In Nebraska, youth, ages 5-18, participate in 4-H through:
- Camps - 4-H overnight and day camps offer recreational, educational, and even career exploration opportunities.
- Clubs - 4-H clubs are an organized group that meets regularly to focus on a series of educational experiences. Official enrollment is required.
- School Enrichment - School enrichment programs offer non-formal, hands-on educational experiences in classrooms in support of school curriculum.
- Afterschool - Afterschool programs meet between 3-6 PM to offer youth a safe, fun, and educational experience through hands-on activities and 4-H curriculum.
- Special Interest Programs - Special interest programs include short-term experiences, such as workshops or clinics, as well as experiences focused on a single topic or interest.
Youth may alternatively enroll in 4-H as:
- Clover Kids - Clover Kids are youth between the ages of 5 and 7. As an enrolled member, Clover Kids may also exhibit at county fairs.
- Independent Members - Youth who choose not to be involved in a formal 4-H club may still join 4-H and enroll as independent members.
When enrolling as a club or independent member, youth may select projects of interest which they complete throughout the year. Youth may then exhibit their static and live animals projects at their local county fair and the Nebraska State Fair. Regardless of specific project enrollment, all enrolled 4-H members may also participate in 4-H contests held at a county, district, state, regional, or national levels. There are many other programs offered to youth across the state, as well.
Additional opportunities may be offered on a local, county, or district level. Please contact your local Extension office for more information about specific opportunities available in your area.