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Join 4-H!

Try new things    Learn through doing      Have fun

Meet new friends      Develop leadership skills

4-H kids develop new skills and ways to express themselves through fun, hands-on activities.  Working on projects that interest them helps connect kids with their friends, families, communities and the world.  4-H helps youth gain confidence and develop life skills that will help them be successful now and into the future.  They can do projects in group and/or individual settings.  Leadership retreats, campus visits and art workshops are among the many special events held each year.  Some projects include: photography, art and drama, science and engineering, sewing and fashion, rabbit and dog agility, horses, nutrition and fitness, gardening, youth leadership and community service.

EVERYONE CAN BE INVOLVED WITH 4-H!  Boys and girls, from kindergarten through one year past high school and families of all backgrounds get involved in projects.  Programs are located in rural, suburban and urban areas of Hennepin County.  Parents are encouraged to be actively involved!

JOIN A 4-H CLUB Most clubs meet once a month (some more often) and focus on one or two topics during the year.  Enrollment, code of conduct and health forms are all requirements of membership. For some more background information, check out the New Family Handbook.


Making the Most of Your 4-H Experience

5 Tips

  • Take part in 4-H club meetings.
  • Families, please attend the club meetings to keep informed and to support your child(ren)’s involvement.
  • Read the 4-H newsletters to stay on top of special due dates for some activities, events and projects. 
  • Be involved in choosing the projects your club takes on and what events and activities they attend.
  • Be as involved as possible in 4-H!  The more involved your child is, the more they will get from the experience.  As they get older they can expand their experience by volunteering to help or sharing knowledge and skills


Key Elements of 4-H

Family Involvement

  • Many events/workshops are designed for the whole family to attend.
  • Parent/adult involvement supports a successful   4-H experience.
  • Parents/adults can volunteer as club leaders, project leaders, or event leaders.

Club Leaders & Volunteers

  • When you have questions, we want you to ask.  Your 4-H club leader, other parents, and the 4-H staff are here to help your family have a meaningful experience.
  • Volunteers make 4-H happen!  Volunteers share their time, skills and talents with 4-H in events, clubs, leadership and administrative work.

Hennepin County Fair and State Fair

  • It is a place to showcase what 4-Hers have learned or done over the year.
  • Your Guide to the Hennepin County Fair (Premium Book) is available each spring.  It lists the categories for entering exhibits.
  • Youth in 6th grade and up can earn a trip to the State Fair through their participation at the County Fair or Urban 4-H Showcase event in April. Check out this video about the State Fair from Pioneer TV.

Program Delivery:
Volunteer-led and After-School

4-H partners with schools, community centers, park and recreation, housing sites and faith communities to offer after school programs delivered by a volunteer or intern supervised through the 4-H office.



Amy Hughes
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(612) 596-2134
Katherine Nguyen
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(612) 596-2115
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