Upcoming 4-H opportunities statewide
- Statewide 4-H Virtual Workshops
- 4-H Youth Forestry Judging Competition Virtual Training Series
- Statewide Virtual Livestock & Horse Competitions
- QuaranTEEN Series: What Can 4-H Do For You
- WV Pen Pal Program
- 4-H Forward
- Archived Videos of 4-H Workshops
Statewide 4-H Virtual Workshops
Youths across the state are invited to participate in several upcoming virtual 4-H workshops. The workshops are free and offered to all youths in 3rd grade and above.
Photography Basics Workshop – Monday, November 16, from 4-5 p.m.
Youths interested in learning more about photography are encouraged to sign up. West
Virginia 4-H has a new 4-H Photography Project series. Join youths from across
the state to learn about photography. Project workshops will be held for one
hour, meet monthly and strive to complete one to two educational activities per
each one-hour session.
Giddy Up and Go with Horses Workshop – Tuesday November 17, from 4-5 p.m.
Youths interested in learning more about horses are encouraged to sign up. No horse required! This workshop will dive into activities and information about horses from the first project manual in the 4-H Horse project series — Giddy Up and Go. Project workshops will be held for one hour, meet monthly and strive to complete one to two educational activities per each one-hour session.Photography for Reporting 4-H News Workshop – Wednesday, November 18, from 4-5 p.m.
This workshop is geared to youths who wish to use photography to report 4-H news
to local media outlets. We want the public to see the good work of your 4-H programs!
What's Hoppening with Rabbits? Workshop – Thursday , November 19, from 4-5 p.m.Youths interested in learning more about rabbits are encouraged to sign up. No rabbits required! This workshop will dive into activities and information about rabbits from the first project manual in the 4-H rabbit project series — What's Hoppening? Project workshops will be held for one hour, meet monthly and strive to complete one to two educational activities per each one-hour session.
4-H Youth Forestry Judging Competition Virtual Training Series
We are pleased to announce that WVU Extension will be offering a monthly virtual training series to educate and engage West Virginia 4-H junior and senior youths, as well as agents and volunteers, interested in forestry and forestry judging competitions. Students do not need to be on a forestry judging team to participate.
These statewide virtual workshops will occur monthly from November through April and will be hosted by Dave McGill, our WVU Extension forest resources management specialist, and Candace DeLong, our agriculture and natural resources extension agent from Hampshire County. Registration via Z-Suite is required. Links to the Zoom meetings will be emailed to registrants.
All workshops are from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Dates and Topics will be:
Wednesday, November 11, 2020: Tree ID, Forest Insects & Diseases
Wednesday, December 9, 2020: Compass and Pacing, Tree ID, Forest Insects
- Thursday, January, 14, 2021: National Topographic Contest, Tree ID, Forest Insects & Diseases
- February, March and April dates and topics will be announced ASAP , but are pending confirmation from guest speakers. Tentative dates are: 2/10/21, 3/16/21, and 4/14/21
To register for these workshops, go to https://4h.zsuite.org/ and enroll in 4-H with your county. Then select the “event” option to choose the topic. Workshops are for West Virginia 4-H members, 4-H volunteers, and 4-H professionals.
Statewide Virtual Livestock & Horse Competitions
We are happy to announce that WV will be hosting virtual competitions in Livestock Judging, Livestock Bowl, Horse Judging, and Horse Bowl. All these competitions will be for individuals , then our top scorers will form the teams we send to the national Virtual 4-H Contest Invitational. A ll contests are for Seniors only , but please continue to practice with Juniors as well, since we are making plans to hold these contests for WV juniors this winter.
Horse Judging and Livestock Judging:
- Nov 19 - 21, 2020
- Contest held via Livestockjudging.com
- Contest will be open for students to begin judging during this two-day window, but time limits will be set on placing each class once a student begins judging.
- Contestants will record themselves presenting Reasons and post these to the contest link during the contest’s two-day window.
- Highest scoring individuals will be selected to form our WV teams that progress to the national Virtual 4-H Contest Invitational
Horse Bowl and Livestock Bowl:
- The preliminary round for both bowls will be held via a quiz on Moodle from November 19 at 8 a.m. - November 23 at 10 p.m.
- Top scorers on the Moodle quiz will be invited to participate in the live virtual quiz bowls (horse and livestock) via Zoom on the evening of November 30
- Top scoring individuals will be selected to form our WV teams that progress to the national Virtual 4-H Contest Invitational
- The National competition is for seniors only, therefore the state qualifier will be as well. However, since this process will teach us how to successfully hold these virtual competitions, we do intend to offer a junior event this winter.
- It is important to note that this is NOT a nationally-sanctioned 4-H event. This is a Utah 4-H-sponsored event that is open to 4-H members in every state. Therefore, participation and placing in this event does not affect eligibility to compete in any state or national 4-H contest in the future.
- So please dust off your study materials and get your teams busy preparing for what should be a fun and enriching opportunity.
QuaranTEEN Series: What Can 4-H Do For You
The WV 4-H Teen Council is hosting a virtual QuaranTEEN Series. This Fall 4-H series is for teens to engage with one another in activities and discussion about how 4-H is not just a part of their past but how it is essential for their present and future. There will be three session in this series.
- First Workshop: Tuesday, November 10 at 7 p.m.
- Second Workshop: Tuesday, November 24 at 7 p.m.
- Third Workshop: Tuesday, December 8 at 7 p.m.
WV Pen Pal Program
The West Virginia 4-H Program is offering a Pen Pal program for youth of all ages to make new friends across our great state. Youth who register will be paired up with another youth to begin communicating with - either electronically or via written letter. The deadline to register is Sunday, January 10.
Pen Pal Introductory Sessions will be offered February 2 and February 4 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (you need only attend one) to announce pen pals, review guidelines and other pertinent information related to the program. If you have questions, please contact Becca Fint-Clark ( Becca.Fint-Clark@mail.wvu.edu) or JR Davis ( Jeffery.Davis@mail.wvu.edu).
Register for this program by visiting https://4h.zsuite.org/.
4-H Forward Crowdfunding
As the country’s largest youth development organization — and the only one reaching kids in every community in West Virginia — 4-H is here to ensure all kids can reach their potential, no matter their circumstances. Our goal is to provide educational resources, social and emotional support, and a sense of belonging for 4-H’ers across West Virginia.
Gifts to the 4-H Forward Fund support the greatest needs of the WVU Extension Service 4-H and Youth Development program and provide support for education, camps, activities and initiatives across the state. Whether the need is for an investment to enhance educational programming or to handle unforeseen costs like PPE that would otherwise strain resources, these funds are flexible and immediately available, enabling the state director to provide them wherever they're needed most.
Your support directly benefits all 55 counties and provides multiple state and national 4-H opportunities.
To make donations to a specific 4-H fund, please contact Molly Kestner at Molly.Kestner@mail.wvu.edu.
How To Help—Contribute today! All proceeds raised through donation, whether small or large, will make a big difference! Spread the word! Ask your family, friends, and co-workers to help share the campaign.
Videos of Archived Workshops
If you missed one of our virtual 4-H workshops or wanted to review the activities, you can register to watch archived videos.