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Thurston County 4-H

Program Contact: Emily Killeen, 4-H Program Coordinator
(360) 867-2157 •


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.

4-H grows caring, competent, capable youth, equipping them with the life skills they need to thrive, succeed, and make a positive difference in their world. Learn more…


Your time, knowledge and heart for youth could make a big difference in the quality of life in your community. Washington State University Extension will  provide you the support and training you’ll need along the way. You will be a valued partner in helping grow kids.


4-H Volunteer How To
Fillable 4-H Volunteer Application
Fillable Reference form

4-H International Exchange Program

Be a Summer Host Family

Washington 4-H International Exchange is hosting youth delegates from Japan this summer. We’re looking for families that want to gain a global perspective by hosting an international delegate. The host family commitment for Japan delegates four weeks in July and August. No special activities are required or expected, just a great Washington family experience for all. These are great kids from families much like yours. They’re excited to make friends, learn about Washington, practice their English, and be a part of your family for a few weeks this summer.

Each host family should have a designated host sibling
who would be the same gender and within 3-4 years of the international delegate.

Apply to be a Summer Host Family at   

Host an International Student in the Academic Year Program

High school students from Japan, Mexico, South Korea or Eurasia spend 10 months attending public high school and participating in school activities. Host families can be retired couples, young families, or individuals of any age, with or without their own children. Our AYP Host Families are warm and welcoming people who are happy to share their lives and American culture.
We’ re recruiting now for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. For more information go to  

Travel Abroad Experiences

Get your passport to travel abroad to Costa Rica, Japan, South Korea, Finland or Norway. These summer travel experiences include homestays that provide opportunities for foreign language and cultural immersion. The application deadline is December 1 of the year prior to summer travel.

Contact Dianna Ullery, Washington International Exchange Coordinator, at 360-867-2153 or for more information on any of these programs.

Check out all the Washington 4-H International Exchange Programs here




Connect with 4-H and get ready for a life-changing experience!

4-H is America’s largest youth development organization — empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime. We believe in the power of young people; that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. It’s our goal to empower kids with the skills to lead for a lifetime through a program that is proven to grow true leaders with life skills like confidence, compassion, and resilience.

Learn more at the National 4-H website.

Support 4-H

Donations support the 4-H program at the club, county, state and national levels. To make an online donation to Thurston County 4-H go to

Online Giving

WSU Thurston County Extension & 4-H Office Hours:

Beginning November 1, 4-H Office Hours are Tuesday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., or by appointment.

WSU Office Hours are Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday as staff is available (Call for an appointment)

Contact us at:
3054 Carpenter Rd SE
Olympia, WA 98503
phone: (360) 867-2157