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4-H

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4-H fosters an innovative, "learn by doing" approach with proven results.

Mission

South Dakota 4-H enables youth to be engaged in the following:

  • Partnerships with caring adults
  • Positive learning environments
  • Developing their fullest potential
  • Learning life skills

Values

Throughout the SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program, we value:

  • Youth, families, and communities;
  • Partnerships and coalitions that work for the betterment of youth in our state, and combined strength of local programming in cooperation with the land-grant university, South Dakota State University;
  • Every child’s individuality and uniqueness;
  • Diversity and an inclusive environment that assures all youth access to programming;
  • Caring adults who volunteer to work with, mentor, and teach youth;
  • The Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Get Involved

Joining 4-H is easy! You can either visit your local 4-H county office or enroll as a new member online

As of January 1, potential members must be 5-7 years old in order to become a Cloverbud or 8-18 years old to become a 4-H member. 

Enroll in 4-H Today!

Start developing skills that youth can use now and throughout their lifetime.

ENROLL NOW

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Upcoming Events

Horse judging, 4-H, Horse Show
Jul 22

2019 4-H State Horse Show

Join us on the State Fairgrounds in Huron, SD to cheer on 4-H horse and pony project members July 22 - 24, 2019.

4-H Horse Show

Colin (left) and Dylan Frey grooming a dairy calf.
Aug 24

2019 4-H State Fair

View county achievement days and state fair deadlines.

4-H State Fair

White dog with teal collar running down path.
Aug 24

2019 4-H State Dog Show

4-H members will showcase their knowledge and skills August 24, 2019 at the State Fairgrounds in Huron, SD.

young cowgirl running a horse through the pole bending pattern
Aug 16

State 4-H Rodeo

Come to Fort Pierre in August to cheer on the 4-H members competing in South Dakota's State Sport: rodeo.

4-H Rodeo