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4-H Youth Development

Program Contact: Amy Alder, 4-H Program Manager
(509) 962-7507 • amy.alder@wsu.edu

Friendship, fun, and project-based learning!

4-H creates spaces for families, youth, and volunteers to learn and work together on the projects kids care about.

Find your Spark in 4-H!

There are over 100 different 4-H projects within STEM+Agriculture, Healthy Living, and Civic Engagement, including Livestock – Horse – Robotics – Art – Leadership – Small Animal – Outdoor Education – Food & Nutrition – Science – Community Service – and so much more!

About 4-H

4-H is our nation’s largest youth organization. The 4-H Youth Development Program teaches life skills to youth through hands-on activities, leadership development, and community involvement.

Our science, healthy living, and civic engagement programs are backed by  Washington State University Extension, Kittitas County, and a community of 4‑H volunteers and professionals. Through hands-on learning, kids build confidence, creativity, curiosity, and life skills such as leadership and resiliency to help them thrive today and tomorrow.

4‑H programs 4‑H clubs, 4‑H camps, special events, in-school and after-school programs. With the support of adult mentors, youth select from a variety of hands-on project ideas to complete. 4‑H programs are available for kids and teens ages 5-18.

Did You Know?  The first 4-H Club in Kittitas County started in 1916!

STEM & Agriculture

4‑H Science programs provide 4‑H youth the opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through fun, hands-on activities and projects.

Popular STEM & Agriculture projects in Kittitas County:

  • Livestock: swine, beef, lamb, goat, dairy, llama, alpaca
  • Small Animal & Pets: poultry, rabbits, dogs, cats & more!
  • Horse
  • Plant Science & Gardening
  • Robotics

Horse member

Healthy Living

4‑H Healthy Living programs help 4‑H youth learn how to lead lives that balance physical, mental, and emotional health.

Popular Healthy Living projects in Kittitas County:

  • Foods & Nutrition: baking, cooking, food preservation
  • Sports: archery, riflery
  • Arts: creative and visual arts, photography, sewing & more!

Applesauce Workshop

Civic Engagement

4‑H Civic Engagement programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world.

Popular Civic Engagement projects in Kittitas County:

  • Community Service
  • Service Learning
  • Know Your Government
  • Leadership

National 4-H Conference