About California 4-H
The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program promotes hands-on, experiential learning for all youth ages 5-19. Our 4-H programs are delivered locally through the county University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) offices. Find your county UCCE office.
The UCCE offices are managed through the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR). UC ANR has been extending research-based information to community partners, farmers, individuals, collaborators, councils and schools for over 100 years.
Youth members and adult volunteers from all backgrounds and locations are welcome.
You'll see our clover everywhere!
What the 4-H's stand for
HEAD - Problem solving: ability to sort out complex problems.
HEART - Emotional development: developing good attitudes toward work and learning; developing acceptance and appreciation of other people.
HANDS - Skills development: ability to do, skill in doing and habit of doing.
HEALTH - Physical development: understanding and appreciating a growing and changing body.
4-H Motto: “To Make the Best Better.”
We encourage you to discover your passions, adopt a growth mindset, practice self-reflection and set goals.
You can participate in 4-H in different ways
You can participate in 4-H through clubs, schools, military clubs, camps, and more. Click one of the buttons below to learn more about each type of program. Program availability varies by county - contact your UCCE 4-H office to learn more about what is available near you. Find your county UCCE office.
4-H projects fall under 4 focus areas
All 4-H programs offer projects that fall under four focus areas: STEM, Healthy Living, Civic Engagement, and Leadership. Click a button below to learn more about the types of projects in each area.
Handbook for 4-H Families in California
The “Handbook for Families” was designed to help you better understand the 4-H program. Please take time and review it to support your experience in 4-H.
El "Manual para Familias" fue diseñado para ayudarte a entender mejor el programa 4-H. Por favor revísalo con detenimiento, estamos seguros que apoyará positivamente tu experiencia en 4-H.