Thursday, April 27, 2017

Texas 4-H First Tee Golf Challenge

For entry form, please click here.

2nd Annual Christen Harris Lamb/Goat Showmanship Clinic

For entry form, please click here.

Lamb and goat sales

Posted for informational purposes only.  No Travis County 4-H endorsement is implied.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Maker U Workshops

Texas A&M University’s PK-12 Engineering Education Outreach office introduces Maker U—an interactive and innovative approach to professional development! Join us for hands-on lessons, activities, and projects custom tailored to transform a PK-12 teacher into a confident and prepared makerspace educator. Whether you’re new to the makerspace arena, thinking about creating your own innovative space, or are on the hunt for fresh new ideas—Maker U will help you achieve your goals.

Maker U is divided into multiple workshops in order to meet your specific campus needs. Please view the workshop descriptions below and visit our website for more information.

Registration is open to all PK-12 formal and informal educators. Space is limited, register today!

Maker Facilities
June 11 - 13, 2017
Prerequisites: None
Professional Development Hours: 20
Tuition: $150

Thinking about starting a makerspace in your classroom or at your school? Join us for Maker Facilities and let us help get your facility design started! This hands-on workshop will provide a basic understanding on how to safely and effectively use essential tools and machinery found within a K-12 makerspace. One-on-one assistance will be provided to ensure your facility design will meet your campus goals, initiatives, and budget.

Make it Print
June 14 - 16, 2017
Prerequisites: None
Professional Development Hours: 20
Tuition: $150

Make it Print will transform any content area educator into a confident and prepared teacher in the makerspace arena. Come explore how engineers document and utilize the engineering design process with hands-on lessons, activities and projects with solid modeling software, 3D printers, and laser cutters!

Make it Live
July 30 - August 3, 2017
Prerequisites: Make It Print or 3D printing experience
Professional Development Hours: 30
Tuition: $250

Know how to design and print, but don’t know where to go from there?  Join us for Make it Live and learn how to bring your stationary projects to life by incorporating gear trains, motors, and basic electronics.

Help 4-H Recognize Those Who Serve

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dream Big documentary film

Record Book Workshop - New Date!

The record book workshop has been rescheduled for Monday, May 15,  from 5:00-6:00 PM, at the Extension office (just before the May County Council meeting).

2017 National 4-H Forestry Invitational

The 2017 National 4-H Forestry Invitational will be held July 30 - August 3 at Jackson's Mill State 4-H Conference Center in Weston, WV! Texas has been invited to send a 4-H forestry team to compete, interact with youth from across the country, and have fun!

This is the Invitational’s 38th year. The competition is open to one team of three or four senior 4-H members. Individual 4-Hers representing Texas are welcome to attend if a full team is not available. Team selection is determined by each state. Since we do not have a state competition, we alert all counties and have counties contact us with teams who would be interested in participating.  Representation and participation is determined once interest has been indicated.

Learn More:
One way to find out more about the Invitational is to explore the web site. Check it out!
The Handbook and all of the training material necessary for a team to compete in the Invitational can be found there. There are also slide shows and photographs from past competitions. It is recommended that team members and coaches use this web site to prepare for the Invitational. It contains all the information needed to train for Invitational events. Leaders, coaches, and team members can download the Invitational Handbook and training reference materials from the site.

Cost of Attending:
Thanks to our sponsors ( ), the Invitational Committee will cover the cost of each state’s team members lodging and meal expenses for the duration of the event. Coaches, chaperones, and guests will have to cover this cost themselves. The 2017 per person cost is approximately $160 for the week. This includes all meals and lodging from Sunday evening through Thursday morning.

Invitational Events:
There are eight distinct sections to the Invitational competition:
Tree Identification
Topographic Map Interpretation
Forest Evaluation
Forestry Bowl
Tree Measurement
Forest Health
Compass and Pacing
Forestry Written Examination

Educational events are also provided along with the competition. Participants learn about related natural resource topics, forestry careers, and interact with experienced forestry specialists from many states and professional backgrounds.

If you have a team that would like to participate, let  Montza Williams 

( know by June 1, 2017.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 Travis County 4-H Achievement Banquet Award Forms

The forms for the 2017 Achievement Banquet have been posted to the Travis 4-H website.  Click here to access them.  These forms must be submitted online by Friday, June 30.

Wise County Open Youth Dog Show

To access the entry form, please click here.

State 4-H Round-Up Updates

A few things to note:

  • ·         Registration opens on 4-H CONNECT on May 1 at Noon. It will close at Midnight on May 16th.  There is NO LATE REGISTRATION period this year.
  • ·         *NEW* Youth Health Summit will be offered on Monday – Tuesday of Roundup
  • ·         There are several activities that have limited space such as the Vet Science Camp, Archery contest and workshop, Grilling Workshop, etc. So please encourage those families to register early.  Last year the Vet Science Camp filled up in 4 minutes at Midnight.  This year we have changed the registration open time to noon to better accommodate families.
  • ·         Assemblies will begin at 7:00 pm this year.  There will be some pre-assembly activities starting at 6:30 pm.
  • ·         Winner line-up will be at 6:00 pm and will include a light buffet for the award winners.  Prompt arrival is a must to allow for check-in and time to eat.
  • ·         This year’s kickoff event will be at the TAMU Rec Center.  Attendees will need to bring the signed “All-Nighter Participant Waiver and Hold Harmless Form” which is included in this packet or can be downloaded from the Roundup web-page.
  • ·         A tentative schedule has been included in the packet, but is subject to change.  The contest date will not change, but there may be adjustments made in respect to time/location.
  • ·         A tentative list of workshops has been included, but is subject to change.  We will finalize all workshops information prior to May 1st when the registration opens.
  • ·         A final schedule will be provided by email and posted on the Roundup webpage on June 2, 2017.
  • ·         The Texas 4-H App will serve as your guide to this year’s event. Limited paper copies of the schedule will be available at registration. 
  • ·         Onsite Roundup Community Service Project – “Plastic Mats for the Homeless”  We are in need of a lot of plastic bags such as grocery bags, food delivery bags, etc. Please encourage your families to bring them to Roundup or you may ship ahead of time to the State 4-H Office.
  • ·         Don’t forget to continue to support this year’s Texas 4-H Council Community Service Project by “Supporting your First Responders”. We are planning some recognition events during Roundup as well this year.  Report your activity to the Google Form at
  • ·         REMINDER Salute to Excellence Nominations are due to Dr. Locke on Sunday, April 9th.