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.



Cloverbud Visual Arts Project Kits

We are excited to invite youth in grades K -2 the opportunity to pick up two FREE small art project kits as a part of the Tri-County 4-H Visual Arts Festival! This is open to the first 150 youth, so sign-up today!

The two art project kits have been chosen (and assembled) by the youth committee members to align with the theme of this year’s Visual Arts Festival: Nature in Art. Examples of each are featured on the promotional flyer.

Youth can then complete their art project kits at home with the option to show off their final creations at an optional Zoom on the evening of Saturday, March 13th.

Pick- up Information: https://ozaukee.extension.wisc.edu/2021/02/16/4-h-cloverbud-visual-arts-project-kits/


4-H Black and White Photography Challenge

Minnesota 4-H Photography is excited to offer a photo challenge open to registered Midwest 4-H youth in grades K-13: Explore the world in TONES with a black and white photography challenge! We encourage you to play with shadows, look at texture, and layer dark and light tones to create stunning black and white photographs. More information and rules for the challenge can be found here.

Submit up to three (3) .jpg or .jpeg images to fourhphoto@umn.edu Deadline is 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2021.
Register at: v2.4honline.com  Questions? Email fourhphoto@umn.edu.


Global Citizenship Winter/Spring Pen Pal Program

The WI 4-H Global Citizenship Winter/Spring Pen Pal Program is a special opportunity for WI youth (ages 10-18 years old) to connect with youth from around the state, country and world!!  It will run from March-May.  If you are interesated in participating, please complete the interest form between now and February 20, 2021. Then matches will be made by March 1.  Information regarding matches will be sent by March 5 and then participants will connect and make friends by sending at least two messages per month in March, April and May.


Virtual Learning Community: New Winter Programming Offered

The 4-H Virtual Learning Community works to create and bring quality learning opportunities to individuals statewide. Open to all youth and adults! You do not have to be a current 4-H member to participate.
Check out the calendar link for opportunities: https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/opportunities/calendar/ . Check back often as sessions are being added!

Our area 4-H educators are teaching some of the upcoming opportunities: February 15: STEM- Design a Parachute, February 24: Glitter Calming Jar, March 2: Explore Monoprinting. For more information, visit link: Upcoming Virtual Learning Community Winter Programming.

Calling Youth Leaders and Adults Leaders to Teach & Lead Sessions: If you are passionate about a skill or hobby and are willing to share it with others, consider teaching a virtual learning community session! We’ll help YOU make it work in a virtual space. To learn amore about the opportunity, check out the Virtual Learning Community Website.


Livestock Lessons: Round 2

We are releasing the next round of Livestock Lessons ending on March 5, 2021.  The potential topics for your lessons are endless!  We would love for you to submit your 4-H demonstrations, FFA public speaking entries, any videos and written work that aligns with work your already doing.  This time period will allow us to see you talk about acquiring your animal project or caring for newborn animals.  No matter what topic you choose, remember that the most impactful presentations are both accurate and engaging. Be creative, be funny, be serious, just be you! Think about something you have learned in your animal science project or something that you enjoy doing and prepare to share it.

Round 2 of the Wisconsin Livestock Lessons will include many ways for youth to show their work and interests.

For grades 3-8: (only one submission per category)

  1. An oral video presentation.
  2. Written Public Service Announcement (PSA).

For grades 9-13th: (only one submission per category)

  1. An oral video presentation.
  2. Written Public Service Announcement (PSA).
  3. SAE Project Slides

Livestock Lessons are open to all youth who are interested in the animal projects. Each youth can enter one submission in both oral presentation and written public service announcements; and for older youth grades 9-13th they can submit an entry in the SAE Project Slides. The SAE Project Slides are a new addition to assist older youth in framing out topics of interest and explore careers, which can assist them in completing their SAE application.  Submitted entries will be divided into the following grade judging categories from the 2020-2021 school year. Junior (Grades 3-5), Intermediate (Grades 6-8) and Senior (Grades 9-13).

Submissions are due March 5.  The top entries in each division will receive monetary awards and may be featured on Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program social media, YouTube channels and other media outlets.

Oral Video Presentations, Public Service Announcements (PSA), and SAE Google Slides must be submitted by March 5.

Additional program information and how to submit your Livestock Lessons can be found by going to the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program site.  https://bit.ly/LivestockLessons

Contact Bernie O’Rourke at borourke2@wisc.edu, UW Madison Animal & Dairy Sciences, Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, for questions.


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/


Resources for Taking Your Club Online

Hold a virtual officer meeting (or complete the paperwork to have an in-person officer meeting contact jayna.hintz@wisc.edu for the form). Ask each officer to choose one or two of these to research and  facilitate at a virtual meeting this fall.

Video Meeting Options:

Great Websites and Aps for Virtual Club Meetings

4-H Skill Builders

A Few More Fun Ideas

Community Service Ideas

  • Independent Community Service Projects
  • Letter Writing (to nursing homes, doctor, grocery store…)
  • Cloth Face Coverings: https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/cloth-face-coverings/
  • Nursing Home/Assisted Living Facility Pen Pal Program
  • Musical Performances (Backyard Social Distancing Concerts or Virtually)
  • Neighborhood Beautification
  • Box of Sunshine (The sun has physically been “shining” a lot this summer and yet many people are struggling. To show someone you are thinking of them and to brighten their day, why not consider making and giving out a Box of Sunshine?! All you need to get started is a shoe box or other small box!!  Wrap and decorate it in yellow and then search for “bright” items to add to the box.
    • Carmex
    • Lemon Drops
    • Zone Bars
    • Yellow Gummy Bears
    • Crunch N Munch
    • Lemon Scented Hand Soap or Hand Sanitizer
    • Cascade Ice Drink
    • Lemon Cake Mix
    • Melt Em’s

    You might also want to check out a dollar store and find some other great fun yellow/bright things that will help spread some sunshine and light. Then…think of someone you know who needs cheering up and drop off your Box of Sunshine!

  • Community Art and sewing Projects

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

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


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