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


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


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.


Find Local 4-H Information

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Upcoming Events

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Oct 30

2021 South Dakota 4-H Calendar Sales

The 2021 South Dakota 4-H Calendar is available for pre-sale orders until October 30, 2020.

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Nov 02

South Dakota 4-H Special Foods Cookbook Pre-Order

SDSU Extension will be selling the South Dakota 4-H Special Foods Cookbook from October 21 - November 6.

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Nov 14

4-H Shooting Sports Certification @ Lake County

SDSU Extension will be hosting a shooting sports certification on November 14 at 8 a.m. CST at the SDSU Extension Lake County Office (1000 S. Egan Ave, Madison, SD).

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Nov 20

2021 Hunting Team Application

The National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships will be held on June 20 - 25, 2021.