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Covington County 4-H F.A.Q.s

Each year, August 1st is the start of a new 4-H year! With each year, Covington County County 4-H has expanded, but we know that parents still have lots of questions. We’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions. You can always feel free to drop by our office, give us a call, or shoot us an email if you have more questions!

 

  1. What is 4-H?
    • 4-H is a Youth Development organization. We provide young people with opportunities and resources to grow into caring, compassionate citizens and future leaders. Each month we offer in-school programs, after school clubs, and out of school events that foster the 4-H motto of “learn by doing”. This skill development also introduces young people to possible future careers.
    • Check out  Alabama 4-H’s “What is 4-H” , Mission and Vision , and “What we Believe” links
  2. Who can be in 4-H?
    • 4-H is open to any child in Covington County aged 9-18. Most students are somehow involved through their classroom.
  3. What if 4-H does not come to my child’s classroom?
    • No problem! 4-H has lots of Individual Members. High school, home school, and students whose school is not involved with are still encouraged to come be a part of Covington County 4-H!
  4. How much does 4-H cost?
    • 4-H membership is absolutely free! Most of our events are also free. Occasionally, we will host an event that requires a small fee, but these are completely optional programs.
  5. What are some things that 4-H does?
    • Every county is different, but some of our past offerings have included photography, cooking, horse club, classroom and  county level competitions,   Regionals at Troy University, summer camp, Night Critters of the Conecuh, Haunted House food drive, Christmas Parades, livestock projects, Cackle Club, Pig Pen, blueberry workshops, kayaking and archery with A.P.P.L.E., Sportfishing, Auburn University football and baseball days, and many more!
    • This year we plan to hold regular Yoga 4 Kids sessions, hiking club, and robotics
    • We also have a Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) team. This team studies wildlife management and identification throughout the year, then competes in Auburn in June.
  6. Why should high school students be involved?
    • There are SO many opportunities for high school students! We even offer a small scholarship to 9th-12th graders. There are also state and national contests, leadership conferences, community service projects, and trips. High school students have even more reasons to be involved!
  7. How do I keep up with events and activities happening in 4-H?
    • Each month September through April, we send home a newsletter with your child when we visit classrooms. This newsletter will also be posted to our county website. We have a Facebook page, Twitter account, and an Instagram. Enrolled members also receive emails from 4hOnline that inform members of what’s happening!
  8. How do I sign my child up for 4-H
  9. How do I contact 4-h?

We look forward to seeing you this year!!

summer camp kidskids playing during 4-H activity

Night Critters of the Conecuh

On April 7, 2017 4-H members in Covington county will have the unique chance to explore the Conecuh National Forest and learn about the nocturnal creatures who inhabit it.

This event, which will be held at the Open Pond picnic pavilion,  will include talks by local experts, including Mr. Jimmy Stiles, one of Alabama’s most well known herpetologists. We will begin at 5pm and end around 8:30. Come and learn about the Long Leaf Pine ecosystem and its important role in our area. Join us as we learn to distinguish frog calls and search for the creatures that make our world so interesting.

All 4-H members are welcome to attend. Youth who do not drive must be accompianied by a parent. We will serve hotdogs, drinks, and roast marshmallows for s’mores by the fire.  We encourage you to bring your flashlight and rubber rain boots if you have some, and to wear something that you do not mind getting wet and dirty.  There is very limited space, so be sure to sign your child up today by calling the Covington County Extension office at 334-222-1125.

If you would like more information about Night Critters of the Conecuh, please contact Charles Simon.

Stalking the Night Critters of the Conecuh National Forest is organized and sponsored by the Covington County Extension office, Conecuh National Forest, and the Covington County Forestry Planning Committee.

29th Annual Coastal Clean Up

Did you know that the largest garbage dump in the world is almost twice the size of the continental United States and is actually located in the Pacific Ocean? That there is a 7,000 square mile patch of algae bloom called the “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, where no fish or marine animals can live? These are both the results of too much garbage and waste that makes its way to our oceans, by way of rivers and streams.

Last summer, 4-H members and volunteers picked up more than 600 pounds of garbage from the roadsides in Covington County! It takes 34 empty coke cans, and between 15-40 empty water/soda bottles to make up one pound. That equals roughly 21,000 empty soda/water bottles and cans to make 600 pounds.

In the Coastal Plains River Basin, residents have a unique opportunity to help prevent this trash from getting to the waterways. Covington County 4-H is recruiting volunteers to help us clean up alongside the roads that are close to streams.

Join us on Saturday, Sept. 17 for COASTAL CLEAN UP. We will meet at the recreation area at Open Pond, and clean up the roadsides. We are working with the National Forest Service to pick up trash in the areas that need it most.

For more information, and to sign up, call 222-1125 or email Mrs. Cat at cre0008@auburn.edu

This trash has made its way from the roadside into the pond by our office. Bottles, plastic bags, and other waste can cause severe problems for the ducks, fish, bugs, turtles, and amphibians that inhabit our ponds.  When the trash gets into rivers and streams, it floats into the Gulf of Mexico. Much of the trash is plastic, which many creatures mistake as a food source. More than one million seabirds, 300,000 dolphins and porpoises, and 100,000 marine mammals die from pollution each year.

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Annual 4-H Covington County Round-Up

 

4-H youth cooking

On April 9th, Covington county 4-H held its annual County Round Up. This is an opportunity for youth to compete in events and contests with other youth from across the county. Members competed in events such as Chef 4-H, Public Speaking, eXtreme birdhouse, Blocks Rock, What Wood You Build, and $15 challenge. The winners of each contest will advance to the Southeast Alabama Regional Round-Up, at Troy University. There students will get to stay in the college dorms and compete against other youth from throughout the state of Alabama. This year, we have 17 hardworking youth representing Covington county.

Competitive Events are an important part of Alabama 4-H. They give youth the opportunity to develop skills and confidence in a safe environment. Youth will get a sense of accomplishment, and many find something that sparks an interest in a certain career or hobby. We are so proud of what these youth have done in 4-H this year. Take a look at some of the projects they have worked so hard on!

Covington County 4-H Relay For Life Pet Pageant

 

This year’s annual 4-H Relay for Life team fundraiser is set for March 5, 2016 at Tractor Supply in Andalusia. Registration will begin at 10 a.m.. Pets of all shapes, sizes, and species are welcome. Please keep in mind the safety of your pet and others’ pet. All pets should be tame and calm, as well as in a crate or on a lead or leash. You will be responsible for the safety of your pet. There are six categories of competition: Most Unique Pet, Best “Pet”-Walk, Best Costume (this is where you dress your pet up!), Best Theme (this is where you AND your pet dress up!), Fan Fave, and Overall Champ. The entry fee is $10 per pet. All proceeds will go to Covington County Relay For Life. Registration forms can be found at Tractor Supply, Jones Veterinary, Andalusia Animal Clinic, WAAO, and at the County Extension Office located on Highway 55. Please call 222-1125 or email cre0008@auburn.edu for more information.

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