The anticipation is building for National 4-H Week, during which millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating everything 4-H. Blue Earth County 4-H will observe National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

 

The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week is Inspire Kids to Do, which highlights how
4-H encourages kids to take part in hands-on learning experiences in areas such as health, science, agriculture and civic engagement. The positive environment provided by 4-H mentors ensures that kids in every county and parish in the country  ̶  from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities  ̶  are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles and are empowered with the skills to lead in life and career.

 

Blue Earth County 4-H members and clubs will celebrate National 4-H Week a wide variety of ways, so make sure to check out our Facebook page to see what we’re up to. One of the biggest ways we will be celebrating is by showcasing some projects from the Blue Earth County Fair and the Minnesota State Fair at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota along with some neighboring counties. Check out the Watonwan County Engineering Design Challenge Team demonstration on Sunday, October 6th from 1-3 pm, or stop by any time during the week to check out the exhibits being displayed in the Museum space.

 

One of our most popular project areas in Blue Earth County is Shooting Sports & Wildlife, where participants explore firearms safety and the importance of conserving Minnesota’s natural resources. Another popular project is Animal Science, where members can get involved in anything from pigs, sheep, and cows to horses, dogs, or llamas. 4-H’ers don’t have to own an animal to get involved in the Animal Science project, they can get involved in our leasing program or decide to do a project researching an area of interest rather than working directly with an animal. In Blue Earth County we are also working on building our STEM program and can see an exciting future for members wanting to get involved!

 

In Blue Earth County, more than 200 4-H youth and 80 volunteers from the community are involved in 4‑H.

 

One of the most anticipated events of National 4-H Week every year is 4-H National Youth Science Day, which sees hundreds of thousands of youth across the nation taking part in the world’s largest youth-led STEM challenge. The exciting theme for this year’s challenge is Game Changers, which will run throughout October. Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, Game Changers will teach kids coding skills through fun exercises including gaming, puzzles and physical activity.

 

To learn more about how you can get involved, visit http://www.4-h.org/.