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
- 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
Animal Science Lesson Plans Checklists
- Animal Science Lesson Plans Skills Checklist (PDF)
- Animal Science Lesson Plans — Topic Tracker for Volunteers (PDF)
- What's Your Plan (Level 1) (PDF)
- Housing (Level 1) (PDF)
- Environment: Caring for My Animal (Level 1) (PDF)
- Temperature and Ventilation (Air Flow) in the Barn (Level 1) (PDF)
- Safe Animal Handling (Level 1) (PDF)
- Common Livestock Breeds and Characteristics (Level 1) (PDF)
- Common Livestock Breeds and Characteristics PowerPoint Supplement (Level 1) (PDF)
- Frame Size and Market Ready Weights (Level 1,2,3) (PDF)
- Evaluation (Level 1) (PDF)
- Structural Conformation (Level 1) (PDF)
- Basic Nutritional Requirements - Ruminant (Level 1) (PDF)
- Monograstric Nutrition (Level 1,2,3) (PDF)
- 5 Basic Nutrients (Level 1) (PDF)
- Feed Labels (Level 1,2) (PDF)
- Average Daily Gain (ADG) (Level 1) (PDF)
Health & Diseases
- What Does a Healthy Animal Look Like? (Level 1) (PDF)
- Injection Sites and Techniques (Level 1) (PDF)
- Reading Medication Labels (Level 1) (PDF)
- Animal Recordkeeping for Disease Prevention (Level 1) (PDF)
- Halter Breaking and Gentling (Level 1) (PDF)
- Grooming — Beef (Level 1) (PDF)
- Showmanship (Level 1) (PDF)
- Equipment (Level 1) (PDF)
- Getting Ready for the Show (Level 1) (PDF)
- Swine Showmanship Video (Level 1)
- Beef Showmanship Video (Level 1)
- Lamb Showmanship Video (Level 1)
- Making A Plan — How Much Does it Cost to Raise My Animal? (Level 1) (PDF)
- Income Statement (Excel)
- Market Hog Project — Idaho 4-H Livestock Costs and Returns Estimate #72995 (PDF)
- Market Steer Project — Idaho 4-H Livestock Costs and Returns Estimate #72295 (PDF)
- Market Goat Project — Idaho 4-H Livestock Costs and Returns Estimate #72596 (PDF)
- Market Lamb Project — Idaho 4-H Livestock Costs and Returns Estimate #72895 (PDF)
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?