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In 4-H, members learn about topics that interest them. These are referred to as members “projects.” That could be anything from learning how to cook, build a robot, or care for the environment. One of the most important aspects of 4-H project work is that the 4-H member decides what they want to learn and do as they explore their project. This allows the project to be self-paced, and gives children important skills in setting and working toward their goals.

4-H makes learning fun! A variety of projects are offered through 4-H so members can pick the ones that most interest them. Or they can find other young people with the same interest and study that topic with the help of a volunteer that shares the same interests. 4-H projects help members to learn by doing. Projects offer hands-on ways to learn about a topic of interest.

Some projects have several levels. As members master the work at a beginning level, they are encouraged to advance to higher levels. Our Project Selection guide is available for view below and click for our Resource & Curriculum Guide.

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Aerospace

Build a rocket or a model plane then take off to explore the world.

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Beef

Raise and show beef cattle while you learn about managing your cattle herd.

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Beekeeping

This project will familiarize members with the roles bees play in the eco-system, and how they can be used as a production species.

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Bicycle

Nothing feels better than riding your bicycle with friends.

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Career Readiness

Explore careers, plan your own business, or get ready for college.

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Cats

It's the purrrrfect project to help you learn to care for your cat's daily needs.

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Child Development

Learn about careers in the child development field while you learn best practices for caring and working with children.

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Civic Engagement

Be empowered and actively engaged in your community and world around you.

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Clothing

Sew clothes and accessories that reflect your personal style.

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Communications

Become an effective public speaker, writer, communicator, or reporter.

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Computer Science Text-Based Programming

Discover the basic elements of programming within text-based programming languages such as Python, HTML, and C.

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Computer Science Visual-Based Programming

Learn programming from scratch using SCRATCH and open-source sources.

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Consumer Education

Wise money choices now could mean cash in the future.

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Cooking

Explore the world of cooking with tasty, hands-on experiences; from the sweet and simple to the complex and savory, and everything in between.

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Creative Writing

Understand multiple writing genres and work on the development of themes, plot, character, and more!

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Crops - Corn

Learn to test corn germination, study growing degree-days, experiment with soil tilth, manage pests, calculate drying time, cross-pollinate plants, and determine harvest losses

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Crops - Small Grains

Learn to select seed varieties, understand stages of plant development, germinate seeds, recognize and manage pests, determine pesticide risks, take soil samples, study costs and prices, and recognize disease.

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Crops - Soybeans

Learn to select and germinate seeds, experiment with planting depth, study disease-resistant factors, explore careers related to crops and soils, and identify pests and diseases.

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Dairy Cattle

Explore the dairy industry, from raising a cow to the science behind milk production.

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Dairy Goats

Learn about health, nutrition, breeding, selection, and marketing of goats.

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Diversity

Have you ever wondered about the many cultural differences in the world? Study a country’s government, agriculture, housing, and industry while you explore cultures through food, clothing, music, and crafts.

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Dogs

He's your best friend on 4 legs. Learn to be a responsible dog owner.

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Electricity

Electricity powers the world. Learn to be the master of electricity as you make the world shine.

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Entomology

Come learn about bees and bugs, creepy crawlers and flying machines.

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esports

Learn teamwork, communication, strategy, visual/spatial skills, and sportsmanship.

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Exploratory

Welcome to 4-H. See what 4-H has to offer you. Try out projects. Learn about activities.

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Exploring Your Environment

The earth is unique. Why? There are lots of galaxies in the universe. There are lots of solar systems in one galaxy.

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Family Heritage

Discover your family history as you go on a treasure hunt for information. The records you create will last a lifetime.

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Food Preservation

Food preservation is a way to enjoy seasonal fresh-grown fruits, vegetables, and even meats, all year long!

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Food Science

Beyond how to cook, you will learn the science behind why and how things happen in all kinds of foods

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Forestry

Identify trees, decode a tree’s rings, and collect leaves.

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Foriculture

Learn more about flowers.

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Geology

Curious about that rock you found? Learn what it is and how it formed.

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Health

This project is all about first aid, staying healthy and keeping fit

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Horse

Learn how to care for these large, beautiful animals.

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Horticulture

Get your hands dirty while you design, plant, and grow gardens.

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Intercultural

We're part of a great big world. Explore new cultures from anywhere you choose.

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Interior Design

Interior Design is a great way to learn about design, color, texture, and space.

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Journalism

Explore creating photos, videos, and writing!

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Leadership

Make the best in you even better! Build your team, be a role model, and help others.

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Maker

4-H is taking emerging technologies by storm. We've added new projects which will spark the imagination of builders, makers, and tinkerers of all ages.

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Meat Goats

The 4-H Meat Goat project is crafted for members who are interested in learning more about raising meat goats.

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Natural Resources

Explore the beautiful world. Hike, camp, and explore the environment

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Outdoor Adventures

The sky is the limit and adventures are waiting for you!

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Photography

Capture all your memories for years to come in great photographs.

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Plants & Soils

Soil gives us life and food. Find out about soil, bugs, and water and how they affect plants.

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Poultry

The program will help you learn about chickens from the egg to the table.

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Public Speaking

Develop and strengthen your ability and confidence to speak in front of people!

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Quilting

Learn more about this art form!

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Rabbits

The rabbit project teaches you how to care for, raise, breed and market rabbits.

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Robotics

Robots are amazing machines which do surgery, build cars, and assist us with our lives.

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Sheep

Sheep is a great project for beginner or advanced livestock project member.

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Shooting Sports (4 projects)

This project covers firearm safety and teaches responsible handling and use.

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Shopping in Style

How do you select clothing that enhances your body type, skin tone, and personal style?

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Small Engines

Take it apart and see how it works as you learn engine parts, tools of the trade, and what makes small engines work.

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Small Pets

Learn about a variety of small pets, such as birds, guinea pigs, iguanas, snakes or frogs.

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Sportfishing

In this project area you will learn about conservation, fish habitat and the fundamentals of catching common freshwater fish.

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Sports Nutrition

Eating well and exercising daily are two keys to a healthy life.

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Swine

It's a stinky job, but you'll have fun caring for pigs and providing a safe source of food for the world.

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Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts lets you be whomever you want to be ... acting, make-up, sets, puppets.

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Tractor

Tractors help power Illinois agriculture. Learn about safe handling, maintenance, and operation.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Systems: Drones

Discover the exciting world of Drones using the Quads Away Curriculum and other multimedia resources.

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Vegetable Gardening

Learn about growing and managing vegetables.

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Veterinary Science

This could be the start of a career as a vet!

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Video

The video project exposes youth to filmmaking, digital storytelling, and videography through workshop modules that assist youth with making their own films.

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Visual Arts (9 projects)

Do you want to express yourself, be creative, or make an impression? Visual Arts is for you!

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Weather

Weather affects our everyday life, from what to wear to be comfortable that day to providing water for plants and animals.

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Welding

Welding can be a great career and a good skill to know.

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Wildlife

Exploring, fishing, wildlife and more! If you like being outdoors, this project area is for you. Do you want to make the earth a better place to live?

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Woodworking

Start with a piece of wood and end up with a handcrafted piece of art, household item, or item for sale.

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