Welcome Marnie Ward!
Does the new 4-H agent look a little familiar? Have you seen her some place before? If you’ve had that thought cross your mind, then you are not alone. Let me introduce myself, I’m Marnie Ward the new UF/IFAS Citrus County 4-H Extension agent. Citrus County has been my home for more than 25 years. I am a graduate of the College of Central Florida - Citrus Campus. With strong interests directed towards science, I transitioned to the University of Florida and completed my formal education in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences. My dedication to educational opportunities led me to work with the College of Central Florida as an adjunct science instructor, to volunteering in my community, and to actively engaging youth in our community through 4-H (as a volunteer). I am focused on developing opportunities in our community, providing positive educational and hands-on experiences to youth, and preparing the next generation of responsible citizens.
The photo above is the direct result of the photo below. The soldiers were absolutely thrilled to receive the blankets and care packages that the 4-H'ers made for them.
4-H club members from across Citrus County came together for the 4-H National Community Service Day September 21, 2013 at Wallace Brooks Park in Inverness. They participated in cleaning up the shoreline.
- What is 4H?
- 100 Years of Youth Development
- 4-H Foundation
- National 2010 Science Experiment 4-H20
- No-Sew Blankets
- Project Report (4-H Record Book) Appendices
- Stampede Rodeo - November 22, 2013
- Standards of Excellence - Clover Awards
- Tropicana Speech
4-H is a Youth Development Organization that belongs to the members, their families and other interested adults who serve as volunteer leaders. Professional leadership is given to the program by Cooperative Extension Service faculty of the University of Florida. Support for 4-H programs is a joint effort of local county government, the University of Florida and the United States Department of Agriculture.
4-H is young people sharing, doing and learning together in all kinds of projects, events and activities in informal situations with guidance of their families and other volunteer adult leaders. Regardless of the structure, a 4-H group may involve 4-H families, neighbors, relatives and others. They will have fun learning and working together in the home, neighborhood and community.
Members choose projects that fit them and the places where they live. Group activities and events such as contests, trips, camps, fairs, shows and conferences provide additional opportunities and learning experiences.
Most 4-H clubs have meetings once or twice a month. During these business meetings, decisions are made relative to group sponsored activities, community service efforts, project opportunities, fund-raising efforts, etc.
How your children will benefit from 4-H:
Through the eyes of a youngster - a 4-H'er will:
- Learn, make, or do things that are appealing and are meaningful to them
- Make friends, belong to a group, and give and receive acceptance and affection
- Have a good time, which makes learning appealing and enjoyable