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March 20, 2020

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As a reminder, per University and State policy until further notice all in-person 4-H activities are postponed. Please stay updated by reviewing this newsletter and monitoring the official Facebook page.

We are actively creating opportunities for youth to continue their 4-H journey, as well as support our volunteers as we work together to keep 4-H thriving.

Please fill out THIS SURVEY so we can meet your expectations during this time!

Thank you, and stay well!

23- District Council, 6 pm, ZOOM

23- Official launch of the 4-H Intentional Riding Challenge

3- Cherry Lake Counselor Applications DUE
13- County Council, 5 pm ZOOM - Meeting Login Information - TBA

4-H of the Month!

County Building rentals for club meetings or events are now going through the Nassau County Facilities Maintenance Department.

To schedule a building contact:  Raven Jones 904-530-6129.

Summer Camps Will Be Announced Soon!
We are needing to adjust some things to account for the coronavirus spread.

Horse Program Information- BIG CHANGES!
  • Unfortunately this year, all of the Area shows have been cancelled.
  • However, we are ACTIVELY working on a solution for youth to participate in the State Horse show regardless! Please stay tuned.
  • 4-H Intentional Riding Challenge
    • Officially launches Monday!
    • Intentional riding means you are riding with a purpose in mind.
    • We are challenging all 4-H riders to complete a 12 week, at-home riding challenge.
    • The goal is 15 rides equaling 20 hours with your project horse. This is a nice solution to continue your horsemanship journey while also staying safe.
    • To join this challenge have you or your parents follow the official facebook page HERE and 1. State your goals for you and your horse. 2. Upload conformation pictures of your horse. 3. Every time you ride upload a picture, tell us how long you've ridden for, and your most successful part of your ride.
    • We will be providing tips, patterns, and so on to help everyone in their journey.
  • Hippology is the study of horses. That's right, a place just to geek out over equines! We will cover a myriad of topics including anatomy, physiology, behavior, equipment, management, and training.
  • Hippology is designed for youth ages 10+ and offers a state competition for youth ages 11 and up. Our meetings are mixed between classroom learning and hands-on lessons with our partnership barns, Appy Acres LLC & Kozland Farm.
  • For the time being we have moved to a virtual school format! We aim to have weekly lessons, videos, quizzes, and so on so that we can continue our learning at-home. To join the virtual class (if you haven't already) simply e-mail Ms. Kelsey.
  • The first week's materials have already been sent out :)
  • For more information about this program, contact Ms. Kelsey at 904-530-6354 or
Embryology Postponed!
  • Thank you to everyone (donors and volunteers) who have supported this year's Embryology program. Unfortunately at this time we are unsure if we can continue the program for this year.
  • This also means we will not have any chicks for sale this year.
  • If anything changes we will reach out, otherwise we'll be back in 2021!


County Council/District Council
  • Upcoming meetings will be conducted online using ZOOM:  April 13th, May 11th, June 8th @  5 pm
    • Login Information for the meeting will be announced and emailed to each member before the meeting.
  • We will be covering District Council ideas for how to stay engaged and active in the community using online resources.  
  • District Council
    Time: Mar 23, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 974 958 183
What is County Council?
  • A group that represents the entire 4-H program and provides a link between community clubs
  • A chance for teens to exercise their leadership abilities and provide input to the county program
  • A club focused on leadership, communication, citizenship, and community service
  • County Council is open to youth ages 11-18 to grow their leadership skills. County Council is a very active club that helps organize many of the county's events as well as teach officer training. 

County Events- In Person Postponed!

County Events gives 4-H'ers the chance to showcase their knowledge, talent, and skills in multiple areas including: public speaking, demonstrations, share-the-fun (talent show), photography, chef-in-training (cooking), graphic design, and fashion revue (sewing). Come show us what you can do!

Mr. Ted is working on a video platform for youth to showcase their speeches. For more information contact Mr. Ted please.

We WILL have a County Events, but still aren't sure what that looks like as of right now. Please answer the survey to have your opinion heard about how we move forward.

Host a Japanese Exchange Student

  • Interested in hosting a Japanese Exchange student this summer?
  • Japanese students will live with their host families July 21st to August 21st and will have the opportunity to improve their English language skills while immersing themselves in American culture.
  • This is a phenomenal opportunity for families to build lifelong international friendships while exposing their own children to a new culture and way of seeing the world.
  • You can host a youth between the ages of 12-18. 
  • Please contact Ted Karsch to attend an informational meeting of ask any questions.
 Teach The Agent
  • Ms. Kelsey & Mr. Ted are knowledgeable about many things, but there are lots of 4-H'ers that know about topics we aren't! We are offering up a fair point opportunity to youth who can teach our agents about something.
  • The Teach the Agent sessions will need to be scheduled in advance and should last  5-15 minutes. Depending on the topic we can come to you!

Corona Information & Press Releases
Project & Record Books
  • Need a project or record book? Call or swing by our office to pick yours up!
  • Only Full members can receive books
  • Remember, only 1 project book can be given out at a time but you can have multiple record books
  • Always due June 1st to the office WITH the completed reports
  • Cloverbud Report
  • Junior Report
  • Intermediate Report
  • Senior Report     

Florida 4-H State Council Fundraiser 2019-2020
Hosted by the Florida 4-H Executive Board Ways and Means Committee

This classic backpack (Port Authority® Basic Backpack) has a large main compartment with a computer sleeve and a zippered front pocket with a mesh organizer. 
$27.90 – Price of backpack  Additional $5.00 customizing option

All proceeds will benefit the Florida 4-H State Council Program

For more information and to order use this link:

CLUB MEETING DATES- No in person meetings until 4/30!

Callahan Country Kids:  March 2, April 13 and May 4 - meetings begin 7 PM- Extension Office

Town & Country:  March, 3 @ MUF, March, 31 @ MUF

Barnyard & Beyond: 2/27 5:30-7:30 Artist Workshop- (Special guest Benjamin Sharit local woodcarver)

Hilliard Back 40: 2nd Monday every month, locations vary please contact leaders

4-H Shooting Stars: Please contact club leader

Next Generation: March 10 and May 12 4 pm - 5:30 pm

Young Riders: March 8, 2:30 pm Carey State Forest

Sunshine Crew: 2nd Tuesday of the month @ the fairgrounds  6:30 pm

Zooming In Photography: 
Nominate a 4-Her of the Month!
Do you have what it takes to be 4-Her of the month?  This contest is for all Nassau County youth. You may be nominated by yourself, a 4-H volunteer or club leader, a 4-H friend or even by a community member (examples include: teachers, fair board members, etc.). A descriptive statement needs to be sent via email by your 4-H leaders to Ms. Kelsey ( or delivered to the Callahan Extension Office by the 20th of each month.  This statement should include why you deserve this recognition and include your current and former 4-H activities. If you are selected as the Nassau County 4-Her of the month, you will be featured in the newspaper and be in the competition for 4-Her of the year.
Nassau County 4-H
Office Phone Number, 904-530-6353
Kelsey Irvine, Agent,
Ted Karsch, Agent,
Laura Laroche, Program Assistant,

Our mailing address is:
543350 U.S. Highway 1, Callahan, FL 32011

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