Welcome to Carver County
Carver County partners with Extension to deliver practical education and research you can use at home, at work and in your community.
In 4-H, all youth are welcome
4-H is an out-of-school, hands-on learning program for people age 5-19. Youth choose a project that’s interesting to them and explore it with peers and caring adults. 4-H clubs are groups of youth who want to learn together and meet in every part of Minnesota.
What can I do in 4-H?
The sky’s the limit! 4-H offers learning experiences in science, photography, agriculture, healthy living, civic engagement and much more. We have one-day events, year-long projects and everything in between. There are many ways to try 4-H.
Get the Carver County 4-H App. for your mobile device.
- Download 'Minnesota 4-H' in the App Store or in Google play, then search for Carver County 4-H
- Carver County 4-H App information.
Follow us on social media @CarverCounty4H
Check out what is happening in Carver County 4-H
4-H Youth Development is a hands-on learning program for Minnesota youth. We offer online, small group and independent learning experiences for youth of all ages. In 4-H, youth choose the topic they find interesting and caring adults support their learning and leadership. From agronomy to space exploration and creative arts to outdoor adventures, 4-H has just the right learning experience for young people.
There are many ways to participate in 4-H!
Carver County 4-H believes that youth should be able to participate regardless of a family's financial situation. Available to anyone, fill out this confidential financial support request.
This section will contain all important Carver County 4-H updates for the county fair.
The 2021 Carver County Fair is scheduled for August 11-15 at the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia.
Due to Covid-19, we are unsure what fair or showcase opportunities will look like in 2021, but Carver County 4-H is dedicated to providing opportunities for our youth to showcase their project learning! Continue to check back for updates.
- May 17: Animal ID Deadline; 2021 premium book is released
- July 1: Fair registration opens
- July 7: Fair registration deadline
- August 10: Carver County 4-H entry day (tentative)
- August 11-15: Carver County Fair
4-H registration for the Carver County Fair will open on Tuesday, June 1. The deadline to register your 4-H projects for 2021 is July 7.
Animal Science projects section-coming soon
Carver County Extension has an active agricultural education program. From questions around land rent, farm transfer, pasture management, and livestock questions, many program offerings are developed from your inquiries. Reach out to Colleen Carlson with your questions.
Follow us on social media @CarverScottExtension
Find the latest on Extension agricultural research and news you can use on your farm from local experts.
Statewide news and blogs
- Agricultural Business Management News - Business and financial resources for farmers.
- Beef News - Beef industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Dairy News - Dairy industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Fruit and Vegetable News - Local production and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops in Minnesota.
- Minnesota Crop News - Emerging issues affecting Minnesota row crops and forages.
Master Gardeners in Carver and Scott counties joined together to form a unified group in 1987, with a grand total membership of five. Since those humble beginnings, the group has grown to its current size of 100+ active members. These members regularly average over 50 hours volunteer time per year and keep busy with many yearly projects.
Find the latest gardening tips and news you can use in your own back yard from local experts.
- Yard and Garden News - Gardening tips and emerging issues affecting Minnesota.
- My Minnesota Woods - Find out how to take care of your trees and enjoy Minnesota's beautiful woodlands.
- Natural Resources News - From preserving our wetlands to combating invasive species, read about protecting and enjoying nature.
Health and nutrition
Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health in Carver county. These programs are open to families and individuals of all ages who are eligible for benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or who meet Extension’s program income guidelines.
Programs are offered in community settings such as food shelves, schools, community centers and public housing sites. The programs are free to all individuals and families who meet income guidelines, and may be offered in multiple languages, depending on the audience needs and availability of educators.
Carver County Extension
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