What is 4-H?

4-H is America's largest youth development organization delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing.


Baltimore County 4-H programs are open to ALL youth ages 5 to 18 who live in Baltimore County. 4-H values diversity and advocates for the inclusiveness of all children regardless of background or identity.

If you have questions about 4-H, please don't hesitate to contact Vernelle Mitchell-Hawkins at 410-887-8090 or email vmh@umd.edu

4-H Newsletter

4-H Clubs


Record Books Workshop - 12/3
Winter Crafts Workshop -12/9

Support for the 4-H program is a joint effort of county government, the University of Maryland and the United States Department of Agriculture. 

I Want to Join 4-H

Youth Registration

Joining 4-H is done via 4-H online. Click here to begin.

The annual Maryland state enrollment fee is is $10 per child. To keep 4-H affordable, this fee is "capped" at $30 per family. 

Any questions, please call the Baltimore County 4-H office at 410-887-8090 and ask for Vernelle Mitchell-Hawkins. Thank you!

Volunteer with 4-H

Volunteers fill many valuable roles within the Maryland 4-H, including Chartered Clubs, Special Interest Groups, Short-Term Project Groups, Overnight and Day Camps, School Enrichment and After School Programming.

Without volunteers, Maryland 4-H would not be able to provide the variety of learning opportunities to the number of youth that we reach annually.  Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Club Organizational Leader
  • Project Leader
  • Activity Leader
  • Coach
  • Mentor
  • Contest Judge
  • Workshop Presenter
  • Event Coordinator
  • Trip Chaperone

Any questions please contact Wendy Dilworth - wendydil@umd.edu or call 410-887-8090.

Volunteer with 4-H


Current 4-H Members

  • 4-H Record Books

    Record Book Resources

  • kids doing robotics, space, shark heart, aerospace contest

    2022 STEM Challenge

  • Great Brittan

    International Programs

Learn More

  • Image of various curriculum offered by 4-H

    4-H Curricula

  • Healthy Place Setting

    Healthy Living

  • Cow Face

    Animal Science

  • Looking through a scope


  • Frog in Hand

    Environment Sciences

  • Calvert 4-H Chesapeake Outdoor Camp.

    Leadership Opportunities