Welcome to the University of California 4-H Youth Development

On this site, you can find:

  • 4-H Events
  • 4-H activities you can do from home
  • Updates on state and national 4-H events during the COVID-19 pandemic.
California 4-H Grown blog
  • We love our 4-H volunteers
    In Appreciation of our 4-H Volunteers

    Dear 4-H Volunteer, It's been a year, hasn't it? One year ago in April, we were all thinking hard about our capacity to deliver 4-H programming virtually. For some, the ask was too much given the realities of everyone suddenly at home: working, schooling...

  • Rosie Barker, Merced County 4-H alumna turning 100
    4-H Alumna Turns 100!

    Rosie Barker turns 100 on April 4, 2021. She is the oldest living 4-H alumna in Merced County! Rosie (Kiss) Barker was born in Alberta, Canada in 1921. Her family moved to the U.S. when she was two. They ended up in Livingston and then moved to...

  • 4-H State Management Board 2018-2019
    The Culmination of the California 4-H Management Board

    The California 4-H Management Board was established in 2016, after the previous State Council structure concluded its functions. At that time, a group of volunteers accepted the challenge to continue the mission of the Council, which aimed to strengthen...

Events and Activities
Event Name Date
37th Annual California 4-H Shooting Sports Match 4/19/2021
Camp Planning Webinars 5/11/2021
Tech Talks 5/11/2021
Hippology Contest 5/15/2021
Horse Judging Contest 5/16/2021
Tech Talks 5/22/2021

One of the guiding principles of the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program is that all participants have the right to equal access to information and activities. As a result of COVID-19 and current shelter in place orders for California, many 4-H program activities are continuing to engage youth audiences through a variety of communication methods.

In creating virtual learning opportunities for youth in every county, 4-H Staff and adult volunteers will also consider the digital accessibility needs of 4-H youth, and work to identify alternative approaches to engage youth through non-digital means to the extent possible.

Activities you can do from home

National Youth Science Day is now the 4-H STEM Challenge. Check out past projects for curriculum and activity ideas that introduce and reinforce various science concepts.
From National 4-H: Check out fun, educational activities for kids and teens to do at home with the 4-H at Home Activity Guide.

Virtual 4-H Mindful Me

4-H Mindful Me now available virtually!

Youth ages 5-8 can view video recorded lessons and participate in adapted activities that build skills in mindfulness and social-emotional competencies like, mindfulness practices that include: mindful eating, affirmations (emotional support or encouragement), identification and management of emotions, being present in the current moment, and yoga. Each lesson includes a reading of a children’s book along with a simple application activity.

Videos are available through eXtension: 4-H Mindful Me

Enrollment key: California

The full curriculum is also available for purchase from Shop 4-H https://shop4-h.org/products/mindful-me-a-4-h-primary-mindfulness-curriculum.

Click the image to watch the video on YouTube.

Creating an Oasis for Yourself & Others

Special Wellness Webinar for University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Volunteers.

Creating an Oasis for Yourself & Others was presented live via Zoom on 5/13/20.

In this environment of broken routines and uncertainty, chances are you - and those around you - are experiencing big feelings. Stress and coping are frequent topics of discussion as worklife, homelife, and social life collide, expand, and contract.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and we are all in need of tools, new and old, to improve our resilience. After all, taking care of yourself, your family, and your friends can help you cope with stress and can make your community stronger.

The speakers focus our attention on taking care of ourselves and each other. You’ll learn about the therapeutic benefits of gardening, mindfulness based
stress reduction, and personal resilience. Whether you are a University of California employee or a volunteer, creating an oasis during challenging times could be the most important task of all.


  • Anne Iaccopucci, Academic Coordinator for Healthy Living
  • Marcel Horowitz , Healthy Youth, Families & Communities Advisor
  • Missy Gable, Statewide UC Master Gardener Director

PDF of PowerPoint Presentation


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Recommended Reading List

  • The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner
  • The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
  • The Nature Principle by Richard Louv
  • The How of Happiness by Sonia Lyubomirsky

4-H Fresh Chefs Digital Cookbook

The digital cookbook features 50 recipes from 4-H'ers across the country, 4-H alumni and supporters including:

  • Carla Hall - Celebrity Chef and 4-H Healthy Habits Program Ambassador, Tennessee 4-H alumna
  • Anne Burrell - Host of Food Network's Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition and New York 4-H alumna
  • Laila Ali - Cookbook Author, TV Host, Former Boxing Champion and Creator of Laila Ali Lifestyle
  • Timothy Hollingsworth - Owner and Chef of Otium, CJ Boyd’s and Free Play, Winner of Netflix's The Final Table

Recipes include everyday foods like, Cheesy Cauliflower Pizza, Crispy Smashed Potatoes, and Asian Lettuce Wraps, in addition to celebration foods, like Chicken Pot Pie, Gingerbread Doughnuts, and Sprinkle Cake Pops, that teach families how to balance eating habits.

It is available for free online here and audiences have the option to view and share featured recipes online or download the complete cookbook that includes beautiful food photography and personal notes from the youth and celebrities about their dishes.

Please feel free to share the cookbook with the 4-H community and beyond.