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  • Nicollet & Blue Earth 2018 Science Day Camp

    Interested in a day full of science experiments and activities? Then Science Camp is the event for you! Come join Nicollet and Blue Earth County 4-H as we learn through a variety of science experiments and activities. Click the article title to learn more.
  • Message from Dorothy: 4-H and agriculture: Preparing youth for a lifetime of impact

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman encourages youth and the adults who support them to explore an agrisciece project this year. It's a great way to build skills, connect with mentors and find real solutions to challenges in your community!
  • Plan to attend annual volunteer training this fall

    Powerful things happen for youth when they’re in a positive relationship with caring adults. The 2018 annual volunteer training, “4-H Grows Relationships,” will ready youth and adult volunteers to connect to young people in meaningful ways. Watch for dates and locations across the state this fall and plan to bring a team of youth and adult volunteers.
  • Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H award eight scholarships

    Congratulations to the 2018 Minnesota 4-H scholarship recipients! These eight outstanding 4-H youth and alumni from across Minnesota stood out among over 100 individuals who submitted applications.
  • Remember livestock demonstration opportunities

    Again in 2018 the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association will be providing $30 cash awards to all 4-H members who complete a livestock demonstration during 4-H livestock weekend at the Minnesota State Fair. Start planning your livestock demonstration today!
  • These scholarships are available for college-bound 4-H youth

    Two scholarships are being offered for Minnesota 4-H youth pursuing post-secondary studies at accredited colleges and universities. Over $58,000 is awarded annually through a competitive application process.
  • June Around the County Project Day

    Don't miss out on the June Around the County Project Day hosted by the Bernadotte 4-H Club. They will be focusing on the Crafts and Fine Arts project area. Members will have the opportunity to paint a picture. The event will be on Thursday, June 28th at the Lafayette Community Center, Lafayette, at 7:00 pm. Read further for details.
  • County Fair Premium Book

    June has arrived and that means it's time to start thinking about those 4-H Projects you would like to exhibit this year.
  • Welcome our 2018 Summer Intern!

    Alaina Corgard - Nicollet County 4-H Summer Intern
  • Message from Dorothy: 4-H is all about animals, right?

    Many people say that 4-H is all about animals. Is that true? Read why Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman is glad there's a strong connection between animals and Minnesota 4-H.
  • Watch out for hoaxes, scams and phishing attempts

    A Minnesota 4-H adult volunteer recently received a phishing email containing club specific information – learn how to spot phishing attempts and follow up appropriately.
  • Congratulations to the 2018 Helping Hands Grants Recipients!

    Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H are happy to announce the 2018 Helping Hands Grant recipients. Of the 26 applications we received, 18 projects totaling $22,000 were awarded to 4-H clubs from 20 counties across the state.
  • 2018 State Arts-In registration is now open!

    All youth currently in grade nine - one year post high school are invited to participate in a 22 day theater arts/leadership/team building experience at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The 2018 Arts-In experience begins Aug. 9. Register by June 25.
  • Sign up for the new 2018 Engineering Design Challenge (formerly Rube Goldberg) state event

    Sign up for the 2018 Engineering Design Challenge! Youth across the state in grades three and up can participate in this fun, team focused STEM based challenge. The event will take place on Monday, Aug. 6 at St. Cloud State University. Sign your team up by June 8 to guarantee a spot at the event. All Level 1 and Level 2 teams are invited to attend!
  • Card games, board games, and hands-on learning...Oh my!

    Make sure your club explores these new zoonotic disease and agritourism resources being sent to every county across the state. Then enter your team into a video contest for a chance at winning a Glo-Germ lesson kit for your group - The winning team will have the chance to work with a professional videographer to re-produce their video as a commercial for national distribution!
  • Create a video and win a $50 Visa gift card!

    The First Generation Initiative team is excited to announce a video contest to highlight the great work being done by 4-H'ers to recruit and orient folks new to 4-H! Submit your video by July 1 for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card and have your video showcased at the state fair!
  • Learn about new Livestock Quality Assurance training options for 4-H animal science members

    New in 2018 – 4-H animal science members can participate in one of two options for Livestock Quality Assurance certification training: 1) Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics (LQA&E) training, or 2) Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training. All youth participating as state fair 4-H livestock exhibitors must complete Livestock Quality Assurance training requirements.
  • Message from Dorothy: Young people: Release your potential

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman invites young people to join her in pursuing bold and courageous dreams. Start with "yes, we can!"
  • Don't forget about 2018 Share the Fun!

    This is an early reminder that state fair Share the Fun nominations and application forms will be available online June 1. Interested 4-H youth should start preparing to perform their acts! If your county has a Share the Fun competition at county fair, reserve a place on the rehearsal time schedule any time after June 1.
  • Find Me in 4-H Spotlight for New Members- Issue 4

    Earlier this month, we sent out a Finding Me in 4-H newsletter to new members to help them prepare for the fair. In case you missed it or if you would like to share this newsletter with members in your club or potential new members, we have uploaded it online. Click the article title to learn more.
  • Mark Your Calendar for the 29th Annual Safety Camp!

    Mark your calendar for the 29th Annual Safety Camp in North Mankato on Thursday July 12th. At Safety Camp, kids have the opportunity to experience and learn about a variety of safety issues through fun activities.
  • Message from Dorothy: When youth partner with adults, they become better leaders

    Meet Evan, a 4-H'er who's using his voice to impact youth across Minnesota. Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman reflects on the importance of youth getting to lead alongside caring adults.
  • Learn about scholarships available for college-bound 4-H youth

    Several scholarships are being offered for Minnesota 4-H youth pursuing post-secondary studies at accredited colleges and universities. Over $20,000 is awarded annually through a competitive application process. Visit the 4-H scholarship website to learn more and apply.
  • 4-H Camp Registration is Open

    Mission Possible is the theme for an action packed 4-H camp this year! Camp Patterson Youth Camp - June 18-20 and June 20-22, 2018. Camp Omega Teen Camp - July 10-12, 2018. Registration is now open!
  • County Fair Dates and Clothing Day, Performing Arts and Food Revue Dates Are Set

    Make sure to add these important dates to your calendar as we prepare for another great summer of Nicollet County 4-H. The Clothing Day, Performing Arts, & Food Revue events will be held on July 24th at the Nicollet School Community Room and Auditorium. Watch for more information as this date approaches.
  • Spring Ambassadors "Lead to Succeed" Program

    Looking for interest in this leadership program which will be offered to 4-H youth in grades 7-13. Read for further details.
  • Calling All Creative Nicollet County 4-H'ers

    All 4-H'ers are welcome to a create a design including the 4-H emblem for this year's Nicollet County 4-H T-Shirts. Deadline to submit a design is April 1.
  • Around the County Project Days Are Planned Again

    Seven clubs from across the county are hosting a project day on a variety of topics to encourage youth to learn, explore the county, and connect with other 4-H members. An “Around the County Passport” was mailed to families for each 4-H member. Read further for details.
  • Introducing Your Interim 4-H Program Coordinator

    Greetings Nicollet County 4-H Families! My name is Chelsey Asche and I will be serving as your Interim 4-H Program Coordinator until mid-May. Read on to learn more about me.
  • Message from Dorothy: Citizenship is all about service

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman talks about citizenship - 4-H is about growing local and global citizens. People who are skilled, competent and committed to lives of service.
  • Your 4-H learning can lead to national opportunities

    Over the past several months, multiple 4-H teams from across Minnesota have showcased their learning at a national level - find out how!
  • Mark your calendars for the 2018 AKSARBEN Stock Show!

    The AKSARBEN Stock Show will be held in Grand Island, Neb. Sept. 27-30, 2018. It's open to 4-H members from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. In it, 4-H youth exhibit livestock, compete in quiz bowl and judging, apply for scholarships and internships to work with the AKSARBEN Stock Show.
  • 2018 Helping Hands grant applications now open!

    Helping Hands grants helps fund worthy youth development programs or projects that young people seek to pursue in partnership with supportive adults and local businesses. Grant awards are between $200 and $2,000. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by March 1.
  • Message from Dorothy: Teenagers: Your self-confidence is key!

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman encourages young people to be bold and build their self-confidence.
  • Spend your summer in a youth development internship with 4-H

    Minnesota 4-H is now accepting applications for 2018 summer internships with 4-H programs in counties across the state. The application deadline is open until positions are filled with a preference for candidates who apply by Feb. 15.
  • Jerry Ludwig of Redwood County named Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer

    Jerry Ludwig has been chosen as Minnesota’s 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer.
  • Crissy Otting of Clearwater County honored as Volunteer of the Year

    Crissy Otting has received the Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • Message from Dorothy: Youth in 4-H make healthier choices

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman celebrates the connection between 4-H and healthy choices in young people. Two 4-H members' stories are featured and you're invited to share your own healthy living story.
  • Announcing the 2018 4-H Engineering Design Rube Goldberg Challenge for high school youth

    Starting in 2018 the 4-H Engineering Design Rube Goldberg Challenge will include high school youth in grades 9 to one year after high school. The 2018 challenge will be to “plant a seed and water the seed”.
  • Demonstrations in 4-H

    Are you wondering about how to put together a demonstration to give at your club meeting or at county fair? Find out here.
  • Find college scholarships for engineering careers

    High school students pursuing engineering as a post-secondary option – check out this giant list of scholarships, curated by the American Society for Engineering Education.

  • Learn about the Science of Agriculture Challenge with this new video!

    The newest in the Discover Minnesota 4-H video series is ready just in time to start recruiting participants for the Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge.
  • Congratulations to the 2017-18 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador team

    Through citizenship education and leadership activities, the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors contribute meaningfully to 4-H and to their communities. Welcome the 2017-18 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador team.

  • What Are 4-H Project Records?

    Did you know that part of 4-H project work also includes 4-H record keeping? The process of record keeping teaches 4-H members life skills in goal setting, planning, organizing and critical thinking. Various records to use can be found under the 4-H downloads section on this website along with a Guide to Meaningful 4-H Records. Records are to be completed and submitted to the 4-H office the last Friday in September each year. The project records will be evaluated and considered for award recognition.
  • 4-H Family Handbook

    This handbook helps answer questions about the 4-H program in general as well as gives the Nicollet County 4-H program highlights and contact information.
  • Nicollet County 4-H Calendar

    Nicollet County 4-H now has an online calendar of events.
  • Weather Policy for 4-H Events

    If schools are cancelled or early release, all 4-H events that evening are also cancelled or postponed. Watch for e-mails regarding cancellations or postponements or call the office.
  • Nicollet County 4-H Competitive Events: Deadlines and Consequences

    Information is outlined on this document to assist 4-H members and families in understanding state and county 4-H individual competitive events, deadlines and consequences and the use of a one-time exemption option to remove all consequences for a single missed situation/deadline.
  • Join 4-H! We have something for everyone!

    Youth in kindergarten through one year past high school can participate. More information about 4-H in Nicollet County can be found here.
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