2019 Forestry and Wildlife Camp

The Fourth Annual Forestry and Wildlife Camp will be held at Canter’s Cave in Jackson, Ohio October 11-13, 2019. This camp is for youth ages 12-16 who are interested in environmental education. Camp participants will get to try new and exciting challenges, learn about and appreciate the natural world around them, while meeting experts in the field of Forestry and Wildlife Conservation. There is a discounted rate for the first 40 registrants, so don’t delay in signing up! Registration information can be found here.

We’re Hiring!

The Licking County OSU Extension Office is looking for a new colleague to fill our office associate position. For complete position description and online application instructions, please go to www.jobsatosu.com and search by Job Opening Number 452281 or click here. To assure consideration you must apply by August 25, 2019.  The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Thank You Notes

If you haven’t already started writing your thank you notes for this year, we would highly encourage you to do so. It takes a lot of support from sponsors as well as volunteers to make our 4-H program and the Hartford Independent Fair run each year. Please take the time to thank those who supported you, either by sponsoring an award you won, buying your animal at the fair, or anyone who helped you complete your project. It only takes a few minutes to write a thank you note, but it means a lot to the person who receives it. If you are unsure about what should go into a thank you note, there is a helpful graphic below.

Licking County 4-H Website Updates

Over the next few months we will be working the reorganize the 4-H portion of the Licking County OSU Extension website. The plan is to remove unnecessary/outdated information and to reorganize some of the pages to make it easier to find the information you need. We ask that you be patient as we work through the reorganization and should you be unable to find information that you need during this time, please call our office at 740.670.5315 so that we can get you the information you need. We hope that this will allow us to have a better organized site for the start of the next 4-H year.

2019 Hartford Fair Livestock Sales Brochure

Now is the perfect time for members who are planning to sell their livestock projects during the sales at the 2019 Hartford Fair to send out letters to potential buyers. A helpful item to include with your letters is the 2019 Hartford Fair Livestock Sales Brochure. The Sale Brochure gives the dates, times, and locations of the three sales that will occur throughout the week. It also gives information on how the sales work and what to expect as a buyer. This information can be helpful to potential buyers, especially if it is their first time participating in the sales.

2019 Hartford Fair 4-H & FFA Project Skillathon & Interview Judging Schedule

The 2019 Hartford Fair 4-H and FFA project skillathon and interview judging schedule can be found here. Please check this schedule for correct dates, times and locations as not all of the information on skillathons in the Hartford Fair Premium book are correct. Please make sure that you know the correct skillathon schedule so that you don’t miss out on an opportunity to participate.

2019 Project Judging Results

Results for the 2019 Special Interest and Food Project Judging have been posted here.  Clothing Project results will be posted after the results are announced at the Style Revue and Awards Night. Members who received a Superior, Honorable Mention, or State Fair Representative will be recognized at the 2019 Style Revue and Awards Night on Thursday, July 18th at the Reese Center at the OSU Newark/COTC Campus. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the modeling portion of the clothing judging. The awards recognition portion of the program will follow the style revue.

Members who were selected as a state fair representative will receive a packet of information by mail. Packets went in the mail Friday. If you do not receive your packet, please contact the Extension Office to have a new packet made. If you cannot participate in your project’s judging at the Ohio State Fair, please contact the Extension Office at 740.670.5315 immediately to let us know that you cannot attend. This will allow us to contact the project member who was selected as the alternate and offer that member the opportunity to participate in the project judging at the Ohio State Fair.

We are so proud of all of the hard work that our project members have exhibited throughout the judging process. Congratulations to all of our members!

Soil & Water Offers Conservation Mini-Grants

Licking Soil & Water announces a new Mini-Grant program for up to $1,000 for conservation projects within Licking County. Mini-Grant program is made possible through the Licking Soil & Water 75th Anniversary Fund.

The program is open to non-profit organizations such as schools, watershed groups, local government entities, municipalities, community groups (including governing bodies and associations such as HOA’s and condo associations) and civic associations.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until December 1, 2019 and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Project can include habitat improvement, equipment for environmental education, green infrastructure, pollinator or native plant installation and soil improvement initiatives.

Program details and application are available at www.LickingSWCD.com.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Denise Natoli Brooks, Program Administrator with Licking Soil & Water, 740.670.5330.