The Cool Clover - Ouachita Parish 4-H Newsletter, March 2024

4-H Calendar


4 Farm Animals entries due - 15
Robotics Club - 21
Photography Club - 25
Robotic Camp - 25-28
Learning Garden Spring Workday - 26
Jr. Leaders March Madness - 28


Golden Clover/Emerald Achievement apps due - 1
Recycled Art entries due - 1-5
LA State Food Challenge - 3
Parish Photos due - 9
Beef Posters due - 10
Dairy Billboards due - 10
Awards Day - 12
Robotics Club - 18
NELA Children’s Museum Farm Day - 20
Summer camp deposits due - 26
Riverfest/Live Duck Race - 27


4-H Pet Show - 4
4-H University deadline - 18

4-H U "Channel Your Leadership"

2024 4-H University logo.“Channel Your Leadership”: Call (318) 323-2251 to preregister. Spots are limited. There is a $50 deposit & registration form due to hold a spot. The deadline is May 18. 4-H University is scheduled for June 17-21. Cost is approximately $250. Scholarships & fundraisers are available. Each year 4-H members who are in the 8th-12th grade as of August 1, 2023, are eligible to participate in 4-H University to demonstrate their skills in more than 30+ competitive events. It is a culmination of a 4-H member’s year of hard work & dedication. Events range from Demonstrations, Automotive Care, Fishing Sports, Public Speaking, Fashion Revue, & more! Through competing, youth demonstrate life skills in teamwork, decision-making, problem-solving, resiliency, & many more. Each competitive event allows youth an opportunity for personal growth, skill mastery, & other life skills vital to functioning members of society. 4-H University participants also have the opportunity to participate in Clover College. The purpose of Clover College is to provide youth with an in-depth, hands-on learning opportunity focused on a specific topic of interest with a strong emphasis on college & career connection. Clover College is designed for youth participants (ages 13-18) to gain insight on potential college & career interests & opportunities. Also youth are encouraged to take the Clover College experience back to their local parish program by sharing, & potentially implementing, what they learned in an effort to address a critical need related to the topic.

Awards Day!

Awards Day QR code.

Mark your Calendars! End-of-the-Year Awards Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., April 12, 2024 at Kiroli Park. 4-Her’s, Leaders, Volunteers & Parents are invited to attend a fun & exciting day!!

  • Pre-registration thru QR Code is due April 1. Youth in school clubs will be registered by their club leader as a group if their school club will be attending. Members-At-Large may sign up directly thru the QR Code or link:
  • Registration will be from 9-9:20 a.m.
  • Activities will begin shortly after registration
  • We should wrap up around 2 p.m.
  • 4-H will pay for admission to the park
  • 4-H will provide 4-hers & volunteers with one drink during lunchtime
  • Kona Ice will be there during lunchtime with snow cones! Prices are $3 for Kiddie (9 oz.) or $4 for Klassic (12 oz.)
  • Leaders… Don’t forget to plan your transportation to & from the park
  • Leaders …Don’t forget to bring sack lunches & a drink for each student (some schools set this up with their school cafeterias)

Don't forget to bring a towel or blanket & water bottle! We will be having lunch “picnic style”!! We are looking forward to a great time!

Camp Grant Walker 4-H Summer Camp

2024 Summer Camp logo.“Packed Full of Fun, Friends, & Memories!” It’s time to begin making your plans to attend 4-H Summer Camp! This year our camp week is July 1-4, 2024 (Camp Week 6). To attend, you must be in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade AND be enrolled in Ouachita 4-H. Some of the activities you can do at camp are swimming, canoeing/kayaking, archery, tubing, arts & crafts…a GREAT WAY to spend a week in the summer! The $50 nonrefundable deposit (cash only!) is due by Friday April 26. The total camp fee, $250 (cash only!), is due by Friday, May 31. See details on our webpage: Scroll down to click “4-H Youth Development”, click “Camps”; click “Summer Camp 2024”!

Contact Information

LSU AgCenter logo.

Ouachita Parish 4-H
704 Cypress Street, West Monroe, LA 71291
(318) 323-2251

Bethany Corona, 4-H Agent

Tara Garlington, 4-H Agent

Visit our website:

Matt Lee, LSU Vice President for Agriculture
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center; Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station;
Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service; LSU College of Agriculture

The LSU AgCenter and LSU provide equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Don't Forget!!!!!

4 Farm Animals for 4-H Poster Contest entries due to the Ouachita 4-H office March 15. Details in February newsletter. Recycled Art Contest entries are to be dropped off at the Ouachita 4-H Office from April 1-5. Details in February newsletter. Louisiana State Food Challenge is to be held April 3 at the State Evacuation Center in Alexandria. Details in February newsletter. Beef Poster Contest entries & Draw-A Dairy Billboard Contest entries due to the Ouachita 4-H office April 10. Details in December newsletter. 4-H Records Books for grades 4-12, entries due to the Ouachita 4-H office June 17. Details in February newsletter.

Facebook Page

Be sure to like our Facebook page: Ouachita 4-H

February & March are Demonstration Months

February & March Are Demonstration Months for all 4-H Clubs – Elementary, Middle, & High School! A demonstration should consist of an introduction, procedure, & summary. Don’t forget your visual aid. Most importantly, practice your demonstration! 4-H’ers may present demonstrations during their February & March club meetings. Click the following link “How to Demonstrate the 4-H Way”. Parish Contest: 1st Place winner will receive $30, 2nd Place winner $20, & 3rd Place winner $10.

Giant Watermelon Competition

Can you grow the largest watermelon? Compete with other Ouachita 4-H members for awards. Registration deadline is March 8, 2024. Seed & packet pick-up will be March 11-15. Ouachita Parish competition weigh-in will be Friday, July 16 & Watermelon Festival weigh-in will be Saturday, July 27. Register at (318) 323-2251 or 704 Cypress Street in West Monroe to receive seeds & grower’s packet (seeds must come from our office).

Learning Garden Spring Workday

Join us Tuesday, March 26, 10 am – 12 pm at 517 Marion Street in Monroe as we work in the raised garden beds & try a healthy snack! The Learning Garden aims to create a vibrant environment where students can directly experience the joys & benefits of growing their own food, while also gaining insights into the broader concepts of agriculture, nutrition, & environmental stewardship. The garden provides a space where students from elementary, middle, & high school levels can engage in experiential learning that transcends the confines of traditional classrooms.

NELA Children's Museum Farm Day

Come see bunnies, goats, & chickens on display in the 4-H section of Farm Day, April 20, 10 am – 12 pm at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum, located at 323 Walnut Street in Monroe!

Ouachita 4-H Jr. Leaders March Madness

7th-12th graders, join us for our March Meeting to kick off our parish wide pasta war, discuss 4-H University plans, & compete in East Minute to Win It Madness. Gain community service hours for helping! Bring a friend! We will meet Thursday, March 28, 10 am – 12 pm at 704 Cypress Street in West Monroe.

Ouachita Parish Photography Contest

“Ouachita in Bloom”

  • Entries are due to the 4-H office by April 9, 2024
  • Open to all 4-H members
  • Photos must include some type of bloom in Ouachita Parish
  • Photos may also include people & other subjects, but the focal point must be on the blooms
  • 8x10 mounted photo (black & white or color) must be mounted on 10x12 black mount board
  • One entry per contestant
  • Add a one-line caption below the photo
  • Label with name, grade, & school name on the back of the mounting board
  • Photos must be taken by the exhibitor during 2023 or 2024
  • Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners!
  • Questions: contact Tara Garlington at 323-2251

Ouachita Riverfest Livestock Lane and Live Duck Race

Make plans to visit the Ouachita 4-H Livestock Lane at Riverfest, April 27, 12-5 pm in downtown West Monroe! While you’re there, catch a live duck race, where 4-H members will race the Indian Runner Ducks they raised every 30 minutes from 12-5! The livestock show team will be selling Lucky Ducks with clovers to raise money at the duck race. Each lucky duck comes with 2 tickets to place in the bucket of the duck you think will win the race. At the end of each race door prize winners will be drawn from the bucket of the winning duck.

Pet Show

Pet Show QR code.Save the date! Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the West Monroe Tractor Supply Parking Lot on Mane Street! The 4-H Pet Show is open to all 4-H’ers. Pre-registration is due by April 19 by using the QR code or link: Registration begins at 9:30 am; contest begins at 10 am. Categories: Best Dressed, Best Groomed, Best Trick, Cutest, & Most Unusual. 4-H’ers may enter all categories, but they may not enter 2 animals in the same category. Prizes will be given to 1st Place Winners in each category. We will be collecting dog food, treats, & supplies to donate to a local animal shelter. If you would like to participate, please bring your donation of canned dog food, bleach, blue Dawn dish washing liquid, old blankets or towels, Milk Bone dog biscuits, braided rope, tennis balls or chew toys to the Pet Show. Please do not bring rawhide chews or dry dog food.

Photography Club

The March Photography Club meeting will be held 4:15-5:45 p.m., March 25, at Kiroli Park in West Monroe. We will meet at the front entrance of the park. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 323-2251.

Robotics Club

4th-12th graders, join our afterschool Robotics Club using the LEGO Spike Prime System! Learn coding, engineering, & compete with other teams! Held at all 3 East Ouachita Recreation Centers! Parent & youth must sign waiver upon arrival. Meeting time of 4:00-4:45 pm at LSU AgCenter, 704 Cypress Street, West Monroe on the following dates: March 21 & April 18. Program powered by Drax & provided by Ouachita 4-H & East Ouachita Recreation Department. Email questions to

Spring Break Robotic Camp

Calling all 4th-12th graders, come join our Spring Break Robotic Camp! At this camp, you will learn coding, engineering, & compete with other teams using the Lego Spike Prime System. Robotic Camp is scheduled for March 25-28, 1-4 pm at the 4-H office. Call (318) 323-2251 to sign up!

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