Animal Sciences

Members are required to take Quality Assurance and Ethics training when they sign up for horse, dog, cats, rabbits, and poultry projects.

Members enrolled in dairy and beef cattle, swine, sheep, and goats must take the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals certification annually. All 4-H exhibitors of these animals will be required to certify in the YQCA program each year starting for the 2022 show season. To view State 4-H Events, including Animal Sciences, visit our State Events Page.

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Food Access

Your voice matters! Illinois 4-H recognizes that you are an important resource for your community, not just someday in the future, but right now, today. Through strengthening your communication, decision making, goal setting, and leadership skills you will become a strong food advocate. 

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Shooting Sports

Welcome to Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports! Illinois offers shooting disciplines of archery, rifle (air and small-bore), shotgun, pistol, and outdoor hunting skills. Each local program is guided by a Certified 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator. The Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program is part of the National 4-H Shooting Sports Program which sets the standards and guides the curriculum.  The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible, productive citizens. The Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program stands out as an example. Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of shooting and much more. The activities of the program and support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth and conservation ethics.

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Learn about science, technology, engineering and math with these fun, hands-on programs. We have proof that youth who take 4-H STEM projects believe science helps solve life's problems. 4-Hers are twice as likely as other youth to want a career related to science and see science as exciting. Even better... 4-H members are twice as likely to say they're 'good at' science compared to their peers.