Resources forParents & Youth
HOW TO GET STARTED
Join a Club
There are over 1000 active community clubs across Nebraska and many more afterschool and special interest clubs. To find a club in your area, please contact your local Extension office.
Interested in starting you own club? Learn more about what you'll need to start your own club by clicking the link below.
Club members, as well as adults serving as 4-H Club Project Leaders or 4-H Club Organizational Leaders need to enroll through 4-H Online each year. Click the link below to find enrollment instructions for youth and adults.
Summer Camps are offered for youth ages 5-18 and are available at our two 4-H Camp Centers near Gretna and Halsey. Big Red Summer Academic Camps are career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for youth in grades 10th-12th.
Youth do not need to be members of 4-H to attend any 4-H camp.
Youth who are enrolled 4-H members may participate in numerous educational programs at local, county, district, and state levels. The programs listed below are available to youth across Nebraska regardless of county residence. Please note that some programs held at local, county, or district level may not be included on this list if they are not open to youth across the state. To learn more about these types of programs, please contact your local Extension office.
AKSARBEN Stock Show
The AKSARBEN Stock Show, currently the largest 4-H stock show in the United States, is a regional show open to 4-H members from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
The Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio is the annual record-keeping system used by Nebraska 4-H Youth.
Citizenship Washtington Focus (CWF)
The CWF national program offers youth ages 15-19 an opportunity to travelled to Washington, D.C. as part of the preeminent 4-H citizenship and leadership experience.
Companion Animal Program
The 4-H Companion Animal program offers resources and educational experiences to youth interested in learning more about caring for companion animals.
County Fairs are events throughout the state of Nebraska that involve 4-H by giving youth an opportunity to exhibit the knowledge and abilities they have developed in their 4-H project areas.
The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program encourages 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring, and contributing citizens.
FIRST is a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math.
The 4-H Horse program offers resources and educational experiences to youth interested in learning more about horsemanship and animal husbandry.
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)
The YQCA is a self-directed course designed to help youth learn about quality of meet and food products that come from livestock.
National 4-H Conference
National 4-H Conference is the annual permier national civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members across the country.
National 4-H Congress
National 4-H Congress is an award program which provides recognition to 4-H youth for their outstanding performaces and achievements in 4-H.
National 4-H Dairy Conference
The National 4-H Dairy Conference gives one Nebraska 4-H youth the special opportunity to go to Madison, Wisconsin in October.
Nebraska State Fair
The Nebraska State Fair is the premier showcase opportunity for 4-H'ers to share what they've learned and worked on in 4-H throughout the year.
Premier Animal Science Event (PASE)/Life Challenge
PASE/Life Challenge is a two-day event held each year on at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln offering animal science and family and consumer science career exploration opportunities, tours, presentations, and competitive events.
The 4-H Presentation Contests help youth develop skills for communicating and provide an opportunity to teach other about the skills they have learning in 4-H.
Public Speaking Contest
Through the 4-H Public Speaking Contests, youth have an opportunity to write a speech or a public service announcement that incorporates the topic of 4-H and deliver it to an audience.
Shooting Sports Program
The 4-H Shooting Sports program offers many opportunities for youth to learn safe firearm handling skills and sound fundamentals of shooting under the guidance of caring and knowledgable adult volunteers.
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. Looking for a printed version? Download the 2017 Project Resource Central.
MOBILE & WEB APPLICATIONS
Career Explorer (also available as a web-based, desktop game) will help you connect the dots between the choices you make every day and the opportunities you could have in the future. At each stage of the game you will be able to enter the workforce, get additional education, or explore training programs. At the conclusion of the game you will have the opportunity to email the results to yourself with tips on how to make that career a reality in your life.
Health Rocks! Carnival
Health Rocks!® is curricula for a healthy living program targeted at young people ages 8 to 14. Health Rocks! helps youth develop life skills in the area of critical thinking, decision-making, communication, managing feelings, stress management and goal setting; in turn building resiliency skills, and promoting the resistance of risky behaviors. The Health Rocks! Carnival is also available as a web-based desktop game.
Nebraska 4-H at the State Fair
Keep up-to-date with everything Nebraska 4-H has to offer at this year's Nebraska State Fair by downloading the Nebraska 4-H at the State Fair app. Get access to the latest updates, schedules, results, and more! Even keep up with #NE4H on social media. You won't miss a minute of the fun with everything this app has to offer.