4-H in the new millenium

WARRENSBURG 4-H is no longer just the traditional agricultural program of its roots, if youll excuse the pun. 4-H programs today have youth working on cooperative research and community development programs using GPS (global positioning systems) and GIS (geographic information systems). Nanobiotechnology, engineering and healthy lifestyle programs are all part of the modern educational programs 4-H is now teaching. Of course, agriculture can still be found in 4-H with livestock production programs such as the 4-H Horse program which is the fastest growing livestock program in New York. Another program which has been growing in members is the 4-H Shooting Sports program which reaches over three million youth nationwide. Warren County 4-H will continue delivering programs through special interest clubs like the 4-H Adirondack Guide program which teaches youth about camping, orienteering, forestry, and wildlife while preparing them to become licensed guides in New York State. Additionally, 4-H RIDE, a therapeutic riding program for disabled youth equestrians is gearing up for a new program year with a new horse! Warren County also has many openings for youth in traditional clubs who work on projects throughout the year from creative arts, photography, clothing and textile projects to pets, food, natural resources, vegetable gardening, horticulture and mechanical sciences. 4-H in Warren County, coordinated by Cornell University Cooperative Extension, is seeking new members (youth 5-19), club leaders and volunteers to help assist with programs. There is no fee for youth to join the 4-H program at this time, though specific programs and clubs may have minimal fees. If you or someone you know might be interested in joining or working with 4-H, please contact John Bowe at 668-4881, 623-3291 or email at jfb32@cornell.edu.

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