Welcome to Crow Wing County
Crow Wing County partners with Extension to deliver practical education and research you can use at home, at work and in your community. Extension faculty and staff live and work across the state, in regional and county offices, University campuses, and research and outreach centers.
4-H is an option for your family! 4-H is the nation's largest youth development program and is a terrific place for youth of all ages to gain life and leadership skills. 4-H is an out-of-school, hands-on learning program for all youth ages 5-19 (Kindergarten through 1 year post-high school graduation).
As a program of University of Minnesota Extension, 4-H's research-based curriculum and learn-by-doing approach, delivered by experienced youth development staff and more than 13,000 volunteers, helps kids develop essential, transferrable skills they'll use throughout their lives. So whether 4-H'ers are building robots, raising dairy cows or writing musical plays, they are learning the leadership, problem solving, decision making and communication skills they need to succeed. There are many ways to participate in 4-H!
Did you know that 4-H youth:
- Have better grades and are more emotionally engaged with school?
- Are more likely to see themselves going to college?
- Are more than twice as likely to be civically active and make contributions to their communities?
- Are 47% less likely to have risky or problem behaviors?
- Are less likely to experience depression?
- Are more likely to have features of positive youth development: competence, confidence, connection, character and caring!
Welcome to 4-H!
We are excited you are interested in Crow Wing County 4-H and getting involved! 4-H provides a positive learning experience for the whole family. Your 4-H year will be full of exciting opportunities such as meeting new people, participating in programs and activities along with learning about opportunities available to you in Crow Wing County, regionally, and across Minnesota.
We realize that joining 4-H can be overwhelming and hope this publication will help answer some basic questions for you and your family. We invite you to contact another family in your club, your club leader, or one of us at the Extension office at any time. Learn more or join.
Please note that meetings and times may change. Please contact the club leader or Extension staff to double-check before visiting. Also, check out the yearly calendar.
Volunteering with Crow Wing County 4-H
- Want to learn about volunteering with 4-H Youth Development?
- Visit volunteering with 4-H to learn more about how volunteers positively impact youth and community.
- Contact your 4-H Extension educator to learn about specific roles available in your community.
- Ready to become a screened Minnesota 4-H volunteer?
- Begin the application and screening process at apply to become a 4-H volunteer.
4-H clubs in Crow Wing County
4-H clubs provide a “home base” to get to know other youth, learn a variety of projects, do community service, and find out what other opportunities exist in Crow Wing County 4-H. Please contact club leaders or the Extension office for further assistance.
- Baxter Sandpipers Club meets at the Northland Arboretum on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
- Black Bear Club meets at the Nisswa Community Center on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 p.m.
- Cuyuna Range Miners Club meets at the Deerwood Auditorium on the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.
- Daggett Brook Club meets at Daggett Brook Town Hall on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
- Happy Hoppers Club meets at Daggett Brook Town Hall on the third Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m.
- Contact Christy Odden at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Long Lake Beavers Club meeting location and times vary.
- Contact Angie Hins at email@example.com for meeting details.
- Pequot Lakes Eagles Club meets at the Pequot Lakes Public Library on the second Sunday of the month at 6 p.m.
- Contact Susan Mathison-Young at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Poultry Club meets at the Brainerd Public Library on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.
- Contact Jessica Martensen at email@example.com.
- Shooting Sports & Wildlife Club meets at the Lake Shore Conservation Club on Thursdays at 6 p.m. during the spring and summer months.
- Contact Sashanna O'Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting dates and times.
- Wolf Creek Riders Club meets at the club leader’s home on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Project Development Committees (PDC)
- Dog PDC meets quarterly at the Crow Wing County Land Services building.
- Contact Erin Butler at email@example.com for meeting dates and times.
- Horse PDC meets at Crow Wing County Land Services.
- Contact Susan Schroer at firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting dates and times.
- Livestock PDC meets at various locations, dates and times.
- 4-H federation meets on the fourth Monday five times a year.
- Contact Sashanna O'Shea at email@example.com for additional information.
- Ambassador program meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the County Extension office, unless otherwise noted.
- Arts In
- Contact Susan Mathison-Young at firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting dates and times.
- Drill team contacts:
- Reining Chaos - Haley Hins and Angie Hins
- Small Freestyle - Lorrae Schneider
- Compulsory - Lorrae Schneider
Please visit the Facebook page for more information!
What are you into? Learn more about 4-H projects.
- Family Handbook
- Crow Wing County 4-H Clubs
- Crow Wing County Programs / PDC Information
- Crow Wing County Club and Project Calendar
- Crow Wing County's Available Scholarships
- Event scholarship application
New family information
Volunteering with 4-H
2023 Crow Wing County Fair
Your guide to 4-H activities at the 2023 state fair
Are your calendars marked for the Minnesota State Fair, set for Aug. 24- Sept. 4, 2023? We will see you there!
Help yourself to the minutes and agendas from the Federation meeting or any of the PDC meetings.
Gifts support 4-H youth development in Crow Wing County, and local programming coordinated by the Crow Wing County 4-H Council.
There are many areas to donate to 4-H including 4-H General Fund; 4-H Youth Leadership Program Fund; 4-H Project Areas; 4-H State Fair Building Improvement Project Fund; 4-H Scholarships and Awards; and Urban 4-H Program Fund.
Find the latest on Extension agricultural research and news you can use on your farm from local experts.
Statewide news and blogs
- Agricultural Business Management News - Business and financial resources for farmers.
- Beef News - Beef industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Dairy News - Dairy industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Fruit and Vegetable News - Local production and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops in Minnesota.
- Minnesota Crop News - Emerging issues affecting Minnesota row crops and forages.
Master Gardener volunteers are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers who educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using readily available, up-to-date research-based information. This educational effort is designed to enhance the public’s quality of life and to promote good stewardship of the environment.
Master Gardener volunteers complete many hours of volunteer work each year, providing a valuable in-kind contribution. These dollar figures quantify the enormous value that our volunteers provide to Minnesota.
View the latest statistics and information of the Crow Wing County Master Gardeners.
Find out about the Master Gardener Volunteer core course or attend other events offered throughout the year.
- Insect identification
Go through steps to identify an insect.
- Email email@example.com a photo of an insect to have it identified by a U of M entomologist
- Pressure canner testing
Stop by our office to use our free pressure canner tester.
- Home food preservation
Access resources on Home Food Preservation and learn about upcoming in-person and online classes.
- Household AnswerLine
Household experts can be reached at 1-800-854-1678 to help answer questions on topics such as cooking safety, canning and freezing foods, and stain removal.
Health and nutrition
Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health in Crow Wing County. These programs are open to families and individuals of all ages who are eligible for benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or who meet Extension’s program income guidelines.
Programs are offered in community settings such as food shelves, schools, community centers and public housing sites. The programs are free to all individuals and families who meet income guidelines, and may be offered in multiple languages, depending on the audience needs and availability of educators.
Extension engages Minnesotans to strengthen the social, civic, economic and technological capacity of their communities. We help create vibrant communities and enhance skills and knowledge in economics, leadership and civic engagement, and tourism.
Check our community research page for reports on county and community-focused topics relating to local economics, retaining businesses, growing retail markets, developing tourism, and more.
Local programs can be offered in collaboration with local community organizations and government agencies. Current programs include Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (MARL).
Contact an educator in your area for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.
Minnesota is a great place to explore, understand and conserve the natural landscape. Extension education, volunteer and community science programs encourage people to become stewards of Minnesota’s public and private lands.
Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect Greater Minnesota communities and University of Minnesota knowledge and resources to support local sustainability projects. Working in partnership, RSDP supports community-driven projects in four focus areas: agriculture and food systems, clean energy, natural resources and resilient communities. Projects are supported by boards made up of local community members and University faculty and staff. Learn more about RSDP’s recent work in your county and neighboring communities, and how to submit a project idea.
Join us at an event in your community.
Find opportunities to learn about the natural environment, how to care for your forest lands, and how you and your family can get out and explore nature around the state and in your own backyard.
Find information on community-focused news.
Find out how to take care of your trees and enjoy Minnesota's beautiful woodlands.
From preserving our wetlands to combating invasive species, read about protecting and enjoying nature.
Learn more about community-driven sustainability projects happening across Minnesota.
Crow Wing County Extension
U of M Extension, Crow Wing County
326 Laurel Street, Suite 11
Brainerd, MN 56401
- Monday, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
- Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Friday, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Sashanna O'Shea, 4-H Youth Extension Educator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-824-1069
Carolyn McQueen, Extension educator, Health and Nutrition
email@example.com or 218-824-1349
Brittany Goerges, Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-824-1068
Tracy Giza, Administration
email@example.com or 218-824-1065
Regional Director Northeast Region
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