2024 Statewide Horse Advisor Training/Update

Ohio 4-H will hold their annual Statewide Horse Advisor Update/Training on Saturday, January 27th at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. Horse advisors are encouraged to attend, however, space is limited so if you do plan to attend, please register right away as the registration is filling quickly. You can find out more about this event by visiting the Ohio 4-H website HERE.

This training falls on the same date as our main Licking County 4-H Advisor Training. If you plan to attend the Horse Training, please be sure to reach out to Lisa to register for one of the alternate advisor training dates for Licking County.

General Livestock Judging Webinars

Want to learn more about General Livestock Judging? The Ohio 4-H Animal Sciences Design Team has worked with OSU Livestock Judging Coaches to provide a series of monthly webinars throughout the year so both coaches and members can learn more about General Livestock Judging.

The January webinar is geared toward coaches and focuses on starting a team and knowing what resources are available to you.

General Livestock Judging: Let’s Start a Team

January 24, 2024

7:00-8:00pm

Join the Zoom by visiting: http://go.osu.edu/LivestockEvaluation

 

Additional topics are listed below. Dates and login information will be provided each month.

REMINDER: 2024 Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2024 Ohio 4-H Conference will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The conference is a great opportunity to gather new ideas, get updates about 4-H, meet/connect with new people, and celebrate our volunteers and teens. The conference includes break out sessions for both teens and adult volunteers, as well as a luncheon, trade show, and silent auction. You can find a list of sessions, registration form, vendor application, and silent auction donation form HERE. Cost to attend is $40 per person.

Please return the registration form along with payment to the Licking County Extension Office by February 8, 2024 so that we can get you registered before the deadline. Check should be made payable to: Licking County 4-H Committee.

Save the Date: Ohio 4-H Spark EXPO

This year’s event will be June 12-15, 2024, on The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus!

What is 4-H Spark Expo?

The 4-H Spark EXPO (Exploring Pathway Opportunities) is an exciting opportunity for youth who have completed the eighth grade at the conclusion of the 2023-2024 school year. There will be four days of fun and learning with activities to explore a variety of career and educational opportunities. Attendees will develop valuable skills, make new friends, and fuel individual growth; and they will get the chance to tour Ohio State’s campus. To learn more about the event or to pre-registration visit: go.osu.edu/4Hsparkexpo

Who can attend?

Youth who have completed the eighth grade of the current academic year. Space is limited as we will only be able to accommodate up to 75 youth.

Save the Date: 4-H Project Day in the Park

Do you have a 4-H member who plans to take a 4-H Natural Resources Project in 2024? If so, please save the date for the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s 4-H Project Day in the Park!

What is it? A partnership program between 4-H and ODNR to promote our State Parks and Careers in Natural Resources. (See longer explanation below if you are interested in helping) 😊

What will 4-H members get to do? 4-H members will have the opportunity to sign up for one or both 4-H project sessions. They will work with professionals in those fields and complete at least two activities in their 4-H Project books that day!

Cost? As of right now the event is free!

Where? Deer Creek State Park in Mount Sterling, Ohio

Date/Time? May 18, 2024 – Tentative schedule right now is from 9:45 am – 3:00 pm (families can stay for two sessions or just come for one)

Sponsor: Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Contact: Jordan Conner jordan.conner@dnr.ohio.gov

The information below is tentative and for your information, if you are interested in helping with the day’s events.

TENTATIVE TIMELINE

  • Between 8:30 am and 9:00 am: Workshop presenters arrive and complete any necessary set-up by 9:30 am
  • Approx. 9:45 am to 10:00 am: 4-H members and parents arrive at location of selected project workshop.
  • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Workshop part 1 with one 10 to 15-minute break
  • 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm: Lunch at workshop location
  • 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Workshop part 2 with one 10 to 15-minute break
  • 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm: Workshop presenters tear down and clean up

4-H MEMBERS BRING (Backpack Recommended)

  • Project book for selected workshop (NOTE: Forgot book? They can fill out responses at home)
  • Pencil(s)
  • Closed-toe shoes or boots.
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (If raining, raincoat)
  • Water bottle
  • Packed lunch
  • Items needed for specific workshops will be communicated in advanced.
  • NOTE: 4-H members and their parents will be informed that parental supervision is required.

ODNR PROVIDES

  • Workshop instruction
  • Workshop material and equipment, if applicable
  • Extra pencils
  • Snacks for participants who forget a packed lunch (Goldfish, fruit snacks)
  • Extra bottled water
  • First aid

If you are interested in helping with this project, they are looking for additional session presenters. They are also looking for teens who might be interested in being session helpers and group leaders to move people where they need to be.

Projects for this year have not been selected and could be based on presenter interest. Focus project are those listed under Natural Resources in the family guide.

ODNR’s goal for this event: To introduce their State Parks to the next generation. They have seen declining park visitors over the past 10 years, but with COVID there was a renewed interest in being outside and in nature. ODNR recognizes this opportunity and is reaching out to groups who work with youth to keep this interest growing. They have been doing large state projects with the scout groups and now have reached out to 4-H.

4-H Opportunity for this event: To introduce our 4-H members to professionals who work in the field of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Introduce them to careers they may have never heard of before. To give them that opportunity to take their natural resources project beyond what they can do on their own and to use this as a leadership opportunity.

Interested in helping? Contact Jordan Conner at jordan.conner@dnr.ohio.gov

2024 Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2024 Ohio 4-H Conference will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The conference is a great opportunity to gather new ideas, get updates about 4-H, meet/connect with new people, and celebrate our volunteers and teens. The conference includes break out sessions for both teens and adult volunteers, as well as a luncheon, trade show, and silent auction. You can find a list of sessions, registration form, vendor application, and silent auction donation form HERE. Cost to attend is $40 per person.

Please return the registration form along with payment to the Licking County Extension Office by February 8, 2024 so that we can get you registered before the deadline. Check should be made payable to: Licking County 4-H Committee.

 

Save the Date! Ohio 4-H SparkEXPO

This exciting opportunity allows youth to explore a variety of career and educational opportunities in sessions at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Attendees will get the chance to develop valuable skills, make new friends, and fuel individual growth! They’ll even get to experience The Ohio State University Campus, too. Open to all Ohio youth.

WHEN: June 12-15, 2024

WHERE: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210 on the OSU Columbus campus

COST: Thanks to generous financial support from the Ohio 4-H Foundation and others, the registration fee is $75.

Registration info will be shared once it becomes available.

Learn more: http://go.osu.edu/4Hsparkexpo.

REMINDER: Application to Attend National 4-H Conference Due Soon

Any 4-H member in Ohio ages *15-18 is able to apply by completing the Qualtrics survey linked below in this post. If you have questions about attending, be sure to ask Travis Allen as he attended last year.

Basic Information:

  • National 4-H Conference is specifically focused on civic engagement, civic education, and personal development. Delegates arrive ready to connect, learn, engage, lead, and impact their communities, their nation, and their world. In 2024, National 4-H Conference returns for youth delegates to attend in-person in Washington, D.C., April 18-24, 2024 (Ohio delegates arrive a day early on April 18. Conference begins April 19).
  • Interested Ohio 4-H members must complete an application via Qualtrics (linked at bottom) by December 1 at 11:59 p.m. *Applicants must be 15-18 as of January 1, 2024, and currently enrolled as an Ohio 4-H member in 2024.
  • After an application is received, the State 4-H Office will request a referral from county 4-H professional for the respective candidate.
  • A selection board of advisors, 4-H educators, and past attendees will review applications and conduct interviews, as needed.
  • Those selected will be expected to fully engage in all pre-conference and conference activities and adhere to all National 4-H guidelines, complete all required work as a result of conference participation, and share knowledge gained with Ohio 4-H upon their return.
  • More information about the opportunity can be found on the website: https://go.osu.edu/N4HC
  • Ready to submit an application? Please visit: https://go.osu.edu/N4HCapp

Save the Date: 4-H Sew Ohio

The Ohio 4-H Master Clothing Educator Volunteers will host a sewing workshop on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at the Ohio 4-H Center in Columbus. They will have sessions that will be geared towards beginner, intermediate, and advanced level sewing project members. This is a great opportunity to learn some new skills and get a great start on your 4-H sewing projects. More details will be sent out once they become available.

REMINDER: 4th H Club Challenge

We pledge our “health to better living” but do we actually practice it? The 4th H Club Challenge encourages Ohio 4-H Clubs to learn, practice, and advocate for healthy choices and behaviors at 4-H club meetings. Practicing healthy habits and choices now has lifelong effects on the health of youth.

Each club that completes the challenge before the deadline will enter into the $100 voucher drawing for their region to use for their club (project books, educational tools, etc.)! Each region will have a winner. The first 25 clubs that complete the registration and pre-survey will get an extra entry. How does it work? Apply 3 healthy practices per meeting at 6 or more 4-H clubs/meetings from April – December 2023.

Register and complete pre-survey.
Record the dates and activities in the 4th H tracker link. (the tracker link will be provided after registering)
Share a picture of your club doing a healthy practice on social media. Be sure to include the official hashtag #Ohio4thHClubChallenge.
Submit all activities to the tracker link by December 31st, 2023.

More information can be found at https://go.osu.edu/4thHClubChallenge. Attached is a graphic both in PNG and PDF file for your newsletters, social media, etc.