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Types of 4‑H Programs

Our programs in science, healthy living and civic engagement are backed by a network of 100 public universities and a robust community of 4‑H volunteers and professionals. Through hands-on learning, youth build not only confidence, creativity and curiosity, but also life skills such as leadership and resiliency to help them thrive today and tomorrow.

4‑H programs and resources are available through CLOVER or through local in-person and virtual 4‑H clubs, 4‑H camps, in-school and after-school programs. With the support of adult mentors, youth select from a wide variety of hands-on project ideas to complete. 4‑H programs are available for youth and teens ages 8-18. 4‑H Cloverbud programs are available for youth ages 5-7.

4‑H programming

4‑H programs are grounded in the belief that kids learn best by doing. Kids and teens complete hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture and civic engagement, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Kids can concentrate on one focus area or they can try a variety of programs throughout their 4‑H experience.

Regardless of the project area, all 4‑H programs include mentoring and career readiness as core elements.

4‑H programs are available in every county and parish in the US. Your local 4‑H office is your best resource to find out which programs are available in your area and how you can enroll your child.

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Program areas


4‑H science programs provide 4‑H youth the opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through fun, hands-on activities and projects.

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4-H agriculture programs offer youth exciting opportunities to delve into the fascinating realm of farming and agriculture through engaging and hands-on activities and projects. Whether it's cultivating crops, caring for animals, or exploring the science behind sustainable farming, 4-H provides a fun and educational platform for young learners to gain invaluable insights into the agricultural industry.

Healthy living

4‑H healthy living programs help 4‑H youth learn how to lead lives that balance physical, mental, and emotional health.


Civic engagement

4‑H civic engagement programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world.