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Projects & resources

4-H has something for everyone in kindergarten through one year past high school. For those in grades K-2, enroll as a Cloverbud. Browse through 4-H project topics to learn about what you can do in 4-H.

Are you already in 4-H? Find all the information and resources you need for a project, including curriculum, activities, related scholarships, state and regional events, project leader and meeting resources, and more! For other membership needs, consult Being a Member.

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All Projects A-Z

Aerospace

Learn about the science of flight. Build a rocket, airplane or hot air balloon.

Ambassadors

See State Ambassadors. For county ambassadors projects, contact your local county office.

Aquatic Robotics

Learn about physics, biology and the scientific method as you design and build your own remote-operated vehicle, then adapt it to monitor the water quality of Minnesota's rivers, lakes and streams.

Beef

Explore the beef industry. Learn about breeds, health, feed, behavior, judging and showing a calf, ethical issues, and more.

Bicycle

Learn how to choose a bike, bike maintenance and repair, and road rules to make riding safe and fun.

Cat

Learn how to keep your cat safe, healthy, and active.

Child & Family Development

Learn about safety, nutrition, games and learning activities for children.

Citizenship

Learn to solve problems and take action in your community.

Clothing & Textiles

Learn to sew and design clothing.

Clowning

Learn skills and tools for clowning, and create a kit of props, wigs, makeup, and scripts.

Cloverbuds (K-2)

4-H Cloverbuds explore and learn about the world in a non-competitive environment by doing fun activities with the guidance of parents or other adult helpers.

Communication & Demonstration

Learn skills and tools to express yourself and communicate better, whether you're talking to a friend, writing, or making a presentation to a group.

Community Pride/Service Learning

Learn how to identify community needs, plan a service project and execute your idea.

Computers

Learn about building and maintaining computers, software and the internet.

Consumer Education

You need to manage money throughout your life. Improve your money management skills and become a more informed consumer. Learn to distinguish between wants and needs; identify, set and evaluate goals; track expenses and income, and more.

Crafts & Fine Arts

Learn skills, techniques and tools in drawing, painting, sculpting, printing, fiber arts, or graphic design.

Crop Science

Learn about Minnesota crops, soil fertility, weed and insect pests, food storage and business.

Dairy

Explore the dairy industry, from raising a cow to dairy science and ethics to manufacturing and marketing dairy products.

Dog

Raise your dog to be a leader dog or companion dog or just an ideal pet. Learn about feeding, grooming, training and showing.

Electric

Build circuits and test voltages. Learn about wiring, lighting, and safety issues.

Entomology

Learn about bugs, make a collection net or jar, and display case, explore research and careers.

Exploring Animals

Youth 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.

Exploring the Environment

Explore ecosystems and wildlife in a forest or your own backyard and how you can be a good steward of the environment.

Fishing Sports

Learn about fish species, habitats, gear, baits, lures, regulations, and careers related to fishing.

Flower Gardening

Learn about annuals, biennials, and perennials, design and plant a garden, or create flower arrangements.

Food & Nutrition

Learn to pick healthy foods, prepare nutritious meals, and make smart food purchases.

Forest Resources

Explore forests and trees, what they need to grow and thrive, and how we can help conserve this precious resource.

Fruit

Learn how to plant, water, fertilize and prune your fruit plants, and to manage weeds, insects and diseases.

Geology

Study lakes, aquifers, caves, streams, iron deposits, rocks, and fossils.

Geospatial

Learn about navigational tools - GIS and GPS - and orienteering

Global Connections

Explore language, family traditions, culture, global connectedness, genealogy, and concerns of other young people.

Goat-Dairy

Learn about goat health, feeding, breeding, management, genetics, industry issues and showing.

Goat-Meat

Learn about goat health, feeding, breeding, management, genetics, industry issues and showing.

Health

Learn about nutrition, hygiene, fitness, or first aid skills.

Home Environment

Learn about interior design, home maintenance or buying a house.

Horse

Learn about show, trail or endurance riding. Test your horse sense at quiz bowls or judging teams, or learn about horse science.

Indoor Gardening

Learn about seeds, soil, watering, terrariums, dish gardens and house plants.

Lama

Learn about llama and alpaca care, grooming, feeding, training, showing, judging and careers.

Lawn & Landscape Design

Learn to design, plant and manage your outdoor landscape of grass, shrubs, and trees.

Needle Arts

Learn the basics of knitting, crocheting, embroidery and counted cross stitch. Learn various patterns or create your own designs.

Performing Arts

Learn the skills and techniques to develop and present stories through acting, mime, puppetry, theater arts and music.

Pets

Explore small pets such as guinea pigs, iguanas, snakes or frogs. Learn what they eat, how they play and how they stay healthy.

Photography

Learn about equipment, lighting and flash techniques, photo composition, and evaluating photographs.

Plant & Soil Science

Learn about parts of a plant, photosynthesis, cross-pollination, soil, erosion and more.

Potatoes

Learn the difference between a Russet, Carola and Yukon gold, and how potatoes are best grown, stored and cooked.

Poultry

Explore the poultry industry. Learn about species and breeds, eggs, feather features, health, feeding and more.

Power of the Wind

Explore wind as an energy source as you design, build, and test wind-powered devices!

Quilting

Learn the basic quilting skills, techniques and tools, and study the collecting, conservation, and exhibition of quilts.

Rabbit

Learn about rabbit breeds, health, handling, showing, marketing and careers.

Robotics

Use science, math, engineering and technology to design, build and program a robot.

Safety

Learn about safety for water, fire, electricity and recreational vehicles. Make a first-aid or winter-survival kit.

Self-Determined

If you find that no single project is quite right for you, you can develop your own project. Be your own researcher, scientist, artist, communicator, and evaluator. Ask your local 4-H leader or Extension staff for resources to help create your own project area.

Sheep

Learn about the sheep industry, including sheep care, health, feeding, raising, showing, marketing and careers.

Shooting Sports & Wildlife

Build skills in the safe use of firearms and archery and the importance of protecting Minnesota's natural resources.

Shop-Wood & Metal

Learn techniques and skills to use routers, joiners, table saws, tape measures, drills and more.

Small Engines

Learn about building and maintenance, tools, rules and regulations, safety issues, and careers.

State Ambassadors

Minnesota State 4-H Ambassadors educate youth and adults across the state about leadership, service, diversity and teamwork.

Swine

Explore the swine industry, including breeding, health, feeding, showing, marketing and careers.

Tractors

Learn about maintenance, restoration and operation, fuels, hydraulic and electrical systems, and safety.

Vegetable Gardening

Learn about plants, watering, fertilizing, and managing weeds, insects and diseases.

Veterinary Science

Learn about preventing disease and improving the health of animals. This could be the start of a career as a vet!

Video

Learn about video production and filmmaking, including composition, camera and lighting techniques, and editing.

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.

Youth Leadership

Build relationships, develop communication techniques, and strengthen your organizational skills to make a positive impact in your club, home, school or community.

Project Selection Guide

If you're interested in:

You might enjoy:

Science, Engineering & Technology projects such as:

  • Aquatic Robotics Learn about physics, biology and the scientific method as you design and build your own remote-operated vehicle, then adapt it to monitor water quality.
  • Robotics Use science, technology, engineering and math to design, build and program a robot.
  • Geospatial Learn about navigational tools - GIS and GPS - and orienteering.
  • 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 Animals Youth 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.
  • Clowning Learn skills and tools for clowning, and create a kit of props, wigs, makeup, and scripts.
  • 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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