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Jeffco 4-H youth invite the community to support them through this year's virtual Marketplace - now open! The fair is most 4-Hers' favorite part of the year. Although this year the event will be in person with social distancing for the members, it will be closed to the public. The livestock auction and youth market that are generally held live at the fair have been modified into an easy to use online marketplace. 

Browse through the hand-crafted creations of our youth including their locally raised meat, and consider supporting them with a purchase or donation.

Hands-on Learning from Home

To help youth engage with hands-on learning, our 4-H youth development and natural resources teams spent the past six weeks making ‘do-at-home’ activity kits designed to get kids thinking about science, engineering, and the natural world around them. 

Each kit contained 2-3 projects, easily completed with everyday household items or the materials provided. The pollinator-themed kit, with a build your own bee house and butterfly feeder, was a favorite among youth. Over 1600 were distributed throughout Jefferson County over six weeks. For more information on our 4-H youth development and natural resources program, visit our website. 

What we heard from you

Last month (June 2020), a needs assessment was sent to recipients of Express and others. Here's what you told us were the most beneficial topic areas for us to focus on:

  • Yard, property and land management was selected by the greatest percentage (23.91%) with Natural Resources and Environment close behind (21.87%).
  • Respondents with children in their household (37.3% of respondents), however, selected Youth Development and Support as most beneficial.
  • Natural Resources was selected by the greatest percentage of non-white full-time residents.

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ENOR Camp Connects Youth with the Outdoors

The award-winning ENOR team works hard every year to deliver innovative, STEM-focused programs to our young campers. Even during a pandemic, it is an incredible feeling to give kids the opportunity to build a connection to and love of the outdoors, inspiring them to share their newfound knowledge and continue to spend time outside. 

Register for virtual camp

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Be Prepared for Wildfire in Your Community

With the Elephant Butte fire still fresh in our minds, now is a great time to take action to ensure you are prepared if and when a wildfire occurs. Below are initial steps you can take to protect you, your family, your home, and your community from wildfire.

Sign up for Code Red 

Harden your home 

Create defensible space around your home 

Use fire resistant landscaping 

Create your Wildfire Action Plan 

Set up your emergency evacuation kit 

Review your Community Wildfire Protection Implementation Plan 

Explore Native Plants

Interested in learning more about the native plants to Colorado? Check out our Native Plant Demonstration Garden at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. This garden offers visitors the opportunity to see what plants native to Colorado look like and information on the benefits of using native plants in your garden. Stop by the Jefferson County Fairgrounds to check it out! If you are interested in furthering your knowledge, check out our Native Plant Master program. We have upcoming classes on common plant families and native trees of Colorado.  

Looking for More Online Opportunities?

Extension staff across the state of Colorado are planning a variety of online classes and activities on multiple topics.  Most of them are free or at minimal cost and are open to the public.

CSU Virtual Events Calendar – Bookmark this link!

Staff Spotlight: Lisa Stavig

Title and years at Extension: Jeffco 4-H Mentor Coordinator for 5 years

Tell us a little about yourself: I am a native Coloradoan. I have a very supportive husband and two great kids who are 4-H members and I love being a leader. I like to knit, sew and cook in my free time.

What do you do at Extension? I run the Jeffco 4-H Mentoring Program.

What is your favorite part about working for Extension? Working with the kids in my programs and watching them grow.

What is your proudest moment at Extension? Any time a kid succeeds is a proud moment for me.

What is something that most people don’t know about you? I am a 4-H alumni from the 1980’s in Montrose County.

CSU Extension - Jefferson County

15200 W. 6th Ave. Unit C
Golden, CO 80401

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