ST. CHARLES – Would you like to explore multiple countries without ever leaving Illinois? At the annual 4-H International Night in Kane County, visitors can discover the geography, culture and food of many nations, all while staying close to home.

“The 4-H Passport to the World project opens up other countries and cultures for our 4-H members,” said Doris Braddock, 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator. “At International Night, these youth will share what they learned with each other and community members. The overall experience helps them grow as global citizens and gain skills in presenting to others.”

4-H members spend months studying a specific country and then work together with their club to create a booth displaying the geographical and cultural aspects of the nation. All prepare craft stations or foods to reflect their study country.

On Friday, Feb. 21 visitors will “travel” to the different countries by visiting the 4-H club booths, earning stamps for a passport each time they answer a trivia question correctly for a country. Featured countries include: Argentina, India, Madagascar, Nigeria, Poland, and Russia.

“Fun, hands-on activities like International Night provide a positive learning environment,” Braddock said. “It is just one of several 4-H opportunities that help youth gain a better understanding about the world around them.”

Visitors can participate on Friday, Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. The event will be held in the Dining Hall, at the northeast corner of the fairgrounds. Entrance should be available from Randall Road (when heading south) or by using Oak Street.

All ages are welcome to attend. A suggested donation for admission is $1 per person for ages 8 and older. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact your local University of Illinois Extension office. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. To learn more about Kane County 4-H, visit http://go.illinois.edu/KaneCounty4H