Thursday, December 2, 2010

4-H College Scholarships

4-H College Scholarships.

There are many advantages to being involved in 4-H and one of them is it helps you prepare for college. One benefit in particular is the availability of 4-H scholarship funds.
High School Seniors 4-H participants may apply for scholarships. Over 70 different scholarships are offered, although some are restricted to certain criteria. Scholarship awards range in amounts from $500 to $2000.

If you are not a senior, it’s not too early to get ready to apply. Your scholarship is strengthened by the 4-H activities you participate in. So make some goals now!

The application form is due each year in mid-January. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, contact the 4-H office.

Scholarship Guide

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Honey Bee Essay Contest

Show your love for honey bees and writing and possibly win some money!

NC first place winner is $50.00
First place national winner is $750.

Here's the topic:

"U.S. Honey: A Taste for Every Preference"
The taste and color of honey varies according to flowers where the bees gather the nectar. Each different type of plant will yield honey with a different taste. The same plants, growing in different soils and climates, can yield different honey. Investigate the local/regional honeys of the United States and see how they differ in taste and color. Is a honey dark with a rich flavor, or light in color and mild-tasting? One honey may be the choice for topping your pancakes; another may be best for baking cookies or cakes. Actual access to the honey for tasting is not required - just find out about some of the characteristics and write about them.

Here are the rules

Essay hints


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Friday, October 22, 2010

Explore Food Fun

4-H Food Connections

Join us for November fun for 7-11 year olds. Explore food fun as you find out where your favorite foods come from. Make some yummy treats. Themes include
chocolate, peanuts, pumpkins, popcorn. Meeting dates are Wednesdays, November 3, 10, 17 and December 1 from 3:30-5:00 at the Agricultural Conference Center. Call 264-3061 or see our blog. No meeting November 24.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New 4-H groups starting up

Do you enjoy exploring different, fun hands-on activities? Two new 4-H groups are meeting to help youth explore the world of 4-H. 5-8 year olds will meet Thursday, October 21 at 6:00 pm . 9-11 year olds will meet Tuesday, October 26. The meetings will be held at the Agricultural Conference Center. 4-H: a place where can kids can have fun, explore science, healthy lifestyles, plants and animals, earth education and more, while making new friends! If you are interested in joining one of these groups, contact Watauga County 4-H at 264-3061

Click here for flyer


Monday, October 4, 2010

National 4-H Week

4-H is where young people
explore, learn and discover is a safe environment. In 4-H, youth find their true passions, gain confidence and give back to their community.

Celebrate 4-H as youth step up and take responsibility for their futures- and ours.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Calling Horse Lovers

We are in the process of planning a horse show. Helpers would be appreciated.
Right now, volunteers are needed for the horse show planning committee. We are planning a youth-oriented show for our community. All are welcome! Next meeting is October 12 at 6:15 at the Agricultural Conference Center.

See HERE for more information.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

4-H Information Session

4-H Information Session

Looking for engaging activities to nurture your children? Find out about opportunities for youth at the 4-H Information session. New groups are starting: a 5-8 year old group, a 9-10 year old group and more. 4-H is open to 5-18 year olds to explore a wide range of topics, from science to plants and animals. The session is Tuesday, September 21 at 6:00 at the Agricultural Conference Center. For more information, contact 264-3061.



Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Summer Activities

It's time to sign up for 4-H Super Summer activities. These workshops are designed for 5-12 year olds to engage in fun and learning this summer. We will be exploring science in the kitchen and bath, creepy, crawly creatures, gardening, and other outdoor activities.
For the flyer of summer activities, click onto the Summer Activities blog page.
Participants must pre-register. The registration forms are on the link as well.

June 21-14
Kids in the Garden
Explore the outdoors and all the wonderful things you can find in a garden.

June 28-July 1
Pizza Adventure Week
Local Foods For Local Kids
Search the community for ingredients for pizza and then make your own pizza.

July 6-8
Science Series
Explore the chemistry that is lurking in your household. Make lotion, root beer and pretzels.

July 13-15
Bug Out
Explore the wonderful world of insects

4-H Photography Contest

If you love photography, join in on the state 4-H photography contest. The purpose of the contest is to showcase 4-H'ers photographic accomplishments. Winners will be displayed at various 4-H events.
Contest categories this year include our standard "4-H in Action" and "Nature's
Beauty" categories, with a new category this year of "4-H Family." Each
category will be divided into a Junior (Ages 9-12) and Senior (Ages
13-19) division.
Entries should be brought to the local 4-H office by June 7.
Click Here for more information.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Outdoor Activities

Looking for something to do? See our page on Outdoor fun

Monday, May 10, 2010

4-H Poultry Group

Love animals? Join the 4-H Poultry club. This group is meeting once a month and exploring the wonderful world of chickens. Learn how to raise chickens, how to care for them and show them, and other things you can do with chickens. Tours and hands-on activities.
The next meeting is Thursday, May 20 at 5:30 at the Agricultural Conference Center.
Regular meeting dates will be established as the group forms.
For more information, contact Eddy Labus at 828-264-3061

Check in out
NC Poultry 4-H and Youth Programs
4-H Virtual Farm
Links: All About Chickens
NC Poultry Facebook Page


Chicken Show

Love chickens? Expand your horizons with the 4-H poultry program. Here's a chance to receive some heritage chicks you can raise. Then, show off your chickens and chicken knowledge.

Avery Agriculture and Horticulture Fair Youth Heritage Chicken Show September 11, 2010

Entry Deadline: May 27 2010 Participation Fee: $20.00 for 4 chicks, money due at pick-up Chick pick-up: June 4, at the Avery County CES Check-in: September 4, Saturday; 8:00am – 12:00pm Location: Avery County Heritage Park, Newland, NC Show: September 11, Saturday; Time: TBA

For details, click HERE.

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4-H Youth Gardening Workshop

Explore the wonders of plants and gardens! In this workshop we will explore flower power and start some sunflower seeds. Attendees and parents will also receive inspiration, resources and ideas for planting a garden at home. The workshop is targeted for 5-12 year olds and will be held at the Agricultural Conference center from 10:00-11:30. To register or for more information, contact Watauga County 4-H at 264-3061.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

4-H Opportunities

Expand your world with 4-H! You can do so many things with 4-H.
Here is a listing of some things you can do!

Friday, April 9, 2010

4-H Youth Gardening Workshop

April 24th, 2010 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Agricultural Conference Center

Viva La Veggies! Explore the wonders of plants and gardens! In this workshop we will explore veggies and start some pumpkin seeds. Attendees and parents will also receive inspiration, resources and ideas for planting a garden at home. The workshop is targeted for 5-12 year olds and will be held at the Agricultural Conference center from 10:00-11:30. To register or for more information, contact Watauga County 4-H at 264-3061.

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4-H Fruit Plant Sale

The 4-H fruit plant sale still has some plants available. To ensure some plants, contact the Extension office at 264-3061 or come by the office at 971 West King Street. You may also show up on our plant pick-up day to see what extras are still available. That will be Saturday, April 17 from 9:30-12:30 at the Agricultural Conference Center.

Order form

4-H Camp 2010 Enrollment Open

Enrollment is still open for 4-H Camp for Summer 2010. Watauga County 4-H will escort a group of 8-14 year old campers to Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center. The center is located above Greensboro in Rockingham County, near Reidsville. The camping week is July 25-July 30. Fill out a registration form to reserve a spot. The good news is you can reserve your spot with a $100.00 deposit and have until June to save up for the rest of the fee, which is $265.00 more. The fee covers meals, lodging, t-shirt, transportation to camp and more. Contact the 4-H office at 264-3061 for more information or to register. If the week or location does not work for you, you can enroll directly with one of the five 4-H centers across the state.

Check the website out at

Camp Flyer


4-H Presentations

Express yourself in 4-H! We encourage you to find ways to speak in front of others, whether in an informal group setting or formal competition. Local presentation night is Thursday, June 3. It is not too early to start choosing your topic! For more information on presentations, see the PAGES link on the right side of the page.

4-H Poultry Poster Competition

Another opportunity to be creative and explore your artistic side. If you love chickens, show your love through this opportunity. Turn in by July 16.

Click Here for details.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

4-H Poster Contest

4-H Dive into a Career Poster Contest

Theme: Career Exploration
Create a poster of a career you are interested in and share it with others!
State winners receive $25.00
Turn your poster in by June 1

Click here for form and guidelines

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

4-H Specialty Camps

Can't make it for our group camping the week of July 25? NC 4-H has 5 camping centers across the state with all sorts of offerings. Attend the traditional junior camp another week or a specialty camp (enrollment and transportation is on your own however). Here are some opportunities to explore:
Cloverbud camp: for 5-8 year olds to get a taste of camp, with a shorter camping session
Target sports
Marine Science and Sailing
and more!
Check out the individual camp websites
click here for flyer, or contact the 4-H office for assistance.

Monday, March 29, 2010

4-H Exchange Program

Summer 2010
Host a youth from Japan!

Open your home to an exchange student and open your lives to the world. Families will have an opportunity to host Japanese exchange students, ages twelve through sixteen, for four weeks this summer, July 23 – August 19, 2010.

The youth will be visiting the United States as part of a 4-H Exchange Program. You don’t need to be involved with 4-H to host. You just need a willingness to share your lives and your friendship with a young person from another country.

The program is open to families who have a child within two years of the same age and of the same gender to the Japanese youth. One Japanese visitor will be matched to a family based on the host sibling’s gender, age, and interests. The homestays are only for a month during the summer, but the experience will last a lifetime!

There are also opportunities to host adult chaperones for 2- 4 weeks. Families who host chaperones are not required to have children in the home.
For more information and an application visit

Friday, March 5, 2010

Beginning Gardening workshops for Youth and Families

Thinking about starting a garden but have a black thumb? Want to encourage an interest in gardening with your children? Kids sessions on how to start a garden will be offered with this Beginning Gardening Series. These workshops are designed to interest kids in gardening, but will offer some basic information for beginning parent gardeners as well. The workshops are targeted for 5-12 year olds. We will offer some hands-on activities, some fun instruction, and support. We will offer lots of ideas on neat things you can do at home with plants.
Initial Dates are:
Saturday, March 20; 10:00-11:30
Beginning Gardening Kick-Off; The Wonders of Plants
Saturday, April 24, 10:00-11:30; Viva La Veggies! Pumpkin Project and more
Saturday, May 15, Flower Power: Start Your Sunflowers

The workshops are slated to meet at the Agricultural Conference Center, but please call to get on the registration list in case the location changes.

Friday, February 12, 2010

4-H Plant Sale

The 2010 4-H plant sale is up and running. We are changing our sale's name to "plant sale" because we are expanding our selection to include non-edible, native plants, which are a useful, pretty addition and can help your fruit plants be more fruitful.

We are selling the usual blueberry, raspberry, grape, strawberry and blackberry plants, but have a few “new” varieties to offer, such as the Ouachita blackberry, the Josephine raspberry and Chandler strawberry. Test plots show that these tend to do well in our area. We are continuing to have success with demand for the heritage apple varieties and have those in limited quantities.

Download a flyer here.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

4-H Specialty Camps

Can't make it to our county camping week? 4-H camps across the state offer "specialty" camps:

5-8 Year olds:
Cloverbud Camp; June 27-29; July 18-21
A shortened version of camp for younger ages.

9 and above:
Marine Science and Sailing (12-17 year olds); July 18-23
Target Sports (ages 10-16); July 11-16
Adventure Camp (ages 11-12), July 4-9
Other Adventure camps available for other ages and dates

Whitewater Adventures, 14-17 year olds; July 18-23

For details, contact the 4-H office at 264-3061 or check out the camp websites: