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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.

2019-2020 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.

Weekly Updates 8/3/2020 - 8/9/2020
For Humboldt County Online Fair Exhibitors
If you are participating in the online show/sale, mark your calendar for August 15-19 for the submission of your video entries!
This is a new process for us, so we are still working thru things and figuring out how it all works. Please note, these dates are different than what was originally in the exhibitor guide.
A couple important details:
—your submission will need to be filmed during the August 15-19 timeframe
—you and your animal will need to be prepped and ready, just as you would for a live show
—it may take more time than anticipated to upload, so don’t wait til the last minutes
—specific guidelines are being developed for the process and will be shared as soon as possible
Junior Disease Detectives: Operation Outbreak
Hey Project Leaders!

For more information and training on leading this project, please join the UC 4-H Healthy Living Leadership Team for a webinar. Register now for this project leader training!

Date: August 13, 2020
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

  • Want to help 4-H members test their investigative skills and help 4-H adapt to this pandemic?
  • Interested in epidemiology (how we can track and prevent the spread of germs and diseases)?

Consider leading the 4-H Virtual Disease Detectives: Operation Outbreak Project! The Virtual 4-H Disease Detectives Project will help youth learn about disease outbreaks, virus transmissions, public health investigations and how protective actions like hand washing, wearing masks, vaccinations, and herd immunity help manage negative public health outcomes. This project is designed for virtual delivery to 4-H members that are at least 12 years old.


State Fashion Revue - 2020 Virtual State Fashion Show
Entry deadline is August 31, 2020
County winner members enter at the State 4-H Fashion Show.
State Fashion Revue invites all 2020 Fashion Revue County Winners to participate in the 2020 State Fashion Show. Entry is with photographs and commentary. The SFR Committee will produce the video fashion show featuring your outfits, with no evaluation or awards.
For this special fashion show, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior County Winners in state and local categories may participate, as long as you entered a complete outfit for evaluation (excluding quilts, modeling, accessories, etc.) If you are the County Winner in 2 categories, you can submit 2 separate entries. All outfit items in the two categories must be different.
4-H Virtual Hippology Contest
August 22, 11:00am - 3:00pm PDT
Register by August 11
Hippology is an activity that can make learning fun for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a friendly yet competitive setting.
The Virtual Hippology Contest has three different phases:
  • Examination Phase
  • Station Phase
  • Judging Phase

This year's Hippology Contest is being held in partnership with Purdue University. The virtual format and content for this contest was created with Horse Extension Specialists in Indiana, Michigan, and Oklahoma.

Purdue University will conduct the contest through the eXtension Learning Management System. Please note there is a required practice session led by Purdue. Choose one of the following practice session times when registering.

  • August 29, 2020; 5:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
  • August 20, 2020; 5:00pm - 7:00pm PDT

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Weekly Updates 7/27/2020 - 8/2/2020

Teen and Adult Volunteers Needed for Virtual Camp
Hey Virtual Campers! Camp starts next week and both teen and adult volunteers are still needed! Are you interested in helping with virtual camp? Please fill out the interest survey.

Also, are there any groups of teens who can host the group welcome and icebreakers? Ambassador Team, how about you? Welcome and icebreakers happen in the morning and afternoon. If you have questions please visit the camp site or email Liliana Vega at live@ucanr.edu.


2020 4-H STEM Challenge Kit Now Available
New this year: choose from family-sized (up to 4 kids) or classroom-sized (up to 12 kids). For a limited time only, receive $5 off each kit (limit 20 discounted kits per transaction) thanks to the generous support of the 4-H STEM Challenge national partner, TOYOTA. Order your Mars Base Camp kit now and your discount will be automatically applied at checkout.


Bunnies for Sale!
California New Zealand cross rabbits are for sale at $25.00 each. There are 8 week old bunnies and adults. Breeding pairs also available. If you're interested, please contact Katie (a teacher at Coastal Grove School) at 707-616-4856.


We Need Your Input!
We are reaching out to encourage you to join 4-H for the 2020-2021 year! Although we will eventually return to in-person meetings, we are still in uncertain pandemic times. That being said, 4-H staff wants to know your interest in participating in virtual 4-H projects. Please take a couple minutes to complete this brief survey as your feedback will help us tremendously!


Record Book Forms are now available in Google Docs format
2020-2021 Manuals and Forms will be available in August 2020. Visit the California Record Book webpage to access the forms.

Weekly Updates 7/20/2020 - 7/26/2020

Attention Humboldt County Fair Exhibitors
Please review the document below for instructions on uploading the required entry paperwork into the online entry system. Online entries and all required entry paperwork are due July 26th. HCF Entry Instructions

Also, did you know there is an app? You can download the showorks app and select Humboldt County Fair and do your entries through the app and upload photos of the documents directly from your phone. This will also come in handy when it is time for virtual submission of entries!


Attention Humboldt County Fair Exhibitors - Part 2
"The entry system is open until July 26th! I’d recommend that exhibitors not wait til the last minute to register, as there are some new processes with paperwork upload.

There are virtual classes available for breeding animals this year!

A couple tips:
—Consider a separate log in for each child, rather than using a group account.
—For the phone number entry, use a cell phone number if possible, so that you can be sent the “push notification” for important information on the next submission steps
—if you have a smartphone, you can take pictures of your paperwork and upload.
—Read the parts of exhibitor guide relevant to your entry.

If you have questions, please reach out to myself or Hannah."
~Facebook post from Jana Pimentel to group: Humboldt County Fair - Junior Livestock Participants


REMINDER: Attention Club and Project Leaders
Please remember to complete the short training session before resuming any in-person 4-H meetings or activities. Thank you for caring about everyone's safety!
Once completed You will be notified if your requests have been approved. You may access the training at any time.


4-H Grown At Home Virtual Camp
August 3-7, 9:00am - 3:40pm PDT
Register by July 31st

The 2nd week of virtual camp is open for sign-ups! Register by July 31 for the California 4-H Virtual Camp: 4-H Grown at Home, August 3-7. We're bringing back the popular Palling with Pen Pals, plus lots of new activities to choose from. Open to all youth ages 9 and up - you don't have to be a current California 4-H member to join!


Diamond Clover Awards
The California Diamond Clover is the highest achievement for which a 4-H youth member is recognized. All youth members who achieve the requirements are eligible to receive this award. Awardees receive the California Diamond Clover Pin or Necklace Charm, a certificate and a recognition letter from the Associate Director of 4-H Program and Policy.

Applications are accepted year-round and are now completed online. Applications are reviewed by the 4-H Incentives and Recognition Advisory Committee and awarded quarterly.


Save the Dates - Virtual Equine Events
Registration for all three contests opening soon!

Equine Public Speaking Contest
Sept. 12-Juniors (ages 9-13)
Sept. 13-Seniors (ages 14-19)
All currently enrolled California 4-H members can participate in this virtual public speaking contest. This contest is a qualifier for the Western National Roundup in January 2021.

Hippology Contest
August 22, 2020 11am-3pm
Novice, Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels
All currently enrolled California 4-H members can participate - you don't have to be enrolled in a horse project.
The primary objective of the hippology contest is to provide in a friendly and competitive setting and opportunity for youth involved in 4-H to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry and the application of this knowledge and skill.
The top 4 seniors qualify for the Western National Roundup in January 2021.

Horse Classic
September 26-27, 2020
English, Western and Ranch styles
38 classes with Junior, Senior and Novice levels


Live on Facebook and YouTube: SLC Closing Assembly

SLC Closing Assembly
Sunday, July 26, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Everyone is invited to join the Closing Assembly of the State Leadership Conference! It will be broadcast LIVE on the California 4-H Facebook and YouTube channels. Save the date for Sunday, July 26 from 1-2:30 pm (PDT)

Weekly Updates 7/13/20 - 7/19/20

2020 Humboldt County Fair Virtual Show
"The entry system for the 2020 Humboldt County Fair Virtual Show is now live on the fair’s website. The entry deadline has been extended to July 26th. Please see the Exhibitor Guide posted on the website for the Breeding and Market classes that will be available this year along with the rules.

Exhibitors will be required to enter their animals as usual, then they will be required to at a later time upload their submissions for the Virtual Show and Auction. Please enter in up to date contact information in profiles with a cell phone number as Showorks has a new feature of being able to send out text message notifications that we are hoping to utilize this year."
~Hannah Van Duzer, Humboldt County Fair - Junior Livestock Participants

2020 Scholarship Applications are open now!
Scholarship Applications are due August 9, 2020 at 11:59pm.
Visit the 4-H Scholarships website for further details and to apply.

The candidate for any 4-H scholarship must be:

  • A high school graduate, or equivalent who is already enrolled in or accepted to an institution of higher education. Institutions of higher education include accredited vocational schools, colleges or universities.
  • Enrolled in the UC 4-H Youth Development Program at the time of high school graduation or equivalent, such as receiving a General Education Diploma (GED)
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in at least half of the full-time course load as defined by the applicant's institution.
  • Not older than 25 as of December 31st of the application year.
  • Applicants may apply for multiple scholarships but are only eligible to receive one scholarship per year. Previous scholarship recipients may reapply.


Fourward Fund and Tractor Supply Co.
We appreciate the partnership and support of Tractor Supply Co.! From July 15-26, you can donate to the 4-H Fourward Fund with your online purchases at Tractor Supply Company. Your donations will support 4-H in developing resources to support 4-H programs during the pandemic. Please spread the word!


What to Expect at SLC
Not sure how a virtual State Leadership Conference will be? Here's what you can expect - you will Build and Learn Life Skills; have Open Discussions in small groups; participate in Interactive Workshops; and have Health Breaks to take a break from the screen, get outside, eat something. Still lots to experience, just in a different way! Go to the event site, learn more, and register!

What to expect at SLC


Enter the 2020 Contest: Be a Winner with Wool
California Entry Deadline- Oct. 24, 2020
The California Make it With Wool Contest will be held in mid-November 2020 in Contra Costa County.

The competition promotes creativity and the beauty and versatility of sewing, knitting, and crocheting using wool fabrics and yarns. The contest has a long, colorful history with the first contest being held in 1947 to foster an interest in sewing with wool. The contest has since encouraged personal creativity and exceptional workmanship while showcasing thousands of awe-inspiring woolen garments from all over the US, many handcrafted by 4-H Clothing and Textile members.

The California MIWW Contest will offer the categories of Pre-Teen 12 years and under, Junior 13-16, Senior 17-24 and Adult 25 and older. All garments must be made from fabric or yarn with a minimum of 60% wool. Specific contest rules, age requirements, previous contest photographs, and judging criteria may be found on the Make It With Wool website

Junior, Senior and Adult California winners can sew, knit, or crochet, their way to the National Finals in Denver, Colorado January 2021! For information contact the California Director April Ward. at april.ann.ward@gmail.com or (510) 205-7017.


Weekly Updates 7/6/2020 - 7/12/2020

Attention Humboldt County Fair Exhibitors!
"Hi All! I’ve been asked about entering animals, so I wanted to provide another update.

Yes! Entries will be done online again this year. We upgraded our system and have encountered some bumps along the way that have slowed the process. We anticipate that the online system will be open for a relatively short amount of time, but we will provide those details once we get it opened up.

In the meantime, YQCA training is still a requirement this year and can be done online. Please log on and complete that training so that you have your certificate ready to submit with your entries.

This year won’t be like years past, but we are going to do the best we can to make it a great experience and we remain optimistic that the Online Auction will be very successful!"
~ Jana Pimentel, Humboldt County Fair- Junior Livestock Participants Facebook Group


10th Annual 4-H Film Festival
Don't miss the 10th Annual 4-H Film Festival! Registration and film submissions close July 17th.


Rist Family Community Service
We're so happy to be able to give a shout out to another 4-H family! The Rist Family followed the 4-H Creed and used their HANDS "to be helpful, skillful, and useful." Thank you for your community service!

According to Freshwater 4-H: "The Rist Family is stepping up once again honoring their monthly commitment to clean up our littered streets! This stems from our Your Choice March community service, they have taken it a step further to do this monthly! You guys rock, well done and thank you for doing this, the area looks like it was in need of a clean up.

Miley, spotted trash in the drain! They saw the picture of the Dolphin, and how the drain goes to the Bay. So, they got everything they could, out of it! ?? 
1 Hour Later- FINISHED! Clean! Emptied trash, and put recycling where it goes. Doesn't look like much, but it took the whole hour = for four people! Cigarette butts, are the worst!"


2020 Golden Clover Awards
Nominations are due August 9th at 11:59pm
The Golden Clover Awards recognize outstanding achievements of members, volunteers, program staff, and groups within the 4-H Youth Development Program.
Find out more and apply at the 4-H Golden Clover Awards webpage.
2020 State Leadership Conference: Vision 2020
Registration is open for the State Leadership Conference! All teens ages 13 and up are invited to join this virtual conference to help you strengthen your skills in leadership, communications and goal setting to reach your goals and plan for your future. You don't have to be a current California 4-H member to participate - please share widely! Go to the SLC event site to learn more about this event and register.
Weekly Updates 6/29/2020 - 7/5/2020

Save the Date for CA 4-H Virtual Camp
Save the Date for 4-H Virtual Camp! Plan to join us from July 13-17 for “Our Wild California” and Aug. 3-7 for "4-H Grown at Home." More information and sign up details coming soon!


Our Wild California Virtual Camp
July 13 - 17, 2020
9:00am - 3:15pm PDT
Open to all youth ages 9-18 - you do not have to be a current 4-H member to join!
5 days of fun and activities. "Campfire" on Monday and Friday. Register and find out more at ucanr.edu/virtualcamp1


10th Annual FilmFest 4-H
August 1-2, 2020
FilmFest 4-H is back! For the first time ever, the 2020 national 4-H film festival is going digital. Learn from 4-H professionals, network with other youth who share your creative interests, and join in as we screen youth-produced films. FilmFest 4-H takes place August 1-2, 2020 and is produced for youth ages 11-18. Your All Access Pass is only $35 and gives you access to all FilmFest events and festivities. To get your pass, submit a film, or find more information please visit the FilmFest 4-H website.


Teachers Training to Prepare Californians for Wildfire in Oak Woodlands
To prepare Californians for wildfire in oak woodlands, UC ANR offers teachers training. In addition to delivering community workshops, the educators will offer online training for teachers this summer. The curriculum will be introduced by webinar on Tuesday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (PDT). Register online for this free webinar.


Thank You Freitas Family!

Freitas Masks

We want to say a HUGE thank you to the Freitas Family! You see all those masks in the picture? All of them were made by the Freitas Family and donated to 4-H. We asked for help and they sure came through! These masks will be given to Food for People so that they can provide them to those who need it locally. How we appreciate their hard work making all these masks! Again we thank you for your time and effort. You have truly pledged your "hands to larger service" in the community!


Attention Club and Project Leaders
Please do NOT resume face-to-face 4-H meetings, activities, or events before completing the following short training session. You will be notified if your requests have been approved. You may access the training at any time.


13 Great STEM Careers in Rural Areas
Do you have to move to a big city for a job in science or technology? This month's feature #4HSTEMLab blog, sponsored by HughesNet, introduces students to a world of STEM careers in rural America. Read it on the 4-H Blog.