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Meet the new Extension agent at May 10 open house

The community is invited to attend an open house on Thursday, May 10, from 5–6:30 p.m. to welcome and meet Elizabeth K. Haynes, the recently hired Extension Agent for Archuleta County.

Appetizers and refreshments will be served and 4-H members and families will be present.

The event will take place at the Extension/4-H Office on U.S. 84.

Haynes holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and environmental studies from Augustana College and a master’s degree in herpetology and conservation biology from Illinois State University.

Most recently, she was the statewide master naturalist coordinator in the University of Illinois Extension program and was employed there since 1999. She is an active member of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP).

Colorado State University administers the Extension program in the state. The mission of Extension is to provide information and education, and encourage the application of research-based knowledge in response to local, state and national issues affecting individuals, youth, families, agricultural enterprises and communities of Colorado. Faculty and staff with expertise in agriculture, horticulture, range, forestry, water, health promotion, financial literacy, business management, community development and 4-H youth development are based in counties and on campus and are all part of Extension’s effort to bring the latest information to the people of Colorado.

Over 70 children are involved in the county’s 4-H program and there are over 20 projects and seven clubs in which they are involved. Their work culminates at the county fair which will be held Aug. 2-5 this year.

Since its humble beginnings more than 100 years ago, 4-H has grown to become the nation’s largest youth development organization. 4-H opened the door for young people to learn leadership skills and explore ways to give back to their communities. 4-H revolutionized how youth connected to practical, hands-on learning experiences while outside of the classroom.

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