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:
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):
- Aquatic Science
- Beef Cattle
- Dairy Cattle
- Dairy Goat, Meat Goat, Pygmy Goat
- Pocket Pets
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.
- You may enter one poster per animal category.
- Animal Education project exhibit guidelines for 4-H members grades 3-12
- Marion County 4-H poster exhibit guidelines and tips
- A reference list must be included with your poster or notebook.
- Posters related to the following species qualify for the State Fair. Refer to the links below for specific exhibit guidelines:
- Cat Poster Score Card
- Dog Poster Score Card
- Llama/Alpaca Poster Score Card
- Poultry Poster Score Card
- Rabbit Poster Score Card
- General Animal Education Poster Scorecard (for all other animal species)
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 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.