4-H Innovation Zone

The “Innovation Zone” is a place for the Ozaukee County 4-H community to shares ideas and resources enabling us to stay connected during the COVID-19 situation.  We are sharing different insights and perspectives on how we are working to hold club and project meetings.  Our goal is to connect ideas with the 4-H community members bringing innovations to life.


4-H Virtual Exchange between WI & TN youth program

Interested in connecting virtually with 4-H Members? We are offering a virtual exchange for 4-H youth, who have completed grade 6 and older, in Tennessee and Wisconsin. Please complete the form below by Sunday, June 21st so that we can finalize the three dates for the exchange. Each “meeting” will be about 90 minutes long. We will be updating up with the chosen dates on Tuesday, June 23rd, so watch your email! Link to form: https://forms.gle/gBy6igoYb6VF3PSX9.

Wisconsin 4-H International Pen Pal Program

We are excited for the launch of a new Pen Pal Program with 4-H exchange partners in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Costa Rica and Norway! This Pen Pal Program is open to all 4-H youth between the age of 12 – 18.There is no charge to participate.

Registration is a first come, first serve basis and slots are filling up fast! This registration will close on Friday, June 5th, 2020 at 2:00pm. You can register at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/63RD9DR

We are excited to offer an opportunity for Ozaukee County 4-H youth to make connections with new friends from overseas this summer!

Although our in-person programming is cancelled for 2020, we are delighted to announce the launch of a new Pen Pal Program with our exchange partners in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Costa Rica and Norway.

Who Can Participate? It is open to 4-H youth between the age of 12 – 18. This program is completely free and there is no charge to participate at this time. Once your child’s application is submitted, our national partner, States’ 4-H International Exchange Program, will match them to an international youth (from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Costa Rica or Norway), based on age, gender, and interests. Participants will receive notification of their match in June!

When is it? This program will run from June – August of 2020. At the end of the program (end of August-early September) the youth participants are requested to send a “one-page summary” report about their new friend to 4-H.

How Does the Pen Pal Exchange Work? You and your child can choose their preferred method of communication: traditional letters/postcards, emails, or applications such as Facebook Messenger. Youth participants are tasked with exchanging a letter or message to their match at least once per month. States’ 4-H will suggest a topic of the month and a list of other writing prompts to help foster ideas of what to write if they want to use it.

Registration is a first come, first serve basis and slots are filling up fast! This registration will close on Friday, June 5th, 2020 at 2:00pm. You can register at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/63RD9DR. As part of the registration process, all participants will need to complete a Terms of Use and Parental Consent form which is now built into the single registration form. Please contact our team at wi4hinternational@extension.wisc.edu for any questions you may have!

Horse  & Pony Virtual Show

Entries due by June 6, 2020
Visit the following links for more information.



Cloverbud Pen-pal Program

Washington County 4-H invites Ozaukee 4-H youth in grades 5K-2 to participate in the 4-H CLoverbud Pen Program! It’s a fun way for your 4-H youth in 5K-2nd grade to make a new friend and learn about another person’s 4-H experience, while also working on their writing skills!
Participants will each be given a Pen Pal, to whom they will be encouraged to write at least once each week through July 31, or longer if they wish. Youth are also welcome to draw or color pictures to send back and forth, along with a description of their picture.
Interested participants should sign up as soon as possible, using link: https://forms.gle/rFse341Y8nJMw3Ug6

Scientist Live

Tuesdays & Thursdays in May and Thursdays in June
Participate in as many or as few of the sessions as you’d like based on your interests

Scientists Live is a virtual presentation series that gives high school aged youth (and interested 8th graders) an opportunity to meet real world scientists and learn a little about a wide variety of science-related careers!  Two scientists are being featured over the lunch hour every Tuesday and Thursday through May 2020; Thursdays only in June.  Each scientist gives a 12-minute presentation which is followed by a 10-minute Q & A period.   Presentations are being recorded and will be posted in the weeks ahead for use by teachers, colleagues, and youth during the coming school year and beyond.  A fact sheet/trading card handout featuring each of the scientists will also be posted.   See the list of slated scientists, which is constantly being updated, at THIS LINK.

Register at: https://forms.gle/YCCLSZbfaTijNaRf9. A Zoom link will be sent via email after registration. Participation is free.

Scientists Live is the high school component of the 4-H Science Explorers program–a collaborative effort by Walworth, Crawford, and Lafayette County Extension.

Earth Stories Exchange

The Earth Stories Exchange is simple – write a story about something you did outside, share it with
us, and we’ll send you story back – like pen pals! It’s simple to do; just follow the steps below.
1. Get outside! Remember to physically distance yourself from others.
2. Notice, observe, question everything around you! Don’t worry, we have some tips.
3. Use the back of this flyer to create a story based on what you did and noticed outside!
4. Share your story with us! Choose one of these three options.

a) Complete Upham’s online story exchange form – access through our website https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/uphamwoods/
b) Email your story to us at uphamwoods@extension.wisc.edu
c) Mail your story to us! Upham Woods Naturalists, N194 County Rd N, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53562
Learn more about Earth Stories Exchange https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PhxwySMNH7P1E0dkt6y23Ta-Wtlv7k_z/view

Dig into 4-H fun Hands-on Learning to do at Home

Follow this link to find activities https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/home-activities/

UW Virtual Farm Tours

Follow this link to find virtual farm tours and activities https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/youthlivestock/2020/04/15/virtualfarmtours/

Community Art and sewing Projects

Fair Projects

Start working on your fair projects. The premium book can be found on the Ozaukee County Fair website.

Clubs/Groups/Projects Connect


Dina Messina, North Shore 4-H Club General Leader, shared the use of the FlipGrid resource. FlipGrid is password protected, in order to access the link, the user needs a password. Dina will email the password and information to the parents. The use of the site is optional,  parents or legal guardians will decide if their child will share a 5 minute video about how to do something, something they created, a short teaching topic of something they learned in their project, etc. Club members can log in and watch the videos and learn from each other.

Kahoots and Quizlets Apps

Alyica Kringel and Michelle Kringel connected via email with the dog project members sharing 4 games Alyica developed challenger the members knowledge on dogs and dog obedience using Kahoot and Quizlets apps. The Kahoot and Quizlets app is free and instructions for creating quizzes and games can be found online.

Community Outreach 

Cindy Brey, Deckers Corners 4-H Club General Leader, shared that families will be asked, if they are able, to donate food to Family Sharing. Take a picture of themselves making the donation and share with the club.  The club plans to hold their meetings on Zoom.  Future plans…a virtual cultural tour, a hike in the woods with things to look for (the hike would be with their own family).

Dorothy Parchim, Cloverleaf 4-H Club General Leader, shared that the Grafton Area Chamber listed retirement and assisted living homes that are accepting postcards or letter through the mail (do not drop off letter or send packages) addresses are linked on the chambers Facebook page.

Local Menus for Takeout and Delivery in Ozaukee County https://www.facebook.com/groups/137540617679795/?ref=share

Local food pantries need support:

Family Sharing of Ozaukee County 

Port Washington Food Pantry

Saukville Community Food Pantry

Zoom 101 Trainings: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/wi4hvolunteers/delivering-4-h-through-technology/

Video Meeting Options:

Email your ideas to  jayna.hintz@wisc.edu to post to the Innovation Zone page!


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