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March 2018
Color Me Green 5K Runs
The following counties are holding Color Me Green 5K Runs in March - and beyond. Support their event by helping to spread the word to friends and family! Click on the links below to get more details of the event.

March 17, 2018
Kings County (pending)

March 18, 2018

March 25, 2018

May 19, 2018
Yuba County

October 13, 2018
Mariposa County

If your county's event is not listed, please contact Anne Iaccopucci at
Color Me Green 5K Run
Color Me Green 5K Run site - for more information and resources for planning a Color Me Green 5K Run.
Vote for your favorite finalist in the JOANN/4-H Fashion Contest
Exciting news!
Dustin from Santa Clara County is one of the finalists in the JOANN/4-H Fashion Contest!

With over 70 entries, the committee that had to narrow down to the top 5 had an incredibly difficult time. The finalists are:
  1. Dustin - California
  2. Emily - Nebraska
  3. Rhea - Georgia
  4. Grace - Kansas
  5. Magnolia - Oklahoma

You can vote on JOANN's Instagram page by March 13 (you must sign in with your Instagram account to vote). You "vote" by listing the name in the comments on the video. You can only vote once.

Help spread the word!
#JOANNhearts4H Fashion Contest finalists
VOTE for Dustin in the comments:
JOANN Paper Clover extended to March 31
The JOANN Paper Clover Campaign has been extended to March 31! New graphics for social media and newsletters is now available on the Branding Toolkit page.

Thanks to your support, California is 3rd in sales nationwide. Keep up the great work spreading the news!
JOANN Paper Clover campaign
Area Presentation Days
The California 4-H Management Board coordinates all of the Area Presentation Days.

4-H Youth who receive a gold award at the county level are encouraged to present in an Area 4-H Presentation Day. You may present at ANY Area 4-H Presentation Day (not just the one organized for your Area).

Youth who receive a Gold award at an Area Presentation Day, may present at the State 4-H Presentation Day.

The list of Area Presentation Days currently scheduled is now on our new
Presentation Day
If you'd like to send yourself a reminder or add an event to your calendar, please see the Area Presentation Day events on our Events calendar.
State 4-H Advisory Committee Applications open until May 31
The State 4-H Advisory Committees provide leadership and offer insight, review and input to the Statewide 4-H Director for the operation and management of the 4-H Youth development Program. Youth and adult volunteers are encouraged to apply!

Learn more on the State Advisory Committee Page .

*Please note that the Healthy Living and the Multicultural & Community Engagement Advisory Committees are not recruiting.
2017-18 Camping Advisory Committee
Pictured above: 2017-18 Camping Advisory Committee

This Advisory Committee plans the California 4-H Camping Conference .

Learn about all the committees on the State Advisory Committee Page.
Raise Your Hand from April 1 to May 15
This year's Raise Your Hand campaign is counting each hand raised as a vote for your state! You will have the choice to choose which state to raise your hand for.

The states with the most hands raised will win $20,000, $10,000, or $5,000!

Mark your calendars on April 1st to start sharing the link to!

Graphics files for use on social media, print, and websites is on our Branding Toolkit page.
Raise your Hand - $20k
April 28 is National 4-H Day of Service
4-H is launching the annual True Leaders in Service initiative, a way for all 4-H members to say "thank you" to their communities, counties, and states for all the support they have provided to 4-H for over 100 years.

The month-long community service activation will officially kick-off the first day of April, and culminate with the National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 28.

What you can do:
  1. Start planning your service project for the month of April.
  2. Record your project on the True Leaders in Service Project page.
  3. Share photos and updates of your project on social media - and tag us @California4H (@CA4H on Instagram).

Download the toolkit soon from the state 4-H site. Toolkit contains project ideas, social media posts and images, press release templates and more!
2017 True Leaders in Service infographic
4-H Computer Science Pathway Grows Here
The 4-H Computer Science Pathway activities in Santa Clara County are continuing to grow. There has been a lot of interest after seeing one of the Computer Science Pathway  articles , workshops, or  blog posts

This spring, the Computer Science Pathway team is shifting gears to help others start computer science projects in 4-H Clubs, 4-H After School Programs, with Community Partners, and across the state.

On April 7th at the Google Mountain View campus, we will host a statewide training for youth and adult volunteers interested in starting a computer science project or activity.

Please share with those who might be interested in helping to grow computer science learning in California 4-H!

Pre-registration is required.

4-H Computer Science Pathway Training
Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Googleplex, 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043

$20 Registration Fee includes snacks and lunch.
Fee waiver available. Please contact Claudia Damiani at (Se habla español)
Science Matters Curriculum
CA 4-H is proud to collaborate with Bayer to inspire young people to become tomorrow’s science leaders, positively impacting the health and lives of people, plants and animals. 

National 4-H has provided us with curriculum for distribution for hand-on activities that will broaden youths’ perspectives about agriculture, spark interest in agri-science and show how science is connected to our food, animals and health.

If you are interested in obtaining the curriculum, please fill out order form .
Bayer - Science Matters logo
National DNA Day - April 25
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project. To commemorate this milestone, National DNA Day will be celebrated on April 25. It will focus on key genomic advances that have occurred over the past 15 years and the increasing importance of genetics and genomics in people’s lives. This project is coordinated by the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

Additional activities will be held throughout the year. See the National DNA Day site for more information, including hands-on activity ideas, visit .
double helix DNA
If you would like some DNA “Did You Know” visuals that could be used at 4-H meetings, workshops or fairs, please email  Jessica Bautista.
4-H State Field Day Updates
Registrations now open for 4-H State Field Day events
Registrations are now open for the following contests at State Field Day. Go to their event pages in the links below for all the qualifications, categories, and registration links!

Register by May 14, 2018. We always have a lot of entries, so don't delay!

Practice interviewing and get tips on how to improve. This is a great way to prepare for your first "real" interview.

Sign up to be an Evaluator for the Interview Contest. 4-H youth 16 and up and adults can be an Evaluator. Learn more about this important role on the Interview Contest event page.
California 4-H State Fashion Revue
Registration is open for participants who qualify at their County Fashion Revue or equivalent event. Register Now Entry deadline is 5:00 PM on May 14, 2018.

Counties are required to provide one evaluator per 5 participants. Register adult Evaluators and Room Monitors
California 4-H State Field Day 2018 logo
California 4-H State Field Day
Saturday, June 2, 2018
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
UC Davis campus, Davis, CA

Learn about our new events at State Field Day
We have 3 new events at State Field Day this year! All of the information is now on the State Field Day event pages.

Robotics Event
This event has both a competition and drop-in activities.
  1. 4-H Robotics Competition - Individuals and teams bring pre-built and programmed robots to complete the challenge course for their level.
  2. Drop-in Robotics Activities - Scribbler 2 robots and adult leaders will be available to help youth learn how to program a robot to complete the Entry Level challenge. VEX robots will be available for youth to use with remote controls.
Learn more about the Robotics Event on the Robotics event page .

State 4-H Promotional Advertising Contest
The Public Relations & Marketing Committee of the California 4-H Management Board will be holding an advertisement contest for the following types of advertisements:
  • Digital Advertisement
  • Print Advertisement - Computer-Aided Design or Hand-drawn/Painted
No pre-registration required! Learn more about submission requirements on the Promotional Advertising event page .

4-H Egg Drop
This "drop-in" activity is open to all ages - no pre-registration required! Build a contraption to keep an egg safe from breaking when dropped from a 2nd floor balcony. Use our supplies or bring your own. Building starts at 9:30 am and the "Drop" will start at 11:30. See the rules and event description for more details.
State 4-H Fashion Revue
Everyone is invited to Olson Hall in the morning to attend workshops and the Silent Auction!

Also watch the Fashion Show at 3:30 on the Quad outside stage. You will see all the competitors (Junior, Intermediate and Senior) in the different categories:

  • Traditional
  • Upcycled
  • Consumer Science Purchased $40
  • See It Sew It Challenge
  • Retro/Vintage Inspired Challenge

Learn more about the categories on the State Fashion Revue event page .
State Fashion Revue
Use your JOANN 4-H discount for the Fashion Revue service projects
Just a reminder - you can use your 15% discount from JOANN 4-H Rewards card to purchase fabric and supplies for your club to participate in the State Fashion Revue service projects: Ryan's Case for Smiles and blankets for Project Linus.

Sign up for the JOANN 4-H Rewards card on your smartphone using the free JOANN App, and use it every time you shop at JOANN! Your purchases will support 4-H.
Sign up for our new mailing list to receive email updates on state 4-H events for ages 13 and up, including California Focus and the State Leadership Conference!
California Focus 2018
June 22-26, 2018
Holiday Inn-Downtown Arena
Sacramento, CA

Experience California’s government in action by participating in the legislative, political, and judicial processes. California Focus combines active participation in workshops, debates, simulations, tours, and fun activities.
California Focus logo
State Leadership Conference 2018
July 26 - 29, 2018
UC Davis, Davis, CA

The annual California 4-H State Leadership Conference brings together youth from across California for leadership training, networking, and a memorable learning experience.

  • Advanced leadership training
  • Network and share ideas with other 4-H'ers from across the state.
  • Experiential education on leadership development, civic engagement, college admissions and other 4-H project areas.
  • Experience a slice of college life: live in the residence halls, eat in the dining commons, and participate in educational sessions, many of which are taught by University of California faculty and staff.
Help Wanted: Program Assistants

Program Assistants  are 4-H Alumni who help the youth delegates at SLC to have the most amazing leadership experience possible.

Apply by March 31.
4-H Animal Science Symposium
June 19 - 20, 2018
Davis, CA
The 4-H Animal Science Symposium is a train-the-trainer professional development conference with educational sessions on animal welfare and animal health led by specialists on animal welfare, animal health, and species-specific issues.

Who should attend
4-H staff, key 4-H adult volunteers, 4-H teen youth and Future Farmers of America (FFA) supervisors/teachers
Animal Science Symposium logo
Meet Jill Soltau, 4-H alumna, and President and CEO of JOANN
4-H Expert Series: Empowering the next generation of makers

Education continues to dominate the national conversation, and there are many perspectives on how we equip students with the skills they need to succeed. We know now that not all students learn the same way, and we should also remember that...

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4-H Camping Conference workshops by
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As a 4-H leader participating in the 2018 California 4-H Camping Conference , you can sign up for one, two or three sessions of the Project Learning Tree (PLT) Camp Conference Track to: Explore current issues...

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REGISTER BY MARCH 23 for the 2018 4-H Camping Conference!
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