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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

What’s Happening in Thurston County 4-H?

Program Contact: Emily Killeen, 4-H Program Coordinator
(360) 867-2157 • tc4h@co.thurston.wa.us

Weekly 4-H Link Newsletter

For volunteers, members and families in Thurston County:  4-H LINK 11.25.20

Virtual Educational Display Contest

Congratulations to all members who participated in the Educational Display Contest.  To view the posters and placings, go to:  Virtual Ed. Display Contest Results

Virtual Photography Contest and Virtual Pet Costume Contest

Congratulations to all members who participated in the Thurston County 4-H Virtual Photography Contest and Virtual Pet Costume Contest.  To view the photos and placings, go to:  Virtual Contest Results

Articles from Thurston Talks

Thurston County 4-H Holds Virtual Contests in Lieu of 2020 County Fair

Everyone loves a county fair. But for 4-Hers, it’s especially important. The annual Thurston County Fair marks the end of a year of hard work getting their projects ready to show. It’s a week of fun with friends, learning and of course, fair food. When the Thurston County Fair was cancelled due to COVID-19, the 4-H community stepped up to ensure her kids still got as much of the Fair experience as they could.  Click here to read the entire article.

4-H: Head, Heart, Hands, Health, and Helping Hounds

Dogs are often considered man’s best friend. While many people may teach their best friends simple tricks, not all of them go the extra mile and do advanced training. 4-H is a nationwide organization focused on service for children of all ages. The four H’s stand for “Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.” 4-H has a variety of subjects such as sewing, raising show chickens and
horseback riding. Erin Gayton of Olympia leads a 4-H dog training group called “Helping Hounds.” There are several 4-H dog clubs in Thurston County, but Helping Hounds has a special emphasis on inclusion. Click here to read the entire article.

4-H Options Go Beyond the Barnyard

When we think of 4-H, working with livestock is what usually comes to mind. But 4-H (which stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health) is about so much more. While the program was started to teach youth about agriculture and bring technology to farms, it has grown into the largest youth development organization in the United States with the mission to “help young people and their families gain the skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy.” Click here to read the entire article.

A Day in the Life of a 4-H’er at the Thurston County Fair

The Thurston County Fair is bustling with visitors – families eager to spend a pleasant, stress-free day looking at animals, playing carnival games and enjoying the food. Oh, the food! But amidst that crowd is a group of kids and parents who are bustling for an entirely different reason. For 4-H’ers and their parents, fair week (and the week leading up to it) is without a doubt the busiest time of their year and most likely not stress-free. Click here to read the entire article.

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Tue 01

Hedgerows for Rural & Working Lands

December 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed 02
Wed 02

Whole Farm Planning New Farmer Training Course

December 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue 08

Hedgerows for Rural & Working Lands

December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue 08

4-H Dog Committee Meeting

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue 08

4-H Horse Committee Meeting

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed 09
Wed 09

Whole Farm Planning New Farmer Training Course

December 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm