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What’s Happening in Thurston County 4-H?

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

Thurston County 4-H Calendar

Use this calendar to help your family plan 4-H involvement and remember 4-H activities and eligibility deadlines. The calendar lists opportunities for currently enrolled 4-H youth members, families and volunteers. If you are not already enrolled in a 4-H Club or as a 4-H Leader/Volunteer, please contact the 4-H Office at for assistance:  Winter Quarter 4-H Calendar 2023

WSU 4-H Youth Development Tuesday News

To find out what’s going on in 4-H statewide, go to Tuesday News.

Experience 4-H!

Try something new and find your spark!  Free  virtual classes are open to youth ages 5-18 unless otherwise specified.  Pre-registration required.  Go to the Calendar for live registration links, or like the Explore 4-H with WSU Extension Facebook page at for updates on all the offerings.

Articles from Thurston Talks

Thurston County 4-H Holds Virtual Contests in Lieu of 2020 County Fair

Everyone loves a county fair. But for 4-Hers, it’s especially important. The annual Thurston County Fair marks the end of a year of hard work getting their projects ready to show. It’s a week of fun with friends, learning and of course, fair food. When the Thurston County Fair was cancelled due to COVID-19, the 4-H community stepped up to ensure her kids still got as much of the Fair experience as they could.  Click here to read the entire article.

4-H: Head, Heart, Hands, Health, and Helping Hounds

Dogs are often considered man’s best friend. While many people may teach their best friends simple tricks, not all of them go the extra mile and do advanced training. 4-H is a nationwide organization focused on service for children of all ages. The four H’s stand for “Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.” 4-H has a variety of subjects such as sewing, raising show chickens and
horseback riding. Erin Gayton of Olympia leads a 4-H dog training group called “Helping Hounds.” There are several 4-H dog clubs in Thurston County, but Helping Hounds has a special emphasis on inclusion. Click here to read the entire article.

4-H Options Go Beyond the Barnyard

When we think of 4-H, working with livestock is what usually comes to mind. But 4-H (which stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health) is about so much more. While the program was started to teach youth about agriculture and bring technology to farms, it has grown into the largest youth development organization in the United States with the mission to “help young people and their families gain the skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy.” Click here to read the entire article.

A Day in the Life of a 4-H’er at the Thurston County Fair

The Thurston County Fair is bustling with visitors – families eager to spend a pleasant, stress-free day looking at animals, playing carnival games and enjoying the food. Oh, the food! But amidst that crowd is a group of kids and parents who are bustling for an entirely different reason. For 4-H’ers and their parents, fair week (and the week leading up to it) is without a doubt the busiest time of their year and most likely not stress-free. Click here to read the entire article.

Thu 08

4-H Robotics Project Meeting

June 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 12

4-H Dog Committee Meeting

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu 22

4-H Robotics Project Meeting

June 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon 26

4-H Leader’s Council Meeting

June 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jul 03

4-H Horse Committee Meeting

July 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jul 10

4-H Dog Committee Meeting

July 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jul 13

4-H Robotics Project Meeting

July 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Jul 24

4-H Leader’s Council Meeting

July 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm