4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
4-H Youth Development Program

State 4-H Plant Science Contest

The State 4-H Plant Science Contest is one of many activities that take place during California 4-H State Field Day on June 2, 2018. #Ca4HStateFieldDay

NC Sectionals plant entry
Location: Hart Hall Lobby, 1128, and 1130 

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
No preregistration necessary.

Contacts: Terry Berke, terry.berke@monsanto.com 

The Plant Science Contest is organized into three parts: Judging, Plant Identification, and Written. It provides opportunities for youth to increase their knowledge of horticultural plants and horticultural/plant science techniques, expand their ability to identify various plants, and interact with other youth interested in plant science. 

The 4-H Plant Science Contest teaches youth...

  • Applied biological/agricultural sciences including production of all plants.
  • Insight into agriculture and develop understanding of the basic principles of plant physiology as they relate to plant growth and development.
  • An understanding of the methods and values of scientific research and its influence on plants and soils.
  • The use of biotechnology as it pertains to the development of new and improved plant varieties.
  • The role of plant nutrients, water and soil in plant growth and the geographic areas suited for plant growth.
  • The use of integrated pest management practices (IPM) as part of an overall crop production system.

2017 Plant Science Results

National Qualifier

2017 National Junior Horticultural Association Convention
October 6-9, 2017
Indianapolis, IN

The four highest scoring senior-age 4-H youth (15-18) will be eligible to be part of the California State 4-H Horticulture team representing California at the National Junior Horticultural Association Convention on October 6-9, 2017. This year, the National Convention will be in Indianapolis, IN.

plant science national qualifier

The California State 4-H Horticulture team was the National Champion in 2008, 2010, and 2012. In 2016, our team came in 2nd.

In addition to the qualifying team members, all 4-H youth are also eligible to attend the convention and participate in demonstration, speech, cooking, and several other contests.

2016 Plant Science Contest Results


National Junior Horticultural Association (NJHA)

NJHA Study Manual - A good online resource for 4-H members interested in doing independent research on plant science

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) Master Gardener Program - The UC ANR Master Gardener Program extends UC research-based information about home horticulture and pest management to the public.

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