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 University of California Cooperative Extension offices (UCCE) in each county. Find your county 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 can participate in 4-H through various programs
You can participate in 4-H in the way that fits their interests and needs. 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 office.
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.
Four Project Areas
All 4-H programs offer projects that fall under four main Project Areas. Click a button below to learn more about the types of projects in each area.
4-H Alumni Jennifer Nettles shares her 4-H experience
The 4-H Pledge
The 4-H Pledge is recited at meetings and events.
White symbolizes purity.
Green represents nature's most common color and is emblematic of youth, life and growth.
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.
I believe in 4-H Club work for the opportunity it will give me to become a useful citizen.
I believe in the training of my HEAD for the power it will give me to think, plan and to reason.
I believe in the training of my HEART for the nobleness it will give me to be kind, sympathetic and true.
I believe in the training of my HANDS for the ability it will give me to be helpful, skillful, and useful.
I believe in the training of my HEALTH for the strength it will give me to enjoy life, to resist disease, and to work efficiently.
I believe in my country, my state, and my community and in my responsibility for their development.
In all these things I believe, and am willing to dedicate my efforts to their fulfillment.
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.