Brunswick County 4-H

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship & life skills.

4th Annual Rachel Carson Contest February 17, 2010

Filed under: 4-H — Blair Green @ 11:46 am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites the public to submit creative projects to the 4th annual Rachel Carson intergenerational “Sense of Wonder” contest. The categories are poetry, photography, essays and dance. The contest seeks to instill a sense of wonder for the environment among all generations and spur environmental stewardship.  Carson is considered to be the founder of the contemporary environmental movement through her landmark book, Silent Spring. Its publication is credited with reversing the nation’s pesticide policy.

Entries must be from a team of two or more persons from both younger and older generations.  EPA is working with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., and Generations United to sponsor this contest.  The deadline for team entries is June 16, 2010. The winners will be announced in October 2010. The public will have the opportunity to vote among the finalists for the winners in each category.

More information:


empowerME February 16, 2010

Filed under: 4-H — Blair Green @ 6:39 am

Looking for youth leaders to inspire healthy living!

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s empowerME Movement inspires kids to make healthy behavior changes and become leaders and advocates for healthy eating and physical activity. The Alliance is searching for a select group of young people from across the country to serve on our Youth Advisory Board (for 2010-2011) and roll up their sleeves for a few hours a month of critical thinking, engaging conversations, good fun, new friendships, and high-profile leadership. Board members serve as ambassadors for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, share feedback on Alliance’s Kids’ Movement materials, lead a community service project related to health and most importantly, inspire their peers to eat healthier and move more. Applicants must be between the ages of 8 and 17 years old when membership begins July 2010 and live in the United States.

Interested youth can visit for more information.


NASA Opportunities for Education February 15, 2010

Filed under: 4-H — Blair Green @ 6:35 am

2009-2010 Life and Work on the Moon Art and Design Contest

NASA invites high school and college students from all areas of study, including the arts, industrial design, architecture and computer design, to submit their work on the theme “Life and Work on the Moon.” Artists are encouraged to collaborate with science and engineering students. Such collaboration is not required but would help to ensure that the work’s subject is valid for the moon’s harsh environment.

Entries will be accepted in three categories: two-dimensional, three-dimensional and digital, including video. For the first time, entries in literature (poetry and short stories) will also be accepted. Judges will evaluate entries not only on their artistic qualities, but also on whether they depict a valid scenario.

Prizes include awards and exhibit opportunities. International students are encouraged to participate, but they are not eligible for cash prizes.

Entries are due no later than April 15, 2010.

For more information about the contest and to register online, visit Questions about the contest should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Ward at .

2009-2010 NASA University Design Contest in Exploration Systems

NASA invites college students to get involved with space exploration by helping to design the tools and instruments needed for the next-generation explorers. Student projects will tackle real problems to be solved for a successful manned or robotic mission.

Image credit: NASA

Examples of problems include:

–New methods of navigation.

–Sample retrieval and on-site analysis.

–Radiation detection and avoidance.

–Communication with planetary outpost, with orbiters and with Earth.

–Video capture of sorties for transmission back to Earth.

–Astronaut rescue and recovery.

— Radiation and dust mitigation strategies for rovers and space suits.

The contest is open to U.S. citizens enrolled full-time in an accredited post-secondary institution in the U.S., including universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges and professional schools. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged, across departments and institutions.

Final entries are due on or before May 15, 2010.

For more information about the contest and to register online, visit . Questions about the contest should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Ward at .


North Carolina 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop February 13, 2010

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WSU Jefferson County Extension

The spring 2010 North Carolina 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop will be held at Millstone 4-H Camp, April 9-11, 2010. Nationally certified 4-H Shooting Sports instructors from our state will direct the learning experiences. Participants must be at least 18 years old and be registered as a 4-H volunteer in their county. Jr. Leaders should be 15 -17 years old and supervised by an adult from the county.  Participants will be selected through an application process. No more than 15 participants will be selected in the disciplines of rifle, shotgun, archery, muzzleloading and hunting.

The cost for the weekend workshop is $50 per person.
Contact the 4-H office at 910-253-2610 for an application.  All applications are due Monday March 15th.

“Kids in Micro-g” February 12, 2010

Filed under: 4-H — Blair Green @ 11:04 pm

“Kids in Micro-g” is a student experiment design challenge geared toward grades 5-8. Its purpose is to give students a hands-on opportunity to design an experiment or simple demonstration that could be performed both in the classroom and aboard the International Space Station.   Experiment challenge winners and runners-up will be selected regionally and nationally by the Education Offices of the ten NASA centers. The ten regional winners, one national winner and one national runner up winner will have their experiments conducted by the astronauts aboard the space station in the April-May 2010 timeframe.   NASA will be accepting experiment proposals through Feb. 19, 2010.  For more information about the Kids In Micro-g! Challenge, visit Be sure to take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions section to help answer questions you may have as you develop your proposal.  If you need further assistance about this opportunity, please contact the ISS Payloads Office at or call 281-244-6187.


2010 Eastern 4-H Livestock School

Filed under: 4-H — Blair Green @ 10:42 pm

This event will be held March 6th & 7th at the Eastern Carolina Ag & Educational Center.  This event is open for youth ages 9-19 that have an interest in showing livestock.  Youth are required to select either Cattle, Sheep, Swine, or Meat Goats & attend workshops with lectures & hands on training throughout the weekend.  One form must be filled out for each person and submitted by Wednesday, February 24, 2010. Additional information will be posted on this site in upcoming weeks:


Great Backyard Bird Count

Filed under: Uncategorized — Blair Green @ 11:45 am

Bird watchers coast to coast are invited to take part in the 13th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday, February 12, through Monday, February 15, 2010.  Participants in the free event will join tens of thousands of volunteers counting birds in their own backyards, local parks or wildlife refuges.

Each checklist submitted by these “citizen scientists” helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology , the National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada learn more about how the birds are doing—and how to protect them. Last year, participants turned in more than 93,600 checklists online, creating the continent’s largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded.

“Taking part in the Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way to get outside with family and friends, have fun, and help birds—all at the same time,” said Audubon Education Vice President, Judy Braus. “Even if you can identify a few species you can provide important information that enables scientists to learn more about how the environment is changing and how that affects our conservation priorities.” 

Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from novice bird watchers to experts. Participants count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online at One 2009 participant said, “Thank you for the opportunity to participate in citizen science. I have had my eyes opened to a whole new interest and I love it!”

“The GBBC is a perfect first step toward the sort of intensive monitoring needed to discover how birds are responding to environmental change,” said Janis Dickinson, Director of Citizen Science at the Cornell Lab. “Winter is such a vulnerable period for birds, so winter bird distributions are likely to be very sensitive to change. There is only one way—citizen science—to gather data on private lands where people live and the GBBC has been doing this across the continent for many years. GBBC has enormous potential both as an early warning system and in capturing and engaging people in more intensive sampling of birds across the landscape.”

Bird populations are always shifting and changing. For example, 2009 GBBC data highlighted a huge southern invasion of Pine Siskins across much of the eastern United States. Participants counted 279,469 Pine Siskins on 18,528 checklists, as compared to the previous high of 38,977 birds on 4,069 checklists in 2005. Failure of seed crops farther north caused the siskins to move south to find their favorite food.

On the website, participants can explore real-time maps and charts that show what others are reporting during the count. The site has tips to help identify birds and special materials for educators. Participants may also enter the GBBC photo contest by uploading images taken during the count. Many images will be featured in the GBBC website’s photo gallery. All participants are entered in a drawing for prizes that include bird feeders, binoculars, books, CDs, and many other great birding products.

In 2010, Bird Studies Canada (BSC) joins the GBBC as the program’s Canadian partner. “Bird Studies Canada is delighted to be the Canadian partner for this extremely valuable program,” said George Finney, President of BSC. “Participating in the GBBC is an excellent way for Canadians to reconnect with their love of nature and birds.”

For more information about the GBBC, visit the website at Or contact the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at (800) 843-2473,, or Audubon at (202) 861-2242 ext. 3050, In Canada, participants may contact Bird Studies Canada at 1-888-448-2473 ext. 134 or

The Great Backyard Bird Count is made possible, in part, by generous support from Wild Birds Unlimited.