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! Then create a poster to educate others about what you have learned. 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):

Showcasing What You’ve Learned

You can create a project exhibit to showcase what you’ve learned while working on your project. Project exhibits are submitted for judging at the annual Marion County 4-H 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, your topics should be 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 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. A reference list must be included with your poster or notebook.
  • Cloverbud projects are for exhibition only (not judged), so there are no score cards, and exhibits are not eligible to advance to the State Fair.

More Animal Education Project Resources