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Wyoming 4-H Youth Development Program

University of Wyoming Extension

Wyoming 4-H State Leaders' Conference
Workshop Descriptions

Saturday Workshop Session 1


Opportunities at the Wyoming State Fair

James Goodrich
Johnathan Despain

Come learn about the many changes, improvements, and opportunities for all citizens of Wyoming at the 102nd Wyoming State Fair!  WSF staff will be on hand to share and create opportunity for feedback as well.  Come learn, listen, and share about the greatest summer event in the state!

A Project for Me ... Determining the Self-Determined 4-H Project

Anna Thornton

Does your 4-H’er have a special passion or unique interest that he or she would like to share in 4-H?  What exactly is a self-determined 4-H project? How do you get started?  This workshop will explore some options for beginning and developing a self-determined project in Wyoming.

Getting Started with Rabbit Judging


Jami Salo

Rabbit judging is a program that is growing in popularity across the country. There are competitive teams in many of our surrounding states and several opportunities for youth to compete at regional, national and international competitions. Join me in this up and coming program for 4-H youth. I will walk you through organizing your own team, collecting materials for education and delivering it to your local youth.

Public Speaking

Words are Worth a Thousand Pictures

Tara Kuipers 

You’ve heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But when it comes to public speaking, our words have to do the job of a thousand pictures!  This session will help us organize, prepare, and practice our public speaking skills so others can understand, feel, and take action on the messages we send.  


Saturday Workshop Session 2

9:45-11:15 am

Silhouette 101- Signs & Such


Kara Renquist
Kaylee Jones

From anything 4-H to quotes you may have fallen in love with, you can make it all yourself.  Have you seen the signage on Pinterest, etsy or even Hobby Lobby and thought I would love that?  We can help you make it happen and so much more without spending a fortune and having your own special touch.  Cost $10.00

Managing Conflict


Stacy Madden
Sara Fleenor
Jessica Gladson

Conflict is an always present factor when working with groups of people. This workshop will help you identify where conflicts originate, learn about the different types of conflicts, discover your conflict style, and help you build tools to better manage conflict with your groups. This will be an active workshop as you will immerse yourself in a situation of conflict and work to resolve the issue.

Mouth Watering Rolls – Crescent and Cinnamon

Gretchen Gasvoda
Jamie Dalin

Come enjoy the art of making homemade roll dough – turning those creations into fancy crescent rolls or cinnamon rolls.  Participants will learn hands on step by step creating delicious dinner rolls and yummy breakfast cinnamon rolls.  Cost $5.00

Backyard Beekeeping and Beehive Products

Tina Russell

This workshop will teach 4-H volunteer leaders some of the basics to starting a backyard beehive as a possible 4-H project.  Leaders will also learn how to make simple beehive products such as lip balm and lotion in this fun, hands-on workshop.


Saturday Workshop Session 2 & 3

9:45 am-3:45 pm
There will be a break for the keynote speaker & lunch

Observing the BIGM in 4-H


Kim Reaman
Warren Crawford
Robin Shamber

The BIGM (Belonging, Independence, Generosity and Mastery) are essential elements of the 4-H club program.  This year, Wyoming 4-H will introduce a tool to help educators and volunteers observe the presence of the BIGM in 4-H club meetings and activities.  In this workshop you will learn how to identify the presence of BIGM, the difference between observing facts and making judgments, and how to use the tool to record you observations.  Volunteers who participate in this workshop may be invited to work with a county 4-H educator in observing club meetings and activities.


Saturday Workshop Session 3

 2:15-3:45 pm

Welcome to Showcase Showdown

Gretchen Gasvoda
Kelsey Roop
Amanda Zamudio
Joey Johnson
Alex Malcolm

Not just cows, plows and sows, come learn the know how’s of Showcase Showdown.  It is an opportunity for youth to compete at a variety of contests, as well as participate in workshops.  Participants will experience hands on contest opportunities and gain tips and tricks for a successful learning experience at Showcase Showdown.  Cost $10.00

4-H Natural Resource Exploration: Forestry & Range Judging Project

Tina Russell
Ashley Garrelts
Stacy Madden

This workshop will teach 4-H volunteer leaders simple activities they can do during a club meeting or as a stand-alone event to get their youth excited about natural resources, in particular topics related to forestry, range, and wildlife management.  There will also be discussion on getting youth interested in competing in forestry and range judging competitions.

Meeting Facilitation Tips: Getting Results with Groups

Tara Kuipers

Productive meetings don’t happen by accident!  They take careful planning and thoughtful participation by both leaders and attendees.  This session will go over basic facilitation skills that meeting leaders need to be efficient and effective.  This session will be best for those who have at least 1-2 years of experience leading meetings of any type or size.

Lessons in Leather

BJ Griffin

Beginning carving and stamping in Leatherwork.


Saturday Workshop Session 4

4:00-5:00 pm

Spreading the 4-H Charm...Engaging Your Community in 4-H

Anna Thornton 

What are some ways in which we can share all the wonderful parts of 4-H with every part of our community?  How can we get the community involved in 4-H?  Let’s discuss some ways to reach out to the community to promote 4-H and to encourage community support in our 4-H programs.

Fun in the Club

Amanda Zamudio
Kelsey Roop

Join us to discover the secrets and tools to maintain a club that is interactive; where members are excited to participate and learn and be 4-H members.


Water Resources Activities for 4-H Youth

Jennifer Wellman

This workshop will provide interesting water resources activities for 4-H programming.  “Water Bingo”, “Where does our water come from?” and watershed mapping will be incorporated into a hands-on seminar for leaders, volunteers, and youth.  Participants will learn and be able to train others in environmental education activities that focus on local water resource awareness and community service.

The NEXT 100 Years of Wyoming 4-H

Johnathan Despain

Come and learn about Wyoming 4-H of the past and learn about differences between “then” and “now”.  Participants will get to share favorite memories of the past and learn about challenges and opportunities for youth in the future Wyoming 4-H program.

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