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Kentucky youth invited to become 4-H junior master naturalists


Young people who enjoy being outdoors and learning about nature can join the Kentucky 4-H Junior Master Naturalist program. he deadline to register is August 1.

In the yearlong program, 4-H members, ages 9-12, will participate in monthly virtual meetings and at-home nature challenges that help them learn more about their natural world.

Monthly virtual meetings will begin on Zoom starting in September and will occur on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

In addition, youth may choose to attend four in-person nature outings throughout the year. These outings are tentatively scheduled for the Boone County Arboretum in Union on Oct. 8, Lost River Cave in Bowling Green on Jan. 14, Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp in Nancy on April 29 and the University of Kentucky’s Robinson Forest in Clayhole on July 8.

“We hope that young people walk away from this program with a greater appreciation for all of Kentucky’s natural resources,” said Ashley Osborne, Kentucky 4-H youth development specialist in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “By having virtual meetings, at-home nature challenges and in-person outings, our plan is for youth to not only learn about natural resources but also have an opportunity to apply what they learn.”

Interested individuals can register online at or by contacting their local office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. The cost to participate is $25 and includes a Junior Master Naturalist kit. Parents should mail checks payable to the Kentucky 4-H Foundation to KY 4-H, c/o Ashley Osborne, 212 Scovell Hall, Lexington, KY 40546.

Contact: Ashley Osborne,

For more ways to support 4-H, contact the Meade County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service at 1041 Old Ekron Rd, Brandenburg, KY or call us at 270-422-4958.

 Educational programs of Kentucky Cooperative Extension serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.