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 Livestock Judging Contest

Registration is open for the 2020 Wisconsin 4-H Virtual Livestock Judging Contest on Sunday, October 18th, 2:30-6:00pm. Registration deadline is October 12, 2020.

Juniors (grades 3-8, age 8-13) and Seniors (grades 9-13, age 14-19) are invited register as individuals to participate and display their livestock evaluation skills in this competitive educational experience. Youth will judge classes and enter placings through www.LivestockJudging.com. Seniors will present oral reasons via Zoom. Juniors and Seniors will also answer questions for a portion of the classes through Livestockjudging.com.
With the cancellation of all national 4-H livestock judging contests in 2020, these will be stand-alone, non-qualifying state educational contests.

No cost to enter! Registration available at this link: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hzcm6iHKWG3J89

More information at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/wi4haganimalscience/livestock/
Please direct all questions to Joe Muellenberg at joe.muellenberg@wisc.edu or Bernie O’Rourke at borourke2@wisc.edu

Meeting Michigan 4-H!

We have a fun opportunity for you to learn more about youth involved in 4‐H in another state! If you are a 4-H youth member who has completed sixth grade and up, join us for a virtual exchange with 4-H youth from Michigan. You will have the opportunity learn more about their state, their 4‐H program, how the 4-H programs are similar and different. Each youth will have an opportunity to lead an icebreaker, whole group discussion, breakout room, or reflection over the 6 Zoom meetings. Planning begins at the first meeting.
Program begins Thursday, October 8th at 6pm.  Please click here to register by Monday, October 5th. Meeting information will be sent out prior to the first meeting. Meet Michigan 4-H Virtual Fall Exchange flyer (pdf)

Photograph the Treasures of Oz and Celebrate the Natural Gems of Ozaukee County

The Treasure of Oz invite 4-H youth to showcase their best photographs that capture the following five sites in Ozaukee County.

  • Lions Den Gorge Nature Preserve
  • Bratt Woods Nature Preserve
  • Kurtz Woods State Natural Area
  • Blue Heron Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Shady Lane Natural Area

Submit your photos to paul@treasuresofoz.org no later than September 30th.
Guidelines for submitting your photographs Guidelines 4H  pdf.
Treasures of Oz site locations SiteLocations .pdf
Treasures of Oz Driving Tips Driving tips 2020 .pdf
Photography tips Photography tips – Treasures of Oz .pdf
Download and fill out the passport to be entered into a raffle. Directions are on the passport 2020-Passport .pdf

Nancy Zieman 4-H Virtual Community Quilt

Join the Fun!  Entries due by Sept 1, 2020
All youth and adult quilters, sewists and fiber artists are invited to contribute to a virtual community quilt in celebration of the upcoming premiere of the PBS Wisconsin documentary, Nancy Zieman: Extraordinary Grace. For more information, visit the website: https://quiltshow.com/community-projects/ OR click on info flyer link: INFO-SHEET-Nancy-Zieman-4-H-Community-Quilt-Project . The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show virtual community quilt will be shared as part of the virtual experience, Sept. 10-12.

4-H Coloring Book: Calling all 4-H Youth Artists! (Deadline extended to Sept. 30!)

Create a hand-drawn illustration based on one of the illustration themes of the 4-H Essential Elements. The illustration should be the template that can be included in the coloring book and then colored-in by another 4-H’er! (ie: black & white outline of image). Scan/photograph your child’s artwork and use the official entry form below to submit your entry before September 30, 2020. Winners from each of the four themes will be selected via a vote on Facebook and will receive fun 4-H merchandise! Please review the Coloring Program Guidelines for more information and regulations. Submit your entry here: https://forms.gle/aZdsc6LVXj6LdQRu8

Livestock Lessons

Livestock Lessons 2020 is a new animal science experience for Wisconsin youth.  Giving a Livestock Lesson is an opportunity for you to share your learning with others and to teach others about animal sciences.  The potential topics for your lessons are endless! 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.  Wisconsin Livestock Lessons involve two ways for youth to communicate in both written and oral ways.  Youth have the opportunity to deliver an oral video presentation on an animal science topic of your choice and/or a written Public Service Announcement (PSA). More information and the submission link can be found here.

Virtual Learning Community

The Virtual Learning Community is set to run our Summer of Activities from July 1-August 31, and we will use this experience beyond the summer to bring more high quality virtual programming to youth, volunteers, and Extension staff across Wisconsin! The Calendar used for the Virtual Learning Community is available for anyone to view through TeamUp. You can find the calendar of activities here: Summmer Activities Calenar

Machinery Pete to Showcase Youth Tractors

Virtual opportunity to show case tractor restoration projects.
Farm Report and Farm Journal Field Days are providing a virtual opportunity for kids to showcase their hard work.  Farm Journal Field Days is also putting on a benefit concert in corporation with 4-H and will be on RFD-TV.  https://www.farmjournalfielddays.com/farmon-concert/

#FarmOn The #FarmON™ Benefit Concert is free and will be available ON DEMAND 24/7/365!
Join Farm Journal, the National 4-H Council and top country music artists for a virtual concert that supports the work of inspiring youth!

REGISTER  The #FarmON concert will air within Farm Journal Field Days and also on RFD from 7-8 PM CT on AUG 27 .

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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