Macon County 4-H offers park program

DECATUR, Ill.— September marks the beginning of a new membership year for America’s largest youth development organization, 4-H. To kick-off the new year, Macon County 4-H invites youth, ages 8 to 18, to 4-H in the Park, a traveling four-week area park program.

Each week, University of Illinois Extension 4-H program coordinators will provide activities focusing on one of the four "H's" of the 4-H pledge: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. 4-H In The Park will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15 at Forsyth Park in the large pavilion. The activity for the week will be bottle and balloon rockets. September 22 will be at Argenta Prairie Park featuring yoga and painting “kindness rocks.” September 29 will be at Coates Park (formerly Greenwood Park in Decatur) and will be a park clean-up, and youth will be making “nature art” cards to give to nursing home residents. The program will end on October 6 at Goodwin Park in Mt. Zion with Hustle 4 that Muscle.

There is a $5 supply fee. Masks and Social Distancing will be required. Participants are also encouraged to bring canned or boxed food items to donate. Register online by September 14.

For more information, please call Jenna at (217) 877-6042 or email jrward@illinois edu.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact (217) 877-6042. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting access need.

News Writer: Maria Lightner, Marketing & Communications, University of Illinois Extension serving DeWitt, Macon and Piatt counties

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