An Earth Festival will be held at the Carroll County Agricultural Center on Saturday, May 4th. Youth 5 to 18 will learn about local wildlife including hummingbirds, deer, animal tracks, bluebirds and pond life.
Earth Festival participants can choose between a $6.50 Project Track or a free Educational Track. On the Project track, youth will make 5 projects that may be entered in the Carroll County 4-H & FFA fair for junior age & older youth. These projects include a toad abode, hummingbird planter, deer track casting, blue bird monitoring ring and tracking scarf. Clovers may be able to enter the planter and a project in the craft class.
The 4-H GOES Club will be offering lunch for $3.50. The lunch will include a slice of pizza, chips, a soda and a snack.
Online registration is now open https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4-h-earth-festival-tickets-58665775915 .
If you will be submitting your fee directly to the 4-H GOES Club, you may use the form below to register.
Everyone is encourage to participate in the Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Program competition. While this year’s contest will not be a state qualifier for the National contest, participants will gain experience for next year. The top 3 seniors, intermediates and juniors will be recognized. All clovers will receive participation awards.
- 8:30 – 9:00 Registration
- 9:00 – 9:30 Group Game
- 9:35 – 1:20 Stations with break for lunch
- 1:25 – 3:40 WHEP Competition
- 3:45 – 4:00 Group Game
- 4:00 Awards
Ruby Throated Hummingbirds
- Taught by Courtney Coddington, Agent Associate, Home Horticulture.
- Learn how to attract hummingbirds to your yard while helping to plant a flower bed for the Ag Center. You will also make a planter for hummingbirds to take home and enter in the fair.
- Taught by Amber Murphy, University of Maryland Extension 4-H Associate
- Learn about white tail deer – what they eat, where they live and how to manage them. You will make a deer track casting to enter in the fair.
- Led by Kevin Stohlgren, Environmental Scientist with Coastal Resources Inc.
- Explore what lives in the Ag Center pond and explore tanks filled with pond life – bluegill, bass, frogs, toads & turtles. You will also make a toad abode to attract toads to your yard and enter in the fair.
- Led by Kira Huber, University of Maryland Extension 4-H Associate
- Have fun learning the different ways that animals move and how their tracks tell a story. Make a tracking scarf to take on your hikes and enter in the fair
- Led by Peggy Dash, Carroll County Master Gardener and retired teacher
- Learn how to attract bluebirds to your yard and see what is in one of the boxes on the Ag Center bluebird trail. Make a blue bird box monitoring ring to use with your own blue bird boxes and enter in the fair.
Kevin Stohlgren is an environmental scientist with Coastal Resources Inc. He has a MS in Forest Resources and a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife with a minor in Biological Sciences. He has more than 7 years experience preforming natural resources surveys and analyses in both government and private sectors. Kevin has surveyed a wide range of plants and animals, including rare, threatened and endangered species; and fish communities and aquatic habitats.
Courtney Coddington is the University of Maryland Extension home horticulture agent and Master Gardener program coordinator in Carroll County. Courtney is from Frederick and Garrett counties. She attended college at North Carolina State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in zoology and botany. She did her graduate work in oyster aquaculture at the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures at Auburn University. She completed her graduate studies on Dauphin Island, where she helped develop the intensive oyster farming industry of Alabama by introducing techniques used on oyster farms in the Chesapeake Bay and Northeast.
Kira Huber is a University of Maryland Extension’s 4-H Associate in Carroll. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Marine Science. She grew up in Frederick, MD, but she has worked in Kentucky with their 4-H camp programs, North Carolina with Sea Turtle Camps, Texas with various camp programs, and most recently, in Florida working on their mobile science lab.
Amber Murphy is also a University of Maryland Extension’s 4-H Associate in Carroll. She grew up on a farm in Frederick County and was an active member in Frederick County 4H and Urbana FFA. She graduated in 2018 from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education.
Peggy Dash is a Carroll County Master Gardener and retired school teacher. She is an excellent educator with extensive experience with monarchs and bluebirds.
Wildlife Habitat Education Program Competition
We are re-introducing the Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) to Maryland. Unfortunately, this year’s competition will not be a qualifier for the National competition. WHEP is a really fun, hands-on competition. The Clover test will closely resemble trick-or-treating – answer a question, get a prize. The Junior thru Senior test will be progressively harder but everyone should do well on all levels just by participating in Earth Festival activities. If you would like to study for the test, more information can be found here – https://4hgoes.wordpress.com/whep-contest/