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This project uses instructional materials that deal with young children at different ages (i.e., infants, toddlers, pre-school) and baby-sitting. Characteristics of various ages are studied and followed by observations and interactive ativities through active participation. In Child Development you will have fun and elarn about young children and their play. You will learn how children grow, learn, and play. These skills can help you be a good baby-sitter, or someday be a good parent.
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There are eight Arts & Crafts categories available to exhibit. Each category has its own set of guidelines that must be met in order to exhibit a complete project.
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In the corn project, 4-H'ers will learn about the amazing corn plant and how it owrks, the pests whtat attack corn, and the many uses of corn.They will also learn about important safety practices when growing, harvesting, and storing corn. In the advanced levels you will learn about hybrid corn, the types and sources of nutrients for corn, soil erosion, producing and comparing hybrids, and planting and growing corn crops.
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There are more kinds of insects in the world than all other organisms combined. They live on the earth's surface, in the soil, and in water. Insects live in deserts, rain forests, hot springs, snow fields, and dark caves. This project will help you study insect and their relationship with people. You can also learn how to collect, preserve, and identify insects. Create an exhibit that shows the public what you learned in the entomology project this year!
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In the Food Preservation project, the 4-H'er will learn how to preserve foods by cannong and/or freezing.
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The forestry project will help you to learn how to identify trees, uses of trees, the benefits of trees, and the importance of our woodlands. A knowledge of trees and woodland management leads to a greater enjoyment of the outdoors. An understanding of tree characteristics will allow future landowners to choose the best varietie for urban or rural benefits that include cooling, wildlife habitat, and reducing erosion and other types of pollution.
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The interested 4-H member will learn how to select the proper size box, paper, trim and decorations for a gift. They will also learn the importanc eof the overall appearance of a package. This is a county only project.

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