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What is 4-H?

National 4-H has established three priority areas for 4-H Youth Development work that will guide 4-H activities as we enter into the 21st Century. Guiding our efforts to coincide with the national mandates are how 4-H Youth Development staff and volunteers can ensure that we are creating caring, competent and contributing youth for our future.


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Science, Engineering & Technology

4-H is uniquely positioned to develop America’s future generation of scientists and engineers. This program area will be 4-H’s national priority for the next five years. 4-H has the ability to draw upon a rich and diverse set of research-based curricula and activities that provide hands-on, real-world experiences delivered in both informal and formal settings. Delivered through the 4-H setting, Science, Engineering & Technology offers an extraordinary range of engaging and challenging activities for youth of all ages and abilities.

Whatcom 4-H Science Engineering Technology Project:

– 4-H GPS/GIS Project


Healthy Living

A core belief of 4-H is Health, as evidenced by the four H’s in the 4-H clover: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. 4-H is committed to the physical, mental and emotional health of our nation’s youth so they may lead healthy and productive lives into adulthood. 4-H has become a national leader in health-related educational issues including chemical health, mental and emotional health, foods and nutrition, physical health and safety.


Since its inception, 4-H has placed emphasis on the importance of young people being engaged, well-informed citizens. By connecting to their communities and leaders, youth understand their role in civic affairs and are able to expand their role in decision-making processes. It’s clear that civic engagement provides the foundation that helps youth understand the “big picture” of life and learn the skill sets that will allow them to become wise leaders for the 21st century.

– Know Your County Government

– Know Your Government

– Washington Civic Ed for Youth Page

4-H is flexible, so your county may be offering
4-H in additional creative ways.
Visit your Extension office and learn
About ways to do 4-H where you live.



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