The 4-H Science of Agriculture will engage youth in exploring and developing science-based solutions to agricultural problems they have identified in their communities. 4-Hers, 6th grade-12th grade, will work on teams of 3-4 youth.
SDSU Extension offers the Hazardous Occupation Safety Training in Agriculture (HOSTA) training program. HOSTA trainings are offered in the spring and summer.
While it would seem that most South Dakotans are used to winter storms, blizzards and the occasional loss of electricity associated with them, it always seems to catch some people by surprise. Do you have a plan in case you are without power for an extended period?
A new quality assurance program was released in March 2017. This year, the National Pork Board transitioned to Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) and will no longer be administering Youth Pork Quality Assurance Plus (YPQA) by the end of 2017.
With the unofficial South Dakota state holiday of Pheasant Opener a week behind us, I want to look at ways to be safe as we introduce the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts to hunting resources. I remember as a young boy getting to shoot my grandpa’s gun for the first time. It is one of my fondest memories.
With the recent extended warm spell, safety on frozen lakes and sloughs should become a concern. While some look at melting ice as a sign of spring and warmer weather, for winter outdoor enthusiasts, it is a sign that our season is winding down. As Winter ends, the need for safety becomes even more important for those trying to enjoy it as long as they can.
With the recent cold weather, thoughts turn to ice fishing and other outdoor activities associated with winter, such as ice skating and cross country skiing. Outdoor activities are a healthy way to enjoy Mother Nature and her bounty. If some precautions are followed ice fishing and ice-skating can be a safe and relaxing activity. These activities may be great ways to fill some of the time off from school during the holiday season.
Hundreds of children, parents, business and community leaders will come together October 25th for Lights On Afterschool day to celebrate the achievements of afterschool students and draw attention to the need for more afterschool programs to serve the millions of children nationwide who are unsupervised and at risk each weekday afternoon.
Even though my kids have been in school for over 3 weeks now, we are still struggling to establish good sleep routines. I have been researching how much sleep my 9 and 5 year need and how to help them stay rested and ready for school.
As my girls started 4th grade and Kindergarten this past week, I am working on trying to have easy nutritious snacks to hold them over until dinnertime and have fun activities to keep them busy when they get home off the bus.
In the past couple weeks many areas of South Dakota have experienced some major natural disasters and flooding. While we know this can cause added stress on adults and parents, don’t forget to visit with your children of all ages and help them cope with the added stress and changes in their routine.
Memorial Day weekend brought the unofficial start to summer and fun in the sun. My family and I spent a lot of time outside camping and on the lake.
As school is winding down and I am trying to figure out how to keep my kids busy all summer, I am trying to find experiences and ways to get them outdoors and off screen time.
April is Autism Awareness Month so I wanted to do my own research on how to work with these children. I personally know several kids and teachers learning to adapt and incorporate this disability into their everyday lives.
April 16–20 is designated as “Week of the Young Child”. This is a time to focus on your kids and family. Life is busy and days pass by so quickly.
I recently bought lunch for the person behind me in the drive-thru with my kids along and my 9 year old asked why I did something like that. I explained to her that I was paying it forward and being nice and that I have had it done to me before and wanted to return the favor to someone else.
Do you avoid going outside in the winter months because you hate being cold? I used to, too. When a friend told me there is no such thing as bad weather, but only bad clothing choices, it stopped me in my tracks.
Maria Feldhaus (SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Miner County) began her SDSU Extension career as support staff for SDSU Extension’s Miner County Office in January of 2000 and transitioned into the role of SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor in 2011.
Sara Koepke (SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Grant County) believes a true leader exhibits humility, responsibility, candor, and is a team builder.
Mary-Katherine Schlichte (4-H Youth Council Member) decided to join Youth Council because she wanted to expand her impact in 4-H.
Matthew Sperry (4-H Youth Council Super C) decided to join Youth Council because his father and four older siblings have been members—so it’s become a family tradition.
John Madison (SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Beadle County) believes a true leader is able to lead the charge in such a way that others are willing to follow and work together to accomplish their goal.
With temperatures warming and the end of the school year quickly approaching, it is time to plan for camp this summer! Camp is a fun, safe way for South Dakota’s youth to explore new topics and activities in an experiential manner.
Amanda Dean (4-H Youth Council Member) believes 4-H members should join youth council because it gives them a chance to step out of their comfort zone and try something new while having fun.
Sydney Hoffman (4-H Youth Council Secretary) believes that South Dakota’s 4-H Youth Council provides opportunities for growth, leadership, teamwork, and fun.
Becca Tullar (SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Brown County) believes that 4-H is about the relationships that you build, the challenges that you overcome, stepping outside of your comfort zone to try something new, and becoming a role model in your community.
Deanna Gall (SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Hutchinson & Turner Counties) enjoys working with the kids, families, volunteers, and co-workers during fair season.
If it can creep, crawl, jump or fly; you can bet that it has the attention of my three and six-year-old. My daughter is notorious for having pet worms that she names and carries around the yard; while my son is more interested in frogs and toads.
All of the snow South Dakota has gotten this April will mean deeper and faster waterways later this spring and summer. Are you prepared to safely explore your local water ways?
Each year on April 22nd large celebrations can be found around the globe. What might people in almost every country be celebrating together? Earth Day!
Have you ever noticed the first buds breaking on the trees outside? Perhaps you have made note of when you see the first robin of the spring? If so, then you have been studying phenology without even knowing it.
Our world is ever-evolving as new technologies and processes are developed to resolve issues and simplify tasks. These new developments and inventions are often credited to engineers, but what is an engineer? By pure definition an engineer is 'the maker of an engine'.
When the days get short and the cold winds blow do you find yourself still having outdoor adventures? Or are you usually snuggled up under blankets indoors? Time spent in nature, through either play or structured outdoor recreation, has proven benefits on a person’s health and well-being- especially in relation to youth.
Whether working on a science fair project, writing a class report, or just looking for general information on a topic it is a good idea to become familiar with the basic practices of conducting research. To get the most out of a research project, it is important that the researcher has an interest in the topic and/or finds it relevant to his/her life.
As we kick-off a new 4-H year, it is time to begin planning and preparing for new and exciting ways to engage youth during club meetings, afterschool programs, and camps. Many will choose to incorporate activities and lessons related to STEM disciplines.
For ten years now, the 4-H has been promoting the sciences through the 4-H National Science Experiment and National Youth Science Day (NYSD). During NYSD, thousands of youth, volunteers, and educators across the nation take part in a hands-on experiments that expose them to activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
SDSU Extension and South Dakota 4-H participated in the 24th annual Big Sioux Water Festival on the campus of SDSU, May 10. Students from area schools were engaged in many area of the festival. The festival is a one day water themed event where youth can apply their knowledge of water education they have learned in their classrooms.