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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.


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Upcoming Events

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Dec 03

Youth Mental Health First Aid Virtual Training

One in five youth experiences a mental health and/or substance use problem, but less than one third access treatment.

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Dec 05

4-H Shooting Sports Certification @ Hand County

SDSU Extension will be hosting a shooting sports certification on December 5 at 8 a.m. CST at the Miller American Legion, (402 S. Broadway, Miller, SD 57362).

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Jan 02

4-H Shooting Sports Certification @ Jones County

SDSU Extension will be hosting a shooting sports certification on January 2at 8 a.m. CST at the Jones County Sportsman Club, 105 Sport Lane, Murdo, SD, 57579 (Go North on Main Street and turn right past the elevator).