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An Important Message from Nancy Deringer, State Program Leader for 4-H Youth Development


Dear 4-H Families, Volunteers and Members:

In consultation with WSU Extension and the WA State Dept. of Health, all 4-H programming will be conducted virtually, postponed or cancelled, effective immediately. In addition, all WSU County Offices will be closed to PHYSICAL PUBLIC ACCESS; however, 4-H Faculty and 4-H Staff will continue operations. By taking this action, our 4-H community will do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Your health and safety are very important to us, so we are prepared for this temporary suspension to remain in place through April 27 or until K-12 schools resume. The WSU Extension team will be consulting with WSU administration and public health officials and re-assessing safety guidelines regularly to make decisions that are consistent with updated information.

The 4-H Youth Development Program will be working in different ways virtually online and/or through telephone conferencing. Your county 4-H Faculty and 4-H Staff will be reaching out to you, so please join us, and think creatively during this time!

***Here is a website put together by our King County 4-H educators that lists a variety of exciting learning activities that can be done at home!   If you find another awesome research-based learning SITE that you’d like to share, please let us know and we’ll add it to the website!

Stay tuned to your County 4-H website, Facebook, and e-mails for ongoing information. We will be flexible together and make smart, safe choices. We will get through this, together!




4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. We reach out to kids and their families to build skills for real life. WSU 4-H Youth Development is committed to providing safe and inclusive environments for all youth and adults regardless of race; sex; gender; sexual orientation; gender identity; gender expression; religion; age; color; creed; national or ethnic origin; citizenship; physical, mental, or sensory ability; genetic information; and/or status as an honorably discharged veteran or member of the military.

There are over a hundred different hands-on projects offered. Contact your county extension office to learn how you can become a part of 4-H!

The 4-Hs

Head, Heart, Hands, and Health are the four H’s in 4-H, and they are the four values members work on through fun and engaging programs.

Managing, Thinking
Relating, Caring
Giving, Working
Being, Living
4-H Mission

4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

Washington State 4-H Youth Development education creates supportive environments for all youth and families to reach their fullest potential. This will be accomplished through a systemic approach of foundation and mission driven science to meet our goals to:

  • provide formal and non-formal experiential learning,
  • develop skills that benefit youth throughout life,
  • foster leadership and volunteerism in youth and adults,
  • build internal and external partnerships for programming and funding,
  • strengthen families and communities,
  • employ research based knowledge and the land grant university system, and
  • embrace and expand the traditions of the 4-H Youth Program.
4-H Vision

A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.

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.

Watch this video to learn more about 4-H:

COVID-19 Resources

Home Education Learning Links

Zoom: Getting Started

Join 4-H

Give to 4-H

Shop 4-H!

Work for 4-H!

Want to show support for 4-H wherever you go? You can purchase a 4-H license plate for your car! $28 of each license fee goes to support 4-H in Washington. Click here for more information: WA DOL

4-H license plate

Plates can be made with a custom message for a personal touch!

Learn more about the History of 4-H through a Historical Timeline.

Washington State University Extension