About 4-H

To make the best better.

What is 4-H?

4-H is a youth development program delivered by the University of Wisconsin – Madison Divison of Extension and more than 100 public universities across the nation to provide experiences where young people learn by doing. Youth learn through hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture, and citizenship, in a safe and inclusive environment. Education happens through 4-H projects, group programs, events, and in-depth learning experiences.

4‑H empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. It’s a research-based experience that includes a mentor, a hands-on project, and a meaningful leadership opportunity.

4‑H reaches almost six million young people through our community of 100 public universities. Programs are delivered by 3,500 4‑H professionals and 500,000 volunteers. Young people experience 4‑H through school and community clubs, in-school and after-school programs and 4‑H camps.  Over-arching 4-H Program areas include: STEM & Agriculture, Healthy Living, and Citizenship.

Who can join?

4-H is open to all youth in Kindergarten through one year past high school. 4-H is available in the cities, villages, rural farms, and in the country! Our organization is open to all youth regardless of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Visit our New 4-H Families page to get started!

What do 4-Her’s do?

Jackson County 4-H members work together to learn critical thinking and decision making, empathy, life skills, and healthy lifestyles.  4-H youth and adult volunteers work to improve their individual lives and communities in which they live.  We in Jackson County aim to best serve all youth in the county and strive to give opportunties to youth and adults alike through: programming, events, leadership opportunties, and so much more!

Youth join a 4-H club in their area to help them build relationships and leadership skills. They pick projects that interest them and do hands-on learning about these interests all year long. Some youth choose to exhibit their projects at the county fair-however, 4-H is about much more than just the Fair. There are so many activities for youth to participate in throughout the year, covering a wide range of project areas.  You can find updates of what 4-Her’s can do and news in our bi-weekly emails and our quarterly newsletter, the 4-H Flyer.

How do I join?

Joining 4-H is as easy as 1, 2, 3! First, figure out what you are interested in and what club would best suit your needs.  You can learn about different clubs in the county through looking at 4-H Club site, calling the Extension Jackson County office, or by talking to club leaders.  Once you find a club that fits you and your family lifestyle, enrollment is done via our online database system, 4HOnline.  For the complete list of steps check out our Join 4-H site.

To learn more general information about 4-H across the nation, please go to the website HERE.