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4-H offers wealth of opportunities to local youngsters

What does 4-H have to offer you?

This is a program offered to kids from the ages of 8-18.

We also have a Clover Bud program for 5, 6 and 7 year olds. In this 4-H year, they will be learning about the solar system. Clover Buds is a great start for the younger kids, in which they can get an idea of what they can do in 4-H.

4-H is something available to improve your skills on so many different levels. You can join 4-H and sign up for just about anything you are interested in — such as livestock animals, horse, rocketry, cake decorating, entomology, leather craft, sports fishing, shooting sports, sewing, quilting, GPS, and much more.

As a 4-H member, you will be trained to become an outstanding leader, able to be successful out in the world.

Not only do you work on projects throughout the year, but you can also compete in competitions on the county and state level.

4-H is a great opportunity to meet other kids your age, become familiar with different life skills, learn leadership skills, and help out your community. Just think how cool it would be to learn how to tie flies for fly fishing in the winter, then, when the weather clears, to go oudoorst and go fishing. Or you can learn about rockets, and build one, then launch the rocket.

There is so much more you can do. Come to the Extension Office and talk with our new 4-H coordinator. She can help you find what you want to do.

Also, we are looking for some new leaders for our projects. We are missing leaders in cake decorating, rocketry, turkey and electricity. If anyone is interested in helping out the kids in 4-H, please come by the office and talk with Arden Snyder, 4-H coordinator.

Master Gardener

The Colorado State University Extension Office in Archuleta County is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2012 Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) program until Dec. 30, 2011. Students will receive training in tree care, vegetables, soils, native plants, water wise gardening, pruning and much more. The training utilizes on-site and distant education experts to teach a series of 11 classes.

Classes start Jan. 26 and will take place at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds every Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $240 if you intend to volunteer, $575 for a certificate without volunteer time.

CMG volunteers are expected to complete 50 hours of volunteer time in the first year and 24 hours in subsequent years. 

Please contact the Colorado State University Extension office in Pagosa Springs at 264-5931 for more information or an application.

Calendar

Nov. 21 — Panting Class, 10 a.m.

Nov. 31 — Back Country Horsemen, 6 p.m.

Nov. 24-25 — Thanksgiving holiday, office closed.

Check out our webpage at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.

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