Stephanie L. Butterfield, Customer Service Specialist
UI Extension, Washington County
The University of Idaho Extension Washington County is excited to welcome Megan Inwards as the new 4-H Program Assistant. Ms. Inwards will be planning and presenting 4-H Afterschool programming at Park and Pioneer Schools starting immediately and will eventually add the Middle School as well. 4-H Afterschool focuses on hands-on, experiential STEAM and Healthy Living Education. So far this year students in the BEST program have studied a variety of plant and soil science topics. Some of the students have also had the opportunity to explore topics like buoyancy, displacement, density and DNA.
Ms. Inwards will also plan and present summer day camps, as well as a variety of other workshops and classes as the year progresses. The 4-H youth development program in Washington County offers a wide variety of fun and educational day camps. Over the last few years there have been camps in dairy science, cooking, nutrition, fishing, music, sewing, fitness, GPS, robotics, drama, and all kinds of arts and crafts, just to name a few. There are sure to be some of the old favorites along with some new topics in next summer’s offerings. Ms. Inwards joins the UI Extension Washington County at a particularly exciting time. The office is currently full to the brim with four staff in addition to Ms. Inwards. Mary Ridout is the Extension Educator for the county and is currently rolling out registration for the Master Gardener program which will begin in January in addition to other on-going Extension programs. Ms. Ridout has been especially busy this fall as she took on the 4-H Afterschool program until the 4-H Program Assistant position could be filled. Also on staff is Michelle Tate, 4-H Program Coordinator. Ms. Tate is in charge of all things 4-H, from enrollments which just opened in October, to scheduling all of the 4-H events and activities that it takes to help kids complete their 4-H projects. Ms. Tate works with the 4-H Leaders Council, leads the 4-H Teen Leaders group and serves with the 4-H dog club in addition to her Monday through Friday duties.
The person answering the phones at the office is Stephanie Butterfield and she is in charge of general office support. If you need your basic questions answered, she can help you or find someone who can. Another new face in the office is Jessii Moser, AmeriCorps Volunteer. Ms. Moser recently graduated from Weiser High School, is attending TVCC and works part-time in the UI Extension office. She is also focused on STEAM programming for youth and is currently teaching a robotics class for a group of children ages 7-9. Not only is Ms. Inwards joining a busy office dedicated to 4-H Youth development and Agriculture Education in Washington County, she and the crew are soon to move into the new location at 116 W. Idaho Street. The new location should expand opportunities for programming, providing meeting and classroom space for all of the events and activities that the UI Extension office offers. Ms. Inwards is very familiar with Washington County as she is a graduate of Weiser High School. She was involved in FFA in high school and was a ten year 4-H member as well. Ms. Inwards participated in horse, sheep and dog 4-H, taking projects to the Washington County Fair and attending other 4-H and FFA events and contests including State 4-H Conference (now called STAC). She remembers her time in 4-H fondly and wants to share what she learned with her own children and the youth of Washington County. Ms. Inwards and her husband, Kevin, have made their home here in Weiser and are raising twin 3-year old boys, Axton and Liam. In addition, Ms. Inwards is the organizational leader for the Paws and Pals 4-H Dog Club. She says she is “Excited to be part of such a wonderful team and I am looking forward to working with 4-H and Extension.”