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4-H'ers Recognized for Healthy Living and Agriculture

The National 4-H Council has named Elisabeth Watkins from San Joaquin County the winner of the 2019 4-H Youth in Action Award for Healthy Living. She will receive a $5,000 scholarship for higher education and will serve as an advocate and...

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Also in the blog post, read about our two finalists in Agriculture - Ashley Jordan and Rose Fiorenza! #TrueLeaders #YouthinAction
2019 California 4-H Youth Summits
The 2019 California 4-H Youth Summits got off to an amazing start on their first weekend! From January 18 to 20, over 200 4-H members from all over the state flocked to Petaluma, CA for the Bay/Coast Youth Summit and to Mountain Center, CA for the Southern Youth Summit. 
At the Southern Youth Summit, Southern Area Director John Trammell, known to some as "Ranger John," led a nature walk for delegates into the beautiful foothills of San Bernadino National Forest.
At the Bay/Coast Youth Summit, Management Board Chair Curtis Ullerich led a leadership lab intensive, specially designed for 11-13 year olds. Together the entire delegation had to work together strategically to re-create a painting, piece by piece.
Interested in joining the Planning Team for the 2020 Youth Summits? Applications are now open and due by March 1, 2019.
Area Presentation Days
Youth awarded with Gold at their County Presentation Day can compete in any of the Area Presentation Days.

Gold awardees at Area Presentation Days can move on to compete at State Presentation Day on June 1, 2019, at State Field Day.

You can attend any Area Presentation Day - you are not limited to your Area.
Presentation Day
March 23: Bay/Coast at Cal Poly
March 23: Bay/Coast Area in Antioch
March 23: Central Area in Jackson
April 6: Northern Area in Siskiyou County
April 13: Central Area in Mariposa County
May 4: Southern Area in Walnut
May 11: Northern Area in Tehama County
2019 National 4-H Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony –
Call for MC and entertainment nominations

Due to the State 4-H Office by April 17, 2019

The 2019 National 4-H Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for October 11, 2019 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. 

Applications are being accepted for a 4-H member to serve as the master/mistress of ceremonies and one to provide entertainment (vocal or instrumental) for this event.

Details on how to apply are provided on the respective applications

The State 4-H Director may nominate one candidate for consideration for each. If multiple applications are received the State 4-H Incentives and Recognition Advisory Committee will review and recommend nominees to Shannon Horrillo, Statewide 4-H Director for final selection. The State 4-H Office will submit the application packets from our states’ nominees by the May 1 st deadline.

If you have any questions, contact the State 4-H Office at
or 530-750-1334.
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 for the following advisory committees:
  • Animal Science
  • Camping
  • Civic Engagement
  • Incentives and Recognition
  • Policy
  • STEM Education
  • Shooting Sports

*Please note that the Healthy Living and the Volunteer Development Advisory Committees are not recruiting.

Learn more on the  State Advisory Committee Page .

JOANN 4-H Project Grants
JOANN 4-H Project Grants Cycle 2 Mini Grant applications open from February 5 – March 27, 2019

 All 4-H youth members, volunteers and staff may apply!

3 mini grant awards for listed projects in the following areas:

·       Communications & Expressive Arts
·       Consumer and Family Science
·       Cake Decorating

1. JOANN 4-H Service Learning Project Grant
Projects must be from the  Qualifying Project List  and focus on a service learning project. Service Learning projects address a community issue and focus on creating and carrying out a plan to address the issue.
Number of awards: Up to two (2) $450 awards

2. JOANN 4-H Spark Project Grant
Projects must be from the   Qualifying Project List with a focus on a person's spark! Sparks are what help youth see the potential within themselves.
Number of awards: Up to four (4) $200 awards

3. JOANN 4-H Innovative Project Grant
Projects must be from the  Qualifying Project List  and utilize the latest STEM innovations. Examples: 3-D printed fabrics, wearable technology, fabric design
Number of awards: Up to three (3) $500 awards

See the JOANN 4-H Project Grants webpage  for more information on terms, deadlines, FAQs, and the list of awardees from Cycle 1.

This will be the last cycle of JOANN-4-H mini-grants - don't miss out!

JOANN Clovers for Kids
March 1 to April 30, 2019

Go to your local JOANN store from March 1 to April 30, 2019 to purchase Clovers for Kids at the register. A $1 clover is a donation for 4-H – or give $4 and receive a coupon for $4 off your next purchase of $10 or more. Win-win!

Encourage friends and families to buy a Clover for Kids to support 4-H. Proceeds from these clover sales will support State Field Day and State Fashion Revue.
Also: Download the JOANN app on your smartphone and sign up for the 4-H Rewards card . It gives you 15% off your purchase and a percentage comes back to 4-H. Win-win! See for more details.
Apply to be a Program Assistant at SLC
SLC Program Assistants
Does this sound like you?

  • A 4-H alumni age 19 and up
  • Have been to SLC or other 4-H leadership conferences
  • Will be enrolled as an adult volunteer by July 1st, 2019
  • Want meaningful ways to stay involved in the 4-H program
  • REALLY like mentoring youth members
  • Enjoy leading group discussions and sharing your positive experiences with the delegates

If you answered "yes!" apply to serve as a Program Assistant at the 2019 State Leadership Conference (SLC) at UC Davis, July 18-21, 2019. SLC Program Assistants have a crucial role in the youth delegates' experience. You will help SLC delegates to have the most amazing leadership experience possible. This role has a selection process.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2019. More details are on the online application .
Calling all Staff and Volunteer Leaders: Lead a Workshop at SLC
2019 State Leadership Conference
July 18 - July 21, 2019 at UC Davis
“Planet SLC"

Educational workshops are an integral part of the State Leadership Conference (SLC). The success of the conference is directly related to your willingness to work with 4-H youth and provide meaningful educational opportunities.

Workshops should address one of the listed subject areas and are encouraged to relate to the theme "Planet SLC."

In an effort to provide the highest quality workshops, presenters should model the experiential learning cycle . Workshops should be fun, engaging and stimulating for participants.

Workshop proposals must be completed by May 1, 2019!

For additional information, please visit the SLC website
Science Buddies and Fluor Corporation are excited to celebrate student innovation and engineering with this year's Volleyball Machine Challenge. In recognition of the 5th anniversary of the K-12 Fluor Engineering Challenge, Fluor has doubled the prize money available. All qualified entries have a chance to win part of $20,000 (USD) in prizes!

Put the #FluorChallenge on your calendar and plan to enter for a chance to win! Submissions accepted February 17-March 15, 2019. For full details, including prize information, visit:
Welcome to 4-H STEM Lab!
Looking for easy ways to get your kids interested in science? STEM Lab provides fun, hands-on STEM activities for kids of all ages to do anywhere!

These hands-on activities are designed to instill curiosity, and critical thinking, helping kids develop the skills needed to be successful in life. They are also fun, easy to do, and feature a messy factor just for you!
For more information, visit the 4-H STEM Lab website .
Visit the Geospatial Industry Leader’s Headquarters
Esri builds ArcGIS, the world’s most powerful mapping & spatial analytics software. See the latest Esri technology in action, and learn what it’s like to work in a leading Tech company.

Esri Education Open House
Friday, March 22, 2019, 9am to 2pm
Esri Headquarters, 380 New York Street, Redlands, CA 92374

Esri’s Education Open House is open to those in higher education and high school. See for yourself why Forbes has included Esri in its list of America’s Best Employers. Learn how 350,000 organizations worldwide, including two-thirds of the Fortune 500 companies, apply geography to their business practices daily using Esri technology.

The event is free, but parking and attendance are limited.

Visitors can register now
Students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult teacher or parent.

For more information, please contact David DiBiase

State Field Day is June 1, 2019
2019 California 4-H State Field Day
Saturday June 1, 2019
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
UC Davis
The annual California 4-H State Field Day is the largest and most comprehensive educational event for 4-H youth members and 4-H volunteer educators!

Events (subject to change)

Please visit the California 4-H State Field Day event page for more information.
2019 State Field Day logo
Logo designed by Anna Sorensen, Conejo-Simi 4-H, Ventura County
State Fashion Revue is for all 4-H'ers
The 4-H State Fashion Revue event is for all 4-H members. You don’t need to sew to enter!

About State Fashion Revue
Members construct or purchase an outfit of their choice which fits into one of the entry categories, model in a fashion show, and participate in a variety of educational activities, including community service.

State Fashion Revue is June 1, 2019 at UC Davis as part of State Field Day

Qualify at your County Fashion Revue
See your county 4-H newsletter or website for entry information for your County Fashion Revue. Junior, Intermediate, and Senior members who are County Winners in their County Fashion Revue in the 5 State Categories may qualify to advance to State Fashion Revue (SFR). Some counties offer additional categories, but these 5 are the ones that may advance to SFR.

2019 State Categories that do not require sewing :
  • Consumer Science Purchased, $40 limit
  • The Make It Mine Challenge
These 2 categories are open to all 4-H members to enter, not just members enrolled in a Clothing and Textiles (Sewing) project.

2019 State Categories specifically for members in the Clothing and Textiles (Sewing) project :
  • Traditional
  • Retro/Historical Challenge
  • The Box Challenge

See the SFR event webpage or the 2019 SFR brochure f or category descriptions and 2019 service projects that all 4-H members can participate in .

The state committee organizing SFR is actively planning the event and looking forward to meeting you!

See the State Fashion Revue event webpage for more information.

Tips for Entering County and State Fashion Revue

  • Be prepared early for the big day!
  • Set out all the parts of your outfit including accessories so nothing is left behind.
  • For Consumer Science Purchased, you have only the items listed on your entry
  • Make sure your outfit is clean, pressed, and free of loose threads.
  • Know what time you need to arrive so you're not rushed.
  • Plan ahead what to say in your 30 second oral presentation.
  • Think about questions you might be asked and practice answering.
  • Do a final check before you leave home.
  • Is your hair clean and styled?
  • Are your fingernails clean? What about toenails if you’re wearing sandals?
  • Are your shoes clean?
  • Traveling in a different outfit so the outfit you entered doesn't get wrinkled.
  • Come with a positive attitude and plan to make new friends!
Read your county 4-H newsletter for information about your County Fashion Revue.

See the State Fashion Revue event webpage for more information.
2019 Robotics Contest
at State Field Day
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Contest time: 11AM to 2PM
Robotics competition
The State Robotics Events will be a place for 4-H members to showcase their accomplishments and provide an opportunity for youth and their leaders to network with others across the state who are interested in robotics and other STEM-related programs and activities.

There will be 2 events:
  • Robotic Egg Transporter; and
  • Orange Round Object Moving Mania.

You can use any type of robot and there are categories for both remote control and autonomous versions. We will also have a hands-on robotics programming activity for people who did not bring their own robot.

For contest information, please visit the Robotics event page and download the rules .
Questions? Please contact Dennis Derickson at or

Project Learning Tree

 Project Learning Tree
Facilitator Training
New Melones Lake, Sonora CA
March 8, 2019 10 am – 5 pm
Become a PLT Certified Facilitator to design and host your own Project Learning Tree workshop for your local community.

For more information see the  event flyer

Online registration   open until March 4, 2019   

Questions or more information on Project Learning Tree contact:
Sandy Derby
Participants will:
  • Explore the Oak Woodland community of New Melones with field naturalists.
  • Learn about current field study projects focused on Oak Woodland ecosystems.
  • Join the network of CA PLT facilitators and gain access to online resources.
  • Practice how Project Learning Tree can engage students in outdoor field studies.
  • Create NGSS Units of Study using PLT story lines
  • Become a Project Learning Facilitator ready to host your own workshop!
Project Learning Tree
Educator Workshop
New Melones Lake, Sonora CA
March 9, 2019 8 am – 4 pm
Join us to explore the wonders of an Oak Woodland Ecosystem through Project Learning Tree field activities

For more information see the  event flyer

Online registration   open until
March 4,2019

Questions or more information on Project Learning Tree contact:
Sandy Derby
Participants will:
  • Receive a free Project Learning Tree K8 Guide with over 90 activities.
  • Learn how Project Learning Tree can engage students in outdoor field studies.
  • Explore the Oak Woodland community of New Melones with field naturalists.
  • Create NGSS Units of Study using PLT story lines
  • Be certified as a Project Learning Tree educator and gain access to online resources. 
Animal Science News
Healthy Animals, Healthy People Workshop Series
February 16, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Urban Adamah, Alameda County

In an effort to provide backyard livestock and poultry owners with the latest disease prevention and treatment information, the University of California Cooperative Extension and the School of Veterinary Medicine is hosting a series of workshops in Northern California titled  "Healthy Animals, Healthy People."

The workshops will feature talks given by UC faculty, veterinarians, and the HALTER Fund to provide valuable information and practical tools.

Topics include:
  • Biosecurity
  • Animal health
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Veterinary feed directive (VFD)
  • Antibiotic use under Senate Bill 27 (SB 27)

These workshops will provide an ideal opportunity for livestock and poultry owners to ask questions, raise concerns, and connect with each other, local veterinarians, and county farm advisors.

For more information and to register for this workshop, please visit our  website

Because healthy animals need healthy people!
Update:  2019 State Avian Bowl Qualifier
Saturday, February 23, 2019
The Greater California Society of Poultry Fanciers’ Show

New Location: 
Picadilly Inn Airport Hotel,
5115 E. McKinley, Fresno, CA 93727
The Avian Bowl State Qualifier is a knowledge bowls where contestants demonstrate their comprehensive knowledge of subject matter for several species of poultry, food safety, physiology, nutrition, eggs, and other related subjects.

For more information regarding the 2019 State Avian Bowl Qualifier, please see visit the State Qualifiers for   National Animal Science Events page   .
35th Annual California 4-H Shooting Sports Match (mail in) Registration Due March 4, 2019
4-H Shooting Sports logo
Registration is now open for the 35th Annual California 4-H (mail in) Shooting Sports Match, hosted by Siskiyou County 4-H Leaders Council.

All entry information and rules are available on the   Shooting Sports website
2019 California 4-H State Archery Match
Hosted by Nevada County
Entries are due to Nevada County by April 20, 2019. 

New this year: Entries may be paid for by council check, club check, or money order
Age brackets are:
  • Juniors (9-10)
  • Intermediates (11-13)
  • Seniors (14+)
Categories include:
  • Longbow
  • Recurve
  • Compound Bow
Important message from Jeanette Oliver, postal shoot coordinator, about targets, as sent to archery leaders:   I would encourage all of you to take an inventory of your un-used/ reusable 80cm FITA postal targets. I know of a few clubs who actually did not use the targets I shipped them for 2018. Shipping costs for these big targets are ridiculously high so IF your club doesn't need targets shipped for 2019 - the entry fee will be $4.00 per distance instead of $5.00. If your club doesn't have enough targets on hand to complete your postal shoot - the cost will be $5.00 per distance and you will receive one target for every $5.00 entry fee. This is an "all or none" deal. I can't charge $4.00 per entry and still ship a small number of targets because you only need a few. If you would like to purchase extra targets from a local source please make sure they are the 80cm FITA 10 ring targets.
For questions regarding payments or entry procedures:
Jill Simmons - UCCE Nevada County (530) 273-4563 /

For questions regarding rules, filling out entry forms, targets, scoring, awards: Jeanette Oliver (530) 575-9572 /
Spring2019-TSC Paper Clover
Tractor Supply Paper Clover
March 27 - April 7, 2019
Raise Your Hand for Kids in your community
Raise Your Hand campaign
April 1 - May 15, 2019
2019 State Leadership Conference
July 18 - July 21, 2019 at UC Davis
“Planet SLC"

The annual California 4-H State Leadership Conference brings together youth from across California for leadership training, networking, and a memorable learning experience.
  • Improve your personal leadership skills to benefit your county 4-H program
  • Expand your network with 4-H members, volunteers and staff from across the state.
  • Advance your college and career readiness: live in the residence halls, eat in the dining commons, and participate in educational workshops, many of which are taught by University of California faculty and staff.

WHO CAN ATTEND: Youth ages 13-19.
If you are not currently enrolled in 4-H, please contact Jenna Colburn at .

Registration will open soon . Bookmark the  SLC Event site  for the latest updates.
California 4-H Equine Education Contests Day

Saturday, April 27, 2019
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fresno Ag Pavilion, Fresno, CA

New for 2019!!

State 4-H Education Contests for:
  • Horse Judging
  • Hippology
  • Public speaking

Registration will open soon . For more information, please visit the   4-H Horse Education Contests event page
State Leaders' Forum Returns with a New Name in a Familiar Place

The California State Leaders Forum (SLF) returns this coming November to the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA under the new name of  e4: The Volunteer Retreat . Changes to the event are a direct result of input of volunteers across the 13 states of the Western Region and recommendations from the Western Region Volunteer Specialists. For more information about the changes please download the   FAQ sheet .

The Volunteer Retreat (formerly SLF)
November 8-10, 2019
Asilomar Conference Grounds-Pacific Grove, CA

The Volunteer Retreat is a leadership conference for volunteers ages 15 and up and the staff that support them. This annual event is designed to ENGAGE, ENERGIZE, EQUIP, and EMPOWER volunteers through guest speakers, skill-building workshops, entertainment and cultural activities, peer-to-peer sharing of knowledge and skills and opportunities to connect. The retreat is sponsored and organized by California 4-H.

Stay informed: Join the mailing list
To stay updated on information relevant to this event, please sign up for   The Volunteer Retreat Mailing List .
Sending lots of love to our
4-H members and volunteers!
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
2801 Second Street, Davis, CA 95618