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4-H clover Projects and more

What are you into?

4-H is all about project-based learning. Just choose something that interests you and dive in.

Parents and other adults: Find out why 4-H is all about project learning and explore the youth development curriculum library to enhance project learning. 

Animal science

Pick a project!

Outdoor adventures

Pick a project!

Healthy living

Pick a project!

Civic engagement and leadership

Pick a project or focus on leadership

What's project learning?

No matter where you are, you can choose something that interests you and dive into it. You might do this in a 4-H club, an after-school program, or one-on-one with an adult mentor.

Projects don't have defined groups or meetings. If enough people have interest in a project, you can form a project club or event to dive deeper.

You can make an exhibit about your project and take it to the fair!  Watch this video to learn more.

For parents and caregivers

Find out how 4-H is all about project learning. While doing a project, young people choose the topic that interests them and take it as far as they like. No matter the project area, we build in life skills such as leadership and teamwork. 

Projects vs fair exhibits

We have more than 60 project areas to choose from. If you can't find one you like, you can do "self determined." For any of these, you can make an exhibit to enter at the fair. If you decide to do that, be sure to check the project's web page for "What a judge is looking for."

How much time do 4-H projects take?

Some take more time than others. You could spend many hours getting a fair exhibit ready, but it depends on youth interest. See a sample timeline.

Reviewed in 2020

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