making cider

Making Cider


Close-up experience at Ag Extravaganza


Planting Seeds at Environmental Awareness Day

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Student Government participants in the County Legislative Chambers

Community Outreach Events

AG Extravaganza – is an educational event for fourth graders in Jefferson County and held in September. The objectives of the program are to help students and teachers better understand the food and fiber system, develop an appreciation for agriculture, and expose them to the wide variety of agricultural commodities produced in Jefferson County. Students rotate from station to station throughout the day and interact with presenters to learn about such topics as dairy, honey, maple syrup, apple cider, sheep, and wool. Ag Extravaganza is a team effort of individuals from the agricultural community, including the Jefferson County Farm Bureau, Extension, and individual farmers/producers. The dates for 2022 are forthcoming. 

Environmental Awareness Dayis held in October for sixth grade classes in Jefferson County. Our intention is to pique students’ interest in the natural environment by exposing them to a variety of environmental topics so they understand the role the environment plays in all of our lives. It is our hope that some of the excitement and intensity felt at Environmental Awareness Day will be taken back to the classroom. The dates for 2022 are forthcoming. 

Student Government – is designed to give high school Juniors and Seniors hands-on experience with civic engagement and a greater understanding of county and state government. Students will meet their County Legislator and attend a county meeting, visit a variety of county departments, and hear from representatives of the US Senate, Congress, NYS Senate, and NYS Assembly, as well as local town and city representatives. The dates for 2022 are forthcoming. 

Farm and Home Safety Day – is a partnership between the 4-H Youth Development and Agriculture programs at CCE and Old McDonald's Farm in Sackets Harbor. The event takes place at Old McDonald's Farm, and exposes students to safety issues on the farm and in the home. It is open to fifth graders in Jefferson County and costs $6 per youth. Youth leave with a stronger understanding of how to keep themselves and others safe in a variety of environments. The date for 2022 is forthcoming

Fort Drum Outdoor Adventure Day – is an annual collaboration event between the 4-H Youth Development program at CCE Jefferson and Fort Drum Natural Resources Department. It will be held on August 13, 2022, at the Fort Drum Natural Resources area from 10 AM – 4 PM. There is no cost to this amazing day where together families explore the endless outdoor opportunities that can be found in the North Country. There are approximately thirty stations where families participate in hands-on activities, such as a climbing wall, outdoor cooking, forestry demonstration, dog demonstrations, arts and crafts, recycling and composting, archery, air pistol, and much more.

Mad City Money – is a two and a half hour, hands-on simulation that teaches budgeting by giving middle and high school students a taste of the real world. Complete with occupation, salary, partner, and debt, teens get an instant family, build a monthly budget, and move through various stations to purchase housing, transportation, food, clothing, household necessities, daycare, and other needs. This workshop is a fun and interactive way to learn budgeting basics. It is open to all schools in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties. The program is targeted to 8th - 11th grade students. View the brochure. Please contact Kathryn Ripstein at ker99@cornell.eduif you are interested in scheduling for your school. 

Dairyland Festival and Parade – is an annual event held on the first Friday of June each year, because June is dairy month! The festival is from 9 am – 2 pm and is open for Pre-K and Elementary School students in Jefferson County, as well as the general public. With most children being several generations separated from the farming lifestyle, it is crucial that our youth experience one of Jefferson Counties major industries: agriculture! Attendees can sample local dairy products (cheese, cheese curd, milk, ice cream, yogurt), visit animal stations, see farm equipment/technology, milk a “cow” , interact with the dairy princess court, and play games! The Dairyland Parade is held at 7 pm that evening. For more information on the parade, visit The 2022 Dairyland  festival will be held June 3, 2022. 

4-H Livestock Auction – is an opportunity for youth of 4-H age to raise animals starting early in the year, and bring them to auction at the County Fair. Animals for 2021 include beef, sheep, goats and swine. For more information, please contact Chris Yarnall at 315-788-8450 ext. 244 or The auction will be on Saturday, July 16, 2022. 

4-H Bicycle Safety program – The New York State Highway Traffic Safety Commission has funded a year-long 4-H Bicycle Safety program from October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021. The goal is to provide youth with traffic safety education, alongside utilizing the National 4-H curriculum to demonstrate bicycle use, repairs and safety. If you would like to request programming or are interested in learning more please contact Kathryn Ripstein at 315-788-8450 ext. 232 or

Non-Profit Day – is a join collaboration between the noon Watertown Rotary, Volunteer Transportation Center, and 4-H Youth Development to provide education to high school juniors and seniors on the employment and volunteer opportunities that non-profit organizations have to offer. For more information about this program, contact Kathryn Ripstein at ker99@cornell.eduThe date for 2022 is forthcoming. 


Stephanie Graf
Youth, Family & Community Development Issue Leader
315-788-8450 ext. 251

Last updated October 25, 2021