Explore the Outdoors with Adams County 4-H!

Join us as we Explore Adams! Adams County 4-H will once again offer an Explore the Outdoors SPIN (SPecial INterest) club where youth will meet this spring exploring our Great Outdoors through hiking our local nature preserves. Guest speakers and specialists in their fields will participate to add to the educational experience for our youth. We will provide hands on learning about Birds, Insects, Wildlife, Plants, Trees, Streams, Conservation and Preservation.
Open to any youth 8 years old and in the 3rd grade or 9 years old in any grade and up to 18 years as of January 1st. Registration deadline – April 1, 2023. Sign up today at go.osu.edu/ExploreAdams. For more information contact advisor Dave Baker at davebaker410@yahoo.com or 937-798-1085 or call the Extension office.
Full listing of dates and programs:
Saturday April 8th at Highlands Nature Sanctuary – Appalachian Forest Museum1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Educational program by the Arc at the Museum, afternoon guided hikes.

Tuesday April 11th at Ohio River Bluffs, Manchester, Ohio
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Amazing Spring Flower hike overlooking the Ohio River


                                                         at Shawnee State Park – 4-H Kid’s College 

Saturday May 6th at Quiverheart Gorge Preserve

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Just enjoying nature and hiking the new North Gorge Trail followed by campfire and smores.

Tuesday May 16th at Quiverheart Gorge Preserve
Bats with Andrea Jaeger, Arc of Appalachia- 7 PM – Dusk

Sunday May 21st at Quiverheart Gorge Preserve
1:00 PM – 4:00PM – Explore Stream Biology with Kelly Capuzzi – get to know creatures of our streams.

Saturday June 3rd at Kamama Prairie
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Trees, Butterflies, and Insects with Naturalist John Howard.

Chaparral Prairie near West Union – (date to be determined)
8:00 PM – An evening of Moths and nocturnal insects led by Katie King of the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves with John Howard.

2023 Quality Assurance Dates

All youth planning to exhibit livestock at the 2023 Adams County Junior Fair must attend Quality Assurance or have tested out a minimum of 45 days prior to the start of the fair.

2023 Quality Assurance dates:

Wednesday, March 1, 5:30 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds

Tuesday, March 21, 6 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds

Saturday, March 25, 10:30 a.m., Adams County Fairgrounds held in conjunction with Hog Clinic (9 a.m.) and Goat Clinic (noon)

Thursday, April 13, 6 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds held as part of Rabbit Clinic

Monday, April 17, 4:30 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds

Wednesday, May 3, 5:30 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds

Members may also use the online Youth Quality Care of Animals program for a cost of $12. Visit yqcaprogram.org to complete the online course and test. Please be sure to send a copy of your certificate to watters.92@osu.edu to ensure you receive credit for this option.

4-H Officer Training & Dance

Adams County 4-H Officer Training and Dance will take place on Friday, March 10 at the Ohio Valley Career & Technical Center. Officer training begins at 6 p.m. with breakout sessions for each office held followed by an officer induction ceremony for all. All current and future 4-H club officers are invited and encouraged to attend!

At 7 p.m. the real fun begins as we crank up the tunes and dance! 4-H Camp Counselors will lead us in all your familiar, favorite, line dances. Clubs are asked to bring a 2 liter of pop and a small door prize to contribute. Popcorn provided by the 4-H Advisory Committee. All Adams County 4-Her’s are welcome to join in the boot scootin’ fun!

Scholarship Applications Due February 24

The Adams County 4-H Scholarship and Chad Downing Memorial Scholarship application is now available!

Applicants must be high school seniors with a minimum 2.5 gpa that have been enrolled in 4-H for at least four years, including the current and immediate past year. A completed application, current high school transcript including gpa, and a letter of reference from an Adams County 4-H volunteer that is not a relative are required to apply.

The number of 4-H scholarships vary each year depending on the success of the annual fundraiser and range from $500 – $1,000. Five Chad Downing Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $500 and two $1,000 Burley Growers scholarships will be awarded. Scholarships are paid upon proof of completion of the first semester or quarter of post-secondary education or training following high school graduation. Adams County 4-H Scholarship deadline is Friday, February 24 by 4 p.m.