University of Maryland Extension

Animal Sciences

4-H Animal Sciences

Alpaca at State Fair

Youth in 4-H Animal Science projects learn and practice life skills with an emphasis on decision making, acquiring knowledge and taking personal responsibility through participation in 4-H animal science opportunities such as project animal care, judging and bowl events.

Youth develop competencies in animal science, including an understanding of animal sciences and animal management as well as an awareness of agricultural issues in society (e.g. a concern for animal well being and increasing public agricultural literacy.)


Youth have opportunities to learn about the parts of an animal, breeds, costs to raise animals, how to care for animals and much more. Youth can learn about animals without owning one!



VOLUNTEERS: Do you want to keep up to date with MD 4-H Animal Science Program activities and events?

We have several e-mail lists established for volunteers affiliated with the 4-H Animal Science Programs. The list will be monitored to prevent unrelated viruses and emails from being distributed.

  • 4-H Horse Volunteers
  • 4-H Dog Volunteers
  • 4-H Poultry Volunteers
  • 4-H Livestock Volunteers

To join a list, email your request to Chris Anderson with your name, county and email address.

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