4-H Program

Program Contact: Jenny Schmidt, 4-H Coordinator
(360) 417-2398 • jenny.schmidt@wsu.edu

Mission: Washington State University 4-H Youth Development is developing young people to become productive citizens who are engaged in positive change, meeting the needs of a diverse and changing society.

The Clallam County 4-H program teaches life skills such as leadership, character, critical thinking and cooperation through experiential learning activities. 4-H programs focus on the National 4-H Mission Mandates of Science, Citizenship and Healthy Living. 4-H clubs and programs are available to youth ages K-12 in all areas of the county. Clubs and special interest programs are organized and facilitated by trained, screened volunteer leaders.

Visit our Join 4-H page for enrollment information and frequently asked questions.

The 4-H Office is located in the historic Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. 4th Street Port Angeles-WSU Extension Office.

4-H OFFICE HOURS- (SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY)
  •  Mondays 1:00-4:30pm  Wednesdays 1:00-4:30pm  Fridays 9:00am-Noon

The 4-H Pledge

  • I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking,
  • My HEART to greater loyalty,
  • My HANDS to larger service,
  • And my HEALTH to better living,
  • For my club, my community, my country, and my world.

Clallam County 4-H Programs

Organized Community Clubs

Community 4-H Clubs offer year-round programming in specific project areas. Throughout the year, members learn like skills through hands-on learning experiences including public speaking, teamwork, resiliency, and leadership!

4-H clubs provide opportunities for youth and adults to get involved in their community and learn by doing things they love. 4-H Projects in Washington state include:

  • Animal projects: Beef, Sheep, Goat, Horse, Swine, Llama, Rabbit, Dog, Cat, Cavy, Pets, Amphibians and more!
  • Technology projects: Aerospace (Rocketry), Bicycle, Computers, Robotics, small engines, and more!
  • Plant Science: Gardening, Environmental Stewardship, and Shooting Sports.
  • Art projects: painting, drawing, photography, theater arts and clowning.
  • Family living: projects such as sewing, knitting, crocheting, and foods!
  • 4-H Challenge and Adventure Education.
  • Leadership, citizenship, and character education.

Clallam county clubs currently have trained leaders in many of the projects listed above; however, not all projects have a current club or leader. Contact jenny.schmidt@wsu.edu for club contact information and to find out if a club is accepting new members. New clubs are needed. It only takes one enrolled 4-H volunteer and 3 members from 2 families to start a club.

CHECK OUT THESE LINKS FOR STATE AND NATIONAL 4-H RESOURCES:

Special Interest Programming

Clallam County 4-H offers a variety of Short-term special interest programming throughout the year. Programs may include CTA Beginning Sew Camp, Photography Class, Weather Wizards Science Enrichment Class, National Youth Science Day and more. Contact the Extension office to find out about upcoming Special Interest programming. If you have an interest in teaching a Special Interest 4-H class, workshop, or program, contact the 4-H office to find out how to get started!

Portable Challenge

Clallam County 4-H has a Portable Challenge program which leads youth and youth serving adults through a variety of team-building leadership experiences. Training in Portable Challenge Facilitation is offered through WSU Extension. Enrolled, trained Portable Challenge Facilitators have access to a Portable Challenge obstacle kit for use with youth in the community.

Learn more about WA State 4-H Challenge and Adventure Education. Volunteer portable Challenge Facilitators are needed!

Teen Leadership Opportunities

Clallam County offers opportunities for teens throughout the county to participate in local, regional and state Teen Leadership experiences.

Learn more about WA State 4-H Teen Leadership Opportunities. Volunteer leaders are needed to assist in providing additional Teen Leadership opportunities in Clallam County!

Grant Programming

Clallam County 4-H also participates in grant programming to serve our community’s youth. In 2014 and 2015, the 4-H program worked in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of the Olympic Peninsula to participate in Food Smart Families! This program trains teens in a youth-adult partnership to lead nutrition and fitness lessons with youth from Clallam County. Please contact the 4-H office if you have ideas for grant partnerships which serve the mission of supporting the development of Clallam County youth!

WSU EXTENSION PROGRAMS AND EMPLOYMENT ARE AVAILABLE TO ALL WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION. EVIDENCE OF NONCOMPLIANCE MAY BE REPORTED THROUGH YOUR LOCAL WSU EXTENSION OFFICE.

 

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