4-H Youth Development

Program/Project Overview

What are 4-H Programs?

4-H programs are the umbrella for 4-H content areas. 4-H programs are underneath the three mission mandates: science, engineering and technology, healthy living, and citizenship. 4-H Programs differ from 4-H projects because they include a variety of knowledge areas and are inclusive of many projects and events. Programs can target specific audiences, seek out community partnerships and have funding sources that provide resources. The identified 4-H program areas in Nevada are: 4-H Afterschool; Ambassadors; Collegiate 4-H; Cloverbuds; Healthful Living; Military; Shooting Sports; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

What is a 4-H project?

A "project" is a topic that you can explore. As you explore, you'll learn more than just about the topic. You'll learn life skills, such as understanding yourself, communicating and working with others, problem solving and decision making skills that you will use for the rest of your life.

How do I choose a 4-H project?

Think about what you like to do or what you are interested in, then look at the list of projects. Some of the project manuals are available in your local extension office and some are on the Web. Click on one that looks interesting and find out more about it. Your 4-H leader and parent can also help you decide. Check with your 4-H leader to find out if there are requirements for the project.

Do I have to do all the activities in the project guide or manual?

Of course not. The member, parents and leader choose the activities. Members may plan to do a little or a lot based on their interests and abilities. Project plans (goals) change as a member's interest's change.

How much time is spent on a 4-H project?

It depends on the size and scope of a member's plan and goals. Some projects take a few days, weeks or even months. Some projects are repeated or undertaken again the following year to learn more and accomplish more goals.

Are there rewards for completing 4-H projects?

There are several ways to receive awards and recognition for completing projects. Check with your county 4-H staff member or 4-H leader to find out if there are special requirements.

How do I get 4-H project manuals or guides?

Your 4-H leader or county 4-H staff member will have a list of project manuals or guides. Some project activities are on the Web. Your 4-H staff member may have extra copies in his or her office; otherwise, the manuals can be ordered. Your 4-H leader or 4-H staff member can help you, so just ask!

List of projects

4-H can be anything you want it to be. 4-H projects are based on research, so you can have up-to-date and accurate information about the things you're interested in. 4-H project manuals and guides give you ideas for activities to do and ways to learn more. Not all of these projects may be offered by your club or county 4-H program, but this is a great place to explore! If there is something that you are interested in and it's not on the list, talk with your county 4-H staff member.


  • Community Involvement
  • Ambassadors
  • Careers
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
  • Diversity

Creative Living

  • Arts and Communication
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Drawing and Painting
    • Leathercraft
    • Performing Arts
    • Photography
    • Public Speaking
    • Scrapbooking
    • Sculpting
    • Theatre Arts
    • Cake Decorating
    • Ceramics
  • Food and Nutrition
    • Breads
    • Preparing Meals
  • Child Development
  • Clothing
    • Knitting and Crocheting
    • Fashion Revue
    • Needlework
    • Sewing and Quilting
    • Wool Spinning
  • Health
    • Dance
    • Fitness
    • Health Rocks!
    • Recreation
    • Skiing and Snowboarding

Independent Projects

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

  • Animal Sciences
    • Beef
    • Birds
    • Cats
    • Cavies
    • Dairy
    • Dogs
    • Embryology
    • Exotic Animals
    • Goats
    • Guide Dogs
    • Horse
    • Llamas
    • Pets
    • Poultry
    • Rabbits
    • Sheep
    • Swine
    • Veterinary Science
  • Natural Resources
    • Camping
    • Fishing
    • Geology
    • Insects
    • Outdoor Adventure
    • Shooting Sports
    • Soils and Water
    • Wildlife
  • Plant Sciences
    • Gardening
  • Science and Technology
    • All Terrain Vehicles (ATV)
    • Bicycling
    • Computers
    • Electricity/Energy
    • GPS/GIS Technology
    • Photography
    • Robotics
    • Rocketry
    • Small Engines
    • Videography
    • Woodworking


Please contact your county Cooperative Extension office for more information.