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Head, Heart, Hands & Heath: Our 4-H Community

Head, Heart, Hands & Heath: Our 4-H Community

The mission of 4-H is to increase the quality, availability and impact of community learning opportunities for youth. In Traverse County, 4-H is home to five community clubs, one site-based Club, one project based Club, three afterschool programs, and over seven county-wide events/camps. We continue to grow and serve more youth every day, and as we start 2017, we hope to expand your knowledge on what 4-H is and what it does for our youth, families and community. Every month there are new opportunities for all ages to get involved with Traverse County 4-H and we hope you join us!

Upcoming Events:
• Thursday, January 26: STARS Family Night.  STARS members will be hosting another Family Night on Thursday, January 26th from 5 – 8 p.m. with supper and painting at the Wheaton Area High School! All family members and friends are invited; please RSVP to 
• Monday, January 30:  4-H Ambassador Kick-Off.  Youth in grades 8-13 interested in becoming a 4-H Ambassador are welcome to join us on Monday, January 30th at 5:30 p.m. in the Traverse County Courthouse Annex Meeting Room.
• Community Club Meetings: our Community Club’s hold monthly meetings. All dates and times vary. If you want to learn more about a specific Community Club, please contact the Extension Office.

• BLU: Four Traverse County 4-H members will be attending the 2017 4-H Building Leadership & Understanding (BLU) workshops February 11-12 in Detroit Lakes. This year, participants will learn about empathy and respect while searching for “The Golden Ticket”.

• Cloverbuds: a monthly afterschool program provided by 4-H for K-2nd graders while 3rd-5th grade students are also welcome to be Cloverbud helpers! Our next Cloverbuds dates are February 21 and 23. Youth will meet in the Pearson Elementary Cafeteria to enjoy hands-on learning, discovery, DIY projects, STEM, new foods and more! Youth are welcome to join the Tuesday or Thursday group from afterschool till 4:30 p.m. You can register your child by emailing or calling 320.422.7729.

Did you know? 

• 4-H & Wheaton Area Farmers Market partnered to write a Power of Produce (PoP) Grant. The PoP Club is a farmers' market incentive program for children. Each week, children receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables and food plants. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to independently make healthy food choices. Its secondary goals include bringing families together to the farmers' market, increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables children are eating at home, and promoting the sale of fresh, locally-grown produce.

• New Aquatics Partnership starting for Traverse County 4-H. On January 5th, Program Coordinator, Emily Conroy, worked with Regional Fitness Center Aquatics Director, Anita Nelson, to establish a partnership that will allow Traverse County 4-H members to participate in an aquatics program ranging from water safety and survival to aquatic robotics. More details to be announced, so stay tuned!

Feel free to reach out to Emily at or call 320-422-7729. Traverse County 4-H also posts all events on Facebook at

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