Youth Conference – Tuesday Morning

2019 WI 4-H & Youth Conference seminars

Unless otherwise indicated in seminar entry, all are open to 7th-10th graders.

Tuesday Morning, June 25th 9-11a.m.

Service Projects

100     Building Community – Sparking Creativity – Inspiring Readers

The Little Free Library is a phenomenon that is spreading everywhere!  It promotes reading for kids, literacy for adults, and libraries around the world.  It also allows for creativity in construction and is a great project for individuals or groups. The concept is simple – create the structure, fill it with books that are then taken and replaced by other books, and help spread knowledge in a friendly environment. You will help build a Little Free Library in two hours. The library will then be donated to a Wisconsin community. Have fun, do something important and promote reading! More information can be found at  All materials will be provided.

Instructor(s): Brandon Pedersen, Operations Manager, Little Free Libraries

101     CAC’s FREE Clothing Center

CAC’s FREE Clothing Center serves over 9,000 South Central Wisconsin low-income individuals and families each year. CAC’s FREE Clothing Center provides seasonally appropriate clothing for school, work, home, as well as job interviews. The households we serve are living pay-check to pay-check and CAC’s FREE Clothing Center allows them to stretch their budgets just a little further. The clothing is provided through generous donations from the community. Volunteers will donate time to help hang and sort clothing donations for the people that utilize CAC’s FREE Clothing Center.

102     Attracting Eastern Bluebirds and Other Cavity Nesting Birds                                                                                     Fee: $10

Sharpen your bird knowledge and learn about what it takes to attract Bluebirds to your home or how to start a nest box trail. The group will take a trip to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum to check nest boxes there. You will learn how to properly monitor a nest box and how to record the data. We will cover the difficulties the Bluebird faces, its habitat needs, competitors for boxes and even participate in building a Bluebird nest box.

Instructor(s): Patrick Ready, President of Bluebird Restoration Association of WI; Steve Sample, Assistant Manager for Wild Birds Unlimited – Madison

103     Cows, Critters, and Creeks

Have an interest in trout? Attendees will visit Black Earth Creek, a very popular trout stream 25 minutes west of Madison at Salmo Pond County Park. While there, participants will use sampling equipment to test water quality, collect and identify aquatic invertebrates to assess the health of the stream, and collect a few fish to see what species live in the stream. Lastly, if time permits we’ll install a couple of brush bundles to provide more shelter for young trout.

Instructor(s): Mike Miller, Stream Ecologist, Wisconsin DNR

104     Growing Food and Feeding the Community

Visiting Madison’s Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm is one way to get out of the heart of Madison and onto the soil of this tucked away, hands-on learning farm. Come see Madison’s Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm in action by helping the farm crew harvest crops for the local food pantry, taking part in farm chores, learning about the resident beehives, and tasting unique summer vegetables. Learn more about local food resources with this fun service-learning seminar! Participants should wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty and bring boots or sandals for going in the water.

Instructor(s): Amy Freidig, Program Coordinator, Master Gardener Program and Bev Feltz, Master Gardener Volunteer

105     Habitat for Humanity                                                                                                                                                                  Fee: $10

Nearly 3.5 million more people improve their housing conditions with Habitat for Humanity. You may have heard of or worked with Habitat for Humanity before, but through this seminar you will learn more about the affordable housing need and how Habitat for Humanity fights this need by building homes, communities, and hope. Participants will also engage in a service project to learn more about Habitat for Humanity and the families they serve.

Instructor(s): Claire Kopetsky, Construction Volunteer Services Manager and Shanna Newell

106     Hands-On Horticulture at UW Arboretum

If you love trees and the outdoors, volunteering at the UW Arboretum would be a great service-learning project for you. Get a hands-on introduction to horticulture working alongside experts in ornamental trees and shrubs during this service project and removing weeds from the conifer collection of the Arboretum’s Longenecker Horticultural Gardens. The Longenecker Horticultural Gardens holds the largest and most diverse collection of conifers in Wisconsin. Participants should be sure to wear long pants, a hat, a long-sleeved shirt and bring a water bottle with for this service project. Tools and instructions will be provided.

Instructor(s): David Stevens, UW Arboretum Curator

107     Helping People Help Animals at Dane County Humane Society                    

ASPCA estimates that 5-7 million animals enter animal shelters each year. Through this seminar, youth will see first hand what the Dane County Humane Society has to offer. Learn about DCHS, witness staff and volunteers in action, see the adoptable animals, and participate in stuffing Kongs for the humane society’s dogs.

Instructor(s): Wendy Bell, Humane Educator

108     I’m All Write – Beyond Journaling ♦      

A pen and paper hold unlimited possibilities, one being a tool of reflection and growth. Exercise your creative and artistic side while learning how journaling can help with stress relief, depression, and general well being. You will be designing a themed notebook to donate to teens in the hospital who are going through difficult times in their lives.  Youth will also be given the materials to make a notebook for themselves or a friend.

Instructor(s): Mira, Nava, and Shonda King, Oneida County 4-H Club Members and Adult Club Leader

109     Local Community Radio ♦

Learn about community radio…take a tour of the studio, see the control room, and receive an introduction to the “community radio movement” and some of the social media in the first hour. In the second hour, try your hand at making recordings such as PSA’s for on-air broadcast. Bring a one paragraph description about your 4-H club or program and how to get involved.

Instructor(s): Molly Stentz, News Director

110     Madison Museum Of Contemporary Art

Help with behind-the-scenes preparation for a major fundraiser, Art Fair on the Square. You will receive an overview of both the details and the big picture of the function, as well as volunteering for non-profits in general, and then help prepare artists’ welcome packets. Art Fair on the Square is one of the largest Art Fairs in the Midwest. Get exposure to serving the community as well as new and intriguing original art pieces!

Instructor(s): Amy Murphy, Events & Volunteers Assistant

111     Make A Difference for the 1 in 6 Children Who Are Hungry In Our Area

When you volunteer to sort, label, or package food into family-friendly portions, you help the 1 in 6 youth under the age of 18 in our area who don’t always know where their next meal will come from. Participants will volunteer their efforts towards hunger relief at Second Harvest Foodbank. What attendees accomplish at Second Harvest Foodbank will be distributed to food pantries, shelters, meal sites, and other places in our 16-county service area. A signed waiver is required to participate in this seminar.

Instructor(s): Pam Higham, Second Harvest Foodbank Volunteer Services Coordinator

112    Space Invaders: A Lesson in Invasive Plants

Learn about some of the invasive plants that are common in Wisconsin including how to identify them, how to control them, and most importantly why if you like to hike, hunt, fish, garden, bike, or camp you should care about them at all. This will be a hands-on seminar using hand tools to control invasive plants in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Participants must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring drinking water, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Gloves and tools will be provided. A signed waiver form is required to participate in this seminar.

Instructor(s): Bryn Scriver, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

113     Sticky Blood Vessels

Did you know that if you took all the blood vessels out of an average child and laid them out in one line, the line would stretch over 60,000 miles? Or did you know that blood takes about 20 seconds to circulate the entire body? Through this seminar, youth will have the opportunity to create their own blood vessel while learning about plaque build-up in a body over a lifetime.

Instructor(s): Beverly Hutcherson, Outreach and Communications Manager, Diversity and Inclusion

114     Stock and Shop at Choice Food Pantry

Food insecurity affects 11% of Wisconsinites each year. The East Madison Community Center works to bridge the needs for many families within the Madison community, such as food and clothing. This workshop will provide information to attendees about ways communities are stepping up to meet the need. Volunteer roles include sorting donations, organizing food items, light cleaning, welcoming clients, and assisting them with their selections. Volunteers are also needed to unload food from our trucks, set up a choice style pantry for families to visit, and assist with cleanup. Volunteers must be able to lift at least 25 pounds.

Instructor(s): De’Kendrea Stamps, Assistant Director

115     Who Is Your Hero? Creating a Philanthropic Legacy to Last ♦                                                                Fee: $10

Have you ever felt compelled to make a difference in the world? Don’t know how? Don’t know where to start? Take tangible tips and tricks of the non-profit world from the founder of Operation Not Alone, a 501(c)3 organization focused on serving our military members and veterans, on how to start a social impact initiative – at any age! We also will discuss the dedication and sacrifices of service men and women, the effects PTSD, depression and suicidal thoughts, and how anyone can become an agent of positive change in their community. To wrap-up, we will end with a hands-on community service project that will go back to fulfill one of the Operation Not Alone services.

Instructor(s): Susan Fochs, CEO of Operation Not Alon

116     Health Checkup of Buildings!

When we look around, we see buildings and bridges that were built at different times. Have you ever wondered how we make sure that they are in good health condition, or in other words, safe for us? To answer this question, we will look at two examining methods which will help us to evaluate the health of the structures around us. Here, during your visit to the UW-Madison laboratory, you will learn about two methods of examination, namely, Infrared Thermography (IR) and Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity (UPV), to assess the current state of a given structure. You will work in two separate groups, where each group will conduct hands-on study with one method. At the end of this session, each group will be asked to evaluate the health of the structure given to them and compare their evaluation with the other group. This session will give an opportunity to build team work and good judgement skills.

Instructor(s): Pavana Prabhakar, Assistant Professor

117    GTL – Give, Talk, Learn ♦

All of us need a little GTL in our lives. Service Learning gives us the opportunity to give, talk and learn through helping others and reflecting on those experiences. Join this seminar for a hands-on look at innovative service learning projects, the essential steps to service learning and tips on making service meaningful for both the participants and the beneficiaries. This workshop is full of hands-on, fun activities and even a few door prizes!

Instructor(s): Wisconsin 4-H State Staff

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