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About 4-H

What Is 4-H?

Click on this link to read all about 4-H on the Michigan 4-H website!

Washtenaw County 4-H

Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Development involves over 2,000 young people ages 5-19.  There are over 50 clubs across Washtenaw County that are supported by over 200 certified adult leaders.  4-H projects and activities range from leadership, citizenship, and community service to science, engineering, and technology to animal science, sewing, and cooking, and many more! There are a variety of ways to be involved in 4-H. Read on to find out what is the best fit for YOU!

Local Programs

There are a wide variety of 4-H programs in Washtenaw County!

4-H Clubs

There are over 40 4-H clubs in Washtenaw County. A 4-H club is a group of youth led by a certified adult volunteer who is passionate about helping youth develop into successful adults. Some clubs have a very specific focus, such as horses or archery. Other clubs may be involved in a wide variety of project areas. Being a part of a 4-H club helps youth develop many skills and gives them a sense of belonging. See a list of our 4-H clubs here or start your own here.

4-H Committees

Being involved on 4-H committees is a great way for youth to really get involved in leadership and the project area(s) that matter most to them. Being on a committee helps youth learn about parliamentary procedure and civic engagement, too! Learn more about the 4-H Committees in Washtenaw County here.

4-H Educational Workshops

4-H holds several educational workshops throughout the year. These educational workshops can focus on a wide variety of subjects--anything from writing resumes to beef showmanship to basket weaving and beyond! Workshops aim to address a need in the community. Is there a subject you would like to see a workshop on? Contact the 4-H office! Watch the CloverBeat Blast for information about upcoming workshops and how you can register.

4-H Youth Show

The Washtenaw County 4-H Youth Show, or "4-H Fair," is an annual event held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. It always starts on the 4th Sunday of July and ends on the Friday following (1 week). Many consider the Youth Show to be the capstone event of the 4-H year. 4-H members have the opportunity to showcase projects that they have been working hard on all year. These projects can range from raising market livestock to sell at the Youth Show auction to creative writing to riding horses to making jewelry and beyond!!! This event is conducted in partnership with the Washtenaw Farm Council. The Youth Show is for youth exhibitors 5-19 from across the county, and you do not have to be a 4-H member to be involved. However, being in 4-H makes it a whole lot more fun!

  • Location: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds
  • Dates: July 22-July 27, 2018

4-H Junior Master Gardener

4-H Junior Master Gardener (JMG) is a program for youth 9-11 to learn all about gardening and volunteering by planting their own garden and caring for it through harvest. This program is taught by volunteers called Master Gardeners, who have taken an "adult version" of this class to become certified Master Gardeners through MSU Extension. Now, they want to bring their passion and expertise for gardening to youth! This program happens on an annual basis.

  • Location: Matthei Botanical Gardens
  • Classes: Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Salad Party: Thursday
  • Harvest Party: Thursday
  • Youth take care of the garden throughout the summer

4-H Staff Contact: Sheri Montoye, 734-222-3905

4-H Cloverbud Day Camp

4-H Cloverbud Day Camp (Cloverbud Camp) is a 3-day day camp held in July. Campers are youth 5-8 years old and counselors are 4-H members 11-19. Campers get to experience a fun and educational camp, while counselors gain leadership skills and learn responsibility. This Camp is youth-led and youth-driven! Screened adult 4-H volunteers supervise the Camp. The location, date/time, and theme, as well as activities, are chosen annually by a group of youth and adults who are interested in being a part of the planning process. This group can consist of youth 5-19 (campers, counselors, etc) and adults. Once counselors have been selected, the counselors are an important part of the planning process.

  • Location: Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds
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  • Contact: Mandy Moore, 517-403-1072

State Programs

There are many fantastic programs available to Washtenaw County 4-H members and leaders at the state level. For a full listing of all state programs, take a look at the Michigan 4-H website. Here is a sampling of some cool things that Michigan 4-H does!

4-H Exploration Days

Exploration Days is a 3-day pre-college program for youth 11-19 that is held at Michigan State University every summer in June. Youth stay in the dorms on campus while taking educational and fun classes in just about every subject you can imagine! Classes taught at Exploration Days have varied from rock climbing to computer programming to beginning Spanish to veterinary science and beyond! This event attracts about 2,500 youth from across the state of Michigan every summer. A large group from Washtenaw County goes every year. Even if you don't know anyone, you will make friends quickly! More information here.

  • 2018 Dates: June 20-22
  • Registration Opens: March 12

Capitol Experience

Capitol Experience is a program coordinated by our very own Jackie Martin, Extension Educator. Click here for a video about Capitol Experience. 4-H Capitol Experience is an annual 4-day conference that focuses on civic engagement and public policy. Up to 100 teens from around the state converge on Lansing to experience state government in action and learn how they can influence policy issues. Participants interact with legislators, state agency staff, lobbyists, and other resource people to learn how policy is made. More information here. 


MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.

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