Kids interested in having fun and learning something new can join 4-H clubs and activities this spring and summer. All boys and girls age 8 through 18 are welcome in 4-H. The annual membership fee of $20 is good for any and all open clubs. Club members work on projects with other children their own age, in a group setting, with screened adult club leaders.
Children, parents and grandparents worked together to create five projects to help feed birds and wildlife through the winter at the recent “Winter is for the Birds” Workshop held at the Pike County Public Library in Milford. This first time coordinated event is sure to be a repeat!
The Young Scientist day camp at Delaware Township's Camp Akenac was all about the elements--water, earth, air and fire!
At this year’s Penn State Extension Master Gardener State Conference, the Master Gardeners of Pike County were presented with a second place “Search for Excellence - Innovative Projects” award for their Broad Street Pollinator Garden, and a third place “Search for Excellence - Youth Programming” award for a Spider Days educational program.
The Horse and Pony Club, a Pike County 4-H club at Van Wyk Farms in Hawley, PA, recently donated 10 "Fire Halters" to GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center in Milford. The 4-H members studied the design, followed the directions provided, and presented these special halters to Martha Dubensky, executive director of GAIT.
Stephen Hughes, Monroe County Ag Educator and poultry specialist for Penn State Extension, goes by the name "Farmer Steve" when he visits elementary schools to share what he knows about chickens.
Members of the 4H Palette of Fun Art Club had fun painting glass jars at their May 16 meeting.
At the last 4-H Knitting Kids meeting, leader Terry introduced arm knitting.
The Bows on Fire 4-H Archery Club took advantage of the recent good weather and the generosity of the Matamoras Rod and Gun Club to practice their skills on the outdoor range. The club is led by Karen and Ron Matthews, Teresa and Gary Schwarz and Jeff Sidle.
Members of Penn State Extension's Northeast Pennsylvania District 9 (Pocono District) demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry recently, in the annual 4-H Hippology contest at Monroe County Extension and 4-H Office. (Hippology - the study of the horse)
Rock Ridge Ranchers - making one memorable experience after another! Members of the Rock Ridge Ranchers attended the 12th Annual Pennsylvania Horse World Expo in Harrisburg.
Ever wonder what it would be like to belong to a model horse club?
Palette of Fun 4-H members had fun painting glass marbles with hearts as a community service project. The heart marbles will be used as decorations for marriage counseling training classes. The 4-H'ers also painted heart magnets to take home.
Members of the Masthope Mountain Community 4-H Club show off the drawstring bags they created to tote their 4-H supplies.
4-H is a youth organization that enables kids to have fun, meet new people, build self-confidence and learn by doing cool things. 4-H leaders share their talents and expertise with children age 5-18 in a variety of topics. Pike County 4-H needs adult volunteers to help young people learn, have fun and develop skills for the future.
The Palette of Fun 4-H Club is getting into the Christmas Spirit by creating trees from magazines and catalogs. What a beautiful way to recycle!
Community service is a part of 4-H. A club may choose just about any community service project. In doing so, members make a difference, develop new skills, have fun working together, feel good about themselves and may even explore career paths.
Hunter Seat Pleasure, English over Fences, Western Trail and Australian Stock Seat. These are some of the classes listed in the Pike County 4-H Horse Show manual. This is no ordinary show; it is a Model Horse Show and competitors know what it takes to get in the ribbons.
The 4-H Young Scientists met in Dingman Park, Milford PA for some hands-on fun and scientific activities. They created fossils, made Mysterious Mud, then made ice cream and finished the day with lots of bubbles.
Participants learned the stages of the equine digestive system through this fun, interactive presentation.