Skip to main content Skip to navigation

4-H, Youth & Families

Program Contact: Melanie Owens, 4-H Coordinator
(509) 524-2685 •

What is 4-H?

4-H is an informal, practical, learn-by-doing educational program for youth. In 4-H, young people learn and have fun in the process. 4-H develops skills by helping young people acquire self-discipline, confidence, the ability to set goals, and a sense of responsibility. 4-H builds citizenship by providing youth with real-world experience, by showing them the importance of volunteering, and by encouraging them to take action in their communities. 4-H promotes sportsmanship by offering the opportunity to learn about fair and ethical competition at the county, state and national levels. 4-H opens doors to the future by introducing 4-Hers to a variety of activities that can lead to careers in agriculture, business, education, family and consumer sciences, medicine, natural resources, range management, wildlife biology, and more.  Video – What is 4-H

What do 4-Hers do?

Anything! In 4-H youth learn-by-doing. 4-H is a fun, educational program, which teaches life skills through fun & creativity.   4-H offers a wide variety of projects and activities, including workshops, conferences, camps, community service projects, and leadership development opportunities for both youth and adults at the local, district, state, national, and international levels.

Who oversees 4-H?

4-H is the youth development program administered by the USDA & the Land Grant University in each state. Washington State University Extension is the governing body in Washington State. The organization and management of 4-H Youth Development is a partnership between extension personnel, Walla Walla County staff, and volunteers. For more questions about joining 4-H, please contact WSU Extension, Walla Walla County, 328 West Poplar, Walla Walla, WA 99362 or call 509-524-2685. All enrollments are subject to the availability of adult volunteer leaders or clubs.