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4-H Youth Development

4-H Youth Development Program

Pierce County-

4-H is the youth development education program of Washington State University Extension (, which is conducted jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (, your state land grant university ( and Pierce County. Today 4-H is everywhere–in cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural communities. In the 21st century, 4-H serves a broad clientele with expanded program using a variety of ways to “learn by doing.”

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About 4-H

4-H is the youth development program of Washington State University Extension, and is managed jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington’s land grant university (WSU) and Pierce County government. 4-H is everywhere – in cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural communities. 4-H is the largest youth development organization in the nation. The United States has more than five million members and 600,000 leaders. Around the world, 4-H-type clubs exist in at least 82 countries. 4-H serves a broad clientele, with expanded program focus using a variety of delivery methods that incorporate its theme of learn by doing.


Washington State University 4-H Youth Development is assisting young people to become productive citizens who are engaged in positive change in order to meet the needs of a diverse and changing society.


4-H Youth Development education creates a supportive environment for all youth and families to reach their fullest potentials. This will be accomplished through a systematic approach of foundation and mission-driven science to meet the 4-H 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
  • Embrace and expand the traditions of the 4-H Youth Development program

Please Visit or Contact Us!

We warmly welcome you to Pierce County 4-H! Whether you are new to the Clover or already part of the 4-H family, we hope that you’ll find what you’re looking for on our website. If not, please email or call the extension office in Tacoma.

WSU Pierce County 4-H Extension Office:
3602 Pacific Avenue, Suite 200
Tacoma, WA 98418
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Shelley Friend, 4-H Office/Program Coordinator | 253-798-7160

Mike Seiber, 4-H Program Coordinator | 253-798-3223

Brian Brandt, Professor – Youth Development | 253-798-3250

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/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.

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Thu 23

4-H Family Program Zoom

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Thu 30

4-H Spring Leaders Meeting

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jun 03

4-H Dog Leaders Meeting

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jun 08
Jun 20

Pierce County 4-H Leaders Council

June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jun 26

4-h Poster Laminating Evening

June 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm