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Announcement Revised April 15, 2021


On March 11, Governor Inslee announced that all counties would move to phase 3 on March 22. On April 12, the Governor moved Pierce, Cowlitz and Whitman counties back to phase 2. The Governor will re-examine the COVID-19 situation and may make changes on May 3. NOTE THAT CHANGES TO REQUIREMENTS MAY BECOME MORE OR LESS RESTRICTIVE, depending upon the course of the COVID-19 virus.


We reference the Governor’s Agricultural Events COVID19 Requirements for agricultural and animal events and the Department of Health’s Youth Development guidance for other in-person 4-H activities. We are also following recommendations by WSU’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety. 

For the 4-H Youth Development Program, WSU has expanded the group size from 5 (for phase 2) to 15 (for phase 3) youth participants plus at least two adults (Extension personnel and/or Certified 4-H Volunteers). If the event is anticipating larger numbers, please consider staggered participation or “shift” scheduling to stay within the limits. More information can be found on the 4-H In-Person Resources Page linked below.

As always, all safety protocols must be followed and any activity that can be accomplished at a distance should be.


4-H In-Person Resources Page

Governor’s COVID19 Agricultural Events Guidance – March 19, 2021 – Link Updated March 24, 2021

Three County Rollback to Phase 2 Announcement by Governor Inslee –
April 12, 2021 News Release

Washington Department of Health Guidance for Child Care, Youth Development, and Day Camps During COVID-19 – Updated April 14, 2021

Horse Project Youth Invited to Online AYHC Youth Game Night on April 21st!

Are you a youth equine club or project member? Would you like to meet like-minded youth across the nation? Join the American Youth Horse Council leadership team for this fun, interactive event. They’ll help you CONNECT with other youth involved in the equine industry , learn about the Arabian Horse Youth Association and have fun doing it.

This event will be a fun night “out” for youth equestrians across the nation! Join in to play games, win prizes, and meet new friends!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5:00 pm PDT.

Register at

WSU Veterinarian Students in the Ag Animal Club and WSU Whitman County Extension Present “Beat Bloat with Bovine Belly Basics” Zoom!

WSU Veterinarian Students in the Ag Animal Club in cooperation with WSU Whitman County Extension are pleased to present “Beat Bloat with Bovine Belly Basics.” 

This zoom presentation is scheduled for Friday, April 23, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.  The zoom session will focus on parts of the ruminant GI tract, rumen function, and how to properly feed your animal to prevent bloat.  This presentation will be particularly helpful for youth enrolled in the market steer project and other ruminant animal projects. To register, click Beat the Bloat Registration Link 

Note that this zoom presentation will be recorded.  For questions contact WSU Whitman County Extension, 509.397.6290 or or

Experience 4-H Table Setting Activities Are Being Served!




Saturday, April 24, 2021

10:00 am

Register in Advance!





Submit a photo of decorated table and menu to by June 1, 2021

To learn more about the contest, join the table art workshop on April 24th, 2021 at 10:00 am

Register in Advance!

You don’t have to play along in the workshop to do the contest – just have fun with us!

Questions? Contact Toni Gwin at


“When in Doubt, Take It Out!” Toxic plants can affect our Family, Pets, and Livestock

 Have you ever wondered what plants may be growing on your land that might be toxic to your pets and livestock?  “When in Doubt, Take It Out!” is the Yakima County 4-H zoom presentation topic on April 29th at 6:30 pm.  This presentation is open to 4-H families across Washington State.

Susan Bird, from the Yakima County Noxious Weed Board, will be giving a zoom presentation on toxic plants, “When in Doubt, Take It Out!” Toxic plants can affect our Family, Pets, and Livestock. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn this important information – your knowledge on this topic can impact the health and safety of your family and animals.

Topic: When in Doubt, Take it Out! Toxic Plant Virtual Presentation
Time: Apr 29, 2021, 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join the Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 938 9972 5522
Passcode: 042921

For questions or additional information, please contact Bonnie at or Jenny at for additional information regarding this valuable virtual learning opportunity. Susan will also be available to answer questions and her contact information will be available at the end of the presentation.

Another Outstanding Zoom Workshop Coming May 1st
Out-Standing in the Garden, That Is!

Join our Master Gardeners to explore the understanding and managing Earth’s soil resource. Learning about the soil – the color, texture and structure – will get you ready for a successful garden.

When: May 1, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Questions? Contact Toni Gwin at

Snohomish County 4-H Showcases 4-H Minecraft Project On May 5th

Snohomish County 4-H is very excited to invite you to a special showcase of the Snohomish County 4-H Minecraft Project. Youth from the project will be discussing their 4-H Minecraft project, including how it got started, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them, and they will finish by giving a tour of the Snohomish County 4-H Minecraft Server. You will get to see some amazing progress on their model of the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Minecraft, as well as their multiverse environment, where youth of all ages can move through build spaces that offer a variety of experiences. You will also hear from the adult mentors of the program where we will discuss the logistical challenges and the endless potential of this project.

The event will be on Wednesday, May 5th, at 6:30 pm. Please use the Zoom link below.

For those tech-savvy or adventures individuals, if you have a Minecraft Java account or if you would like to borrow one and download Minecraft Java to your system, we can even grant you access to the server so you can virtually walk around in the Minecraft world, live with Snohomish County 4-H youth tour guides! Please email Ashley if you would like to try it. This project meets weekly on Wednesdays, so if you can’t make May 5th, contact Asley Hernandez-Hall to request a private tour!

Thank you; we are so excited to see you there!

Important Note: Both internal and external WSU meeting attendees must be signed into Zoom to join the meeting.

Please refer to this guide on Joining WSU Zoom Meetings before trying to join the meeting:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android:

Meeting ID: 977 8940 4432

Passcode: 192529

Questions? Contact Ashley Hernandez-Hall at

The 4-H Volunteer Conference of Southern States Presents Pop Event on May 6th; 4-H Volunteer Conference 2021 in September/October

An Evening With Volunteers
May 6, 2021 Pop-Up Event

The 4-H Volunteer Conference of Southern States is excited to offer their first pop-up event, May 6 at 7 p.m. EST. An Evening with Volunteers features author, speaker, teacher, and friend, Jed Dearybury. Jed delights audiences as he helps us deliver programming that is fun, engaging and educational. Jed equips, empowers, and encourages as he shares best practices in youth development.

The evening includes networking and sharing with other volunteers, previews for the upcoming 2021 conference, giveaways and more. The event will be virtual and registered participants have the opportunity to review the recording through June 15.

Registration is $10 and closes May 4th.

Click HERE for the Registration Link

Call for 4-H Volunteer Conference Proposals Open


The 4-H Volunteer Conference of Southern States is calling all 4-H volunteers and staff to submit proposals for this year’s 2021 4-H Volunteer Conference, September 30 – October 3. This year’s conference returns to Rock Eagle 4-H Center and offers workshops, speakers, networking events, exhibits, and curricula sharing. Also offered is virtual content to include both prerecorded sessions as well as those delivered during the conference in its virtual platform.

Presenters have options to submit proposals for both virtual content and content delivered at the conference center. Priority deadline is May 1st and the website includes both a guide to presenting and the submission portal.

The Conference hopes you’ll submit your great work, share the news, and recruit others to present as well.

Click HERE for the website with Proposal and other Information.

Copyright (C) 2021 4-H Volunteer Conference of Southern States. All rights reserved.


Volunteer Opportunities Available at Military Teen Adventure Camp!
Through Glacier Peak Institute

The Glacier Peak Institute has many volunteer opportunities with varying focuses and time commitments, many internship opportunities, and have opened our pre-registration for interested campers. The Institute would love for 4-H participants and volunteers to be aware of opportunities regarding 4-H volunteer and participant outreach for the WSU Cascade Mountains Military Teen Adventure Camp.

For more information, check out the helpful links below:

Military Teen Adventure Camp Webpage (pre-registration is on this page)

Military Teen Adventure Camp Volunteer Information

Military Teen Adventure Camp Recreation Internship Description

WSU Cascade Mountains Military Teen Adventure Camp Webpage


Charles F  “Chuck” Todd, born August 22, 1936, passed away on March 25, 2021 at home in Auburn . He is predeceased by his parents Louis L Todd and Vivian West Todd, brother Eugene and nephew Matt. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Darlene, and children Brian and Charlene, all of Auburn. He is also survived by five Grandchildren (Nathan, Ashlie , Matthew, Emily and Aiden) and their mom Becca, all of Lacey, and eight great-grandchildren. He leaves behind his brother Donald of Atlanta, Georgia, and his sisters, Priscilla La Roche (Brother-in Law Darryl) and Sharon Putnam, both of Tacoma, Sister in-law Nona and husband Ben Smith, and many nieces and nephews across the country.

Chuck grew up loving the outdoors. He loved mountain climbing, back-packing, hiking and, later, car camping when the kids came along. He was a member of the Boy Scouts and the Mountaineers. He graduated from Federal Way High School and Seattle University. He worked as an Electrical Engineer for Boeing and Tacoma City Light. Chuck and Darlene loved traveling and exploring, and he got a chance to visit all the continents. Chuck did volunteer work at the Pacific Science Center for many years.

Chuck spent his “spare time” volunteering for 4-H. He was honored as King County’s 4-H Leader of the Year, and he received the Outstanding Service Award from the WSU Foundation in 2012 for over 31 years of service to the program. For many years, Chuck was an advisor for the State Ambassadors, and he served as Treasurer of the State 4-H Advisory Board up to the time of his passing.  He served as a mentor, organizer and chaperone in many WSU youth programs. Chuck also co-wrote the first nationally juried and published 4-H computer curriculum. He enjoyed making friends in 4-H, and earned many awards for his work, culminating in his induction into both the Washington State (2001) and the National (2019) 4-H Hall of Fame.

Memorials can be made to the Washington State 4-H Advisory Board, c/o WSU King County Extension 4-H, Attn: Nancy Baskett, 560 Naches Ave SW, Suite 130, Renton WA 98057-2219. The family will plan an informal get-together at a later time.

Skagit Valley Livestock Virtual Showdown Returns!!

Live Web Link:

Know Your Government 2022 Planning Zoom Set For April 27th!

Join the Know Your Government Coreteam on a ZOOM call Tuesday evening April 27 at 6PM to hear what is in the planning stages for KYG 2022! This is a great way to have input and hear how the program will be headed.

Date & Time: Apr 27, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 905 187 1258

Passcode: 2021

Spring 4-H Continuing Volunteer Education Evening Classes Continue

Snohomish County’s Spring Continuing Volunteer Education Classes continue on evenings in April. These classes are open to all Extension programs statewide. Classes to be offered are:

Delegation – April 20th, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Conflict Management – April 28th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 

For further information, including class descriptions, and to sign up for classes, click this link!

Register for the Washington State 4-H
Hippology Contest Through May 1st


The Washington State 4-H Hippology Contest will be held June 5 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Registration for the contest is now open!

Registration is due MAY 1, 2021.

The entry fee for the Hippology Contest is $20.00 per contestant.

Full information and the fillable registration form is available by clicking Here (Updated April 16, 2021)

Washington State 4-H Equine Science & Horsemanship Series Offered Tuesdays Through April 27th

All are welcome to join the statewide fun!
Come learn about horses with us!

Registration link:

Washington State 4-H Dairy Judging and Quiz Bowl Contests Coming July 20th

The State 4-H Dairy contests for Judging and Quiz Bowl determine the individuals that will represent Washington by participating at the National events.  This year both contests will be held on July 20, 2021 at the Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington.

General Dairy Judging Team information can be found by clicking here.

General Quiz Bowl Team information can be found by clicking here.

If you have an individual 4-H’er or team that wants to compete, please contact Gary Fredricks at 360-577-3014 Ext. 3, or at


JOANN 4-H Spring Campaign Runs Through April 30th


JOANN and 4-H are once again teaming up to collect donations at the register and offer special discounts for JOANN/4-H Rewards Card members. The activation will help in the effort to ensure every kid has an equal opportunity to succeed by bringing 4-H to more kids nationwide via local unrestricted funding. Visit any JOANN store through April 30, 2021 to participate or donate online at

In addition, this year during the campaign, JOANN will be hosting a free, take home craft event on April 18 in all stores. The kits will include LEGO DOTs and kids will be able to create a bunny and chick and coloring pages. In each craft bag with be messaging about donating to 4-H and creating opportunity for all.

 A Fun Online Activity for Youth is Available From the Center for Disease Control:
Play “Solve the Outbreak” on the CDC Website Today!


Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to get clues and analyze data to Solve the Outbreak and save lives. In this fun, interactive app you get to try your hand at becoming a Disease Detective. You’ll travel the world chasing outbreaks like the ones real-life CDC Disease Detectives help fight. Should you quarantine the town, send for more lab results, or alert the media?

The better your answers, the faster you’ll climb the ranks and achieve Disease Detective status! Master Level 1 to unlock even more exciting scenarios and earn honors for your demonstrated expertise!

Link to CDC Activity Page:

Links to Animal Science Resources

Dr. Susan Kerr

From Ohio 4-H Youth Development, a good resource for swine project youth:

Swine Zoonotic Disease Fact Sheet_0
Diseases commonly spread between swine, and some also spread between
swine and humans. As a responsible livestock owner, you can take measures to reduce the spread of pig-to-pig and pig-to-human diseases.

Also from Ohio 4-H, a nice variety of lesson plans for 4-H Animal Science youth can be found at:

Kansas State has some good 4-H marketing photos you can use. All you need to do to credit them if you use them is to include “K-State Research and Extension,” in the caption.

Revitalized HALTER Courses Now Available!

Extension Horses HALTER courses are revitalized!

The revitalized Horse Adult Leader Training and Educational Resource program, called HALTER, is a progressive series of four lessons is designed to offer equine science information, student activities, and techniques to foster positive youth development. Each level builds on the previous one: once each level and the associated requirements are completed, participants will receive a certificate of completion. This is an excellent tool and program for anyone working with horses.

Topics in each level include:

Halter Level 1

  • Keeping your horse at home
  • Basic horse care and management
  • Horse Power: Positive Youth Development and Horses

Halter Level 2

  • Introduction to Horses and Horse Activities
  • Understanding Bits for Horses
  • Learning Styles and Riding Instruction
  • Ages and Stages for Working with Youth

Halter Level 3

  • Basics of Horse Ownership
  • Equine Body Condition Scoring
  • Top Ten Coaching Tips for Youth Riders

Halter Level 4

  • Equine Pasture Management
  • Effective Horse Training and Rider Development
  • Parenting Tips for Horse Shows

Cost is $10per course. A 20% discount is provided with purchase of all four courses.

Enroll at:

Produced by Extension Horses (

Highly Pathogenetic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Info Available for Poultry Project Youth

Highly pathogenic avian influenza is very active right now around the globe. Outbreaks are presently occurring in North Korea, China, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Iran, Poland, Norway, France, and Ukraine.

Wild waterfowl are one of the main ways the virus moves around. A major migratory flight path for wild waterfowl includes Washington State; many waterfowl species (swans, ducks, geese) overwinter in the state as well. These birds can carry the avian influenza virus and spread it to chickens, in which it is much more deadly. Please refresh your knowledge of the biosecurity practices recommended to keep your birds safe and take these actions every day! Here are some good resources:

More Information on HPAI:
Washington State Veterinarian News: Batten Down the Hatches Against Avian Influenza


Outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza are happening in several countries around the globe now. Please share this important info with 4-H members, commercial poultry owners, and any other stakeholders who would be affected by an outbreak in the U.S. We do NOT want this disease to get a foothold here! Thanks.

Link to the WSDA document here.

Susan Kerr, DVM, PhD
WSDA Education and Outreach Specialist

Plea for 4-H Horse Project Youth to Vaccinate for Equine Influenza

Dr. Susan Kerr, WSDA Education and Outreach Coordinator

4-H horse project youth, your horse depends on YOU to keep him/her safe and healthy!

There were 33 confirmed cases of equine influenza in Washington State in 2020. There were an additional 29 suspected cases, and 25 more horses were exposed to the virus by infected horses. These cases were distributed throughout the state. Fortunately, none of these horses died, which is typical for this disease.

Part of influenza treatment involves strict rest, and some horses do not return to normal for six months! Can you imagine not being able to ride or exercise your sick horse for weeks or months? Horses infected with the influenza virus can develop secondary pneumonia, which can be much more serious and require antibiotic treatment.

If your horse is at risk of catching influenza from other horses, why not prevent this disease and all its complications by vaccinating him/her? The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) recommends horses at risk be vaccinated for influenza every six months.

Is your horse at risk of influenza? YES if he/she has contact with other horses “outside its bubble” at shows, trail rides, schooling, etc. Also YES if you keep your horse at a stable where other horses are coming and going and mixing with other horses. Even if your horse doesn’t go anywhere, another horse can bring the virus to him/her.

If your horse stays at your home barn with a steady “bubble” of barn mates and doesn’t have direct or indirect contact with other horses, he/she is at minimal risk of influenza.

A very good article with more details about equine influenza is available at For more information about equine vaccinations, see the AAEP’s recommendations at or speak with your veterinarian.

The foundation of animal welfare is preventing animal illness, pain, and suffering. Vaccinating against diseases of concern is a very simple and effective way to do this.


A Reminder: COVID-19 Resources Available from WSU Extension
The WSU Extension COVID-19 Updates and Resources page is updated as new information becomes available. The Link to the page is

Caring for Your Family During COVID-19

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families has created a
resource for parents during COVID-19. The WASHINGTON STATE RESOURCE GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS: Caring for Your Family During COVID-19 was developed to help parents and their families navigate the pandemic and the days to follow. The publication is available at

Updated April 20, 2021