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About California 4-H

We Believe in the Power of Young People.

The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program promotes hands-on, experiential learning for all youth ages 5-19. Our 4-H programs are delivered locally through the county University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) offices:

  • Community clubs
  • 4-H Camps
  • Afterschool clubs and programs
  • Military partnership program
  • Events & conferences

Programs vary by county.  The UCCE offices are managed through the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR). UC ANR has been extending research-based information to community partners, farmers, individuals, collaborators, councils and schools for over 100 years.

4-H offers limitless opportunities for friendship, growth, fun, and development. By engaging youth and adults in meaningful partnerships, 4-H helps young people to reach their full potential as competent, confident, leaders of character who contribute and are connected to their communities.

Youth members and adult volunteers from all backgrounds are welcome.

You'll see our clover everywhere!

4-H is in all counties in California! The official 4-H emblem is a green clover with white H's. The 4-H emblem has a federal mark and federal guidelines on its use.4-H Emblem

What the 4-H's stand for

HEAD - Problem solving: ability to sort out complex problems.

HEART - Emotional development: developing good attitudes toward work and learning; developing acceptance and appreciation of other people.

HANDS - Skills development: ability to do, skill in doing and habit of doing.

HEALTH - Physical development: understanding and appreciating a growing and changing body.

4-H Motto: “To Make the Best Better.”

We encourage you to discover your passions, adopt a growth mindset, practice self-reflection and set goals.