4-H opportunities in Renovo

By KIRSTEN DUBBS

The 4-H Program ha been providing positive youth development opportunities to Clinton County residents for decades. But did you know that 4-H is now serving the Renovo area?

Penn State Extension in Clinton County has partnered with the Friends of Heritage Park in Renovo to offer not one, but two, 4-H clubs!

Both clubs are open to anyone of eligible age who wants to join, no matter where they reside–although the clubs are intended to provide opportunities for youth living in Renovo and surrounding areas.

The Renovo 4-H Community Club is open to youth who were between the ages of 8 and 18 on Jan. 1, 2019. The annual enrollment fee is $30, but no family will be turned away for an inability to pay. The Community Club meets at the Heritage Park office on Erie Avenue in Renovo. Current project areas for club youth include:

– Gardening–Members will start and grow vegetables and other edibles using community garden space generously donated by the Clinton County Commissioners. Community beautification service projects (planting ornamentals) are also planned.

– Environmental Science–Members will learn about forestry practices, local tree species, and experience the outdoors. Tree-planting service activities via a partnership with DCNR are in the works.

– Theatre Arts–Members will learn about and practice acting techniques and will stage a complete play using Heritage Park’s theatre space and stage technology!

Families interested in signing youth up for the Renovo 4-H Community Club should contact volunteer leader Mary George Rhone by calling 570-927-0117, or emailing mgrhone@comcast.net.

The Renovo 4-H Cloverbud Club is just for kids who were between the ages of 5 and 7 on Jan. 1, 2019. The $30 enrollment fee also applies to youth joining the Cloverbud group; but, as with the older age group, financial scholarships are available to families in need.

Cloverbuds socialize with their peers, play games, make crafts, enjoy a snack at each meeting, and have fun exploring topics ranging from the outdoors to diversity.

Families interested in joining the Renovo 4-H Cloverbud Club can contact volunteer leader Nicole DeMarte by calling 570-484-1251, or emailing nmspotts3260@gmail.com.

The 4-H Program in Clinton County offers a variety of clubs and groups serving all areas of the county. For more information about the 4-H Program, contact 4-H Educator Kirsten Dubbs at Penn State Extension in Clinton County by calling 570-726-0022, or emailing kdubbs@psu.edu.

Administered in Pennsylvania by Penn State Extension, 4-H is a non-formal educational youth-development program of the United States Department of Agriculture that helps young people develop knowledge and skills to become capable, caring and contributing citizens. To find your local program, visit the Penn State Extension website at https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h.

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Kirsten Dubbs is a 4-H and Youth Development Educator with Penn State Extension in Clinton County (phone

570-726-0022).

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