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What’s Happening in Thurston County 4-H?

Program Contact: Dianna Ullery, 4-H Program Coordinator
(360) 867-2157 •
Check out our weekly electronic newsletter full of information and activities for 4-H member, parents, families and volunteers.

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4H: 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. Read more…

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.” Read more…

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. Read more…

Thu 21
Fri 22
Tue 26

4-H Summer 4-Kids

June 26 @ 9:00 am - June 29 @ 3:00 pm
Sat 30

Dog Project Obedience Qualifers

June 30 @ 12:00 am
Jul 09

Thurston County 4-H Council

July 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Jul 17

Dog Project Committee Meeting

July 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aug 13

Thurston County 4-H Council

August 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sep 04

Dog Project Committee Meeting

September 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm