What is 4-H?
Minnesota 4-H grows true leaders
In 4-H, young people build the skills they need for a lifetime - they learn and lead with the support of caring adults. In 2016-17, nearly 140,000 Minnesota youth and more than 22,000 adult volunteers took part in 4-H experiences. Our state report explains the impact of 4-H in Minnesota.
Where is 4-H?
You can find 4-H in urban, suburban, tribal and rural communities across Minnesota. There are many ways to participate.
- Find a 4-H club in your area
- Ask your local 4-H office about ways to join
- See upcoming statewide and regional events
- Find 4-H events near you
What can I do in 4-H?
4-H'ers can design their own activities or take part in a structured one. In 4-H, young people learn by doing. This learning model teaches them life skills such as:
What's a 4-H project?
4-H is all about project-based learning. It's like an a la carte menu - choose something you like and dive into it!
No matter where you are, 4-H offers project learning. Some local 4-H programs have committees, regular meeting nights and project learning workshops. Some don't.
Projects don't have defined groups or meetings. Local 4-H staff can connect you to resources and mentors to help you. If enough people have interest in a project, you can form a project club or event to dive deeper. In the summer, you can take your project to the fair!
To get started, get in touch with us!
Check out these project areas
What's a 4-H club?
Most 4-H'ers join a local club at some point. Clubs are fun, regular gatherings where they:
- Make friends
- Find help with their 4-H projects
- Find leadership opportunities
- Take part in culturally-specific activities and other activities and events
- Small-group learning
- Caring adult volunteer leaders who are screened, trained and guided by local University of Minnesota staff
- Grounding in research-backed curriculum and best practices for nonformal learning
- Support to help you dive deep into project learning
What happens in clubs? Will my friends be there?
Most clubs welcome anybody in kindergarten through one year past high school and interested in any project area. Youngsters in kindergarten through second grade join as Cloverbuds. Clubs may meet after school, in the evening or on the weekend. There are community clubs and local clubs for residents of one housing complex. There are clubs in every Minnesota county and two sovereign Indian nations. You may meet people you already know or a whole new set of friends.
Who manages clubs? Can I be a club leader?
Leading a club is one very important role that an adult volunteer can play. Club leaders don't work alone! All volunteers are screened, receive training & ongoing support from local Extension staff and have access to a wealth of online materials.
What's a Cloverbud?
A Cloverbud is a 4-H member who is in kindergarten through second grade. Cloverbuds explore and learn by doing fun activities, guided by adult volunteers. Read the Cloverbud parent fact sheet.
- Day camps
- After-school programs
- Activities hosted by a 4-H community club
- Club, group or program specifically for Cloverbuds
- County fair special activities
Cloverbud programs are age-appropriate
- Fun, positive, activity-centered
- Focused on developing life skills through the experiential learning cycle:
- Emphasize cooperative learning
- Safe for children and designed to manage risk
What are 4-H camps?
4-H camps are guided outdoor learning opportunities. Camp experiences include water recreation, arts & crafts, archery, team competitions, campfires and more.
Campers build critical life skills like confidence, independence and resiliency. We encourage you to sign up with friends and be open to building new relationships too.
All youth are welcome at 4-H camps. Grade requirements and activities vary.
4-H camp participants must enroll in 4-H—we'll tell you about that when you sign up for camp. Enrolling in 4-H opens up lots of learning opportunities.
Can I volunteer?
Yes, please! Adult volunteers make 4-H possible, because they lead most local programming. Volunteers are screened and receive ongoing training. Assisted by local staff, they guide youth learning using research-backed curriculum. In 2017, more than 11,000 adult volunteers gave more than a million hours of service to support the positive development of Minnesota's youth.
Minnesota 4-H has many events statewide, regionally and near you, and you're invited! You can come to watch, volunteer to help make them possible, or if you are in kindergarten to one year past high school, you can take part. 4-H is for you!
Find out more!
- 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair
- County fairs
- Animal science events
- Arts & communication events
- Citizenship and leadership events
- Outdoor adventures events
- STEM events
- All 4-H events year-round
For events near you, check with your local 4-H office
Who's in Minnesota 4-H?
We have something for everyone! 4-H activities are open to youth in kindergarten through one year past high school. 4-H is in hundreds of locations across the state. In 2017, up to 69,000 Minnesota youth took part in our program. They came from all areas of the state.
I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
and my health to better living,
for my family, my club, my community, my country, and my world.
Prometo usar mi mente para pensar con más claridad,
mi corazón para ser más leal,
mis manos para ser más servicial,
mi salud para cuidarme más,
por mi familia, mi club, mi comunidad, mi país y mi mundo.
4-H waxa aan balan qaadayaa in qalbigeygu noqdo mid nadiif ah,
nafteydu daacad ahaato,
una noolado si caafimaad qabto ee qoyskayga,
naadiegyga, bullshadeeyda, wadankeeyga, iyo dunidaba.