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U of M Extension - 4-H


What’s Happening?
Exciting things are happening in 4-H today.  All across Minnesota, kids are learning, growing, and having fun in 4-H clubs and 4-H adventures. 4-H lets kids try new things, learn new skills, and express themselves through fun hands-on activities.  Working on projects helps connect kids with their friends, families, communities, and the world.  4-H aids kids in gaining confidence and developing life skills that will help them be successful. 4-H clubs are open to all kids, kindergarten through one year past high school, whether they live in cities, towns, or in the country.  4-H welcomes boys and girls from all backgrounds.  Only in 4-H can kids experience such a wide range of quality programs by University of Minnesota Extension Staff and trained volunteers.

4-H Projects - Learning by Doing
What do you like to do in your free time? What grabs your interest - bugs, sculpture, food, animals or computers?  What do you want to be when you grow up?  Chances are you can turn the answers to these questions into 4-H projects.

4-H projects give you the freedom to find out what you like and what you’re good at doing.  Explore things like woodworking, plants, photography, art, fashion or animals of all kinds from guinea pigs to dogs and cats to horses, pigs and cows.  Animal ownership is not necessary when exploring these project areas!

4-H uses fun, hands-on activities where you learn by doing. 4-H teaches you more than how to take good photographs or care for an animal.  In 4-H, you learn how to work with others, solve problems, speak in public, be a leader, and enjoy life.  These skills can be used over and over again to help you be successful in school and life.

Expand your horizons
Popular 4-H projects in Minnesota are: Cloverbuds, Clothing and Textiles, Crafts and Fine Arts, Food and Nutrition, Gardening (flower, indoor and vegetable), Horse, Photography, Self Determined, Shop, and Youth Leadership.  But don’t let that limit you from trying something new.  Think about how you can expand on the subjects you study in school or the activities you do at home.  Do you like learning about rocks in science?  Consider Geology.  Are you involved in school plays or play a musical instrument?  Performing arts is for you.  Do you like to ride bike?  There is a project for you too.  In fact there is a project for almost every interest.  See your potential by trying something new in 4-H today.

Join 4-H Today!
Joining 4-H is easy and free.  Just contact the Extension Office at 320-732-4435. Before you know it, you will be working on your projects, having fun, making new friends and learning life skills!  

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