About Self-Determined 4-H Projects
Did you create or experience something that doesn't "fit" in one of the other project areas, but you want to show it off? That’s what a self-determined project is for - to create your own thing! Ideas include, but are not limited to: weeds, train/scenery scale models, miniature dollhouse, architecture, clowning, alternative energy sources, music, auto mechanics, taxidermy, travel, diorama of historical event, etc.
Contact the Marion County 4-H office:
Resources for Self-Determined Projects
- Use the resources around you: the internet (especially a website like Pinterest), adults, friends, your 4-H club or another group you are a part of. We want you to dream and be creative!
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. Create an exhibit (poster, notebook, display board, or thing) that shows the public what you learned/did!
- You can enter up to two exhibits either individually and as a team/group (two or more members working together). Categories:
- Individual Grades 3-5
- Individual Grades 6-8
- Individual Grades 9-12
- Team/Group (all ages)
- Exhibits must include a completed 4-H General Record Sheet.
- Marion County 4-H poster exhibit guidelines and tips
- A reference list must be included with your poster, notebook, or display board.
Advancing to the State Fair
- No, self-determined projects are county-only and only eligible for exhibition at the Marion County Showcase.
Cloverbuds (Grades K-2)
- Cloverbuds may enter one exhibit for a self-determined project.
- 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.