University of Maryland Extension

Welcome to Maryland 4-H Youth Development!

Greetings from the State Program Leader!

Jeff Howard

Jeff W. Howard, Ph.D

Hello from Dr. Jeff Howard, and welcome to the University of Maryland Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Website! We hope your visit here with us will be helpful and inspiring. 4-H is the largest youth development program in the nation with just over 6 million youth participating annually – 76,178 of them are right here in Maryland.  If you are curious, you can find out more about 4-H at the 'Join 4-H' tab (above). If you are a Maryland 4-H alumni, you can join our alumni group or support us on the Maryland 4-H Foundation page.  If you are a 4-Her or volunteer, you will be able to find out about our state 4-H events coming up or if you are staff, you will find all the forms and resources to help you. Please browse and enjoy. If you have any suggestions, please email Sarah Garrick at

                                2019 GALA ANNOUCEMENT! 

The Maryland 4-H Celebration Gala was planned for this Sunday, January 20.    In an abundance of caution, a decision was reached to postpone the event due to the impending weather concerns, watches, and warnings. 

The event will be rescheduled in the coming weeks based on venue availability and other essential influencing factors.
These types of decisions are challenging ones to make, however the safety of our youth, families, volunteers, and faculty are always principled in our decision making.  
Thank you for your support.

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