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

4-H Calendar


Recycled Art entries due.....1-5
LA State Food Challenge.....3
4 Farm Animals entries due.....8
Awards Day registration ends.....8
Ouachita in Bloom photos due.....9
Beef Posters due.....10
Dairy Billboards due.....10
4-H Awards Day.....12
Robotics Club.....18
NELA Children’s Museum Farm Day.....20
Learning Garden Workday.....25
Record Book Show N Tell.....25
Jr. Leaders Meeting.....25
Summer camp deposits due.....26
Riverfest/Live Duck Race.....27


4-H Pet Show.....4
4-H University deadline.....17
4-H Dance (4th & 5th graders).....23
Summer camp fees due.....31

4-H U "Channel Your Leadership"

4-H U logo.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 17. 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.

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., Friday, 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 8. 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:

Camp Grant Walker 4-H Summer Camp

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

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Jr. Leader Meeting

7th-12th graders, join us Thursday, April 25, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the 4-H office as we prepare “Warm Hugs” tie blankets to be assembled at RiverFest for Global Youth Service Day! We will be making plans for 4-H U as well! The 25th is also a garden workday from 4-5 pm, portfolio workshop from 5:15-6:15 pm, then Jr. Leaders from 6:30-8:00 pm. Make plans to attend all 3 if you’d like! Reach out if you need a ride!

Learning Garden Spring Workday

Raised bed garden & tools.Join us Thursday, April 25, 4-5 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, Saturday, April 20, 10 am – 12 pm at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum, located at 323 Walnut Street in Monroe!

Ouachita 4-H Dance

Ouachita 4-H Dance QR Code.4th & 5th graders, join us for a night of fun, Thursday, May 23, 6-9 pm at the West Monroe Civitan Club, 144 Aulds Rd., West Monroe. Admission is $10 & concessions will be $2 each. Come dressed as your favorite Disney character! Parents, please do not just drop your child off. A parent or guardian must come inside to sign youth in & give emergency information, phone number, who is picking them up, etc. Email with questions. Register with this link or QR code:

Ouachita 4-H Photography Contest "Ouachita In Bloom"

Blooming tree.Entries due to the 4-H office Tuesday, 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

Duck.Make plans to visit the Ouachita 4-H Livestock Lane at Riverfest, Saturday, 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 Friday, 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 treats, braided rope, tennis balls or chew toys to the Pet Show. Please do not bring rawhide chews or dry dog food.

Photography Club

Instead of a meeting for April, photography club members have the opportunity to assist at the Ouachita River Fest to be held Saturday, April 27, 12-5 pm in downtown West Monroe!! Shift details will be sent to photography club members via GroupMe & email. Questions: Contact Tara Garlington at 323-2251.

Record Book Show N Tell

Record Book Show N Tell QR Code.

Record keeping is an important part of every 4-H educational project, & it’s a critical skill that will help students for a lifetime. Many awards, educational trips, & college scholarships are given to club members on the basis of their records & project work. Records show your 4-H club work progress, such as leadership accomplishments, citizenship/community service involvement, awards, & recognition, etc.

Detailed Record Book information: The 4-H Member Record Book is posted to the LSU AgCenter website at the following link: 4h-portfolio . There is also a resource document on our webpage: 4-H Record Books . For grades 4-12, entries are due to the Ouachita 4-H office by Monday, June 17, 2024. Questions: contact the Ouachita 4-H office at (318) 323-2251. Join us at our Record Book "Show N Tell" Thursday, April 25, 5:15-6:15 pm in the 4-H Auditorium, to learn more! Register by link: or by scanning the QR code!


4 Farm Animals for 4-H Poster Contest entries due to the Ouachita 4-H office April 8 (deadline has been extended!). 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.

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: Thursday, April 18. Program powered by Drax & provided by Ouachita 4-H & East Ouachita Recreation Department. Email questions to

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