The Granite State Division of the Society of American Foresters is exploring a partnership with New Hampshire 4-H—seeking feedback and determining interest. Whether you are an SAF member or not, we are seeking foresters who are interested in learning more about engaging young people in understanding and caring for forests and forestry. Part of the project will include training and support by 4-H professionals. Right now we are asking for a preliminary indicator of your interest. We are trying to understand where we have interested foresters so we can connect them with interested youth.
To learn more, read this message from Kate Guerdat, 4H Youth Development Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-862-4544.
Volunteering with 4-H comes in many different shapes. From short-term opportunities such as judging youth projects to facilitating a hands-on learning experience in specific content areas. As a content specialist in forestry, we have a number of ways you to become involved in New Hampshire 4-H.
1) Episodic Volunteer (shortest time commitment)
Each year we have county- and state-level events where your expertise could truly benefit our 4-H youth and families. From judging at our presentation and demonstration competitions to being part of a larger 4-H sponsored day where you might be asked to give a 45-minute talk and activity within a larger program, for example at a conservation field days at schools. There are a number of ways to get you involved in 4-H as well as help our 4-Hers learn more about your area of expertise. These types of opportunities can change between counties and by season.
2) Lead a SPIN Workshop or School Enrichment Experience (short term commitment)
SPIN workshops and School Enrichment experiences are topic-specific learning experiences in which youth and sometimes their families come together to learn about a topic as well as a little more about 4-H. Opportunities are offered in formal (school enrichment) and non-formal educational settings (SPIN Workshops). We use these learning experiences to 1) teach content and build skills, 2) spark interest in content areas that youth might not have familiarity with, and 3) provided a positive environment for youth and their families to engage in the community. In terms of forestry, our program coordinators in the county will work with you on designing a 6 to 8-hour learning experience in a topic of interest (such as tree identification, forest ecology, etc). The local coordinator would help market the program, secure a location, manage registration, and help infuse the 4-H culture. As the facilitator of the learning experience and subject matter expert, you choose the curriculum (we can help connect you with some if needed).
3) Become a 4-H Leader (longer term commitment)
If you are looking for a way to engage with community youth in a more in-depth learning experience, consider becoming a club leader in which you would work with 5 or more youth, once a month on learning about some area of forestry. The club leader experience is a larger time commitment but has some amazing long-term impacts on youth. If interested in this possibility, we will connect you with the county 4-H coordinator.
As we look to expand our reach and grow leaders of tomorrow in a variety of areas (4-H Forestry Youth Leaders), we would love tohave you join us in our 4-H classrooms, advocating for and educating New Hampshire youth. Please let me know if any of the above opportunities sound appealing and we can speak further.
Kate Guerdat, email@example.com, 603-862-4544