Redwood Acres Fair show will occur in June 18th, granted it’s just a show and go. The online auction will be held June 19-20th. We are still planning on a normal Humboldt County Fair, tentative dates are August 18th-29th, please keep your fingers crossed. Our club will be performing a clean up day on May 15th at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. This month we had officer nominations and have quite a few very qualified candidates. We will also be showing videos on how to complete record books for anyone who may need help. We had 4 members receive seed grants from the Buckeye Foundation; Luke Powell, Olivia Powell, Alexandra Morris and Clara Morris, great job everyone and a great BIG thank you to the Buckeye Foundation. Hope to have some more to report on next month. Time to get busy with those fair animals."
~Luke Powell, Club Reporter

Launch Image Gallery: 2021 Arcata Bottom April  


Freshwater 4-H Community Club Update
"This April, Freshwater 4-H has had much activity.  We had our April board meeting on Monday, April 5th, and our 4-H community meeting on Monday, April 12th.  The 3 Corners cleanup was held Saturday, April 17th, and we had three families who attended.  While at the cleanup, one member mowed the grass, another member weed wacked the grass, members cut the blackberry thistles, picked up garbage, and recycled.  Our photography meeting was held on April 22, at the Foggy Bottoms Boys Farm, where we worked on using different photo techniques while taking pictures of different animals.  We were also given a tour and told what the people do at the farm.  Lastly, we had our Fiber Arts meeting, this month, on April 24th.  We mainly talked about how our crocheting, knitting, and finger knitting has been going, through the last month.  Plus, we also got started on our felting, and on using plastic canvas.
Miley Rist (Freshwater 4-H Club Reporter)"


Ferndale 4-H Community Club Update
"Ferndale 4-H welcomed two 4-H County Ambassadors at our April meeting. Miss Nia Davies-Hughes and Miss Karli Powell encouraged 4-H members to participate in county programs, such as county ambassadors, the county management team, and chairpersons of committees such as Lamb BBQ. Did you know that Nia is president of the county management team which is made up of adult and youth volunteers? That’s pretty cool! After a short presentation, Nia and Karli played a 4-H version of Kahoots! with our club members. I highly recommend this game if you are looking for something fun and educational for your club meetings. Following the meeting, we had sign-ups for anyone who would like to run for an office in the club for this next year. Many projects are now meeting and we are looking forward to the Redwood Acres Fair and Humboldt County Fair. Happy Spring!"
~Gianna Regli, Rotating Club Reporter


Leave No Trace Activity
Now that we're spending more time outdoors, this is a great time to learn how to enjoy the outdoors without leaving leaving a trace. Check out the Leave No Trace activity on the 4-H at Home website. Let's get outside and have some fun!


Food Network "Kids Baking Championship", Now Casting

Flyer for Kids Baking Championship Casting

Food Network is currently casting the next season of "Kids Baking Championship" and is searching nationwide for kids ages 8-13 who love to bake!

For a chance to audition, parents can fill out an application for their child at https://bakingchampionshipcasting.castingcrane.com/ 

Follow their social media for casting notices and updates.
Instagram: @kidsbakingchampionshipcasting
Twitter: @Gameshowcasting
Facebook: @GameShowCasting

Humboldt County 4-H Facebook

Humboldt 4-H Calendar
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Weekly Updates 4/26/21 - 5/2/21

Sign up for 4-H State Field Day by April 30. New contests, challenges and formats.

This year's virtual State Field Day has new contests, new formats, and new challenges! Learn more about the different contests and sign up today on the California 4-H Virtual State Field Day website.


Paper Clover reminder

Mark your calendars! The Tractor Supply Paper Clover campaign starts TOMORROW, April 28 through May 9, 2021. Since 2016, the TractorSupply Paper Clover campaign has provided scholarships for more than 165,684 youth to attend camp and leadership events.


Save the Date CA 4-H Virtual Summer Camp
Save the Date! 4-H Virtual Summer Camp has 2 sessions: Session 1 is July 19-23 and Session 2 is August 9-13. Each session includes 5 days full of activities to choose from, plus a camp t-shirt!


Virtual Code Camp
Registration is now open for the 2021 Virtual Code Camp! Registration is due May 24th.

Are you interested in learning how to code? Or are you already a coder but want to gain more advanced skills? Then this camp is for you! Join us for the fun and register today! https://ucanr.edu/codingcamp 
What: At this year's Virtual Code Camp, you will engage in fun icebreakers and games, two one-hour coding lessons each day, and meet new people from all over the state!
When: June 14-18, 9:30am-2:30pm
Why: Because coding is fun and anyone can do it, including you!
Where: Zoom
Who: This camp is for youth ages 9-18
Redwood Acres Livestock Show & Online Auction
Here is the link to the entry form for Redwood Acres Livestock Show & Online Auction. Entries are due by Friday, May 14th and a copy of YQCA certificate is required with entries.
Weekly Updates 4/19/21 - 4/25/21

Update on Seed Starting Project
The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe's Environmental Department's first virtual 4H workshop is underway. Participants are growing lettuce, kale, tomatoes, and poppies indoors, and will plant them outdoors once matured.

The Tribe put together the kits and mailed them to participants, after Pierson Building Center donated $1,000 to help purchase supplies and equipment.? We are grateful for the support that will help youth develop skills in agriculture and gardening!?

“4H youth participating in Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe's 'indoor seed starting project,' offered through Humboldt County 4-H, have successfully grown their flower and vegetable starts and are beginning to prepare them for transplanting outside by hardening them off. This involves gradually exposing the starts to outdoor conditions including more pronounced temperature changes, more intense sunlight, and winds. After about a week of increasing exposure to the outdoors the plants will be ready to be moved out to their permanent homes in the garden. All the participants have received instructions for how to prepare beds for the their vegetable and flower starts and for how to transplant them successfully.”
– Daniel Holsapple, Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe Community Garden Manager
Watch video story to learn about 'indoor seed starting project':
For more information:
2021 Redwood Acres Livestock Show & Online Auction Update
The Redwood Acres Junior Fair Board is excited to announce that they received approval by the County of Humboldt for the 2021 Redwood Acres Livestock Show & Online Auction.
Update 4/20/21:
DATE change-
June 18, 2021 for the market show & go.
June 19, 2021- June 20, 2021 for the online auction
Each exhibitor is required to submit a copy of their certificate with their entries.
Due May 14, 2021 by 6 pm.
Entries this year will be done via a Google form. Links to this survey will be sent to club leaders and advisers AND posted on the redwoodacres_jfb Instagram page, the Redwood Acres JFB Facebook groupRedwood Acres Livestock Department Facebook group and the Redwood Acres website.
An entry fee of $20 per animal (2 species max per exhibitor) will be charged.
Ongoing updates will be made to social media pages and sent out to club leaders and advisers. You can email redwoodacreslivestock@gmail.com or call Redwood Acres at (707) 445-3737 with additional questions.
Junior Fair Board with be out in the community next week with letters for donation support for the show and auction. If you know of an individual/business that would like to support, please let us know and we will make sure to send someone by.
More information to follow so stay tuned.
UC ANR Celebrates Volunteers
Join all of us in celebrating our volunteers for their commitment and service to our UC ANR community. Thank you, volunteers, for making a difference in so many lives! Watch this Facebook video highlighting what our volunteers do.
In Appreciation of Our 4-H Volunteers
Gemma Miner, California 4-H Academic Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement, shares heartfelt recognition and appreciation of our 4-H volunteers this National Volunteer Week.
Weekly Updates 4/12//21 - 4/18/21

4-H Youth in Action - Virtual Celebration
On Tuesday, April 27, meet the 2021 4-H Youth in Action winners during a special virtual celebration on Facebook Live, hosted by renowned chef and 4-H alumna Chef Carla Hall. Hear their stories, celebrate their impact, and learn about the experiences that helped these young people thrive. Tune in at 7 PM ET. You’re sure to be inspired – and you might just see a few surprise guests along the way! Watch live on the 4-H Facebook page.

Young people are developing passion, finding purpose, and inspiring others, all because of the life-changing experiences made possible through your support of 4-H. Donate: https://bit.ly/3wLmcm6
4-H and Non 4-H Livestock Events Guidance for 2021
A new resource has been developed and posted on the California 4-H at Home Events Page. This information provides volunteers and families with key procedures in place for 2021 and considerations involved with livestock events that are: 4-H Hosted, CDFA Sponsored events, Non-CDFA Sponsored events and event jointly planned by 4-H and other organizations. This document also helps clarify details of jackpot and prospect shows. 4-H volunteers and families who have questions should first contact their local UCCE 4-H staff for questions and concerns about safety or risk management related to livestock activities.
NOW OPEN - State Field Day Contest Registration
Registration is now open for all State Field Day contests! Register early to choose your time slot for Presentation Events and Interview Contest.
April 15th Career Spark Interview
What is chemical and biological engineering? Join us to find out!

On April 15 at 5:30PM PDT/6:30MST/8:30PM EST, join us for a Career Sparks Interview with Lydia Aman. She has a career in chemical and biological engineering and works with Cargill. Learn how chemical and biological engineering work can lead to safe and resilient food systems. Youth ages 13 and up can sign up for free at ucanr.edu/career_spark_interviews.

Miranda 4-H Community Club Update
"This month we had outdoor adventure, Lego’s, and swine. For outdoor adventure we did a hike at Founders Grove, for Lego’s we did a Leprechaun Trap and for swine we did the cuts of parts of pigs and first aid kits. We will be making Easter cards for the SNIFF or senior center and Easter Bunny clothes pin . You will need a clothes pin, pencil, paper, stick, scissors and things to decorate them with."
~Nalei'eha Yost, Club Reporter
National 4-H Day of Service - April 24, 2021
April is True Leaders in Service month. Plan your service projects and share them on social media (make sure to tag @California4H on Facebook, and @ca4H on Instagram!) Check out the True Leaders in Service Toolkit for planning resources.
Growing Gardeners Video Series on 4-H at Home
Spring is in the air and it's time to grow! Discover gardening tips and ideas with the Growing Gardeners video series on 4-H at Home where kids will learn about the plant life cycle while learning to grow their own plants in a variety of ways.
Keep the gardening fun going with the Gardening Essentials Bundle from Shop 4-H!
Weekly Updates 4/5/21 - 4/11/21
Freshwater 4-H Community Club Update
"Freshwater 4-H had a very eventful March. There were many projects being worked on, and also being finished. We’ve had many meetings this month, as well. I’ve heard from three Freshwater 4-H members that did stained glass and completed their projects, this month. Jenna Sadler made a Baby Yoda stained glass that she started before the pandemic, and got to finish this month. Amber Smith made a tulip with a sky background for her stained-glass, for her first time doing it. Lastly, Maddie Van Vleck made a flower-stained glass. Members have also been working hard on projects for our Fiber Arts group. My sister, Kaliece Rist, made over thirty crocheted hats, with the majority going to the homeless, and the cold! Plus, she’s planning to make even more than that! Myself, and another Fiber Arts group member, did finger knitting over the past month and made a couple of things. Another Fiber Arts member crocheted hearts, and knitted a scarf. On March 27th, the Fiber Arts group met via zoom and we had our 2nd meeting of the year, where we began making our projects, for this year. Our projects, for this year, include scarves, shawls, and tote bags. Freshwater 4-H had our board meeting on Monday, March 1st, and we had our club meeting on Monday, March 8th. At the club meeting, we had our virtual heritage dinner where members were able to. Many of the dishes were interesting, and I had never heard of them before. We also had a scavenger hunt for that meeting. It was a lot of fun, for everyone! We had our photography meeting on March 23rd, where we went over editing on photos that we had taken. We talked about adjusting brightness, colors, and basic retouching. A few of us even showed each other what our pictures looked like before and after editing was done to them. It was really cool seeing how those editing tools really affect your photo, especially the saturation! We also talked about our end-of-the-year project, for photography, which is a photographic story with 1-6 photos that you’ll take, and show at the end of the 4-H year. Although, we had a discussion at this photography meeting and decided that your end-of-the-year project could just be one picture because one picture could easily tell a story. Presentation Day was on March 13th, and 9 of our members presented. They all had great experiences, and many earned awards."
~Miley Rist, Club Reporter
Arcata Bottom 4-H Community Club Update
"March has given us hope that life is returning to normal. With Spring comes new life, plants and animals. Thanks to the Blue Lake Rancheria’s 4-H seed starting project, members were given a backpack of supplies, seed starting tray and lettuce, kale, tomatoes and California poppy seeds to start on their own at home. Anyone not able to plant at home is welcome to plant in the reservations community garden. Our sheep group had their first in-person meeting, socially distanced of course. We are tentatively counting on a traditional Humboldt County fair in August and will keep you all updated and we will catch up next month Happy Spring!"
~Luke Powell, Club Reporter
Launch Image Gallery: 2021 Arcata Bottom April   
Registration for teen or adult facilitator/volunteers.
Career Spark Interviews - April
Are you interested in a career as a social worker, firefighter, or engineer?
Join the April Career Sparks Interviews, every Thursday night at 5:30PM PDT / 6:30 PM MST/ 8:30PM EST - a weekly webinar series where youth ages 13 and up can meet young professionals, learn about their careers, how they got there, and get career tips. Sign up at ucanr.edu/career_spark_interviews
National Volunteer Month
April is National Volunteer Month. Get ready to see some of our local volunteers in action. We are so grateful to all of you! Each and every volunteer is necessary and appreciated!
Tractor Supply Paper Clover
April 28 - May 9, 2021
The Spring Paper Clover Campaign will be similar to the one last fall:
• 4-H'ers are not allowed to be in the store or parking lot for the campaign
• Donations can be made at the register or online (note that online donations will not be credited to a county).
• Funds raised can be used for 4-H camp and leadership experiences.

4-H Clubs are invited to create an unmanned display in stores during the spring Paper Clover campaign (April 28 - May 9). All of the guidelines are on the Tractor Supply toolkit page. Tractor Supply store managers will submit photos for judging and we will be notified of winners.

If there are 2 or more clubs who would like to enter for one store, they are welcome to work it out with the store manager to create displays in multiple locations in the store or to alternate when their display is in the store. Setup and take-down times must be worked out with the store manager.




How Can We Keep New Families in 4-H?
After 5 years of asking 4-H members about their first-year in 4-H, we’ve learned a lot. Belonging and communication are consistently things new families talk about. This video gives leaders a reminder of what types of information should be communicated, ways to communicate it, and gives tips on how to help new families feel welcome. For more information visit the Youth Retention Study website at http://ucanr.edu/4HYouthRetentionStudy



Tech Talk - April Dates
Hosted monthly through June 2021
Come when you can, leave when you must
April 13 (2nd Tuesday) 7pm – 8pm
April 24 (4th Saturday) 10am – 11am
Tech Talk is a space for leaders, teens, and adults, from beginners to experts to get personalized help in working through the challenges they are facing delivering 4-H in a virtual environment.
This time is informal, and the content will be created by participants and the questions and challenges that they bring to the room. Think of Scott as your personal technology coach offering PRACTICAL SUPPORT to help you get to success in a virtual 4-H world. See flyer for more information.
Must be active CA 4-H Personnel, Volunteer, or Youth Member to attend.


Spreading Vaccination Information
This National Geographic article is fascinating. It talks about recent and past vaccine development and sheds light on how the COVID-19 vaccine was able to be produced quickly.

Weekly Updates 3/29/21 - 4/4/21

4-H Calendar of Events April - May


Save the Dates
Updated March 24th


Family Email on 4hOnline


4-H Interview Contest
Registration for the 4-H Virtual Interview Contest opens on April 10th and closes April 30th at 5pm. For more details and to register visit the Virtual Interview Contest web page.

State 4-H Interview Contest 2021 Job Descriptions can be found here: https://ucanr.edu/sites/HumboldtDelNorte/files/345096.pdf
2021 Virtual Equine Educational Contests - Registration Open!
Registrations for the Virtual Equine Hippology and Horse Judging Contests are now open! $25 per contest. To find out about these events and how to register, visit https://ucanr.edu/sites/4H_Equine/educational_contests/
Know Your Strengths! - Health Rocks!
Knowing and understanding your unique strengths is essential to building self-confidence and self-control for youth. Check out the “What are My Strengths?” activity on the 4-H at Home Health Rocks! Experience to help your kids identify their own strengths. Get started!
County Ambassador Virtual Workshop Series
April 8, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Calling all County Ambassador teams, leaders teams, and their adult coaches! Join the California 4-H State Ambassadors and learn some vital skills for teams.

April 8, 2021: The Art of Facilitation
Learn how to facilitate a workshop in an effective way either virtually or in person.

Weekly Updates 3/22/21 - 3/28/21

March is National Nutrition Month!
This year's National Nutrition Month theme is Personalize Your Plate. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and health. We are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds and tastes! Learn more about how to eat healthy at every life stage.


Computer Science Teen Training #2
When: April 24, 10-3

What: Open to teens who are interested in starting computer science projects in their clubs/counties. Learn teaching best practices and gain hands-on experience in both cs software and hardware!

Why: Because teaching computer science is fun and ANYONE can do it, including you!

Where: Zoom

Register at http://ucanr.edu/teenscode by April 9th!

Please email erumsby@ucanr.edu if you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer to be a 2nd adult in a breakout room.


Veterinary Science Activities
Animals get sick, just like us. These activities explore how sickness spreads among animals, how the immune system fights off illness, and how veterinarians examine and treat animals. Get started with this new collection of Veterinary Science activities on 4-H at Home.


Presentation Day 2021


Health Rocks! by 4-H
Worried about your teens and vaping? 4-H just released a new resource on 4-H at Home to help teens explore the dangerous health effects of vaping while empowering them to take control of their health. Explore the 4-H Health Rocks! activities and interactive videos featuring the journeys of three teens as they experience different vaping-related scenarios. Learn more about helping your teen choose a healthy lifestyle.


Engaging Girls in STEM 2021
On Tue, Mar 30 from 5-6pm PDT, come hear from three awesome women about the paths they each took to reach their careers in engineering today, what they love about their jobs, and why engineering offers such great opportunities for women! The session will allow attendees to submit questions to be asked of the panel. Panel moderated by Julie Newman, Electronics Engineer, NASA JPL
Janelle Wellons: Instrument Operation Engineer, NASA JPL
Christine Cheng: Principal Systems Engineer, Northrop Grumman
Helen Jung: Mechanical Engineer Honeybee Robotics
Amber Meighan: Software Engineer Facebook


JOANN Take Home Event - Date Change
The take home activity that was scheduled for April 18 has been shifted to Saturday, April 3rd.

Join JOANN in supporting 4-H and visit your local store on April 3 from 11AM-2PM to pick up a free LEGO® DOTS™ activity and coloring page. You can help ensure every kid has a chance to succeed by donating to 4-H at the register through April 30.
Camp During COVID-19 Workshop
How can Virtual or Day Camps be handled successfully? The California 4-H Camping Advisory Committee invites you to learn how at the third installment of the Camp During COVID-19 workshops series. Please see the Camp Workshop Article for more information and links to register for the sessions.
Weekly Updates 3/15/21 - 3/21/21

Virtual Code Camp
June 14-18, 2021
Volunteer and Teen Teacher registration is now open! Camper registration will be released in April.


JOANN Take Home Craft Event
April 18th
JOANN will be hosting a free, take home craft event on April 18 in all stores. The kits will include LEGO DOTs and kids will be able to create a bunny and chick and coloring pages. In each craft bag with be messaging about donating to 4-H and creating opportunity for all.


4-H Calendar of Events March - April 2021


Virtual Career Fair
All youth are invited to the Wyoming 4-H Virtual Career Night on Tuesday, March 23 at 5pm MT (4pm here in California!). Get a snapshot of different careers while visiting with professionals and visit with listed college recruiters. More information and registration at https://wyoming4h.org/virtual-career-night/


One Year Later
UC ANR employees and 4-H youth share candid testimonials on how this year impacted their lives. View the video in its entirety on YouTube. How has this past year changed YOU?


Youth In Action Awards
The deadline to apply for the 2022 4-H Youth in Action Awards is less than two weeks away! Youth age 15-19 are invited to share how they are making a difference in their community in the areas of Agriculture, Civic Engagement, Healthy Living, or STEM for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship, unforgettable experiences & more! Apply by 3/29.

Weekly Updates 3/8/21 - 3/14/21
2021 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition
Sponsored by: Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees
2021 Essay Topic: Immunity: Threats to Bee Colonies and Methods to Defend Against the Threats
Additional competition rules and essay requirements can be found on this pdf.
  • The 2021 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition is open to active 4-H Club members only.
  • Any 4-H Club member who placed first, second or third in previous years of the national competition is NOT eligible to win in 2021, however, state competition winners remain eligible to enter the national competition.
  • Entered essays must encompass the designated topic only. There will be no exceptions.
  • March 19, 2021: Submit essay to Gemma Miner in the California 4-H State Office by 5:00 pm on March 19, 2021
  • March 20-31, 2021: Submitted essays will be reviewed by the State Office
  • April 1, 2021: Selected essay will be submitted for national competition
  • June 15, 2021: National winners will be announced


JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores is partnering with 4-H in creating Opportunity 4 All kids to create, make and learn through hands-on experiences. You can help inspire a child’s creativity by donating $1 or $4 at checkout when you visit JOANN in-store or online now through April 30. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3q7hn27


Career Spark Interviews
Check out these Career Spark interviews for March!
Sign up at http://ucanr.edu/career_spark_interviews or follow on Facebook Live at Santa Barbara County 4-H.
2021 Virtual Regional Presentation Event
April 10 - 24
Learn more and sign up by April 20 on the Regional Presentation Event web page.
There will be 7 presenters for each 2-hour period. Time slots are on a first-come basis, so don't delay to sign up!
Evaluators and Room Hosts are also needed - and you can pick the time slots also on a first-come basis.

4-H presentation events supports youth 4-H members (aged 9 to 18) in practicing and improving their public speaking skills.

County to Regional:
If you receive a Gold or Blue award at the county level, you are encouraged to present in the Regional 4-H Presentation Event.

Regional to State:
If you receive a Gold or Blue award at the Area Presentation Event, you may present at the State 4-H Presentation Event at State Field Day.

All 4-H Presentation Events are following the updated 4-H Presentation Manual, Revised January 2021.

NEW Presentation Worksheet
Use the new Presentation Worksheet to select your topic, type of presentation, and to build your presentation elements.


Did you know_ March


Gardening Activities on 4-H at Home
Anxious for spring? Check out some of the gardening activities on 4-H at Home, like Bean in a Bottle, to dust off your green thumb! In this activity, kids will learn about the life cycle of a plan and what all plants need to survive. Plant your own bean in a bottle.


Save the Dates
Upcoming 4-H events and activities.


Women's History Month and National Nutrition Month
March is Women’s History Month and National Nutrition Month, and 4-H is celebrating both with recipes from incredible 4-H Grown alumni! Try the Oven Smothered Chicken recipe from celebrity chef, author, and Tennessee 4-H alum Chef Carla Hall, and learn how to make Ty's Thai Salad from singer, actress, TV host, and Georgia 4-H alum Trisha Yearwood. Find these recipes and others from the 4-H community in the 4-H Fresh Chefs digital cookbook.


4-H and Manna Pro Horse
Our friends at Manna Pro Horse are helping us create opportunities for kids who are passionate about animal care! They are supporting 4-H’ers by offering a horse box to anyone who donates at the link in this post. Give now to support Champions.


4-H Youth in Action Awards - Deadline 3/29
Share your passion for Agriculture, Civic Engagement, Healthy Living or STEM by applying for the 2022 4-H Youth in Action Awards! Learn more about how you can win a $5,000 scholarship and apply by 3/29 on the Youth In Action Award website.

Weekly Updates 3/1/21 - 3/7/21

Arcata Bottom 4-H Club Community Club Update
"In the month of February, many Arcata Bottom club members put aside time to bake and deliver cookies, brownies, and sweets to local businesses who support our club Kayleigh, Kiera, Chloe, and Lexie made beautiful Valentines for seniors. Many of our members have been extremely busy with calving and lambing. Caroline, Elias, and Lucas Cole have delivered 3 sets of lambs while Jocelyn and Emmie Hague delivered 3 sets of triplet lambs in a 4 day period. Lexi and Nathan Alto have their hands full with 60 cows due to calve in the coming months. Group meetings have started up with rabbits, beef, sheep, dairy cattle, horses, rabbits, and poultry hosting their meetings via zoom. We are looking forward to meeting in person soon, hopefully in the next few months. See you next month!"
~Luke Powell, Club Reporter


Bridgeville 4-H Community Club Update
"As part of Bridgeville 4-H’s partnership with Eel River Valley Daughters of the American Revolution we helped to make Valentines for every single resident of both Sequoia Springs and Fortuna Rehab Center. The activity directors of both care facilities are so excited that we are doing this and because we partnered with the DAR it is the first time either facility has received a Valentine for EVERYONE! In addition a full sheet cake with fresh strawberries will be delivered on Saturday the 13th. Annabelle and Ms. Mullan are the top club Valentine creators, special thanks to Pam Walker for all her assistance."
~Ms. Mullan, Club Leader

Launch Image Gallery: 2021 Bridgeville March 


Freshwater 4-H Community Club Update
"In this last month of February, Freshwater 4-H had activity from many of our project groups. The Freshwater 4-H skit group had a meeting, and the members have been writing their skit outlines, and are preparing for presentation day, as well. Our fiber arts group had our first meeting of the year on February 20th, where we mainly went over what we'd be crocheting or knitting. Some decided on scarfs, shawls, and tote bags. Freshwater 4-H's photography group had our first, in person, meeting this year, on February 27th. We went to Moonstone Beach, and we got to walk around and pick a theme to take pictures of, while we were there. We also got to show any pictures that we had taken since the last meeting. For the community service this month there were also about 300 Valentine cards made for care homes! Lastly, our record book group had the second meeting of the year where they wrote their 4-H stories after the review of the 7 sections of a California record book.
Best, Miley Rist", Club Reporter


Ferndale 4-H Community Club Update
"Ferndale 4-H is getting back into the swing into things! Many of our projects have either started or are planning to start here soon. Our Gardening Club met on February 28th at the Loleta Cheese Factory and discussed their plans for this coming spring. Our Community Pride group also had a meeting and they made Valentines for Seniors. Our Poultry group also had a meeting and discussed their plan for the year. We will be having a secret guest speaker during our March meeting and having a fun Easter related challenge!"
~Maxwell Phillips, Rotating Club Reporter


2021 Virtual San Francisco North Bay Science Discovery Day
Saturday, March 13, 2021

Children, teens, and families are invited to join us for a FREE North Bay Science Discovery Day on Saturday, March 13, with events scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (pacific time).

Discovery Day is a FREE event that will spark curiosity and excitement about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Previous Discovery Days have been in-person events at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. We hope to return in person in the future, but the 2021 event will be virtual due to COVID-19. https://www.northbayscience.org/2021


Paving the Road to Success! Youth Summits
The 2021 Virtual 4-H Youth Summit registration is now open for ages 11-13. (This is not our local Northcoast Youth Summit)

$25 per youth. Multi-youth discount for families and fee waivers also available. Visit the California Youth Summit page for details.
4-H Equine Field Day, March 13
Are you a horse owner or caregiver? You can join our Equine Field Day workshops on March 13 to learn more about how to care for your horse. Workshops are led by experienced technicians. You can join in one session or all 5! Register and learn more.
Equine Field Day March 13
County Ambassador Virtual Workshop Series
March 11 - April 8, 2021, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Register now! https://buff.ly/37s7RQw

Calling all County Ambassador teams, leaders teams, and their adult coaches! Join the California 4-H State Ambassadors and learn some vital skills for teams.
  • March 11, 2021: Youth-Adult Partnerships
    Using Hart's ladder of youth participation, learn how to work in strong youth/adult partnerships with your team.

  • March 18, 2021: Creating a Strong Plan of Action
    Participants will learn to account the differences between community service and service learning. Using an interactive activity and your leadership competencies you will design a plan action.
  • March 25, 2021: The Anatomy of a Workshop
    Learn the components of building a dynamic workshop for virtual or in person delivery.
  • April 8, 2021: The Art of Facilitation
    Learn how to facilitate a workshop in an effective way either virtually or in person.


Camp During COVID-19 Workshop Series
2nd Installment - Wednesday, March 10, 2021

This month’s workshop will provide details and discussion surrounding important considerations and next steps for getting started with each of these camp delivery modes. For virtual camps, this includes gathering your team, planning your schedule, registration and learnings from last year’s 4-H virtual camp. In the day camp session, we’ll explore state guidelines and 4-H policy for in-person camp programming, securing a facility, and considerations for staffing.

Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions but must register separately for each one.  

Session 01: Virtual Camp

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Session 02: Day Camp

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This workshop series will continue the second Tuesday of each month through June 2021, so be sure to mark those calendars.  


California 4-H "Tech Talk" - March Dates
Come when you can, leave when you must

This time is informal, and the content will be created by participants and the questions and challenges that they bring to the room. Think of Scott as your personal technology coach offering PRACTICAL SUPPORT to help you get to success in a virtual 4-H world. See flyer for more information

Hosted monthly beginning January – June 2021

  • March 9 (2nd Tuesday) 7pm – 8pm
  • March 27 (4th Saturday) 10am – 11am

(Must be active CA 4-H Personnel, Volunteer, or Youth Member to attend)

Weekly Updates 2/15/2021 - 2/21/2021
Youth in Action Awards
Applications should be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, March 29.
The 4 H Youth in Action Program recognizes four confident young leaders with diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives in our core pillar areas: agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living and STEM.
Each year, Pillar Winners will experience an exciting year of telling their 4 H story and celebrating their leadership. Winners receive:
  • $5,000 higher education scholarship
  • Promotional video showcasing their 4 H impact story
  • All-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for National 4 H Council’s Legacy Awards
  • Networking opportunities with 4 H celebrities and other prominent alumni
  • Recognition as the official 4 H youth spokesperson for their pillar


Virtual Equine Field Day
March 13, 2021, 9am - 2pm
Registration Deadline: March 7th
More information and registration is available at Equine Field Day - 4-H Equine (ucanr.edu)

The purpose of Equine Field Day is to provide 4-H leaders, members, parents, and horse enthusiasts with engaging educational experiences centered around the care of horses.  In this annual educational event, participants will learn from 20-30 minute video presentations led by clinicians and experts in different areas followed by live, interactive Q&A sessions with the facilitators. Information shared supports curriculum and information covered in 4-H Horse projects.

This event is recommended for 4-H horse leaders, 4-H members, parents, and horse enthusiasts ages 9 and up. Members will receive prizes for participating.

We will be having presentations on equine body work, showmanship, PEMF therapy (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field), trailer safety, and equine nutrition. 


Invisalign® ChangeMakers Initiative
Planning for college costs? Encourage your teen to share how they’re helping in your community for a chance to win a $5,000 cash award and the chance to be recognized at a virtual event from Invisalign. Now through March 31, all teens ages 13 – 19 are eligible to apply for one of 100 awards in the Invisalign® ChangeMakers Initiative. Learn more and share with the teens and parents in your life! Contest Ts&Cs apply.


2021 Virtual Regional (formerly Area) Presentation Day

  • Registration Opens: February 15
  • Registration Closes: April 20 at midnight
  • Presentations: April 10 - April 24

2021 State Presentation Day and Field Day

  • Registration Opens: April 10
  • Registration Closes: April 30 at 5 p.m.
  • Last day of competitions: May 22
  • Award Ceremony: May 23
  • Evaluations will be sent out (via email) by: June 4
  • Awards mailed out by: June 30
  • State Presentation Day Presentations: May 8 – May 22


Humboldt County 4-H Presentation Day
Are you excited for the 2021 Virtual Humboldt County 4-H Presentation Day? WE ARE! Registration is open now through Friday, March 5th.


National 4-H Conference 2021
Applications are due by 8am Feb. 22
At the National 4-H Conference 2021: "Shaping the Future" youth ages 16-19 will participate in roundtables to explore current issues affecting youth and the role 4-H can play in addressing them. Apply to be a part of the California 4-H delegation! ucanr.edu/National-4-H-Conference


Cooking at Home with 4-H
We’re cooking at home more than ever, and you can make the most of it with these 4-H-curated meal ideas from 4-H at Home! From snacks and sides to desserts and main courses, these recipes from 4-H’ers, supporters, and 4-H alumni offer a deep and delectable cookbook designed to freshen up your menu and keep you creative in the kitchen. Start exploring recipes: https://bit.ly/2LRWt8T


Commemorating Black History Month
To commemorate Black History Month—and with support from @Nationwide—National 4-H Council President & CEO Jennifer Sirangelo shares stories from African American 4-H Grown alumni who are creating #Opportunity4All kids and communities through innovation and leadership. Read more in the 4-H blog.