Clinton shows off his completed 4-H projects
Want to explore an interest you have and learn skills through hands-on activities? You can in 4-H! 4-H has projects you can complete to develop your skills, have fun, and then show-off your hard work at our county showcase each summer!
We have topics for everyone, including: Animal Science, Communication & Arts, Engineering & Technological Science, Healthy Living, Leadership & Citizenship, and Plant & Environmental Science.
To our new 4-H members, families, and volunteers: Welcome! 4-H is a safe place for you to explore your interests and ideas with the help of caring adult mentors, books, online resources, and in-person programming. Below is a list of the projects available to you in Marion County. You can select one, two, three, or all projects (although we don't recommend you pick everything!) when you register for 4-H through our online system - 4HOnline. We've also included brief descriptions and/or links so you can learn more about each one.
To our returning 4-H members, families, and volunteers: Welcome back! We are excited for a new year of 4-H with you. 4HOnline has been upgraded to version 2.0 this year, which means project categories have changed some. Projects available for you to select in 4HOnline 2.0 are listed in alphabetical order below. Click on the title of each project and/or read the description to learn more. We will be publishing our 2020-2021 handbook soon, which will include more information and details about how you can exhibit projects within each category at the county showcase in the summer of 2021.
2020-2021 4-H Areas of Interest/Projects for Youth:
- Aerospace: includes rocket launch
- Animal Posters: create a poster about your favorite animal species (cats, dogs, beef, goats, sheep, swine, pigeons, chickens, llamas, and more!)
- Aquatic Science
- Arts and Crafts: many options to choose from like: fine arts (drawing, painting), needlecraft, models, ceramics, latch hook, leathercraft, Legos, pottery, recycled crafts, seasonal decor, wearable arts, woodcraft, computer arts, miscellaneous (you choose), and more!
- Cake Decorating
- Child Development
- Civic Engagement and Education: includes Changemakers, community service, and Indiana heritage
- Collections and Hobbies: includes coins, stamps, scrapbooking, self-determined/miscellaneous (you choose)
- Communications: includes public speaking, demonstrations, presentations, illustrated talk, creative writing, reading for fun, and promoting 4-H
- Consumer Clothing
- Consumer Education: includes you educating the public about a topic (for example-how to read a nutrition label)
- Fashion Revue: model clothing you created
- Foods: includes baked, preserved, microwave, and create-with-a-mix
- Health and Well-Being
- Home Environment
- Horse & Pony
- Junior Leaders
- Mini 4-H/Cloverbuds (Kindergarten to 2nd grade): many topics for minis to explore!
- Other Animals: includes pets (rabbits can be exhibited as a pet)
Marion County 4-H only offers animal shows for cats, dogs, horse and pony, pets, and poultry. 4-H members may show other animals at the state fair without exhibiting them at our county fair. Please contact the county office for details about how to register your animals, and be sure to enroll in the respective animal project if you plan on showing at the state fair. Also, contact the county office for information about enrolling in animal projects we do not offer in Marion County, but which you could participate in through a neighboring county's 4-H program.
- Sewing: includes wearable and non-wearable items
- Shooting Sports: includes archery, muzzleloader/black powder, outdoor skills, pistol, rifle, and shotgun
- Small Engine
- Soil & Water Science
- Sports: includes bowling and sports poster
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics): includes robotics and technology
- Veterinary Science
- Weather & Climate Science
Performing arts is also offered in Marion County, but you do not have to enroll in 4HOnline to participate. The contest will occur around May, 2021. More details will be released in early 2021.
Joining 4-H for a year costs $15, but we have scholarships available to help. Contact us about how to quickly apply for the scholarship provided by our Marion County 4-H Youth Development Advisory Council.
How can we help?
Please do not hesitate to contact Rachael Smith (email@example.com or 317.275.9268). We are here to help you!