Livingston County 4-H seeks to grow membership

Livingston County Cornell Cooperative Extension Photograph Participants in a past Livingston County Horse Camp are shown at Hemlock Fairgrounds. The camp is among the county 4-H program's popular activities.

The Livingston County 4-H Program is looking to grow its membership to more than 300 youth for the 2020-2021 Program Year.

While COVID-19 limited in-person programming this year, 4-H educators adjusted programs and events that were to virtual formats. As restrictions on gatherings lifted, programs were offered in multiple formats (in-person and remote) to accommodate family preference.

The hands-on activities keep youth engaged and learning while also providing a way to connect with friends, 4-H representatives said.

“Hands-on learning is at the core of the 4-H experience,” said 4-H Educator Renee Hopkins. “With a little more preparation and creativity on our part, we are able to bring the hands-on experience to life – even in a remote format.”

Moving forward, Livingston County 4-H staff will continue to offer programming in multiple formats. Plans are also in the works for additional activities for families.

“Through trial and error this year, we’ve learned how to keep our events lively and fun. We are ready to move programming back to remote-only should the COVID situation change,” said Hopkins.

Popular activities include Activity Nights (offered monthly), Produced in New York Food Demonstrations, Public Presentations, Clothing Fiber Arts Revue, Horse Bowl & Hippology, Horse Camp, the 4-H Livestock Auction, and the Hemlock Fair.

Enrollment is open and runs through June 1. The cost to enroll in the program is $15 per child or $40 for three or more siblings. New member paperwork is available on the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County website at http://ccelivingstoncounty.org/4-h-youth/joining-4-h-2.

For more information on the Livingston County 4-H Program, contact 4-H Educator Renee Hopkins at rh445@cornell.edu or (585) 991-5444.

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