It might be hot outside during these long Florida summers, but that hasn't stopped some Florida youth from practicing outside during their journey to a national contest! Check out Florida's representatives from this year's National 4-H Forestry Contest!
St. Johns County 4-H Members Compete in National 4-H Forestry Event
Do you know an oak from a maple? Or a pine from a cedar? You may not, but there is a group of Florida 4-H Youth Development Program members that do who put their skills to the test last week in the 2016 National 4-H Forestry Invitational in Jacksons Mill, West Virginia from July 31st-August 4th. Team members included Henry Keating, Cayla Smith, and Jeremy Smith from UF IFAS Extension St Johns County 4-H supported by coach Wendy Smith and extension agents Geralyn Sachs and Julia Kelly. The team placed 3rd overall in this year's national event.
A huge congratulations to this group for bringing home one of Florida 4-H's best national finishes ever and also for being named the state champions in this event earlier this spring. The "Forest Ecology" contest as it is known as in Florida or simply, "Forestry" contest known nationally tests youth skills in tree identification and measurement, forest evaluation, orienteering, map use, and insect and disease identification, and performance in a forestry quiz bowl and written exam individually and as a team.
(Photo from St. Johns County 4-H Facebook Page)