Dear Lincoln County,

My name is Johannah Stone and I am your new 4H Program Assistant with the Lincoln County Extension Office. I have spent the last four years working at Elijah Clark State Park in Lincolnton, first as an office clerk and then as the Naturalist. I planned last year’s annual Halloween Fest, which included the Park’s first Haunted Hayride; and led all public outreach and educational programs including archery lessons, field trips, nature hikes, snake shows, historic tours, and more. Prior to that, I volunteered as a music teacher for a summer camp for local children in the Dominican Republic, as well as a summer camp for differently abled children in Virginia. I love discovering how each individual learns and helping them to grow in their interests.

Throughout my childhood, I was always fascinated by nature and history. Lincoln County is a haven of rich local history, dense forests, and shimmering waters. It is truly a treasure trove of learning possibilities and the start of a lifelong love of the outdoors for children. There are such beautiful and diverse native animals- with every trek into the woods there is something new to discover, and a new adventure to uncover.

When I initially came to Lincolnton, I immediately fell in the love with the community here. My grandfather, Ward Stone, built many of the bridges in Lincolnton in the 1950s, and although I was never able to meet him, the people of Lincolnton have helped me to know him through many fond memories and stories. I am extremely grateful for this, and I am eager to give back to this community that has so many memories woven into it.

This week, I wanted to reach out and extend my sincere gratitude for your support of the Lincoln County Extension programs. We have already begun 4-H club meetings for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, and we have started to plan our fall calendar events, fundraisers, and clubs. If you have a student interested in 4-H, please reach out to me and let me know at the contact information below. This opportunity to give back would not exist if it were not for your contributions of ideas, interest, attendance at events, and other resources. The Lincoln County Extension Office is eager to begin discussion of new opportunities and programs we can provide to our community.     

Please don’t forget that UGA Extension exists for the benefit of our community and our youth—if there is anything at all we can do for you, please do not hesitate to reach out and let us know. I look forward to all of our adventures together!


Johannah Stone


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