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Equine Field Day
February 8, 2020
Modesto Jr. College Ag Pavillion
Who should go: 4-H horse leaders, 4-H members, parents and all horse enthusiasts.

What to expect: In this annual educational event, you will learn from interactive workshops led by clinicians in different areas. Information shared supports curriculum and information covered in 4-H Horse projects.

To speed up check-in, please pre-register and order your lunch. Payment by check or cash only will be accepted at check-in. Please make checks out to "UC Regents".
Schedule (subject to change)

8:00 am - 9:00 am Check-in and registration

9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome and Opening Session

9:15 am - 11:30 am Workshop sessions 1 and 2

11:45 am - 12:15 pm Lunch and Nationals Team presentation

12:30 pm - 2:45 pm Workshop Sessions 3 and 4

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Surveys, Close up and Raffle door prizes
Early Bird Registration closes Feb. 14!

California 4-H Camping Conference
April 3-5, 2020
Sly Park, Pollock Pines, CA
Register for the 3-day conference for workshops and interactive experiences with other camp staff.

Archery certification is also being offered for an extra charge.
2020 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition
The 2020 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition is open to active 4-H members only. See the competition details.
2020 Essay Topic: Overwintering: Bee Survival through the Cold Season

Honey bees have developed special skills to overwinter in the United States. Please discuss one of these skills and then include a discussion about what you do to prepare your hives for winter. Include a photo of one of your hives, either using infrared technology or showing winter wrap, hay bales, special feeders, etc. to demonstrate how you prepare your hives for winter.
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Please email your essay to Gemma Miner at gmminer@ucanr.edu by March 13, 2020
2020 State Avian Bowl Qualifier
Saturday, April 25, 2020, 11 am
Picadilly Inn Airport Hotel, Fresno
Registration Forms must be postmarked or faxed by April 10, 2020.

NOTE: Please see the January newsletter by Dr. Francine Bradley for updates on qualifiers for the Avian Bowl, as well as links to other poultry shows and resources on the UC Davis Avian website.

The 4-H Poultry Showmanship guide written by Dr. Bradley is used for 4-H poultry competitions.
Citizenship Washington Focus Presidential Inauguration
CWF-Presidential Inauguration
In 2021, join the California 4-H delegation at Citizenship Washington Focus - Presidential Inauguration! This CWF conference will be held during the 2021 Presidential Inauguration.

Registration is open for youth participants and adult chaperones.

Youth registration deadline: May 1, 2019 or until full

Chaperone application deadline: March 16, 2019
See the Chaperone Information page to apply.
See the chaperone selection timeline on the CWF-Inauguration event page.
Western National Roundup - Fashion Revue
California 4-H was well-represented in Denver at the Western National Roundup Fashion Revue. For the first time ever, three senior state winners from California State Fashion Revue were selected to attend.

Belle Bloom, Tuolumne County; Nadia Kvamme, Santa Cruz County; and Marissa Sanchez, Contra Costa County all participated in the Constructed category. Mary Engebreth, Sonoma County volunteer, was the team coach. Leslie Bloom, Tuolumne County volunteer, was the chaperone and served as a Purchased category judge.

At the awards ceremony, Belle was named Reserve Grand Champion and Marissa placed fifth. Many thanks to the Dean Foundation for covering the registration fees and congratulations to all three girls for their beautiful outfits!

State Fashion Revue hopes to secure funding to send delegates to future Western National Roundup contests.
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CA 4-H Fashion Revue team at WNR
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Western Heritage Workshop: Training for Adult Volunteers
National 4-H Shooting Sports Western Heritage Workshop
April 13-16, 2020
River Oaks Firearms Training Center, Winton, CA

The 2020 National 4-H Shooting Sports Western Heritage Workshop training is strictly for 4-H volunteer adults 21 years of age or older and 4-H staff. This is a National Level II training and requires attendees to be state certified and experienced in at least one 4-H shooting sports discipline.

This training is geared toward developing your shooting skills, knowledge of youth development, and teaching methods. Our goal is to prepare you to return to your home state/county and serve as a resource person and instructor that will help the 4-H Shooting Sports Program grow.

Upon completion, participants will be certified to lead the 4-H Western Heritage project in their home state.

Applicants must contact their county shooting sports leader for the application and to verify eligibility.
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Adult mentor
Setting up shooting range
About the 4-H Western Heritage Project
The 4-H Western Heritage Project combines a comprehensive study of the Old West with the shooting sports discipline of western action shooting. Members dress in Old West clothing, shoot replica firearms of the frontier period, and expand their knowledge of U.S. history.

Fun with a Purpose: Backstage Pass Workshop
April 18, 2020, 10am-5pm
CA 4-H State Office,
2801 2nd Street, Davis
Backstage Pass is a train-the-trainer edition of the Fun with a Purpose workshop. In addition to participating in a 90-minute version of the Fun with a Purpose workshop, participants will receive facilitation training and tools to lead the workshop.

By the end of the day you will:

  • Learn how to facilitate the Fun with a Purpose workshop
  • Receive additional facilitation training which can be applied beyond the workshop itself
  • Practice facilitating a portion of the workshop
  • Receive a facilitator's kit with all the tools necessary to market and facilitate the workshop
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion certifying you as a Fun with a Purpose workshop facilitator

Who Should Attend:

  •  4-H Youth members (ages 12 and up*) **
  •    4-H Adult Volunteers
  •    County Personnel

*The workshop is appropriate for youth ages 12 and up; the activities are geared toward a middle school and high school level.

**Youth who hold leadership positions in their counties or emerging leaders who do not yet have a specific role but would like the opportunity to grow are strongly encouraged to attend.
Coming soon-Save the Date
JOANN Clovers for Kids
March & April 2020
Start making your list of supplies you want to pick up at JOANN and also pick up a Clover for Kids at the register! The campaign will launch in March and run through the end of April.

Use your JOANN Rewards to get 15% off your purchase and 2.5% is donated to 4-H!

Proceeds from Clovers for Kids support State Field Day and State Fashion Revue.
Sign up for JOANN Rewards on your smartphone using the free JOANN app.

See the JOANN 4-H page for craft ideas and more info on JOANN 4-H Rewards.
Tractor Supply Co.
Spring Paper Clover
April 29 - May 10, 2020
Paper clover sales are higher in stores with 4-H'ers onsite! Clubs can start reaching out to their local Tractor Supply store about scheduling time to set up a display in-store or outside.

The Paper Clover fundraiser supports sending kids to 4-H camp and leadership conferences, such as the State Leadership Conference.
Click to save this image and post on Facebook and Instagram on February 29!
State Field Day
May 30, 2020
UC Davis West Quad
Mark your calendars for State Field Day! This event is planned and executed entirely by 4-H volunteers.

Registration for all contests will be opening by the end of February.

Sign-ups for contest evaluators and room hosts will also open at the end of February.
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4-H State Leadership Conference
July 23 - 26, 2020
UC Davis
SLC 2020 Save the Date
California Focus
June 19 - 23, 2020
State Capitol, Sacramento, CA
California Focus is only held in even years - don't miss it, or you'll have to wait for 2022 to attend.

Experience state government in action by participating in the legislative, political, and judicial processes. California Focus combines hands-on participation in workshops, debates, simulations, tours, and fun activities.
See our event page for a video of what you can expect this year!