Open house set for Saturday, Jan. 18, to kick off new Sitka community 4-H club

What is this contraption? Come to the 4H open house on Saturday to find out.

What is this contraption? Come to the 4H open house on Saturday to find out.

4HListLogoSitka is about to get a second 4H club. There will be an open house for the new community 4-H club at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

The open house for the new community 4H club features a kickoff party, and an orientation for parents and participants (kids ages 5 and older).

The 4-H program is amazingly versatile, so it can seem a little daunting at first, but it’s really quite simple. We’ll be giving a very short intro to the program, and former participants will be on hand to help illustrate to newcomers exactly how the program works. If you’re able to, please bring a healthy snack to share. For more information about the new club, call Paul Rioux at 738-1721.

AlaskaWayOfLife4HClubFlierThe new club will complement the Alaska Way Of Life 4-H club, sponsored by the Sitka Conservation Society. The Alaska Way Of Life 4-H club teaches a variety of traditional Alaska skills geared toward edibles and foraging, such as how to plant a garden, preserve jam, can fish, pick berries, gather seaweed, catch fish, and more. This club also offers a hiking club and events such as stream ecology studies. To learn more about the Alaska Way Of Life 4-H club, contact Mary Wood of the Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509.

The new club will provide a more traditional 4-H experience for youth in Sitka, which includes leadership opportunities, state fairs, and scholarships for members. Current Alaska Way Of Life 4-H club members and their parents are encouraged to attend the new club’s open house, Mary said in an email to members. She said the Alaska Way Of Life 4-H club will continue, but the new club will provide a more structured approach.

The Alaska 4-H program is a youth development program coordinated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service with help from local community groups, who operate the individual clubs. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization with more than 6.5 million young members across America. 4-H is a non-formal, practical educational program for youth.

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