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4-H is a learn-by-doing youth development program delivered throughout Minnesota.

If you are a youth living in Minnesota, 4-H has something for you! Browse the 4-H project selection guide below, or view a list of all projects. If you can't find one that interests you, we'll help you develop one. Contact a 4-H representative in your area to find out how you can get involved.

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Project selection guide

If you're interested in:

You might enjoy:

Science, technology, engineering & math projects such as:

  • Engineering design Use science, math, engineering and technology to design, build and program a robot.
  • Aquatic robotics Use science, math, engineering and technology to design, build and program a robot.
  • Robotics Use science, math, engineering and technology to design, build and program a robot.
  • Aerospace Learn about the science of flight. Build a rocket, airplane or hot air balloon.
  • Computers Learn about building and maintaining computers, software and the internet.
  • Electric Build circuits and test voltages. Learn about wiring, lighting, and safety issues.
  • Small engines Learn about building and maintenance, tools, rules and regulations, safety issues, and careers.
  • Shop (wood/metal) Learn techniques and skills to use routers, joiners, table saws, tape measures, drills and more.
  • ...and more!

Citizenship & Leadership projects such as:

  • Citizenship Learn to solve problems and take action in your community.
  • Global Connections Explore language, family traditions, culture, global connectedness, genealogy, and concerns of other young people.
  • Youth Leadership Build relationships, develop communication techniques, and strengthen your organizational skills to make a positive impact in your club, home, school or community.
  • Community Pride & Service Learning Learn how to identify community needs, plan a service project and execute your idea.
  • State Ambassadors Teach such topics as communication, diversity, and leadership to youth.

Healthy Living projects such as:

  • Health Learn about nutrition, hygiene, fitness, or first aid skills.
  • Food & Nutrition Learn to pick healthy foods, prepare nutritious meals, and make smart food purchases.
  • Bicycle Learn how to choose a bike, bike maintenance and repair, and road rules to make riding safe and fun.
  • Safety Learn about safety for water, fire, electricity and recreational vehicles. Make a first-aid or winter-survival kit.

Animal Science projects such as:

  • Exploring AnimalsYouth in grades K-3 are guided by helpful adults as they learn the basics in any of the animal science project areas. No animal ownership required.
  • Dogs Raise your dog to be a leader dog or companion dog or just an ideal pet. Learn about feeding, grooming, training and showing.
  • Horse Learn about show, trail or endurance riding. Test your horse sense at quiz bowls or judging teams, or learn about horse science.
  • Dairy Explore the dairy industry, from raising a cow to dairy science and ethics to manufacturing and marketing dairy products.
  • Beef Explore the beef industry. Learn about breeds, health, feed, behavior, judging and showing a calf, ethical issues, and more.
  • and more!

Expressive Arts & Communication projects such as:

  • Photography Learn about equipment, lighting and flash techniques, photo composition, and evaluating photographs.
  • Video Learn about video production and filmmaking, including composition, camera and lighting techniques, and editing.
  • Crafts & Fine Arts Learn skills, techniques and tools in drawing, painting, sculpting, printing, fiber arts, or graphic design.
  • Performing Arts Learn the skills and techniques to develop and present stories through acting, mime, puppetry, theater arts and music.
  • and more!

Shooting Sports & Wildlife projects such as:

  • Shooting Sports & Wildlife Build skills in the safe use of firearms and archery and the importance of protecting Minnesota's natural resources.
  • Water/Wetlands Learn about ecosystems, how to protect water quality, and the lives that depend on the state's wetlands - including our own.
  • Wildlife Biology Learn about wildlife populations, diversity, the elements that impact their habitats, and how to become a steward of the land.
  • Fishing Sports Learn about fish species, habitats, gear, baits, lures, regulations, and careers related to fishing.

Family & Consumer Science projects such as:

Gardening & Agriculture projects such as:

  • Indoor Gardening Learn about seeds, soil, watering, terrariums, dish gardens and house plants.
  • Vegetable Gardening Learn about plants, watering, fertilizing, and managing weeds, insects and diseases.
  • Crop Sciences Learn about Minnesota crops, soil fertility, weed and insect pests, food storage and business.
  • Plant & Soil Science Learn about parts of a plant, photosynthesis, cross-pollination, soil, erosion and more.
  • Lawn & Landscape Design Learn to design, plant and manage your outdoor landscape of grass, shrubs, and trees.
  • Tractors Learn about maintenance, restoration and operation, fuels, hydraulic and electrical systems, and safety.
  • and more!

Environmental & Earth Science projects such as:

  • Exploring the Environment Explore ecosystems and wildlife in a forest or your own backyard.
  • Entomology Learn about bugs, make a collection net or jar, and display case, explore research and careers.
  • Forest Resources Explore forests and trees, what they need to grow and thrive, and how we can help conserve this precious resource.
  • Geology Learn about the rocks, minerals and water that make up our planet.
  • and more!

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