The Faulkner County 4-H Program will be conducting an Open House event on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Faulkner County Natural Resource Center in Conway. The 4-H Open House will provide an opportunity for current and interested members and volunteers to learn about the 4-H Program, county 4-H club opportunities, along with county, state, and national educational opportunities.

"The 4-H mission is to provide opportunities for youth to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, form attitudes, and practice behavior that will enable them to become self directing, productive, and contributing members of society," said Leigh Helms, Faulkner County Extension 4-H Agent.

4-H membership and project work provide opportunities for youth to serve in leadership and community service roles, compete in competitive activities, attend camps, and earn educational scholarships. Youth develop these important life skills through participation and project management in at least one of 150 plus educational, project areas.

"Many people may think 4-H is only cows, plows, and cooking, but there are many unique opportunities available through 4-H," she said. "Projects range from gardening, consumer economics, robotics, animal science, leadership, and environmental stewardship — just to name a few areas."

4-H members do not have to live on a farm or have animals to be a member. The 4-H Program is open to all youth between the ages of 5 and 19 without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, or any other legally protected status. There are no membership fees and new members may join through the 4-H year, which runs from Oct. 1 – Sept. 30. Returning 4-H members must reenroll between Oct. 1 and Feb. 1.

"The 4-H Open House will be a great opportunity to learn more about the 4-H program," she said. "All current and potential 4-H members and interested adult volunteers are encouraged to attend. Everyone is certain to find something to meet their interest."

"The kids have fun at 4-H activities and meetings and the parents like 4-H because it teaches responsibility, organization, and leadership," Helms said.

The following is a current list of Faulkner County 4-H clubs, along with the community in which they meet:

• Cadron Creek 4-H Club in the Enola Community

• Champions 4-H Club in the Guy community

• Cloverbytes 4-H Technology Club in Conway

• Cloverleaf 4-H Club in the Greenbrier community

• Conway Lucky Charms 4-H Club in Conway

• Conway Clovers 4-H Club in Conway

• Panther 4-H Club in Wooster

• Faulkner County 4-H Dream Team in the Needs Creek Community

• Faulkner County 4-H Livestock Club in the Wooster community

• Faulkner County 4-H Rabbit Club (meeting location varies depending upon scheduled program)

• Faulkner County 4-H Shooting Sports Club (meeting and practice locations vary according to schedule)

• Guy Small Town 4-H Club in the Guy community

• Hooves, Spurs, and Furs 4-H Show Team in the Vilonia community

• Lollie Bottom 4-H Riders Club in the Mayflower/Lollie community

• Mayflower 4-H Show Team in the Mayflower community

• Saltillo Heights 4-H Club in the Saltillo community

• Shamrock Horseshoes 4-H Club in the Conway community

• Vilonia 4-H Club in the Vilonia community

For more information about the 4-H Program, volunteer opportunities, club membership and program benefits, contact the Faulkner County Cooperative Extension at 501-329-8344 or lhelms@uaex.edu.