2020 Fall Forum Friday Night Interactive Session Descriptions

Friday Night Interactive Session Descriptions

7:00 – 8:40 PM Zoom Meetings

Choose your own adventure.  Select four.  All sessions will be offered in each time slot.

Enter Zooms promptly.  Rooms will close after first 5 minutes of each session.

No pre-registration needed.

  • 7:00 – 7:20 PM  Session 1
  • 7:25 – 7:45 PM Session 2
  • 7:45 – 7:55 PM Break
  • 7:55 – 8:15 PM Session 3
  • 8:20 – 8:40 PM Session 4

Printable Interactive Session Descriptions

Cake Decorating Demonstration

We will talk briefly about how we started up this unique cake decorating project for youth in Menominee 4-H. Participants will introduce themselves and do a demonstration.

Bonnie Mckiernen

Clover Connections & Annual Leader Training

Whether your club or group is meeting in-person, virtually or in a hybrid model, we have some ideas and resources for you! The Clover Connections video series and this year’s Annual Leader Training will help you think creatively about club and group meetings!

Jill Jorgensen, Melinda Pollen, Dawn Vandevoort, Marie Witzel

Conversation with 4-H Program Leadership

Join Matt and Dei for a conversation. They would like to hear from you on how your clubs and groups are adapting and using virtual and small group formats.

Matt Calvert & Dondieneita Fleary-Simmons

Exploring Culture: Personally and Globally

Participants will have an opportunity to engage in exploring their own personal culture and learn more about cultures around the world. Join in a multi-culture experience exploring what it means to be a global citizen, while reflecting on your own personal culture and values.

Maddie Hartup & Adam Riley

Kitchen Science Savvy to Feed Your Experimenting Talents

We’ll invite you to put your ingenuity and creativity to work in testing your ideas about puzzling questions based on foods & tools you likely have in your kitchen at home. We’ll start with “Which Makes Better Bubbles, Skim Milk or Whole?” and then use the straws in the engineering challenges of “Invent the EyeDropper” and “Invent the Squirt Gun.” These puzzles serve as parables as ways you can use your sciencing skills to pose questions, to come up with possible explanations, and to design experiments to test those ideas.

Tom Zinnen & Liz Jesse

Life Skills

Life Skills? What are these? Explore with us how you can make sure life skills are being met in your 4-H experience!

Evan Henthorne & Katie Stenroos

Night Light

Create a beautiful night light using a glass light shade, a small solar LED yard light, and wire.

Johanna & Beth LaVelle


Participants will have options to learn a variety of origami folds, equivalent to their skill level.

Ria Howard

Paper Airplane Engineering

Join us and learn how to fold several styles of paper airplanes. We’ll send our planes through test flights then make minor changes to improve flight. This is a quick, easy, and inexpensive activity that you can share with your friends and clubs. It works great in a virtual environment!

Elliot Huber

Paracord Bracelets

Make easy keychains or bracelets out of paracord.

Ben Brown

Pet Party & Parade

Join us in our virtual meeting space as we share everything pet related. Show off your favorite pet in its cage or on your lap or in the barn. Let’s see your pets while meeting 4-Hers from across the state.

Holly Leurssen, Abigail Leurssen & Jacob Adamski

Playing for Keeps: Keeping Older Members Involved & Engaged

Join youth leaders from around the state for a round table discussion that focuses on older youth engagement in WI 4-H. What keeps older youth involved in 4-H? Why do they stay involved and active in their club and county? Are there specific things that leaders can do to encourage youth leader involvement?

Lauren Thompson & Youth Leaders

Shaving Cream Marbling

Create marbled prints on paper using shaving cream and paint.

Kristin Higgins

Take a Tour: Navigating the New 4-H Website

The new 4-H website looks pretty different than the old one. We want to make sure youth and volunteers alike can find everything you’re looking for and more. So, let’s take a tour of the site, as well as all the opportunities and resources you can find there.

Monica Lobenstein

Top 10 Sewing Tips in 20 Minutes

Join Deanna Springer, from the Nancy Zieman Productions Team for 10 Sewing Tips in 20 Minutes! Whether you’re an accomplished seamstress or a beginner sewist, you find practical tips to help you save time and money. Make your next sewing project fun and enjoyable with professional looking results!

Deanna Springer & Zieman Productions

Upham Woods Scientific Storytelling

Explore your surroundings with Upham Woods’ STEM tools and learn why we believe telling stories about nature discoveries help youth succeed. Bring back a fun, interactive activity to do with your county called Earth Stories Exchange, where you create stories about nature and exchange them with Upham Naturalists!

Ariel Christian

Welcome & Inclusion at Club Meetings

Youth Leaders from Portage County will provide ice breakers and other ideas to welcome new members at club meetings.

Katie Sepnieski, Connie Creighton, and Portage County Youth