About the 4-H Animal Education Project

Explore a topic related to different livestock or companion animals, such as general care, nutrition, housing, or healthcare! Animal ownership or exhibition is not required.


Contact the Marion County 4-H office:


Marion County 4-H home page

Animal Education Project Manuals

Manuals and activity guides can be found on the project pages for each species:

Other Species (project exhibits for these species are not eligible to advance to the State Fair):

Showcasing What You’ve Learned

You can create a project exhibit to showcase what you’ve learned while working your project. Project exhibits are submitted for judging at the annual Marion County Showcase.

Research a topic related to your chosen animal species and present your information on a poster. You are free to choose any topic, but as you advance through the project, the topics should become more in depth, and your presentation of information should reflect that. Look in each species' project manual at your grade level for ideas.

Exhibit Guidelines

Score Cards

Advancing to the State Fair

  • Yes! Animal Education project exhibits related to Cat, Dog, Llama/Alpaca, Poultry, or Rabbit from 4-H members grades 3 and up may advance to the State Fair.

Cloverbuds (Grades K-2)

Cloverbud Exhibits

  • Cloverbud 4-H members can exhibit a poster or notebook illustrating what you have learned about a particular animal. There is no limit to how many posters or notebooks you can enter. Examples of topics: how to care for an animal, similarities/differences between breeds or species, costs to raise, body parts, uses of the animal (sheep’s wool, goat milk, cheese, meat, etc.), identification, or interesting facts.
  • Cloverbud projects are for exhibition only (not judged), so there are no scorecards, and exhibits are not eligible to advance to the State Fair.

More Animal Education Project Resources

See Indiana 4-H’s Animal Education project page for more resources.