University of Maryland Extension

4-H Projects

Youth develop life skills while having fun through learning in a selected project from three core subject areas:

  • Core I-Animal Sciences
  • Core II-Environmental Sciences
  • Core III-Human Sciences

Each project level can be completed over a three-year period or at the learning pace of the 4-Her.  The manuals for the project levels are self-directed and investigative, providing opportunities for families to participate in cooperativelearning activities to complete the booklets.  Level one is for youth beginning in the project and may be juniors (8-10 years), level two is for intermediates (11-13 years) and level three is  for the advanced youth, seniors (14-18 years). Maryland 4-H brings the University of Maryland into the lives of children and families in their own communities.  Through volunteer-directed educational programs, 4-Hers:

  • Practice decision making
  • Acquire knowledge
  • Accept responsibility
  • Develop creative thinking            
  • Communicate
  • Understand themselves
  • Get along with others

 Core Subject I-Animal Science

                Companion & Small Animals

                                Cats                    Rabbits

                                Dogs                   Pets



                                Beef                     Horses & Ponies

                                Dairy Cattle          Sheep    

                                Dairy Goats          Swine

                                Meat Goats

                Veterinary Science

Core Subject II-Environmental Sciences/Natural Resources

                Aerospace                             Exploring Your Environment

                ATV Safety                             Forestry

                Bicycle                                   Entomology

                Computers                            Beekeeping

                Electricity                              Natural Resource Conservation

                Geospatial                            Outdoor Adventure

                Robotics                                Shooting Sports

                Small Engines                       Fishing

                Tractors                                Wildlife       

                Welding                                Gardening

                Woodworking                       Horticulture

                The Power of Wind

Core Subject III-Human Sciences

                Entrepreneurship                 Fashion

                Consumer Savvy                  Crafts & Hobbies

                Child Development               Leadership

                Financial                               Photography

                Foods                                   Communication

                Health & Fitness                   Sewing

                Citizenship                           Theatre Arts


2019 4-H Online Enrollment-Project Guide 

2020 Curriculum Catalog 

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