University of Maryland Extension

4-H Projects

Members have the opportunity to learn more about a subject matter that they choose to study through completing hands on activities. We refer to these as projects. In order to enroll in a project, members must sign up for them at the time of enrolling in 4-H.   Many project(s) have a “guide” that “assists” the youth through the learning process as well as a set of guidelines that helps them meet the project requirements.

Some projects have a beginner, intermediate, and advanced level-that allows youth to build on their knowledge each year and continue to challenge their skills. Projects are meant to be worked on over time, providing an educational opportunity for youth outside of the club meeting setting. There is no limit to the number of projects youth can sign up for, however, we suggest starting out with one or two your first year.

National 4-H Curriculum Guides focus on 4-H’s three primary mission mandates: Science, Healthy Living, and Citizenship. From Wind Power to Workforce Readiness, youth activity guides are filled with engaging experiences that cultivate the skills that youth need for everyday living as they gain knowledge about subjects that interest them.  

Access Project Guides through the National 4-H Curriculum for a full listing and descriptions of available curricula/guides.

State 4-H programs within the Cooperative Extension System, 4-H National Headquarters at USDA, and National 4-H Council provide leadership for the development of National 4-H Curriculum. This partnership provides the knowledge, resources, and management necessary to develop and market quality youth curriculum.

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