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Calling all ARTISTS!

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest- Entries Due April 8th

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Calling all young artists!

With categories encompassing painting, pastels, charcoals, photography, pencil, pen and ink and even crayons and markers for younger youth there is something for everyone in the Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest. Entries are due to county offices on or before April 8, 2016 and will be put on display for the month of May at Chick’s retail store in Harrington, Delaware.  Contest guidelines and entry information is posted on the State 4-H website.

Agent’s Letter – March

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Dear 4-H Families,

We had a very busy February and March is looking like it will be no different. There are many upcoming programs and activities in which you will certainly want to partake. Please be sure to view the calendar pages to find up-to-date information about our 4-H events.

We kick off the first weekend in March with Jr. Leader Weekend which will be held at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  Our first of two demonstration contests will be held on March 24 starting at 6pm. Registration forms can be found in the blog.

We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for completing your re-enrollment forms in 4-H Online by the March 1st deadline. We understand that this year was a difficult process as we began the transition to having members enroll from home and we thank you for your patience.

Yours in 4-H,

Mallory & Kaitlin

Rain Barrel Contest

DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is now accepting applications from children and student groups in grades K-12 to participate in a rain barrel painting contest aimed at educating young Delawareans on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality. Selected children or groups will be invited to paint creative designs on rain barrels for later public display.
To enter the contest, young artists must complete and submit an application by Friday, March 18, with a description and preliminary sketch of their design. DNREC will choose contest participants based on their application and design ideas.
Once contest participants are selected, they will have five weeks to finish their painting and submit final photographs and information requested about their works.
Young artists who participate in the contest must be willing to give of their time and materials including paint and brushes or other application tools, and provide a short biography. In exchange, DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section will provide a fully-assembled 55-gallon plastic rain barrel with two coats of primer applied, plus top coat. This year’s barrels have been donated by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Coca-Cola.
The finished rain barrel designs will be posted online for public voting at, and also displayed at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover from June 1 through July 19. The top five painted entries as chosen by online voters will be displayed at the 2016 Delaware State Fair in Harrington from July 21-30, where they will be voted on again by fair visitors for best painted rain barrel. The five grand prize winners will also participate in the annual DNREC awards program on Governors Day, Thursday, July 28, at the Delaware State Fair.
Applications can be found at Completed applications should be sent by close of business March 18 to:
DNREC Nonpoint Source Program
C/O Sharon Webb
State Street Commons 
100 West Water Street, Suite 6B
Dover, DE 19904
For more information, please contact Sharon Webb at or 302-739-9922.

WE WANT YOU! 2016 Legislative Day Registration now open!

Legislative Day Flyer 2016


4-H Legislative Day provides Delaware 4-H members a unique opportunity to learn about the state legislative process. They learn firsthand about Delaware government, meet with local officials, and participate in a 4-H rally.  and also meet with elected officials. This event is open to 4-Hers 8 and above. Parents are invited to attend as well.

Registration form and payment are due to the NCC 4-H Office by Friday, April 22. Contact Serena Conner at (302) 831-8965 with questions.

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Looking for 4-H club exhibitors for Ag Day 2016

AGDayposter-2016Ag Day will be Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This exciting event is held on the University of Delaware – College of Ag and Natural Resources Campus.

Local 4-H clubs are invited to set-up an exhibit in the 4-H/Cooperative Extension tent. There is no cost to Delaware 4-H clubs wishing to exhibit. As a 4-H club you only need to fill out the 4-H Ag Day Registration form. Do not submit the online form through the CANR website, as that form is only for outside vendors.

The Ag Day registration form is due to the NCC 4-H office by Friday, March 18. Please only submit one form per club. Contact Mallory Vogl at (302) 831-8965.

Agent’s Letter – February 2016

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Dear 4-H Family,

After a very mild December, winter finally made its debut with a snowy January. We hope you were able to stay warm while still enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

The wintry mix caused a bit of a damper on the 2016 Favorite Foods & Photography Contest, resulting in a rescheduled date. The contest will now be held on Saturday, February 20, at Kirk Middle School. If you would still like to register, you can do so until Wednesday, February 10.

The Leader’s Forum will be held this Saturday, February 6 at the Del-Tech campus in Georgetown. There is still time to register, so please contact the 4-H office today if you would like to sign up.

Annual Club Financial Audit Reports have been mailed out to each organizational leader. Please read the Club Audit blog post for more information.

Winter Workshop information has been released and we have a great series of workshops in store for you.  Registration and payment is due to the office by Wednesday, February 10.

Camp Scholarship information has been posted. If you are seeking a scholarship for either state camp or environmental camp, please review the materials. All applications must be submitted back to the 4-H office by Monday, February 15.

Have a wonderful February!

~Mallory & Kaitlin



Summer camp scholarships – Due February 15

The NCC Links and Leaders Association graciously donate scholarship funds each year to assist with the costs of state 4-H camp for NCC 4-Hers. The NCC Links also offers a $200 scholarship for Newark Day Camp, in honor of the late Mr. Mark Manno. Scholarship applications should be completed and turned in to the 4-H office by Monday, February 15.

State 4-H Camp Scholarship Application

Mark Manno Memorial Day Camp Scholarship Application

For questions, e-mail Serena Conner or call (302) 831-8965.


Good Morning, 4-Hers:

All contests originally scheduled for this Saturday, January 23, have been postponed due to the predicted snowfall. This includes:


These events have been rescheduled for Saturday, February 20 at Kirk Middle School!

Since we had to reschedule, we are now extending registration for all events.  If you have not previously signed up for either the Photography contest or the Favorite Foods contest and would like to register, please contact the 4-H office at your earliest convenience. Registration has been reopened and will close on Wednesday, February 10!

Please e-mail Mallory or Kaitlin with any questions!

Experiential Learning: Hands-on fun!

The 4-H slogan has long been “Learn by Doing”, so it should come as no surprise that many 4-H programs and activities are centered around being hands-on. 4-H proudly utilizes the experiential learning model to enhance and develop life skills in youth.

Exp Learning ModelAs you can see in the diagram above, there are 5 main steps in Experiential Learning which enable youth to gain both skills through the experience AND knowledge through the process.  These steps include:

  1. EXPERIENCE the activity.
  2. SHARE the experience through describing.
  3. PROCESS the experience to identify common themes.
  4. GENERALIZE from the experience and relate it to their lives.
  5. APPLY what they learned to a new situation.

The University of Florida Cooperative Extension has an excellent fact sheet describing this model and applying it to 4-H situations. Feel free to access the Experiential Learning Model Fact Sheet.

To help teach difficult and complex science concepts, the Delaware 4-H program has hands-on, fun science kits available for use within 4-H clubs, after school programs, school enrichment, and much more. There are many topic areas covered with these kits and they are very easy to teach. The kits are provided by a variety of resources including Agilent, Delaware 4-H, AGspoloration (UMD).

So you may be better informed about the availability of these kits, each month there will be a “Science Spotlight” in the blog. This will begin with our February edition, featuring three new Agilent science kits:

  • Deep Sea Divers, concept taught: flotation, density, air pressure
  • Periscopes, concept taught: properties of reflection
  • Hydro-Lift, concept taught: hydraulics

If you have any questions, please e-mail Mallory or call the 4-H office at (302) 831-8965.

Agent’s Letter – January


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Dear 4-H Family,

We want to wish you a very “Happy New Year” from the 4-H Office! Hoping that 2016 brings great things to you and your family.

Along with 2016, the Delaware 4-H Program welcomes a heap of wonderful activities and programs to kick the year off right! Whether you choose to compete in the Favorite Foods Contest or showcase your skills in the Photography Competition or even build leadership skills at State Teen Conference, you will be sure to have a blast!

Don’t forget these important dates! Please check out the calendar pages for upcoming dates, activities and programs.

  • January 8 – Favorite Foods Registration Deadline
  • January 11 – Photography Contest Registration Deadline
  • January 23 – Favorite Foods Contest, Foods Judging, Photography Contest Display
  • January 30-31 – State Teen Conference
  • February 6 – Leader’s Forum

We are happy to announce that Serena Conner has accepted the full-time position as 4-H Administrative Assistant. Serena was formerly working as a part-time office assistant in the extension office and is thrilled about her new position. Please check out the article highlighting Serena in this New Year edition of the blog!

Wishing you a fruitful New Year!

Yours in 4-H,

Mallory & Kaitlin

NCC Order of the Links offers two opportunities in January

NCC Links Adult Casserole Favorite-Foods-Rules-and-Information-2016_Page_1Adult Casserole Competition Guidelines & Registration Form

Grant opportunity for individual members and 4-H clubs

Each year, the NCC Order of the Links provides 4-H members and club with a chance to submit for a grant. Individual grants up to $50 and club grants up to $100 are available. In the past, clubs have used these funds in a variety of ways including to support a specific club project, purchase supplies for Ag Day booth, and for community service opportunities, just to name a few. To apply, please submit the application form to the 4-H office by Wednesday, January 13.


2016 Jan Links Grant InfoLinks Grant Application

If you have any questions regarding the grant, please contact Robyn Hunter.



4-H Winter Happenings

2016 Favorite Foods Contest

Compete with other 4-Hers from across the county as you create your favorite dish and formally present it to a judge. The contest will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Registration deadline is Friday, January 8. – No Exceptions!

Rules and Information

Registration Form

If you have questions, please e-mail Kaitlin  Klair or contact the 4-H office at (302) 831-8965.

2016 Foods & Nutrition Judging

All 4-H members participating in the Foods and Nutrition project are invited to attend the judging competition. The judging contest will be held on Saturday, January 23 in conjunction with the Favorite Foods Contest.

Judging Contest Guidelines

Please contact Kaitlin Klair if you have any questions or would like to schedule a training for Foods Judging with your club.

2016 Photography Contest

2016 Photography Contest Flyer

Photography Contest Online Registration Form

2016 Photography Contest Rules