Montgomery County 4-H- teaching the next generation of farmers

4-H is a longstanding program that gets young people interested in the wonders of agriculture. It’s a fun, accessible, and educational development program aimed at helping youth reach their fullest potential. Each “H” in 4-H represents an area in which to develop: head, heart, hands, health.

The 4-H program gives kids the opportunity to be a part of a variety of clubs each focused on different topics ranging from technology to fashion to poultry!

4-H first came about in the early 1900s. It was designed to educate young people of new agricultural techniques and technology. In the late 1800’s, researchers found that adults did not readily accept new agricultural advancements. However, they found that young people were more likely to experiment with new ideas and share them with their elders. As a result, agricultural youth clubs were started in rural areas. They later became known as 4-H clubs.

The 4-H in Montgomery County offers a slew of different clubs focused on animals, farming, and related topics. Typical activities include real-life, hands-on projects that give kids a better understanding of how to care for animals and livestock.

A few examples of the different clubs offered are:

- The Beef Club

- The Horse N Around Club

- The Jersey Club

- The Rabbit Club

- The Sheep and Swine Club

Becoming a part of 4-H is easy. All you need to do is complete a simple online application on the Montgomery County 4-H website.

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Master Naturalist Volunteer Training at Woodend!

This fall, ANS will once again partner with the University of Maryland Extension to offer the Maryland Master Naturalist volunteer training course. ANS will bring top-notch instructors to the program, which will provide:

- 52 hours of training in the ecology, flora, and fauna of MD
- 8 hours of hands-on field work
- A focus on the natural history of Maryland’s Piedmont region

Once interns complete classroom training and initial 40 volunteer hours at the host site (ANS) to become certified, a yearly 40 hours of naturalist-related volunteer service is required to maintain Master Naturalist Volunteer status.

DATES

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 am-2:30 pm, October 2-November 15, 2012
Application-based admission will be limited to 18 participants.
There is a $250 fee to cover the cost of materials.

To be admitted to a training course, you must be at least 18 years old, submit an application, and be interviewed. The deadline for applications is August 1, 2012. Application is available at ANSHome.org
For questions or to be notified of future training opportunities, contact Pam Herrick, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@audubonnaturalist.org or call Pam at 301-652-9188 x30.

University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or national origin.”