Tuesday, January 23, 2018

AIRE (Application, Resume, Interview & Essay)

Option 1: Youth participate in this program by completing the AIRE program portfolio (online PDF) and submit it for review by our AIRE judges. All participants submitting an AIRE portfolio will be invited to participate in either the competitive portfolio review (open to youth ages 14-18) or in the non-competitive portfolio review (open to youth ages 11-13), which takes place annually during NC 4-H Congress. Youth participating in the competitive AIRE review process are eligible to be selected to attend national events such as National Congress, National Conference, and International Leadership Conference.
Option 2: Youth participate in this program by completing the AIRE program portfolio (online PDF) as self-study and/or as part of their local 4-H program. Option 2: Does not require the participant to submit their AIRE portfolio for review.
*Youth participants selecting Option 1: Are required to submit their AIRE portfolio to their local 4-H agent prior to the state submission deadline of May 15, 2018. Please contact your local 4-H agent for your county submission deadline.

2018 AIRE Materials

AIRE Interviews will take place on the Monday of NC 4-H Congress (July 23, 2018).

Friday, January 5, 2018

January 2018 Clover News

The January Alleghany 4-H Clover News is now available online.

Be sure to check it out, so you don't miss any of the exciting opportunities that are coming up!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Astronomy Wonders

WHO:  Ages 8+ (5-8 with a parent/guardian)
WHEN:  Saturday - January 20 - 6pm - 10 pm (we will leave the County Office Building @ 5:15 pm)
WHERE:  Fisher River Park - Dobson

We have been invited to join the Piedmont Astronomy Club from Statesville, NC and Surry 4-H on Saturday, January 20th at Fisher River Park in Dobson from 6 pm-10 pm to view the moon and many other celestial wonders of the night sky. This event is FREEand families are welcome. Hot chocolate will be provided. Come prepared with a warm blanket (if you choose). 

Please register @ the link:

Open to youth ages 8+ (5-8 with a parent/guardian present). Snowdate - February 24.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Part-time Extension Support Staff

Part-time Extension Support Staff

Just for clarification the work schedule is 8 am - 3 pm, Monday - Thursday (max 24 hours per week).  We ask that applicants be flexible in their scheduling to help maintain office coverage.

Please contact the office with any questions.

Applicants MUST apply through the NC State University system at the link above.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November Clover News

The November Alleghany 4-H Clover News is now available online.  

Be sure to check it out so you don't miss any of the exciting opportunities that are coming up!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Citizen Science Project

Do you grow cruciferous vegetables? Kale, radish, collard greens, bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels’ sprouts, kohlrabi, etc.? Well then we need your help to learn about the organisms that eat them, as well as those that protect them. There are two ways you can help.

One way is by catching cabbage white butterflies (Pieris rapae) in your garden or anywhere you see them. This butterfly is actually not native to North America. It recently (~150 yrs ago) invaded many parts of the world and is now one of the most successful and abundant butterflies on the planet! Oh yes, it and has a ravenous appetite for crucifers. We will use DNA from butterflies you collect, along with those from all over the world to learn how this butterfly adapts to changes in its environment.  Grab a butterfly net and get started here! 

The second way to participate is to help find parasitoids in your garden. What is a parasitoid? They are usually flies or wasps that hunt the herbivores in your garden. There are two ways to find them. Collect pupae you find in your garden, place them in a cup and see what emerges. This is really fun as you never know what will come out! The other is to put out sticky traps that the parasitoids will get stuck on (and other garden pests such as aphids). This will help us learn more about these often unsung heroes of your garden—where they live and who they eat =)
Find out more about the project and how you can get some sticky traps sent to you here.

You can also contact the director of both projects with any questions you have: Dr. Sean Ryan

Friday, October 6, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

State 4-H Council Conference

What:  State 4-H Council Conference
When:  November 4-5
Who:  Youth ages 13-18
Where:  Jane S. McKimmon Center - Raleigh
Cost:  $150 per person (scholarships may be available)

It is almost time for the 2017 State 4-H Council Conference! The dates of the conference are November 4-5 and it will be held at the Jane S. McKimmon Center in Raleigh. State Council Conference is for youth ages 13 - 18. We are planning exciting workshops and speakers for the event. Our State 4-H Council this year has selected “Dream Big” as the State Council theme for the year and all of the workshops offered will help delegates to Dream Big! We will have a variety of workshops at this year’s conference including Ambassador workshops and State Council workshops all focused around our conference theme.

The conference will officially begin with lunch on Saturday at 12 Noon.

Registration is due no later than October 6th. Cost of the event will be $150 per person (scholarships may be available)  To register you must contact the Extension Office @ 336-372-5597

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Barter Theatre / Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem

Join us on Tuesday, October 24th (Alleghany Co. schools teacher workday) as we travel to Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia to see the exciting and supsenseful play Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem

It’s Queen Victoria’s 50th year on the British Throne and Annie Oakley is the toast of London with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Extravaganza. Join the chase full of mystery, suspense, deceit and brilliant deductions as Victorian England is smashed together with the Wild West in a case that only Sherlock Holmes can unravel.

We will also participate in a "talk-back" session with some of the actors from the performance. 

Open to youth 8 years old and older.  $20 per person with transportation, lunch and snack included. Spaces are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today by calling 336-372-5597!  We will meet in the parking lot of the County Office Building at 8 am and plan to return by 5 pm.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Come be a part of the 4th of July Parade

The Sparta parade is on July 1st and the theme is Farm to Table.  The parade will be on Saturday, July 1 and the Sparta Revitalization Committee is hoping that anyone interested will participate by bringing their tractors,  animals, trees, or whatever they would like to "parade" that day. 

Floats meet at NAPCO parking lot. Walkers and animals meet at parking lot beside auditorium on Charles Street. Cars meet in front of SES.  If you plan to participate please register ahead of time at SRC/Chamber office 336-372-5473 and ask for Sarah.