One way that 4-H helps youth develop life skills is through hands-on projects. When enrolling, 4-H members are encouraged to work with parents, guardians, club leaders, or project leaders to select one or more projects they are interested in working on throughout the year. Nebraska 4-H offers over 150 projects in 8 curriculum areas. Youth are encouraged to engage in activities related to the projects they select, such as:

  • keeping records of their project(s)
  • teaching others about their project(s) through presentations, speeches, or demonstrations
  • participating in judging and other contests related to their project(s)
  • exhibiting their project(s) at their County Fair and if eligible at the Nebraska State Fair
  • participating in other local or statewide events and opportunities related to their project(s)

Project work should be guided by official project materials listed on the Pick Your Project website. 4-H'ers may work on projects with parents, volunteers, and other 4-H members who share similar projects. In many cases, clubs are formed around a subject area, such as livestock. Projects may not only increase a 4-H'ers knowledge of a particular subject, but project work can also prepare youth for a career in that field. Scholarships, prizes, awards, and special recognition are also potential rewards for project work. 

The project listing below is intended as a reference for youth ages 8-18 enrolling as a Nebraska 4-H member. A printable 2021 4-H Project listing is also available. The projects listed below are available across the state. However, some counties may offer additional county-level projects. Please contact your local Extension office for more information before beginning the enrollment process. 


2021 Project Listing

Key: A=Beginner; B=Intermediate; C=Advanced; D=All Levels

Animal Science

Beef

  • Bucket Calf D
  • Breeding Beef D
  • Feeder Calf D
  • Market Beef D

Companion Animal

  • Cat D
  • Dog D
  • Other Pet or Small Animal D

Dairy Cattle

  • Dairy Cattle D

Goat

  • Breeding Meat Goat D
  • Dairy Goat D
  • Meat Goat D
  • Pygmy Goat D

Horse

  • Horse D

Poultry

  • Poultry D

Rabbit

  • Rabbit D

Sheep

  • Breeding Sheep D
  • Market Sheep D

Swine

  • Breeding Swine D
  • Market Swine D

Veterinary Science

  • The Normal Animal A
  • Veterinary Science A/B
  • Animal Disease B/C
  • Animal Health & Its Relationship to Our World C

Communication & Expressive Art

Communications

  • Module 1 A
  • Module 2 B
  • Module 3 C

Digital Video

  • Digital Video Pro D

Photography

  • Photography Basics A
  • Next Level Photography B
  • Mastering Photography C

Presentations

  • Posters D
  • Presentations D

Theatre

  • Theatre Arts 1 A
  • Theatre Arts 2 B
  • Theatre Arts 3 C

Consumer & Family Science

Clothing

  • STEAM Clothing: Beyond the Needle D
  • STEAM Clothing 1: Fundamentals A
  • STEAM Clothing 2: Simply Sewing A/B
  • STEAM Clothing 3: A Stitch Further B/C

Consumer Management

  • Shopping in Style D
  • My Financial Futures A/B
  • My Financial Futures B/C

Crocheting

  • Crocheting D

Heritage

  • Heritage D

Home Environment

  • Design My Place A/B
  • Design Decisions B/C
  • Portfolio Pathways B/C
  • Preserving Heirlooms B/C
  • Sketchbook Crossroads B/C

Human Development

  • I Have What It Takes to be Your Babysitter D
  • Kids on the Grow 1 A
  • Kids on the Grow 2 B
  • Kids on the Grow 3 C

Knitting

  • Knitting D

Quilting

  • Quilting D

Environmental Education & Earth Science

Conservation

  • Outdoor Skills D
  • 4-H Geology D
  • Environment 1 A
  • Environment 2 B
  • Environment 3 C
  • Outdoor 1: Hiking Trails A
  • Outdoor 2: Camping Adventures 
  • Outdoor 3: Backpacking Expeditions C

Entomology

  • Insectigator D
  • Entomology 1 A
  • Entomology 2 B
  • Entomology 3 C

Forestry

  • Tree Identification D

Shooting Sports

  • 22 Rifle D
  • Air Pistol D
  • Air Rifle D
  • Archery D
  • BB Gun D
  • Hunting Skills D
  • Muzzleloader D
  • Shotgun D
  • Smallbore Pistol D

Wildlife

  • Amphibians D
  • Bird Behavior D
  • Taxidermy D
  • Wildlife Habitat Evaluation D
  • Fishing for Adventures 1 A
  • Fishing for Adventures 2 B
  • Fishing for Adventures 3 C
  • Wildlife Conservation 1 A
  • Wildlife Conservation 2 B
  • Wildlife Conservation 3 C

Healthy Living

Cycling

  • Bicycle Adventures 1 A
  • Bicycle Adventures 2 B
  • Bicycle Adventures 3 C

Food & Nutrition

  • Cooking 101 A
  • Cooking 201 B
  • Cooking 301 B
  • Cooking 401 C

Food Preservation

  • Unit 1 Freezing Project Manual D
  • Unit 2 Drying Project Manual D
  • Unit 3 Boiling Water Canning Project Manual D
  • Unit 4 Pressure Canning Project Manual D

Physical Fitness

  • YOUth in Motion D

Safety

  • Fire Safety A
  • Safety A/B
  • All-Terrain Vehicles B/C
  • Tractor Safety B/C

Leadership, Citizenship & Personal Development

Citizenship

  • Public Adventures D
  • Seeing i2i D

Entrepreneurship

  • Discover the E-Scene B/C
  • The Case of ME B/C
  • Your Business Inspection B/C
  • Blueprint C

Leadership

  • Serving as Junior Leader D
  • Step Up to Leadership 1 A
  • Step Up to Leadership 2 B/C
  • Step Up to Leadership 3 C

Plant Science

Agronomy

  • Field Crops 1 A
  • Field Crops 2 B
  • Field Crops 3 C

Horticulture

  • Annual Flowers D
  • Everyone a Gardener D
  • Houseplants D
  • Special Gardening Project D
  • The World of Flowers D
  • Gardening A A
  • Gardening B B
  • Gardening C B
  • Gardening D C

Range

  • Weed Science D
  • Reading the Range B
  • Using Nebraska Range C

Science, Engineering & Technology

Aerospace

  • Aerospace 2 A
  • Aerospace 3 B
  • Aerospace 4 C

Computers

  • Computer Mysteries 1 A
  • Computer Mysteries 2 B
  • Computer Mysteries 3 C

Electricity

  • Electric Excitement 1 A
  • Electric Excitement 2 A/B
  • Electric Excitement 3 B
  • Electric Excitement 4 C

Gear-Tech-21

  • Gear-Tech-21 Year 1 B
  • Gear-Tech-21 Year 2 B

Geospatial

  • Geospatial D

Physics

  • 4-Wheelin' Physics Fun A
  • The Power of Wind B

Robotics

  • Robotics Platforms D
  • Virtual Robotics D
  • Junk Drawer Robotics 1 A
  • Junk Drawer Robotics 2 B
  • Junk Drawer Robotics 3 C

Welding

  • Arc Welding D

Woodworking

  • Woodworking Wonders 1 A
  • Woodworking Wonders 2 A
  • Woodworking Wonders 3 B
  • Woodworking Wonders 4 C