Getting involved with 4‑H is easy and costs are kept to a minimum. Unlike other youth organizations, 4‑H doesn't require a uniform and there are no national fees. Children select their 4‑H education project so they can choose one that works well within a family's budget. 4‑H programs and clubs typically meet once per week or once per month, although some may choose to meet more or less frequently. 4‑H programs are available for children ages 8-18. 4‑H Cloverbud programs are available for children ages 5-7.



You may think 4-H is only for your friends with animals, but it’s so much more! You can do activities like shooting sports, food science, healthy living, robotics, fashion, and photography. 4‑H clubs follow a planned program and offer multiple learning opportunities for youth that are self-directed. Clubs can meet in a variety of locations and typically meet in the evenings and on the weekends. 


Research shows that young people who choose to be part of a 4-H Club are more likely to be educationally motivated, have higher self-esteem and communicate more maturely than their peers.

Click on the button below to locate your county extension office.
There you will find information about specific 4-H club programming in your area.


Go to Camp

Camping is kids learning about leadership, caring, and community through activities like swimming, boating, creative arts, horsemanship, backpacking, fishing, and archery.  Although the activities change from camp to camp, the results are the same- learning by doing, and having non-stop FUN!

There are nine 4-H Camps throughout New York State, serving campers from every county in the state.  4-H Camps are open to all young people, whether or not they are enrolled as 4-H members.  All of these camps offer traditional Resident Camp programs and some also offer Day Camps and shortened overnight programs for younger campers.  In addition, several camps are offering Specialty Camps such as 4-H Science Camps, or programs for unique audiences (Autism, At-Risk Youth, and more).


PARTICIPATE IN AN in-school or after-school Program

4-H School Enrichment

4-H School Enrichment programs in New York State reach more than 63,500 youth annually, making this the most popular way 4-H programs are delivered to youth in the state. 
Through collaboration with schools across the state, teachers and students in rural and urban districts have access to 4-H and land-grant university resources through curriculum, teaching aids, teacher trainings, special events and field trips. 
This method of delivering life skills to youth in the classroom uses 4-H curriculum as part of daily class lessons or as an intensive all-day special event. 

What topics are offered through school enrichment?  4-H lessons add spark to classrooms - resources are available on topics such as water, rockets, space, entomology, bees, civics, meteorology, financial planning, food science, exercise and fitness, leadership development, theater arts and world cultures.  A vast array of curriculum and resources is available to New York schools because of the national 4-H network and research done at Cornell University. Some of the most popular curriculums include embryology, gardening, energy use, science and technology, environmental science. 

4-H Afterschool

4-H Afterschool is responding to a critical need nationwide. Fifteen million kids are home alone after school. Research shows that latchkey youth are at a higher risk for violent crimes, subsance abuse, antisocial behavior, poor academic performance, and dropping out of school.  4-H Afterschool programming is a positive opportunity for such students to gain the life skills they need to become successful adults.  Though the program means different things to its stakeholders, it is clear that everyone involved stands to benefit from 4-H afterschool.  

For young people 4-H Afterschool provides opportunities to participate in fun, exciting programs while developing valuable skills with lifelong benefits. 

For parents and family members 4-H Afterschool creates safe, healthy, enriching environments that enhance young people’s social, emotional, physical, and academic success.

For volunteers 4-H Afterschool offers an opportunity to share a special skill with young people. 

For youth-serving organizations  4-H Afterschool offers extensive resources to help train staff, implement sound youth development practices, create new after-school programs, and strengthen existing programs. 

For communities 4-H Afterschool supports programs in many shapes and sizes, depending on the needs and interests of the local community, youth and adults involved.        

Click on the button below to locate your county extension office.
There you will find information about specific school-based 4-H programming in your area.