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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.

2022-2023 4-H Online 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 8/28/23 - 9/3/23

Check out the Humboldt County Facebook page to see the great work our clubs did at the Humboldt County Fair!


Ferndale 4-H Community Club Update - June
June's report is coming to you a little late but we want Carly to get credit for the report!

"June was a great month for Ferndale 4h! The month started off with the Annual Pet Parade down Main Street, where participants dressed up their animals. Fun was had by all! We also held our monthly meeting, which went well - we had a potluck, celebrated achievements, and the newly elected officer team was installed. At the end of the meeting, we celebrated Father's Day and had a dessert raffle for all of the fathers present."
~ Carly Mauney, Club Reporter



Youth posing with their horses and holding award ribbons

Santa Cruz County Fair 4-H and Open Youth Horseshow
Tuesday, Sept 12, 2023 - Starting at 8 am

4-H Divisions - Novice w/j, Jr (13 & under), Sr (14-19)
Open Divisions - Open w/j, 10 & under w/j, 13 & under, 14-19 & Ranch Versatility
Timed Events - 4h -Jr & Sr Open - 13 & under, 14-17

Join California 4-H for a webinar about Emerald Stars in the 4-H Achievement Program. RSVP for the Emerald Star webinar to attend!

Humboldt County 4-H Facebook

Humboldt 4-H Calendar
Event Name Date

Select Pin for Club Info!

Weekly Updates 8/21/23 - 8/27/23

A yellow caution sign and a large trailer being pulled by a truck

It's the beginning of an exciting week and Fernbridge and 211 will be busy today with trailers. Be ready for a longer commute.

10:00-6:00 Vet Check
10:00-1:00 Swine Weigh In
1:00-3:00 Goats and Lambs Weigh In
3:00-5:00 Beef Weigh In
5:00-6:00 Poultry and Rabbit Weigh In
6:00 Hamburger Feed & Pie Auction in Friendship Square - Come bid on delicious desserts!

4-H Enrollment is open in Humboldt County! Our enrollment page has everything you need to know: https://ucanr.edu/HumCo4hEnrollment
4-H Youth at the Fair
The barns and buildings are full! Come check out all the Humboldt County 4-H'ers projects that they have been working hard on all year!

Humboldt County Fair 2023

Launch Image Gallery: Humboldt County Fair 2023             

Only a few days left to check out all the exciting projects Humboldt County 4-H Youth have at the fair. The Junior Livestock Auction BBQ starts at 11:00 am on Sunday, the Auction starts at 1:00 pm.
Weekly Updates 8/14/23 - 8/20/23

2023 Workshop Series for 4-H project leaders

The California Volunteer Workgroup is hosting a series of 4 virtual workshops for 4-H Project Leaders. Each session is offered twice - on Tuesdays in September, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, or Wednesdays in October, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Volunteers who complete the series will earn a certificate and a 4-H name badge. Register for the volunteer workshop to get the link to join.

Session 1: Best practices in youth development - the 4-H Thriving Model of Positive Youth Development
Session 2: Learning in 4-H: Facilitating hands-on education and planning your project.
Session 3: Working with all ages from 5 to 18
Session 4: Creating effective youth-adult partnerships & working with youth leaders (junior & teen leaders)
Looking for show whites for fair?
Contact the County Office today to look through the donated whites we have in the office. Anyone looking to get rid of whites that are still in decent condition are welcome to drop them off at the office as well. Humboldt County Fair here we come!
Weekly Updates 8/7/23 - 8/13/23

Humboldt County Fair Junior Livestock Announcement
The Fair will be sponsoring a Sullivans Blower to be raffled off to a lucky club or chapter at the Pre-Fair clean up event on August 12 from 9 am - 12 pm!

Sign up between 9-9:30am. Drawing at 12! A representative from your club or chapter must be present to win. 
Bring supplies:
Weed Whacker
Leaf Blowers
CA 4-H Resource Center
To our 4-H Members and Volunteers: We are very sorry for any difficulties you have had because of our recent website outages. Our State 4-H Team has worked hard to make 4-H resources more available to you with a new website, our CA 4-H Resource Center. We will be continue updating this site with more resources and information. Thank you for your support and patience!
Redwood Acres Fair Auction Checks
Checks are ready & can be picked up in office (August 11) from 10:00am to 3:00pm or Tuesday (August 15) 10:00am to 3:00pm. Any checks that are left in office on Wednesday, August 16th will be mailed!
If you have changed your address or would like it delivered to an address that was not on your Showorks let the office know immediately by emailing: kami@redwoodacres.com
Thank you again for a great fair & we will see you next year!
Pre-Fair Cleanup. August 12th. Ferndale Fairgrounds. August 12th. 9am-12pm
Weekly Updates 7/31/23 - 8/6/23

4-H Higher Education Scholarships
Applications due September 11, 2023

Are you a high school graduate?
Are you enrolled in 4-H?
Are you going to a college, university, or equivalent? Apply now for the 4-H Higher Education Scholarship. Start early and beat the rush. More info can be found on the scholarship application form.



Ferndale 4-H July Club Update
"July was a fun month. To start it off, our club helped the Spirit of Ferndale and the Native Sons set up and take down the American Flags that line Main St. on the Fourth of July. We also helped the Native Sons carry the United States Flag, and the California State Flag during the Fortuna Rodeo Parade. Members have been busy getting their animals ready for the Humboldt County Fair. We are very excited!"
- Carly Mauney, Club Reporter



Humboldt County Fair Schedule
The 2023 Youth Livestock Schedule is on the Humboldt County Fair website!



Freshwater Year in Review
Great job Ricardo! Check out what Freshwater 4-H was up to throughout the year in this Freshwater 2022-2023 Presentation.

Weekly Updates 5/29/23 - 6/4/23

Three 4-H youth in their 4-H uniforms smiling for the picture

Humboldt County Youth at State Field Day
We are so proud of these three representing Humboldt County at State Presentation Day! As well as the eight other youth that presented virtually, the future is bright!



Attention Animal Projects
Are you selling a goat, lamb, or pig at the Humboldt County Fair? All Market Animals must be tagged by June 25th. Project Leaders must pick up tags for all youth enrolled in their project. There will also be two tagging days hosted by the Junior Livestock Auction Committee where animals can be tagged. This Thursday at Redwood Acres Fairground from 3-7. As well as this Sunday at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds from 3-6. If you are a Project Leader and need tags please call or email the County Office!



4-H Camp counselors posing for the picture. One sitting in a shopping cart.
4-H Camp counselors and youth wearing sunglasses

Want to be a counselor for 4-H Camp? This Saturday, June 3rd, is the first Counselor training from 10-2 at the County Office. Any youth 14 or older can be a Counselor. Hope to see you there!



Hydesville Community Club Update - May
"This month has been fun! All of our animal groups are working hard getting their market animals ready for fair. We had a Mother’s Day bbq and worked with our meat goats. We also went to the Kiwanis breakfast meeting and were rewarded $1,900 for all of our hard work selling tickets and working at the spaghetti feed."
- Paisley Jackson, Club Reporter 

Launch Image Gallery: Hydesville May 2023  



First Tagging Day
The first tagging day for Humboldt County Fair is Thursday, June 1st from 3-7 at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. The other tagging day will be June 4th from 3-6 at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. All market animals must be tagged by June 25th. Hope to see you there!



Redwood Acres Cleanup Days

Redwood Acres Friends of the Fair is hosting a Redwood Acres Clean Up Day! If you have a few hours pop by on Sunday, June 4, there are several projects to get done before opening day. Check out the Facebook Cleanup Event Page.

Weekly Updates 5/22/23 - 5/28/23
Management Team Meeting 2022
Attention Humboldt County 4-H Community
Don't forget about the last Management Team Meeting of the Program Year!
When: 6:00-7:30 pm
Where: The County 4-H Office
There will fun activities and a pulled pork dinner provided. We will also honor scholarship recipients. We hope to see you there!
Check out the awesome turn out from last year's May Meeting pictured above.
All 4-H youth & adults are welcome. Committees are a representative group of 4-H youth, adult volunteers, County & State 4-H staff, & program partners
State 4-H Advisory Committees are recruiting new members!
Consider applying for State 4-H Advisory Committees. California 4-H needs your insight, leadership, and ideas! Apply today!
State Field Day
There will be plenty of fun activities at State Field Day 2023 this coming Saturday. Register as a spectator on the CA 4-H State Field Day website to participate in these terrific activities!
2023 California 4-H Horse Educational Contests
Horse Bowl, Hippology, Horse Judging, Public Speaking, and Presentations
All entries due June 9, 2023
Registration for the Equine Educational Contests is now OPEN! Individuals and teams can enter the Horse Bowl, Hippology, and Horse Judging contests. Individuals can enter Public Speaking and/or Equine Presentation Contests (teams of 2 are also allowed for the presentation contest only).
These are all state qualifying contests with top placing individuals and/or teams qualifying to advance to the national 4-H contests held during the Western National Roundup in Denver, CO in January 2024.
All contest will be held at Brookside Show Park on June 21 and June 22 before the CA 4-H Horse Classic show.
Contest rules and guidelines will be posted soon.
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Thank You for Giving!
At the conclusion of UC ANR Giving Day 2023, generous donors and sponsors gave $21,005 for California 4-H! Participating CA 4-H programs had every gift matched thanks to matching funds made possible by the CA 4-H Foundation.
Donations received on the day will support opportunities for 4-H youth across California. True to the 4-H pledge, our leaders are inspiring youth, and the youth are serving their communities.
Again, thank you for your generosity and for inspiring the leaders of tomorrow! We look forward to sharing our progress and the impacts of our work with you in the months ahead! If you missed giving day, you can still donate to UC ANR at any time!
Summer Camp Location Update
Attention: 4-H Camp has unfortunately had to move locations. Camp will now take place at the Howland Hill Outdoor School east of Crescent City from July 19th- July 21st. Fees have been adjusted to reflect the new location and time frame. Those who filled out the interest survey will be notified when camp registration opens. We hope to see you there!
4-H Volunteers! Support our members by registered to be an evaluator.
4-H Adults! Sign up to be an evaluator for State Field Day contests like Interview Contest and State Fashion Revue. We need your help to support our members. The State Field Day website has more info.
4-H teens sitting around a table with one teen standing and speaking to the group
Become a Civic Engagement Officer Helping Humboldt County!
The Civic Engagement Officer is available for youth to expand their leadership opportunities, Civic Engagement knowledge and experiences.
The role as the club’s Civic Engagement Officer is to be responsible for all aspects of one or more service projects that your club participates in during the 4-H year. CE Officers will give leadership to the project and create a Civic Engagement Committee who will collaborate and delegate responsibilities to club members, advisors, and parents. In addition to promoting community service and service learning activities, they will also help inform your club’s members about the differences between the two. CE officers will work with other officers to provide ways to introduce service projects to your club during club meetings and throughout the year.
The role description and online training link can be found on the 4-H Youth Officer web page. There is also a new pin for the Civic Engagement Officer and you can add it to your 4-H enrollment as a leadership role.
Weekly Updates 5/15/23 - 5/21/23

In the foreground, a 4-H a girl in a green shirt smiles at something past the camera. In the background, a family stands with gloves and shovels

You can help young people develop independence, resilience and confidence through hands-on learning opportunities offered by the California 4-H program. Your #GivingDay gift on May 18-19 supports UC ANR programs, like 4-H—empowering youth with leadership skills for a lifetime. Donate on the ANR Giving Day website.



June 23, 2023 4-H Online closed for families and volunteers. August 15, 2023 anticipated opening of ZSuite for families and volunteers

Online Enrollment Program Yearly Closing
We want to remind everyone that next month the 4-H online enrollment system will be inaccessible while yearly rollover and transition tasks take place. It will be closed starting June 23, 2023 with an anticipated opening on the new platform ZSuite on August 15, 2023.

If you want to be part of Summer Camp this year, please contact us at the Humboldt 4-H Office ASAP for the special provision for campers!
Forestry Contest at State Field Day!
Participants will:
  • Read USGS topographic maps
  • Identify map symbols & geographic features
  • Find elevation differences
  • Measure distances of different locations

Find out more on the Forestry Contest web page.



UC ANR Giving Day
Noon to Noon May 18-19, 2023

We stand together, with you and other supporters, to raise funds for a better tomorrow. By donating today, you are investing in the youth of Humboldt. Join us!
Reminder: Spark Achievements Website
REMINDER: If you need details about the change in how youth members earn achievements in 4-H, take a look at the NEW Spark Achievement Program web page!
Weekly Updates 5/8/23 - 5/14/23

Illustrated green camping tent and 4-H clover

Humboldt County 4-H still need camp counselors! If you're 14 years or older, please contact your Community Club Leader or the County 4-H Office if you're interested.




Do you want to address global issues that impact human life and natural systems? Check out the STEM "Shark Tank" competition at CA 4-H State Field Day. More info on the STEM "Shark Tank" page of the State Field Day website.



4-H volunteer in an orange shirt and a kid with a hose

Experience the longest 4-H day of the year on May 27th. Bring your family, 4-H friends, and furry friends to State Field Day! More info on the 4-H State Field Day website.



Redwood Acres Fairgrounds Premium Book
Please read everything that is applicable to your exhibitors, there are a few new rules & a declaration that will be need to be printed, signed and uploaded. See our Facebook post to access the 2023 Premium Book.



Interview contest

Interview Contest at State Field Day
May 27, 2023 - 9:30am-12:00pm

Brush off your resume and cover letter for the State Interview Contest! Registration is first come first served. Don't delay in registering! Both virtual and in-person available. Find more into on the State Field Day Interview contest webpage.



Indigenous 4-H volunteer working with youth member on robotics

You envision a world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change. So do we.

Join us for #GivingDay May 18-19 at noon and give to the 4-H Youth Development Program to help youth make a difference in their communities. Visit the Giving Day webpage.



Register now for the robotics contest. This competition is a place to showcase skills in robotics, network with other STEM-lovers, promotes low stress

Register today for the 4-H State Field Day Robotics Contest. Test your VEX IQ skills and more. Visit the Robotics Contest website for more info.



Coding Contest details

Coding Contest at State Field Day
May 27, 2023 - 11:00am-12:00pm

Share your screen or use a laptop live to present your code in 3-10 minutes. COMMAND: Register for the State Field Day Coding Challenge! Need a bit more info? Visit the Coding Challenge web page.



4-H youth member holding up two green leaves

It's a MATCH! Starting at noon on May 18 your gifts to California 4-H will be matched dollar for dollar!! Thanks to the CA 4-H Foundation, any gift will be matched on a first-give, first-get basis until matching funds are depleted. 4-H has a match pool of $25,000 so get your gifts in early to double the impact! Thanks for donating on the ANR Giving Day website.

Weekly Updates 5/1/23 - 5/7/23

4-H youth accepting a check from the Fortuna Kiwanis

Bridgeville 4-H Community Club Update - April
"My awesome sister, Myla, accepts the Spaghetti Feed Check for Bridgeville 4-H from the Fortuna Kiwanis for all our hard work at the Spaghetti Feed."
- Kayla Kirk, Club Reporter



Miranda 4-H youth members posed for a picture at the roller rink
Kids and adults roller skating

Miranda 4-H Community Club Update - April
"This month the American legion 494 honored The Miranda 4h club for all of the Community service we have done. The American Legion sponsored a skating party for our club to show their appreciation. It was filled with skating, chatting and good food catered by J catering, with meat donated by French ranch farms! Our club got to take part in a Easter fundraiser. Members had the opportunity to run a booth at the Southern Humboldt Egg Hunt Event. All of our projects are in full swing. Many members have started raising their animals and gearing up for fair season. We are looking forward to what next month has to bring."
- Sawyer McMahan, Club Reporter



Attention All Market Animal Exhibitors!
New market animal entry DEADLINE is June 25th. This will include a Bill of Sale, current YQCA, Code of Excellence, and two photos of the animal (one side profile view and a headshot with HCF tag) uploaded to ShoWorks.

The Lamb, Goat, and Swine declaration form must be postmarked on May 15th and provides tagging procedure information.



4-H youth holding posed for the picture holding goats, sheep, and rabbits

Ferndale 4-H Community Club Update - April
"April was yet another great month for Ferndale 4-H. At our monthly meeting we held the meeting in a different location, but our meeting ran smoothly. The officers did their awesome reports as normal. Each officer also got up and told everyone about their position they have held this past year since it is that time of year for everyone think about running for an officer position for next year. Sign up sheets were put out for anyone to sign up to run for a position. Each candidate will give a speech at our next meeting. After the meeting we had fun Easter minute to win it games we all played. The meeting was fun and the officer team hopes everyone enjoyed the meeting that they have planned."
- Alexandra Griffith, Club Reporter



Hydesville 4-H Community Club Update - April
"This was a busy month for our members. Many of us are getting our market animals for Redwood Acres Fair or Humboldt County Fair. We have all been very busy training and getting our animals ready. "
- Paisley Jackson, Club Reporter



Freshwater Community Club Update - April
"April was a busy month for Freshwater 4-H. We started the month going to Falk Headwaters Forest Reserve with the Fieldtrip/ Outdoor Adventures group. We had our community meeting, in the program we had the members leading and moving a beach ball pretending be a pig and after was the leaders and parents turn to try leading the ball. We had a relay race with spoons and eggs for recreation. All the board members spoke about what are their rules and what their position is expected to do. After the community meeting, we had the swine meeting. Our community service was the 3 corners clean up, members pick up trash and recycling. Some members participated in the Regional 4-H Presentation Day. With the Fiber Arts project group, we learn about basketry and started making a basket. Swine project had a fieldtrip to the Swap farm in Fortuna and learned about their set up. We enter the Rhody parade and some of the members brought in the float their animals, it was a lot of fun. We ended the month with the Spring Paper Clover/Bake sale at Arcata Tractor Supply."
- Leonardo Freitas, Club Reporter



Have you signed up for State Presentation Day yet?
If you earned a Blue or Gold Seal at an Area Presentation Day, then you're eligible for State Presentation Day!

State Presentation Day
Registration Closes May 12th
Virtual Contests - May 10-12 on Zoom
In-person State Field Day Contests - May 27th

It is time to register your presentation for State Presentation Day! All presentations require prequalification except for the new formats. Get registered for State Presentation Day today.

Weekly Updates 4/24/23 - 4/30/23

State Field Day. We have NEW contests! Check out the two new contests available at State Field Day this year on May 27

Extra! Extra! 4-H State Field Day has two NEW contests this year. Register for the Forestry and Insect Identification contests on the State Field Day website!



It's paper clover time! April 26 - May 7, 2023. Funds support 4-H camp and leadership activities. Tractor Supply Co.

The season for 4-H Paper Clover is in full swing! Head to your nearest Tractor Supply Co. store NOW through May 7th and get your 4-H Paper Clover at checkout to show your support. 4-H overnight camping is BACK in Humboldt! Buying a paper clover will help keep it going strong!


California 4-H State Field Day
May 27, 2023
The registration deadline for all State Field Day contests is May 12th. Exception: Virtual State Presentation Events are being held earlier so the deadline for VIRTUAL Presentation Events is April 30, 2023. 
We are asking EVERYONE to register: attendees, evaluators, room hosts, family members who are observing, young siblings—anyone who is attending SFD. Why? We know how many youth register each year but don’t know how many total people attend. We want to get a complete head count for planning future State Field Days.
Any member who is unable to pay the $5 entry free may turn in a Request for Fee Waiver Form to 4hsfd@ucanr.edu.
And there’s so much more! Now that we’re back fully in person, we will also have interactive activity booths, Primary Activities, a Film Festival screening, and even a short Fashion Revue show! The Awards Ceremony will be hosted by our State Ambassadors live on the California 4-H YouTube channel on Sunday, May 28th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
If you have any questions about State Field Day or qualifying events, please email 4hsfd@ucanr.edu, or the respective contest coordinator listed on each contest page.



Open to active California 4-H members. Division high point buckle. Wester, Ranch, English divisions.

2023 Butte County Horse Show
Sunday, June 11, 2023
Camelot Equestrian Center 1985 Clark Road, Butte Valley, CA 95965

Register now for the 2023 Butte County 4-H Horse Show! Open to all active 4-H members in the state of California. Show updates and entry forms will be posted on the 2023 Butte County 4-H Horse Show Facebook Event page.

Sponsors needed! Please reach out regarding donations to support our show. Message on Facebook or contact Maisie Jean Cousins @ 530-966-1746.

Stanislaus County Fair. June 3-4, 2023. Open to all California Jr Horse Exhibitors. Special Awards for overall highpoint English and western winners

Stanislaus County Fair- Junior Horse Show
June 3, 2023 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

2023 Stanislaus County Fair Junior Horse Show that is OPEN TO ALL California Junior horse exhibitors including 4-H, FFA, and Independent youth.

Diamond Bar Arena 6055 Central Ave, Ceres, CA 95307. Contact ksieber@stancofiar.com or livestock@stancofair.com with questions.

True Leaders in Equity Institute
July 10-13, 2023 / Registration deadline: June 1, 2023
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
From Monday, July 10 – Thursday, July 13, 2023, the True Leaders in Equity Institute will prepare up to 20 teams to be change agents within the Cooperative Extension System as we work to create more welcoming and inclusive environments. This training and leadership opportunity challenges participants to work together to ideate and champion equity-related projects that will grow 4-H in their communities. Learn more and register on the True Leaders in Equity website.
Bill and Jane Fischer Vegetation Management Scholarship
For students enrolled at ANY ACCREDITED CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY, preference given to graduate students. $1,000 (multiple awards possible) to students pursuing degrees in vegetation management, weed science or agriculture specializations Plant Science, Soils and Plant Nutrition, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Botany, Plant Pathology, Plant Protection and Pest Management, and Agricultural Economics. Students apply for the scholarship directly.