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The registration for the 4-H Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Out loud! conference will be opening next week. Details will be sent to all relevant staff by email. We will be conducting chaperone recruitment regionally this year and we need the help of all staff to do so! Each regional contact on the statewide citizenship & leadership team will be facilitating the chaperone identification in their respective region and will be asking county staff to help recruit the volunteers who are the best fit for the role. 4-H YELLO! will be held June 10-13 in the 4-H building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Stay tuned for additional info!

Jacquie Lonning

State program director, citizenship & leadership

The 2015 4-H BLU media release template is now available on the YD Intranet communications, marketing and branding page under "4-H media release templates". 4-H program coordinators can tailor the template to pursue media coverage of local youth who participated in this year's regional youth leadership conferences.

Wendy Huckaby

YD communications manager

Connecting county events and downloads to state articles

Last week, the article "State Animal ID Deadline May 15" was posted centrally and there was some confusion about how to tailor state articles to your specific county. The best way to achieve this is to clone the state article, rename it and connect your county specific downloads and events to your cloned article. If you don't want the same article to appear twice on your website after you have cloned, uncheck your county in the state article when in editing mode. Nobody should be editing or adding anything to the state article (besides unchecking your county) because it will show up on every county's website.

Feel free to contact me with any questions at

Melissa Pierce

Communications associate

State Arts-in registration materials are now posted online at the following link:

Kirstin Delp

Director, Minnesota 4-H State Arts-in

Aksarben Livestock Show

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Counties that have 4-H members intending to exhibit at the Aksarben Livestock Show with commercial breeding heifers will want to look at the member's 4HOnline entry for the commercial breeding heifer and make sure that the 4-H member/family has listed both the Minnesota 4-H tag number (required by Minnesota 4-H) AND a permanent ear tattoo number (required by Aksarben). This ID information should be entered in the permanent ID field and be separated by a back slash. Example: A commercial breeding heifer with a 4-H tag of 45455 and a tattoo of 367 would be entered into the permanent ID field as 45455/367. The tattoo must be in the ear and listed in 4HOnline as a commercial breeding heifer to be exhibited at Aksarben. If you have any questions, please email Sharon Davis at

Sharon Davis

Extension educator

Registration deadline: Friday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m.

The purpose of the STEM Native Pollinator youth program is to promote youth educational success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields by using native pollinators (e.g. bumblebees) as the learning context.

The third and final training in a series of 2-day workshops will take place on March 25 & 26. The purpose of the workshops is to train facilitators who will teach the Native Pollinator curriculum, but these workshops are open to any Extension Center for Youth Development staff members who are interested in the topics (see agenda below).

Deadline to register is March 20. Come for just one of the days or for both days, depending on your interests and availability.

  • Dates: March 25 & 26
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location: St. Paul Student Center. Room 110 (2017 Buford Ave. St. Paul, MN 55108)
  • Cost: There is no charge, but space is limited and registration is required. Registration will close on March 20, or when we reach capacity.

Register here.

  • Day 1: March 25 - Citizen Science, Bumble Bee Watch and Digital Photography for Citizen Science

    This hands-on training will provide an introduction to citizen science and how the citizen science project, Bumble Bee Watch can be part of an engaging science program with young people!

    You will explore how citizen science helps to gather or analyze data on a larger scale than an individual scientist can accomplish. Hands-on learning activities include developing and testing hypotheses, and understanding data sampling and variation.

    You will learn about the national citizen science project Bumble Bee Watch, including how to participate, collect data, and help inform the larger scientific community about this important pollinator.

    Data collection for Bumble Bee Watch focuses on digital photography, so hands on activities with cameras and how to use macro photography to photograph bumble bees and other pollinators will be covered. Cameras will be provided, but feel free to bring your own as well.

  • Day 2: March 26 - Pollinator-Friendly Gardens

    In this training we will review the parts of a flower, how it is pollinated, create a simple flower model, and dissect a real flower to see what's inside. Next we will review the steps to plan, plant, and maintain a garden. No matter if your site is small or large - there is a gardening option for you! From containers or raised beds, to a large in-ground garden, we will learn how to identify the best situation for you to meet your gardening goal. Covering; soil; light, and moisture requirements; plant selections; steps to lay out a garden and some tips for maintaining your site to get the best production and pollinator source for your local pollinators.

Light refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days. Parking, travel and overnight accommodations are at the participant's expense.

Hui-Hui Wang

STEM team co-chair

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