In 4-H projects, you learn by doing. You'll follow your interests, gain new skills and show off your achievements. With over 100 projects in eight subject areas, there's something for almost everyone.
Cooking and Nutrition
- Cake Decorating
- Dutch Oven Cooking
- Fantastic Foods
- Food, Culture and Reading
- Frozen Bread Dough
- It’s Mealtime
- Let's Begin Cooking
- Microwave Cooking
- Pathways to Culinary Success
- Snackin’ Healthy (Cloverbuds)
- Teens Entertain
Birds and Poultry
- Dairy Goats
- Meat Goats
- Non-Animal Goat, a project for those who do not own the animal
- Pack Goats
- Pet/Pygmy Goats
Horses and Ponies
- What's Your Plan (Level 1)
- Housing (Level 1)
- Environment: Caring for My Animal (Level 1)
- Temperature and Ventilation (Air Flow) in the Barn (Level 1)
- Safe Animal Handling (Level 1)
- Common Livestock Breeds and Characteristics (Level 1)
- Common Livestock Breeds and Characteristics PowerPoint Supplement (Level 1)
- Frame Size and Market Ready Weights (Level 1)
- Evaluation (Level 1)
- Structural Conformation (Level 1)
- Grooming - Beef (Level 1)
- Showmanship (Level 1)
- Making A Plan - How Much Does it Cost to Raise My Animal? (Level 1)
- Market Hog Costs and Returns Estimates #72995
- Market Lamb Costs and Returns Estimates #72895
- Market Beef Costs and Returns Estimates #72295
- Market Goat Costs and Returns Estimates #72596
- Inventory (Level 1)
- Animal Byproducts (Level 1,2)
- Wholesale vs Retail (Level 1)
- Ethics - Pillars of Character (Level 1,2)
- Ethics - Sportsmanship (Level 1)
- Ethics - Consequences of Unethical Behavior (Level 2, Parents)
Choosing a Project
Here are some things for you and your parents to think about as you choose 4-H projects:
- What interests you?
- Does your county 4-H program already have a leader for this project?
- How much will the project cost? Some livestock projects, for instance, require a significant financial investment.
- Do you have enough space to complete the project and can you get the equipment you’ll need?
- Can your parents or another adult help you with the project (for example, drive you to meetings)?
- Will the project help you grow as an individual?
- How much time will the project take? Some projects take a full year to complete, while others take just a few days or weeks. You may want to do only one or two projects in your first year of 4-H.
- Does the project sound like it's fun and worth the effort?