Children's International Photography Contest Focuses Worldwide Lens on Biodiversity
--Submitted by Kevin Wright
Youngsters around the world are invited to enter the "See the Bigger Picture" photography contest by submitting images illustrating plants, animals or anything else that captures biodiversity to www.seethebiggerpicture.org. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., and will meet with renowned photojournalist Joel Sartore, a contest judge. Entries must be received by September 8, 2009.
"See the Bigger Picture" is a joint project of Airbus, National Geographic and the Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity in support of "The Green Wave" — an outreach program that promotes the goals of the United Nations biodiversity treaty and that will contribute to the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010. As part of "The Green Wave" project, children and youth in schools worldwide plant a local tree species on May 22 each year, uniting to send a "green wave" across time zones from east to west.
The organizers hope the "See the Bigger Picture" contest will encourage children around the globe to snap and submit a photograph illustrating biodiversity in their community or from their travels and help to create the world's largest biodiversity outreach program.
Sartore, one of National Geographic's best wildlife photographers, suggests a few photo tips to get the perfect shot.
- Shoot early in the morning or late in the day for the best light. This is also when many kinds of animals are at their most active and interesting.
- Work all the angles; walk around your subject 360 degrees to find the best background, then also go from a bird's eye view (up high) to a worm's eye view (low to the ground) to get photos that are fresh and unexpected.
- Study your subjects, and have patience. While nature can be unpredictable, some animals have routines just like people. Spending a little time observing what your subjects do and when they do it can pay off with much better photos.
- You don't have to travel around the world to view and photograph wildlife. The variety of animals in your own back yard — from insects to birds to amphibians — may surprise you.
"See the Bigger Picture" contest rules can be found on www.seethebiggerpicture.org as well as in the July and August issues of
National Geographic magazine and in the June/July and August issues of National Geographic Kids magazine. In the United States the contest is open to kids ages 6-14, and internationally to kids ages 6-16.
National 4-H Camping Institute - call for proposals extended
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
Proposal submission deadline has been extended until Friday, September 18, 2009.
Please spread the word about this GREAT professional development opportunity to be selected to present in a nationally peer reviewed forum!
National 4-H Camping Institute in Oregon March 16-20, 2010 - the call for proposals for workshops and posters is on line now at: http://oregon.4h.oregonstate.edu/national-camping-institute-2010-march-1620. There will be nationally peer reviewed for scholarship by members of the NAE4-HA Camping and Environmental Education task force. We want to see your best large group games, your best counselor training ideas, your best ideas on preventing homesickness- anything that will help the frontline camp practitioner!
Nationally known author, teambuilding guru and 10 year 4-Her Jim Cain will present a pre-conference workshop "One Perfect Day of Team Work and TeamPlay" and lead sessions during the conference.
Scott VanderWey, Director of 4-H Adventure Education from Washington State University Extension will present a pre-conference workshop "Building Successful Learning Communities". This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to experience best practices of the experiential learning model, learn the latest research, understand the theory behind it, and walk away with a new set of tools to use in camp, classrooms, afterschool programs or clubs.
We are in the process of planning tours to locations such as Fort Clatsop- the home of the Lewis and Clark expedition when they wintered in Oregon, the Oregon Coast with OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Columbia Gorge and Multnomah Falls and many others. Keep watching our web site for the latest details.
The Information and Registration packet will be posted on the website in July. The early bird deadline is December 18, 2009 - with housing assigned on a first registered- first served basis - so don't delay if you want that cushy cottage housing assignment!
Direct questions to Virginia Bourdeau at: email@example.com.
Fountain of Youth Facts - May 2009
--Submitted by Mary Katherine Deen
It is a monthly list of statistics that provides a different and hopefully thought provoking profile of today's youth. It is produced by the UC Davis 4-H Center for Youth Development and the California Communities Program. We strongly encourage you to submit facts that may be interesting, informative, and provocative items related to youth. Please make sure and include your source with your submission. Email submissions to Carrie Matthews at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
21st Century Youth Conservation Corps
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
Secretary Salazar, Joined by White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Lays Groundwork for 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps
Joined by Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett and several hundred schoolchildren on the National Mall, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today signed a Secretarial Order establishing an Office of Youth in Natural Resources at the Department of the Interior.
"President Obama and I believe that during tough economic times, a new national youth program is needed to provide jobs, outdoor experiences and career opportunities for young people -especially women, minorities, tribal and other underserved youth," Salazar said.
Jarrett, who chairs the White House Council on Women and Girls, joined the Secretary to emphasize the President's commitment to the Department of the Interior's new youth program. "This program will be a great boost to the Administration's efforts to provide jobs and opportunities for young men and women. Providing career paths in natural resources will be particularly helpful to women, who are under-represented in the sciences. That is exactly the reason that President Obama created the White House Council on Women and Girls-he wanted all government agencies to help give young women the opportunities that their mothers and grandmothers could not even envision."
The Office of Youth in Natural Resources will coordinate present and future youth initiatives, the signature program of which will be a 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps. The corps will be modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps that provided 3 million men with jobs in the 1930s. By comparison, the 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps will include women as well as men and strive for greater diversity.
"The program will engage thousands of young men and women in all states and territories, from diverse backgrounds, including tribal and underserved populations and those who have little opportunity to experience the outdoors," Salazar said
The Secretary said that the Interior Department expects the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to result in the employment of an additional 5,000 young people by this summer. Many thousands of additional young people will be engaged in outdoor programs in the coming months through stimulus funds, increased appropriations, new youth programs and expansion of existing programs.
Secretary Salazar also lauded Robert Stanton, the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Management and Budget, who will oversee the Office of Youth in Natural Resources. Stanton previously was a career professional who rose to serve Director of the National Park Service during the second half of the Clinton Administration.
Three career jobs to staff the new office already are being listed on USAJOBS.gov. To assist Stanton and the office director, the order also establishes a Youth Conservation Coordinating Council, consisting of a senior representative designated by the head of each participating bureau and office.
Salazar said the jobs are urgently needed because young people are unemployed at high rates. Last summer, 3 million young people were unemployed and the youth unemployment rate in July 2008 was 13.5%, the highest it has been for July since 1992. Youth unemployment disproportionately affects minorities. In addition, women are underrepresented in jobs such as park ranger and civil engineer at the Department. It is hoped the youth initiatives will provide career pathways for employment in natural resources.
"Jobs are not the only reason for such a program," Salazar said. "When President Franklin Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression, he said, 'More important than material gains will be the moral and spiritual value of such work.'"
New USDA Chief Scientist Speaks at 4-H Ag Science Summit
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
In his first public remarks since being confirmed last week, Dr. Rajiv Shah, the Under Secretary of Research, Education and Economics (REE) and Chief Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, presented the keynote address during the Generation: Ag summit in St. Louis on Wednesday. Dr. Shah spoke about the importance of science to the future of America's food and agriculture system—and the critical role that 4-H is playing in attracting a new generation of thinkers and innovators to the field.
Hosted by National 4-H Council, Monsanto and DuPont, the summit gathered more than 150 agriculture industry leaders from around the nation to the Danforth Plant Science Center for a discussion about the development of America's future Ag science workforce. Two panels—which included several National 4-H Council Trustees, Fred Cholick, the Ag Dean and Director of Research and Extension at Kansas State, as well as 4-H youth—spoke to the importance of science and technology in the agri-business marketplace, as well as strategies for engaging today's youth in ways that spark a passion for the agricultural sciences.
In addition, Dr. Bob Horton from The Ohio State University unveiled a new 4-H Ag Science online learning system to potential sponsors. The event has created a great amount of buzz about 4-H in the Ag Community—and a number of Ag media outlets were in attendance, including two large rural radio systems doing interviews, one live feed, RFD-TV, and numerous print and online outlets.
It was terrific to have 4-H in such a key spot, bringing together so many important voices on such an important topic to us all, and an honor to have a transformational leader like Dr. Shah with us. He is very excited about 4-H and interested in learning more—I am sure he will be a great supporter as we move forward.
Just a Reminder!
When you have new Extension staff that will be working in some capacity with 4-H, please let Nancy in the State 4-H Office know. They will be added to mailing lists, added to the 4-H Talk list serve, sent a 4-H Welcome Packet, and be assigned a state 4-H staff person as a point of contact, as appropriate. 4-H News is sent via the 4-H Talk list serve each week. Archived copies of previous weeks “Tuesday 4-H News” are available on the 4-H web site: http://4h.wsu.edu/. Please send submissions by Friday of each week to Tiffany Boswell, State 4-H Office, email@example.com. Detailed event information and registrations forms can be found on the 4-H web site.