University of Wyoming Extension News

Niobrara County 4-H leader recognized for 31 years of service

Donna Hanson teaches a 4-H'er a sewing technique.

Donna Hanson teaches a 4-H’er a sewing technique.

This long-time 4-H fabric and fashion leader may have had the Western Region Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award sewn up for several years.

Donna Hanson of Niobrara County has passed a love of sewing and quilting to innumerable 4-H members, said Denise Smith, University of Wyoming Extension 4-H and nutrition and food safety educator in the county.

The 2014 Regional 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Program annually selects an outstanding lifetime volunteer. The review team selected eight regional winners.

Hanson says the award was a surprise.

“My main goal is to help members learn how to sew and gain a lifelong skill,” she said, “Girls who I have worked with have gone on to receive their master’s degree in apparel and become 4-H sewing leaders themselves.”

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4-H educator begins June 30 in Sheridan County

Elizabeth Schaffer

Elizabeth Shaffer

Elizabeth “Liz” Shaffer will begin as the University of Wyoming Extension 4-H educator in Sheridan County Monday, June 30.

Shaffer received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology in May from the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She is 10-year 4-H alumnus from Sublette County and served two summers as an intern in her home county and one summer working in the State 4-H Office in the college.

“Her experience and passion for the 4-H program will be a great addition to the Sheridan County extension team,” said Duane Williams, UW Extension associate director.

Cheatgrass management, bacteria treatment area study part of Torrington workshop


Caleb Carter

Caleb Carter

Cheatgrass biology, management and research updates are part of the cheatgrass management workshop and field tour Wednesday, June 11, hosted by the Goshen County office of University of Wyoming Extension.

            Presentations are in the morning and field tours are in the afternoon. Registration is $30 per person and includes lunch, transportation for the field tours and a copy of the new cheatgrass management handbook.

            Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Rendezvous Center at the Goshen County Fairgrounds. Presentations start at 9 covering biology and management, the Wyoming cheatgrass distribution and prioritization project, preventing cheatgrass in reclamation seed mixes and a new, suppressive bacterial application. Field stops include a targeted grazing trial at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle and an aerial application site north of Torrington on which thebacteria treatment was applied this spring.

            For more information and to register, go to contact Goshen County extension educator Caleb Carter at 307-532-2436.


4-H educator begins May 27 in Natrona County

A 4-H educator is joining the Natrona County office of University of Wyoming Extension.

Joddee Jacobsen of Casper begins Tuesday, May 27.

She was formerly the program coordinator of the Cowboy Ethics Character Education Program for the Boys & Girls Club of CentralWyoming and Wyoming Youth Initiative.

“We are excited to have Joddee join the UWE team,” said Duane Williams, associate director of UW Extension. “Her experience and networking in Casper will be a great addition to our youth development efforts.”

Jacobsen grew up on a farm in southeast Idaho and participated in the 4-H program. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary history from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, and a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

4-H Adventure Camp brings ages 8-13 to outdoors in Converse County

Converse County 4-H will host adventure enthusiasts ages 8-13 near Esterbrook at the Wyoming Wilderness Camp June 9-11.

Ashely Garrelts

Ashley Garrelts

Those attending Adventure Camp will experience hiking trails, lure making and fishing, plant identification, wildlife tracking, a ropes course and more. Converse County UW Extension educator Ashley Garrelts said a variety of activities offer something for everyone.

“We hope the kids who participate in this event will not only have fun but also learn something about the many natural resources and natural resource careers available for them to explore,” said Garrelts. “If each participant makes a new friend and learns one thing about Wyoming’s forests, wildlife, native plants or natural resource careers, we have done what we set out to do.”

Registration is $100 before May 15 and $120 after. Operation Military Kids will cover registration costs for children from military families.

For more information about registration or to become a junior counselor or chaperone for this camp, contact Garrelts at 307-358-2417.