4-H members have been participating this month in two great programs. The first is the 4-H Interstate Exchange program. The second is the 4-H Natural Resources Camp.
La Plata County 4-H has a proud tradition of taking part in an Interstate Exchange program. In the past, 4-H senior members have traveled and hosted 4-H clubs from Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois and many other states. This experience has allowed our youths to experience a different part of the country and establish lasting friendships with other 4-H members all over the United States. It has been really great to see the self-confidence and maturity our youths have gained through this experience.
This year marks the completion of a 2010-11 Interstate Exchange with Calumet County, Wis. Last year, we had the great opportunity of visiting Wisconsin. During our stay, we visited dairy farms and creameries. This provided a rich learning experience for our youths who dont get to see this type of agriculture production. It didnt take long to make a bunch of Coloradans cheese curd lovers for life after visiting Dairyland USA. The trip also included adventures to the Harley-Davidson Museum and Brewers Stadium in Milwaukee, amusement parks in Wisconsin Dells and spelunking.
Hosting this summer allowed us to show off the gems we have in our neck of the woods. We spent days exploring Mesa Verde, rafting on the Animas River, riding the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, soaking in local hot springs and having fun at Durango Mountain Resort. Our nights were filled with taking in the Bar D Wranglers, meals at Serious Texas Bar-B-Q and Zia Taqueria, and hosting our own potlucks and Western dance parties. We want to thank all the local businesses that made this trip an unforgettable memory for many. The visitors constantly commented about how nice the people were out here.
Last week, we finished another successful 4-H Natural Resources Camp, located on the banks of the Pine River in Bayfield. This location is wonderful for hot summer days. This year, we had our Colorado State University Extension STEM specialist come down and provide our youths with interactive lessons in astronomy, water quality and entomology. In addition, we had local leader Lu Boren give a lesson about the important topic of fire ecology. The Gary and Rejean Riegel family from Redmesa provided the great meals and led all the fun camp activities.
Both of these programs could only be possible through the kind contributions of people who believe strongly in the 4-H program.
Now its almost August, and you know what that means. The La Plata County Fair is approaching. The 4-H community barbecue will be held Aug. 13, and you can get your discounted tickets now at the Extension office and support our program.
email@example.com or 382-6463. Greg Felsen is La Plata County 4-H youth development agent.