4-H Gardening Basics Clinic

Date: Wednesday, June 12

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Clinic Topics: Explore the OSU Extension Teaching Garden, Explore Plants, Experience a Soil Activity, Roots with View Activity, 4-H Project Book Review, Question & Answer Time

Who: 4-H Members with Gardening Projects or youth interested in gardening

Location: OSU Extension Teaching Gardens, 342 Muskingum Drive, Marietta (behind County Health Department)

Registration: https://go.osu.edu/gardeningbasics

Questions: Call the Extension Office at 740-376-7431

What to Bring: Bring your project book, pencil, clipboard & plenty of water to drink

Taught by: Marcus McCartney, Extension Educator – AGNR & OSU Extension Master Gardeners


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

We have an Ohio 4-H Project – Your Thoughts Matter that is  designed for older youth who are interested in learning more about mental health, why it is important to overall well-being, and steps that promote more positive understanding and action.

As we think about Mental Health Awareness Month, here are a couple of activities from the project book that youth can complete. Parents, please print and share these activities with your teens. The project book can also be purchased from the OSU Extension Office so you can have all of the activities and resources for your family.

Defining Mental Health

Learning about Anxiety

Smitty’s Night Announced

The Washington County 4-H Saddle Horse Committee is partnering with Smitty’s Pizza on Tuesday, May 14 2024.  The Saddle Horse committee will receive a portion of the orders placed that evening from 4pm to close.  All funds raised will go to support the 4-H horse program in Washington County and all funds stay local.  Let Smitty’s cook you dinner on Tuesday!

Real Money Program at Marietta High School

With the help of many community volunteers who staffed 14 business booths, juniors at the Marietta High School recently participated in a Real Money Real World simulation. Students chose a career for the simulation based upon their current area of study at Marietta High School. They also spent their monthly salary visiting the various booths making spending choices based on their family situation hoping they would have enough money to make ends meet at the end of the month.

The program is a product of OSU Extension and was organized for the school by Bruce Zimmer, 4-H Extension Educator in collaboration with Marietta High School teacher Millie Stuthard. Here are some pictures of our volunteers that helped out!


Attention Club News Reporters

Part of the 4-H club news reporter’s responsibilities is to share news about your 4-H club meetings and events. After a club meeting write a short article about the big items of Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. Once the article is complete you can ask your advisor to post it on your club Facebook page or share it with families. You can also ask a parent to help you upload it to the the Marietta Times for printing.

Here are the easy instructions for uploading a 4-H club article. You can also add pictures of special events! Make sure you identify the people in the picture by providing their names.

How to Submit a 4-H news report to the Marietta Times

4-H Merch – Second Order Deadline is May 1

The 4-H Merch items are available again! If you missed the first opportunity, you have a another chance. Orders are due May 1.

The 4-H Advisory Committee is working with local company – Hoyt Custom Designs to provide several options.

Orders can be placed online at: https://hoytcustomdesigns.company.site/

Or you can print the order form: 2024 shirt order – May 1 deadline

Hervida Chicken BBQ – Volunteers Needed – May 4

Please come support the Chicken BBQ Dinner at Hervida on Saturday, May 4. Meal served 5:00 to 7:00pm. Dinners will be available for eat-in or carry-out.

This is also a great opportunity to volunteer for camp by serving, clearing tables, or donating a dessert! Donations for the Country Store are always welcome!!

Here is a link to make a dessert, donate items for the country store, cut & keep desserts stocked, serve & stock beverages, clear tables & wipe trays, run dishwasher, or prepare carry-out meals.


Camp Mattress Project

Hervida has received several donations and grants to purchase 155 new camp mattresses. Now we need some helpers to unload the truck when it arrives on Friday, April 26 at 8:00 am. If you are available to help, just be at Camp Hervida by 8:00 am

The total project budget for 155 mattresses is: $27,929.50. Special thanks to our contributors!!

  • Ohio 4-H Foundation donation $1400
  • Camp Hervida Board $7283
  • Morgan County 4-H Advisory Committee donation for shipping $1275
  • Marietta Welfare League Grant $6000
  • Marietta ELKS $2500 Marietta Noon Lions Club $1000
  • American Legion Post 750 $300
  • Marietta Community Foundation $500
  • Beverly Lions Club $171.50
  • Marietta Memorial Health Foundation $7500