Garfield County participants celebrate National 4-H Week |

Garfield County participants celebrate National 4-H Week

More than 6 million young people across the country today will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October.

Garfield County 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate what the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights the 4-H participants who each day work to a make a positive impact on their community.

The Garfield County 4-H program will be celebrating National 4-H Week by holding two informational sessions in Garfield County. The first 4-H Informational Session will take place today at 6 p.m. in the Rifle Library Community Room on the second floor. The second 4-H Informational Session will take place on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Carbondale Library Community Room.

Research has shown that participation in 4-H has a positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:

• Nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities,

• Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors, and

• Two times more likely to engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.

In Garfield County, more than 279 members and more than 200 volunteers are involved in 4 H.

Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be on Wednesday. The 2013 National Science Experiment, 4-H Maps & Apps, will introduce youth to the importance of geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic positioning systems (GPS) as they design and map their ideal park, use mapping to solve community problems and contribute data to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) The National Map program as citizen scientists through The National Map Corps project.

For more information about 4-H National Youth Science Day, call the Garfield County Extension Office, 970-625-3969.

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