Monday, September 28, 2020

Nature Adventures


REMINDER: Join us on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 9 am eastern time for our second installment of Nature Adventures: Beaver Pond Explorations. Facilitated by our Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center, this is one you don't want to miss! REGISTER HERE. Can't make the live event? Register for the recording.

Nature Adventures is a 7-part series of educational sessions for the fall semester developed and taught by professional Environmental Educators from North Carolina's premier 4-H Camps. This program is provided for FREE for teachers and families. All programs are aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and are presented live over Zoom. Can't make the live event? Register for the recording and go at your own pace!

Coastal Ecology
Sept. 18, 9 am
Students will explore the vibrant ecology of the Albemarle Sound, learning about the plants and animals that call this unique ecosystem home. Presented by The Eastern 4-H Center

Beaver Pond Explorations Oct. 1, 9 am
Students explore a decades old beaver pond habitat, learn how to identify evidence of beaver activity, and discover why beavers are important to many other plants and animals. Presented by Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center

Pine Forest Ecology Oct. 14, 9 am
Explore the unique Longleaf Pine ecosystem of the North Carolina Sandhills with a wildlife expert, featuring one of the most beautifully restored Longleaf Pine stands in the south eastern US. Presented by Millstone 4-H Camp.

Stories in the Stars Astronomy
Oct. 27, 1 pm
Students investigate the myths behind constellations, learn about current astronomical events, and explore what they can find in the night sky right now.

Nature Crafts
Nov. 9, 1 pm
Students will build simple nature crafts like toad homes and bird feeders, then use their crafts to collect data, make observations and develop inferences about the natural world and the species they find there.

Outdoor Survival Skills
Nov. 20, 9 am
Students will learn survival skills including the Rule of 3, the Ten Essentials, how not to get lost, and how to survive in the wilderness. Then students will apply what they've just learned with a mock survival scenario where they have to make decisions about how to survive.

Sharks Teeth & Fossils
Dec. 8, 9 am
Students learn where and how to find & identify fossils. Students will explore different types of fossils and dive deep on shark teeth. The session instructor will share his personal fossil collection to show and tell what he's found over the last ten years. 

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Virtual JMG Opportunities

 This is for 4-H families, teachers, and others that are interested.

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Virtual Learn, Grow, Eat, Go national pilot for free!
Access the entire set of LGEG Classroom Lessons for free by joining national pilot!

Struggling with online learning with your children? This is a great solution. The Junior Master Gardener program is offering new digital content for the Learn, Grow, Eat & GO curricula with interactive virtual lessons (2 lessons/week for 10 weeks), while also offering sharpening science videos, garden resources, and recipe demonstrations. Additional resources to support weekly check in points and resources for educators are included.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

New Virtual Opportunities


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Episode 2 is Now Available

Join the Museum's Director and CEO Dr. Eric Dorfman and our Chief Veterinarian Dr. Dan Dombrowski as they take you on a fascinating exploration of our connection to nature, why we seek it and how science can help us understand and navigate our changing world.

Along the way, their guests will discuss their connection to nature through science and art, the extraordinary and the ordinary, to enhance our understanding of why preserving and protecting wildlife and wild places means better health and happiness for all.

Visit the Love Nature: Biophilia Podcast website for guest bios, interview transcripts and more.
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In our second episode, the legendary biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient Dr. E.O. Wilson, who popularized the term and concept of "biophilia," returns to discuss his Half-Earth theory.
Dr. Eric Dorfman shares his hopes and vision for this podcast and why it's more important than ever for humans to connect with nature.
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We are happy to welcome you back to the Museum. There are new procedures, hours and plans in place to help ensure the safety of our guests and staff. Please visit our website for more information.
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NC 4-H Horse Program Update


NC 4-H Horse Program Newsletter

Volume 6, Issue 6 September 2020
Scholarship Winners
Southeast/Northeast District Bill Murray Scholarship
Lydia Boerner

My name is Lydia Boerner and I am from the Tuff Riders 4-H Club in Halifax County. I was also able to receive the Billy S. Murray 4-H Horse Program Scholarship. I was so excited to get the news that I had received a scholarship, especially one revolving around 4-H and horses, since they both have had a huge impact on my life. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to receive this award because it is going to help me greatly in my future to go to Edgecombe Community College and become a dental hygienist, like I have wanted to be since I was a little kid. 
Emily Worth

It means so much to me that I received this scholarship. The Southeast District 4-H horse program is where I got my start in 4-H, outside of going to club meetings. It holds a lot of important firsts for me. The district show was the first major 4-H event that I went to. It is what pushed me to pursue the chance of riding at the state show, my first big goal in 4-H. I volunteered at my first horse show with this district. I am so thankful for all of the opportunities our district has given me over the years, as a rider and as a 4-Her. I have enjoyed horse bowl, horse shows, clinics, and so much more. I am honored to represent our district as a recipient of the Billy S. Murray scholarship. I will be attending Johnston Community College, pursuing a Nursing degree.
Leader Information
Volunteer Training Information

We are excited to share about some upcoming 4-H volunteer training. All training is offered to all registered NC 4-H volunteers. These are offered free of charge and will be delivered over Zoom. We hope you will join us!

To access more information, click here!
Digestive System Educational Tutorial

This educational video, created by Purina Mills, demonstrates how a horse breaks down food and the process of digestion.

This is a great learning tool for youth to learn about the digestive system! The video can be accessed here.
Other Information
State Fair Horse Show

The State Fair Horse Show is including special classes for aging out 4-Hers. Please check the schedule for October 24 and 25, Classes 50, 73, 85, 99, 119 and 131 are designated for 4-Hers aging out of the program.

Further information can be found here.
Quarter Horse Show with 4-H Classes

This show is offering classes for 4-H youth, and you do not have to show a registered Quarter Horse in those particular classes. There is also a youth team challenge and stall decorating contest with $250 going to the winner of each!

Further information is located here.
Country Superstars Virtual Fair

With so many local fairs being cancelled this year we thought it would be good to feature the projects local FFA and 4-H members have been working so hard on all year! Submissions can be entered for: Beef and Dairy Cattle, Rabbits, Goats, Lambs and Sheep, Swine, Floriculture, Photography, ect…

Further information can be found here.
Eastern National 4-H Round Up
Horse Academy

The National 4-H Round Up is offering special opportunities to youth ages 13 and up, coaches, volunteers, and Extension staff. The goal is to promote growth and success, while gaining knowledge. There will be sessions on Horse Judging, Communication Contests, Hippology and Horse Bowl. For further information and to register, click here.

Registration is required by October 12th.
2019 Judging Contest DVD

Are you looking for new content of judging classes? This DVD has a wide variety of classes that were put together from the 2019 Southern Regionals Judging competition. This is a great tool if you're looking for something new to help improve your judging skills!

If you're interested in purchasing a copy, click here!
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