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.
The 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.