The tentative 2021 Calendar is now available on the 4-H Calendar page. The calendar will continue to be updated as we have more information and events to add. You can always check to make sure you have the most recently updated version of the calendar by checking the date on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar page. The link will also be updated to list when the last calendar was uploaded to the website.
We know many of you have started thinking about 4-H projects for 2021 so we wanted to make sure you have to current information on how you can purchase your project books.
- Download one for free. Select from a dozen popular titles in the Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects collection. Click on the book you want, and when the file opens on your screen, save or print it from there. This year, a selection of 4‑H Cloverbud activities is available too. (For accessible formats of these publications, visit cfaes.osu.edu/accessibility.)
- Order and pick up project books in your county office. If you would rather purchase a printed copy of a Perfect Stay-at-Home Project or any other project book, you can purchase those at the extension office. Ohio residents get the best price on printed books when they order and pick up their purchases through local Extension offices. Please call the office (740.670.5315) before coming to make sure we have the book(s) you want in stock.
- Buy one online. Like last year, you also can order directly from extensionpubs.osu.edu. Ohio residents receive free shipping on orders of $20 or more with the coupon FREE2021. Books cost slightly more this way, but orders can be shipped directly to any Ohio address. There is no restriction on the number of times a coupon can be used. See our printable Ordering Is Easy instructions. Please review your order carefully. Extension Publishing is not able to accept returns.
- Make your own. Self-determined projects are an excellent choice for self-motivated members eager to get started by creating their own projects. Although self-determined projects may be better suited for older 4-H members, they are available for any member and are often based on idea starters already available online. Many of the idea starters are great stay-at-home projects too, for example, Music, Bats, String Art, Climate Change, American Sign Language, etc. Learn about the best of current circumstances with My Own Stay-at-Home Project. (For project judging, self-determined projects are judged in self-determined categories.)
The 2021 Family Guide will be coming by mail to all 4-H families/advisors who were enrolled in 4-H in 2020. Knowing that it may be a challenge to get the 2021 Family Guides out to families, Ohio 4-H will be mailing one copy per family to each family that had at least one individual (member or advisor) enrolled in 4-H this year. Licking County 4-H families should have their copy arrive in their mailbox during the first half of January. We hope to have additional copies available in the office for new families at some point as well.
You can also search through projects on the Project Central website. Project Central is especially helpful in selecting projects because you can search by name, topic, or skill level. You can also view sample pages and read reviews from members, parents, and advisors who took/helped with the project. If you haven’t gone on and reviewed the projects you took this year, please do so. Your reviews can help other members make their project decisions.
Please remember to submit your Junior Fair Board application by the November 15th deadline. Since November 15th falls on a Sunday this year, applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 15th, dropped off to the Extension Office by 4:30pm on November 13th, or if mailing must be postmarked by November 14th.