4-H'ers across the state can soak up facts directly from a scientist

MARSHALL, Ill - Learning directly from the source of knowledge is a great way to engage young learners. An even greater way to captivate their attention is to do it live and allow them to ask questions.  

4-H’ers across the state of Illinois can sign up to participate in Soak it up with a Scientist featuring Megan Seymour, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Facilitated by Illinois Extension, this free event will be held online Oct. 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. CST.

“Seymour has experience with conservation regarding bats, water snakes, and bald eagles,” says Susan Sloop, 4-H youth development educator." She also has expertise regarding the Great Lakes, island biogeography, and wind power effects on birds and bats.”

Illinois 4-H is known for helping youth build a better world.  Participants can expect to learn something new regarding environmental science during the one-hour live event, and they can put that new knowledge into action in their community.

Current 4-H members can register online for this event at go.illinois.edu/ScienceLive through Oct. 22. Once registered, a link for the webinar will be emailed to the address provided.

About Illinois 4-H: Illinois 4-H is the flagship youth development program of University of Illinois Extension and administered through the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. 4-H grows true leaders, youth who are empowered for life today and prepared for a career tomorrow. The hands-on approach in 4-H gives young people guidance, tools, and encouragement, and then puts them in the driver’s seat to make great things happen. Independent research confirms the unparalleled impact of the 4-H experience, demonstrating that young people are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs. 

About Extension:  Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities. 

SourceSusan Sloop, 4-H Youth Development Educator

WriterDarra Walker, Publicity-Promotion Associate