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4-H Exploring the Treasures of 4-H Curriculum Project

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Are you a new 4-H member and don’t really know where to start in 4-H? The Exploring the Treasures of 4-H curriculum introduces youth in 2nd through 4th grade to the world of 4-H. In this curriculum, youth can explore different project areas such as citizenship, communication, food and nutrition, first aid, leadership, plant science, pets-small animals, science and technology. This is a beginner project area, but older youth can also use the curriculum to better develop their own leadership skills and promote 4-H.

Ages and Stages of Youth Development


This project area was developed for beginners in the 4-H program. Beginners will experience a hands-on learning and an overview of 4-H. This project area has a guidebook that allows youth to complete all six chapters within the curriculum.


Juniors can use this curriculum to expand their current knowledge of 4-H into different project areas in which they may have limited knowledge. Juniors can also promote the project area and share their experiences in 4-H.


Seniors can create and lead group opportunities for younger members participating within the curriculum to help expand their knowledge. Seniors can also mentor younger members to help them complete the guidebook.

4-H Programming Priorities


With the Exploring the Treasures of 4-H area, youth learn about personal development, citizenship, and service learning and can educate others using the curriculum.

Health & Wellness

In this project area, related to health and wellness, youth can learn different components of healthy living, safety, first aid, and consumer education.


Science opportunities in the Exploring the Treasures of 4-H curriculum include areas such as environmental sciences, earth sciences, and science & technology.


Agriculture in the Exploring the Treasures of 4-H curriculum allows beginners to learn about plants, trees, and animals.

Get Involved

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Youth Voice

  • What I learned from the Exploring the Treasures of 4-H curriculum
  • Illustrated talk describing community service project ideas
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Community Service

  • Clean a community park
  • Plant flowers within your town
  • Sending thank you notes to individuals who protect and serve your community
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Career Connections

  • Scientists
  • Nurse
  • Teacher
  • Environmentalists
  • Actor
  • Elected official
  • Meteorologists

Exhibit Ideas

  • Completion of 3 of the 6 chapters within the guidebook
  • Public presentation of what was learned using the curriculum
  • Exhibits within any of the project areas

Learning Resources