California 4-H Youth Development Program
California 4-H Youth Development Program
California 4-H Youth Development Program
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California 4-H Youth Development Program

California 4-H Youth Development Program

The State 4-H Office and County 4-H staff continue to monitor information regarding COVID-19 from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Our priority is ensuring the safety of the young people in the 4-H program, their families, and our community. Please check here regularly for updates on statewide 4-H events.

We encourage all 4-H families and volunteers to prioritize their health when making decisions about attending events or traveling.

Why social distancing, event cancellations and self-quarantines are necessary

CDC poster: How to Stop the Spread of Germs

CDC site: When and how to wash your hands

CDC site: Steps to Prevent Illness - includes how to disinfect surfaces



Information about meetings/events/gatherings, based on UC-wide protocols and CDPH guidance. (updated 3/24/2020)

UC guidance has modified some of the CDPH guidance to be more restrictive:

  • All UC ANR-hosted meetings, events and gatherings of any size that are scheduled to take place through April 30, 2020 must be conducted via Zoom, postponed or cancelled.

  • Leaders and event planners should assess meetings, events amd gatherings that are scheduled for May 1-31, 2020 and plan for the possibility that there may be extension of this directive, requiring additional cancellations.

  • UCANR personnel and volunteers need to follow this guidance and cancel or postpone events that meet the above criteria. Communities or venues may have variations and of these limits based on the local situation. Consult the County Public Health for local information.

    In addition to guidance and monitoring by the CDC and the CDPH, each County’s Public Health Officer is monitoring this situation and may have additional guidance specific to your community and the local health risks.

  • Smaller gatherings held in venues that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person should be postponed or canceled

Guidance for Event Planners

CDC site: Resources for Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings


County 4-H Events

Please check with your county on the status of county events and activities. Each county is following the directive of their county public health agency as well as the state (CDPH) and national (CDC) guidance.


Register to stay informed about events

Unless otherwise noted, scheduled state and national events are still happening.


  • Registered participants will be notified FIRST about any changes to the event.
  • Registering and submitting workshop proposals for future events allows planning to go forward.

Changes to 4-H state and national events (as of 3/30/2020)

Area Presentation Days are being conducted virtually. Please see event page for details.

March 28-Apr 2 - National 4-H Conference - Rescheduled to Sept. 26 - Oct. 3, 2020

April 3-5 Camping Conference - Postponed pending new date

April 5 - Volunteer training-Backstage Pass Fun with a Purpose - Postponed to Fall 2020

April 13 - Western Heritage Training Workshop - Cancelled

Horse Education Contests will be postponed until May or June.

The 4-H Horse Classic will not require a Qualifying Horse Show to participate. A checklist for county leaders is being developed as guidance on who can participate. Date is still pending.

May 30 - State Field Day is cancelled in person, but some contests will be virtual, with winners announced on May 30. More details to be announced.

April 29-May 10 Spring Tractor Supply Paper Clover campaign is postponed until further notice.

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Young people in 4-H are uniquely prepared to step up
to the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Through hands-on learning and positive youth-adult partnerships, youth acquire knowledge and develop life skills that enable them to find and focus their energy into their passions while also giving back to the community.

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The 4-H Youth Development Program in California is open to young people and adult volunteers from all backgrounds and locations in California. 

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