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🌳🌳Arbor Day Poster Contest 🌳

Delaware Forest Service Annual Arbor Day Poster Contest

2021 Theme: Trees are Terrific… In Many Wonderful Ways!

Winning posters must reach Delaware Department of Agriculture (2320 S. Dupont Hgwy, Dover) by April 26

Access to the Rules, Guidelines and Curriculum Guide can be found on the Eventbrite registration page or here:

Agent Letter

Hello 4-H Friends,

As January comes and goes, we begin to pick up with 4-H events, opportunities and contest- so please continue to check your email and the newsletter to make sure that you have the most updated information.

As February begins, we have several items coming up which include:

C-3 Meeting – February 8th

Photography Entries Due – February 12th

Virtual State Teen Conference – February 13th

Skill building workshops – 13th

Skill building workshops – 20th

Camp Scholarships Due – 26th

Skill building workshops – 27th

Foods Judging Training – March 2nd

Favorite Foods has been postponed to a later date, you can still submit entries to Serena by Friday, February 12th. We will be opening entries back up once we determine when we are going to be holding the event for those who would like to change their entry, can now attend or are no longer able to attend. If you have questions, please reach out to me. Photography contest is still going to be held, please submit entries to Ms. Jenny. If you have questions, please contact her at Results will be shared online.

The Leaders Forum will not be taking place this year; there will be other volunteer development opportunities that you can take advantage of throughout the year. State Teen Conference will be virtual on Saturday, February 13. Those who signed up- be ready for some fun and new leadership opportunities.

Up and coming items to be aware of: start studying for the Horse Bowl (which will be virtual), prepping for Judging contests (March 22nd Foods, Wildlife and Horticulture) and finding topics for demonstrations(April 15th & May 15th). Summer camp scholarship applications will be due on Feb. 26, get ready for the clothing showcase and more spring events.

Teens, please consider submitting a State Record Book to win a trip to National 4-H Congress. I am more than willing to meet with you and set up check ins with you to stay on track to get your book completed in time.

Reminder: all 4-H members must enroll or re-enroll in 4-H Online by March 1, 2021 to be eligible to participate in any summer county and statewide events. You can register HERE.

Inclement Weather Policy – If the Christina School District closes for the day, has early dismissal, or cancels after-school activities, then New Castle County 4-H events are cancelled. Weekend 4-H events will be cancelled if the University of Delaware closes or cancels events.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the 4-H office with any questions or concerns and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

Yours in 4-H,

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

Summer Environmental Education Internship – DEEC

Summer Environmental Education Internship – DEEC

Opportunity Type: Part Time (30 hrs/wk), 10-week

Location: DuPont Environmental Education Center, Wilmington, DE

Organization Description

Delaware Nature Society (DelNature) has spent over 50 years connecting people to nature with diverse environmental programs and services. As one of the most well respected environmental organizations in the region, we envision a healthy and sustainable environment for all plants, animals, and people living in our region. Our mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, advocacy, and conservation. Working state-wide in Delaware and the surrounding region, we operate four sites where people experience nature in unique hands-on ways reaching thousands of visitors each year.

Selected candidates will be required to submit to a criminal background check. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

DelNature aspires to be inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious and political beliefs. Diversity creates an awareness of and acknowledges respect for differences and translates into understanding and valuing each other’s perspective. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.

Job Description

The Summer Environmental Education Intern works at DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC) in Wilmington, Delaware. DEEC welcomes thousands of guests throughout the year. Delaware Nature Society’s goal is to interact with these visitors and introduce them to DelNature, the site’s nature and wildlife, and the menu of programs and activities available to them.


  • Assists in the teaching and preparation of summer environmental programs for children and adults at DEEC.
  • Greets and interacts with visitors to the site.
  • Attends instructor-training workshops.
  • Leads week-long summer camp sessions for children ages 6-12.

Training and resources are provided to gain knowledge in environmental science topics related to the site and region. Interns attend summer camp instructor training, which includes canoe training and CPR/First Aid certification. Training consists of formal all-staff events, one-on-one mentoring, and the opportunity to work alongside many different educators with different teaching styles and skill sets.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Passion for the outdoors, enthusiasm for working with people.
  • A high level of initiative.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be 18 or older.

DelNature is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.

Essential Dates

June 7 to August 13, 2021.

The individual selected for the position will work about 30 hours per week. Individual schedules are somewhat flexible and set with the Education Coordinator. The Summer Environmental Education Intern can expect to work Monday-Friday with potential evening and/or weekend hours.

Salary and Benefits

Wage is $10.00/hr.

Applicants Must Submit


Beekeeping Essay Contest

2021 Essay Topic: Immunity: Threats to Bee Colonies and Methods to Defend Against the Threats

Honey bee colonies have developed many ways to stay healthy.  Their immune responses range from behaviors such as grooming to using materials such as propolis, a plant-derived substance bees coat on the interior of a hive for antimicrobial purposes.  Even the gut of the honey bee contains beneficial bacteria to help the bee stay healthy!

In your essay, name at least two threats (a parasite such as Varroa, a pathogen such as a virus, a predator such as a bear, etc.) to honey bee colonies and then discuss the methods colonies use to defend against the threats. If possible, include at least one picture you have taken from Feb. 2020-Feb. 2021 that illustrates how colonies manage to stay healthy against a variety of threats.


The 2021 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition is open to active 4-H Club members only.

Any 4-H Club member who placed first, second or third in previous years of the national competition is NOT eligible to win in 2021, however, state competition winners remain eligible to enter the national competition. Entered essays must encompass the designated topic only. There will be no exceptions.

Competition Rules & Essay Requirements:

Any 4-H Club member interested in writing an essay should submit them via email to by Monday, March 15, 2021. Each state may submit one entry to the National competition.  National winners will be announced June 15, 2021.

  • Essay requirements for national judging:
    • Essay must be typewritten or computer-generated on single-sided pages and formatted following standard manuscript format using double-spaced type and 12pt font in legible font face.
    • Essay must encompass the designated topic in 750 to 1,000 words. Word count does not include sources, works cited or the writer’s biographical statement.
    • All factual statements and interview references must be cited in a “sources” or “bibliography” list.
    • Essays will be judged on (a) scope of research, 40%; (b) accuracy, 30%; (c) creativity, 10%;
      (d) conciseness, 10%; and (e) logical development of the topic, 10%.
    • On a separate page, please include a brief biographical statement of the writer including mailing address, email address and phone number.


Three cash prizes will be awarded in the 2021 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition. The author of the highest scoring essay will win first prize. The author of the second-highest scoring essay will win second prize. The author of the third-highest scoring essay will win third prize.

  • First Prize:      $750
  • Second Prize: $500
  • Third Prize:     $250

The three prize-winning essays will be published in ABF Quarterly, the magazine of the American Beekeeping Federation. All authors of essays submitted to the national competition will receive a relevant book on honey bees, beekeeping or honey.

4-H Spring Foundation Aid Opportunities

Requests to the Delaware 4-H Foundation for Club/Group financial aid is March 1, 2021.  Please share in your upcoming updates and newsletters.

The Delaware 4-H Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting the 4-H program.  Financial Support Requests will be accepted twice a fiscal year:  March 1 and October 1

The applications will be reviewed and awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  The attached form must be submitted electronically to  Notification of the receipt of the request will be confirmed within 72 hours to the contact person named on the request.  Once a decision has been made, the contact person will be notified of the Board’s decision.

This information can also be found on our website here:

Agents Letter


Happy October!


Fall is here and we have a busy month ahead with lots to look forward too! We kick off this month with re-enrollment on our new system, 4-H Online 2.0. If you have any questions please reach out to Serena- or me at and we will do our best to answer them-we are learning with you!

Make sure to join us this Sunday at 2pm for our Achievement Event to see all the “Opportunities 4 All” with 4-H! If you have not signed up for the Achievement Event, there is still time!

Here is the link:

We will be celebrating all the accomplishments YOU have done over the last year!

We would like to welcome Mrs. Jenny Trunfio to our New Castle County Team! She has accepted the New Castle 4-H Program Coordinator position and starts October 1st. She comes to us from Kent County 4-H with a wealth of knowledge and blood that runs green! Jenny grew up in Pennsylvania 4-H and her three boys have been involved on the County, State and National level. We are excited to add Jenny to our 4-H team and be on the look out for her to welcome her to New Castle County 4-H in her new role! If you need to reach out to her you can do so by email at

Some of the upcoming events in October that you get to look forward to are: Pumpkin Contest, World Food Day, National 4-H Week- (October 4-10), STEM events and more! Diamond Clover intent forms are due November 30th. Be sure to read through the whole newsletter and mark your calendars to make sure you did not miss a 4-H Event!  

We love to hear all of the great things you are doing with your club members; club reporters don’t forget to submit your club news to Serena by the 25th of each month to be included in the newsletter. We miss hearing from you!

Be sure to look at our online newsletter, Friday emails and Delaware 4-H Facebook for updates, news and challenges. Leaders- with the new 4-H system and rollover of enrollment, it is always challenging to reach everyone via broadcast emails when members go inactive. We would appreciate it if you could forward emails and updates out to club members to be sure they are in the know.

If you need anything, please reach out, I cannot wait to see you at the next 4-H event!


Yours in 4-H,


Kaitlin Klair

Extension Educator, 4-H

Club Spotlight – Porter Gang

Porter Gang Club Spotlight

Porter Gang has been a general interest club in New Castle County since 1965. It was founded by Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Moore, who lived on Porter Road in Bear-hence the name “Porter Gang”. Over the years, our club members have participated in livestock, foods, clothing, woodworking, fishing, and environmental projects, as well as camping trips to Mallard Lodge, County and State camps, State fair, demonstrations, Public Speaking, and many other project areas and activities.

Our members have collected canned goods, gloves and hats for the needy, packaged boxes for the Seaman in the Port of Wilmington at Christmas,  and made pull toys for the SPCA. We like to give back and stay active in our community.

4-H is an excellent opportunity to make new friends and experience new adventures while having fun learning.

Our club welcomes new members from the ages of 5 – 18. We meet currently at the New Castle County 4-H office on the second Wednesday of each month. If interested please feel free to contact Kimberly Klair by emailing her at