EXPLORE 4-H PROJECTS
With over 30 projects, there's no doubt your kids will find something they're interest in.
Learn all aspects of the beef industry by raising a market steer or building
your own heard by raising heifers and cows.
The Citizenship project is designed to help members find out more about
themselves, family, friend, community and world. The project will lead to opportunities for meeting people and working with groups. Learn about
other countries and cultures.
CLOTHING & TEXTILES
This project will introduce you to a whole new world of options with outfits,
clothing and accessories. The clothing construction phase will teach you the
basics like sewing a shirt or putting a zipper in a pair of pants. The advanced
unites will teach you how to take the design of your choice and customize it
for the perfect look, color and fit. Buymanship will give you that edge on
planning a budget for an outfit, choosing between different shades of colors
and analyzing clothing advertisements. Members may participate in the
Fashion Review to model either their clothing construction or Buymanship
Youth will learn to interpret verbal and nonverbal information, develop
effective public speaking skills, enhance written and spoken communication,
defend a point, or design a presentation.
Got milk or ever wonder about the power of cheese? Spend a little time with
the animal that creates all of this goodness. This project is for members
want to learn more about dairy animals and caring for and raising one.
Members usually start with a heifer or a yearling heifer. Older members may
start with a producing cow.
Did you know goat milk is used for human consumption? In fact more
people in the world drink goat milk than cow milk, although in the U.S. the
opposite is true. Dairy goats are a great project for members to learn
about agriculture around the world and in your own backyard. Members
may start with a doe and then raise kids to create their own dairy goat herd.
DOG CARE AND
This project is for youth who are interested in learning more about dogs,
how to care for a dog and how to train a dog in basic or advanced
commands. Any kind of dog may be used in this unique project that is not
designed to conform to AKC or other professional standards. Members
without dogs may wish to participate in quiz bowls, conferences and other
activities that do not require dog ownership.
Learn important general electrical concepts as you experiment with making
a light switch, testing voltages and even build motors. Study energy use,
magnetism, electronics and transistors. Learn how small engines work and
how to keep them working or discover the power of the wind! Learn about
where the wind blows and how its power can be used for sailing, lifting,
pumping water and creating electricity.
Have you chased butterflies or caught a ladybug to get a closer look? Do
you think collecting bugs is a great way to spend your time? Then the 4-H
Entomology project is right up your alley. Youth will learn about the world of insects in soil, on plants, in homes, on pets and other secret places.
This project is for first and second year members. It's a great way to
"explore" 4-H projects with out enrolling in all of them. Members will be
exposed to numerous project areas with the guidance of older members
and adult helpers.
4-H members will learn about their own growth and development as well as
that of others in the Family Studies project. It will help youth learn about
children of different ages and appropriate activities that help children grow
and develop physically, socially, mentally and emotionally. Youth will learn
about building family strengths to nurture children.
Have you ever wondered how your grandmother crocheted that scarf for you
or embroidered the pillowcases? Have you looked at the quilt on your
mother's bed and wondered how it was made? The Fiber Arts is defined as
the practical skills passed down from preceding generations that were
developed to provide basic family needs, such as appeal, home furnishings or
In this project, you will have fun learning how to cook the basics and then
advance to gourmet and international meals. You will learn the heritage of many foods as well as consumer buying skills to get the most for your
money. In addition, you will learn how to make healthy snacks and modify
your recipes to fit a healthy lifestyle.
Did you find a rock at the park and don't know what kind it is? What about
fossils? If you would like to learn more about rocks, minerals and fossils,
then dive into the Geology project! Discover the types of minerals, rocks
and fossils that can be found where you live. Learn about geological
formulations across the state and in other states.
Health, exercise and recreation are vital parts of our daily lives. You can
focus on physical activity, healthy eating, exercise, sports and recreation or
first aid in relation to any of the other phases.
This project gives you the opportunity to examine space, both inside and
and out. Decorating a room, experimenting with colors and different types
and patterns on your walls and creating the feeling of coziness in a family
room are all part of this project. Being an interior designer is all about
making a hour a home, and the Home Environment project will give you this
If you love horses, then this project is for you! You will have the
opportunity to learn about, handle, care for and ride horses. Members
may own or lease a horse, but must have complete access to the horse at
any time and must provide full are and management 75% of the time,
whether owned or leased. "Horseless Horse" members do not own or lease
a horse, but participate in judging, quiz bowls, hippology, presentations
and may help with horse shows and trail rides.
Are you ready to step up to leadership? This project will bring out the best
in you. You will learn about the skills it takes to be a leader such as:
understanding yourself, communicating, getting along with others, learning,
making decisions, plus managing and working with groups.
Do you enjoy being in the spotlight? Do you like to be creative while
performing on-stage or setting up backstage? Then you should jump into
this project! You will learn to express yourself in front of a crowd either
on-state, backstage, as a puppeteer or writing your own script.
Whether you're a fish, hamster or a cat lover, this project is intended for
members to learn more about their household friends. You will focus on the
hand or aquarium pets or cats as you learn about the different species and
how to keep them healthy. You will have the chance to be creative and
design a toy for your pet, create a commercial or even a scavenger hunt.
Capture your friends and important events through photography. Learn
about basic and advanced cameras and how to plan, compose, light and
exhibit your photos. Advance into wide-angle and telephoto lenses, filters,
light meters and computer enhancement.
This project focuses on activities related to raising a garden, flowers, forestry
and field crops. This includes planing, planting, experimenting and under-
standing soils, seeds, insects, plant care, harvesting, weed identification
and control, processing, exploring careers and the relationship between
trees, people and communities.
This project is designed to help you learn about chickens and other poultry.
You will acquire an understanding of scientific poultry management and
marketing practices. You will gain business experience and insight into the
values and principles of purchasing, marketing, record keeping and
The rabbit project will help you learn how to raise and care for your rabbits.
It is suggested that you start with a doe and extend the project each year.
Do you enjoy a good book? Do you like to read and study other project
areas in 4-H? Check into the phases of the 4-H Reading project.
The self-determined project is just that - you decide what you do or study.
Is there something you have a passion for that is not included in the 4-H
project listing? Then, this is your opportunity to create your own project.
Research a sport, hobby or career - the sky is the limit!
The sheep project will help you learn more about the sheep industry. You
will learn how to care for and feed a market lamb or build your own breeding
Whether you have an air rifle, .22 rifle, shotgun, air pistol or bow and arrow,
the shooting sports project teaches you gun safety, hunting skills and the
opportunity to test your skills. If you have an interest in guns and/or
hunting in any form, this project is the best way to learn about them. Check
with your local extension office for the availability of certified leaders before
This project will help young people how to build rockets and robots and
explore space through astronomy. There are also opportunities to learn
more about GPS and GIS. Experience the thrill of setting off rockets,
building robots and geo-caching. Learn about computers and how you
can apply them in 4-H.
Feed out a market hog or start your own breeding herd by enrolling in the
swing project. Learn to select and judge quality animals and meat products.
This project combines the likes of drawing, painting and working with clay or
leather. You will explore art techniques, study art history and culture and
discover artistic challenges. Develop your artistic skills and talents while
learning the elements and principles of design.
Kansas wildlife is a large part of our state ranging from buffalo to birds to
fish to deer and more. In this project you will learn about wildlife behavior,
habitat requirements, how wildlife species fit into nature's scheme, how they
are managed, and how they relate to humans.
This project requires that you enjoy working with wood, using tools and
building things. Can you see yourself building a table, a wood toy or a
chair? As a beginning woodworker, you can build many items. As your
skills grow, you will be able to make most of the objects in your house or
even help build a home!