4-H provides hands-on learning experiences that are fun and relevant. Eligibility for enrolled 4-H members is determined by the youth’s age as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year, which runs September 1 through August 31. 4-H is open to youth ages 5-18. The Cloverbud Program is for children ages 5-7 who want to explore learning together!
4-H Members can choose from more than 50 projects that focus on science, engineering, and technology, animals and agriculture, food & nutrition, outdoor adventures, marine science, public speaking, art, and wildlife. 4-H learning is experiential- where youth learn life skills and use their skills to give back to their communities. Youth set goals and keep records and they can participate in events and activities on a county, state, and national level to keep their learning strong.
4-H has three major priority programs: Science, Citizenship & Leadership, and Healthy Living. Please check out the resources available to you in each of these areas. For more information on 4-H projects and resources visit: Florida 4-H Curriculum Clearinghouse.
- Citizenship and Leadership
4-H’ers are leading a Revolution of Responsibility – a movement for positive change in every community in America. 4-H youth are a living breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles, and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. That takes uncommon commitment. This program explores leadership and citizenship skills. You will explore citizenship, community development, service, personal development, and many other leadership-citizenship topics as you develop important life skills. Each activity guide includes a separate achievement program and activities, that promote learning and interaction with other youth, adult helpers, family members and your community.
- Healthy Living
Healthy Living is a cornerstone of 4-H nationally and is even part of our pledge; “I pledge my health to better living”. 4-H believes that healthy living habits of young people begin in the context of their families and communities, we strive to equip youth with healthy living knowledge and skills that will prepare them physically, emotionally, and socially to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Florida 4-H strives to meet the needs of today’s youth through education in nutrition, physical fitness, substance abuse, safety, and social and emotional wellness.
- Science/Animal Sciences
Science is all around us and in our everyday lives! Science is about asking questions and seeking answers, and yes, science is fun! The 4-H Science program provides youth with a great variety of fun, hands-on learning experiences in projects related to science, engineering, and technology (SET). These project areas encourage young minds to investigate, explore, and make their own discoveries. Projects cover environmental sciences and natural resources, animal sciences and wildlife, plant sciences and forestry, vet science, computers and robotics, and more. These projects help youth build important life, science, and workforce skills and fosters their interest in helping to fill our nation’s shortage of young leaders proficient in science, engineering, and technology.