What is 4-H?

4-H is a community of young people who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills by using the “learn-by-doing” approach. 4-H encourages youth to reach their full potential through learning experiences, completing projects, 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, along side the Land Grant University in Nebraska. 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.

4-H offers:

  • Clubs & Camps
  • School Enrichment
  • Afterschool Programs
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Community Engagement & Volunteering

Youth who participate in 4-H are 4 times more likely to give back to their community, 2 times more likely to be civically active, make healthier choices, and participate in STEM activities.

How do we get involved?

Step 1: Read the "Welcome to 4-H" booklet

We've created a booklet to help families (like you!) learn more about our 4-H program, the opportunities your child can have, and how to get involved. Download it via the link below!
Welcome to 4-H Flyer

Step 2: 4-H Club vs. Independent

One of the oldest and most traditional parts of 4-H is getting involved with a club! In order to better understand 4-H and create a fun and memorable experience, we encourage new members to join a club. Think a club isn’t for you? Not a big deal. Youth can be enrolled as Independent 4-H’ers; which just means they don’t belong to an existing 4-H Club, but can still participate in all 4-H events. You can contact a club leader directly to inquire about joining, or you can call our office for further assistance.

Step 3: Enroll!

Enrollment in Washington County 4-H is $10. To be enrolled as a 4-H member, youth must be 8-18 years of age on January 1 of the current year. Youth ages 5-7 by January 1 of the current year may be enrolled in 4-H as Clover Kids.

Member enrollment is completed online via 4H-Online. To begin the enrollment process, please visit our Youth Member Enrollment page for step-by-step insturctions.


Step 4: Pick Your Project

Projects are the heart of 4-H. We know that the projects allow the youth to gain knowledge and develop interests, skills, an understanding and appreciation of growth and change. But we also know that a lot more is happening than “just” learning new skills—project work encompasses the four H’s that we’ve planted our roots in: head, heart, hands & health.

You can find the list & explanations of the available project on our Project Resources page.

How can I learn more about 4-H?

  • Contact our office!
    • Our office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm to answer your 4-H questions, help you enroll, and more!
    • Email the Washington County 4-H Staff: washingtoncounty4h@unl.edu
    • Call: 402-426-9455 and ask for a 4-H Staff member.