What is 4-H?

4-H is a youth development organization that provides experiential learning for young people across the world. Through this "learn by doing" approach, 4-H youth learn leadership, citizenship and life skills that empower them for a lifetime. 4-H encourages youth to reach their full potential through learning experiences, completing projects, developing community, and volunteering.

In Nebraska, 4-H is provided through Nebraska Extension in cooperation with county governing boards, the University of Nebraska, and the United States Department of Agriculture. Through these strong partnerships, Extension Staff are able to deliver 4-H and other agriculture and community services to youth, families, and producers across the state.

How can I learn more about 4-H?
  • Contact our office.
    • Our office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. Stop by for in-person help!
    • Email the 4-H Program: cass-county@unl.edu
    • Call: 402-267-2205 

We are excited to have you join the 4-H family in Cass County! See the headlines below for Frequently Asked Questions and assistance with 4HOnline registration.

Questions about Cass County 4-H:

How old do you have to be to enroll in 4-H?

  • Clover Kids enroll at age 5 (as of Dec. 31st of current year)
  • Regular 4-Hers enroll at age 8 to 18 (as of Dec. 31st of current year)

Do youth, leaders, and volunteers all need to re-enroll each year?

If there a fee to join 4-H?
No, not in Cass County.

What is the benefit of being in a 4-H club?
There are many benefits of being in a club; friendship and fellowship, opportunity for leadership development, plus strides in selfconfidence, learning to work with others, and communication skills. Problem solving, citizenship, expanded horizons, organizational skills, respect for and from others, patience, tolerance, and real-world experience! The club leader will help you with decision making, keep you informed about project announcements and deadlines, and will be a great encouragment! You can also join 4-H as an independent member! 

How many clubs are active in Cass County?
There are over 20 4-H clubs in Cass County Nebraska...including horse clubs, livestock clubs, STEM clubs, sewing clubs, general clubs, shooting sports clubs, etc.  If you are interested in joining a Cass County club, please call the Extension Office at 402-267-2205 and we will give you information.

More 4-H FAQ's (via Nebraska 4-H)

Enrollment via 4HOnline 2.0 

The new 4-H year began October 17.  The new system is up and ready for 2022-2023 4-H enrollments.   New 4-H members may enroll anytime during the year; however in order to participate at the Cass County Fair, enrollment must be completed by June 15th.  

4-H Project Opportunities

Are you wanting to select a 4-H project, but don't know where to start?  Check out the following resources:

  • Nebraska Extension Pick Your Project - The Pick Your Project is an online project selection guide for finding both county-only and state fair eligible 4-H fair projects and their resources. Users can search by keywords or browse by project area, curriculum area, and experience level. Project resources and learning objectives are included with each project.

In addition, there are project manuals available for almost every 4-H project.  (Available project manuals are listed in the Project Resource Central above.)  These written manuals provide hands-on lessons & ideas to help youth acquire new skills and knowledge.  The manuals are not required, but can be very helpful.  Manuals may be purchased at the Extension office or directly through the following websites:

For more information, check out our 4-H Resources and Fair and Contests pages!

If you have questions, please call the Cass County Extension office at (402) 267-2205.  We are here to help!