Putnam 4-H Program

What We Do

We build life skills that enhance youth in all facets of life including interpersonal relationships, guiding career paths, workforce readiness and improving the livelihoods of youth residents. One may have a 4-H experience in a number of ways. These include but are not limited to:

  • hands-on work related to a topic "project" where one may exhibit at the county or state level
  • attending club meetings with other youth and caring adult volunteers
  • participate in a county or state workshop like a photography workshop, 4-H Roundup or 4-H Academy at the Purdue campus or State Junior Leader Workshop right here at DePauw University.
  • A "SPARK" project or club is a minimum of 6 hours of guided and hands-on instruction with an opportunity at the end to share the experience with others
  • Community service learning projects like food drives, natural resource work days, assisted living residents, etc. 


Contact Us

Purdue Extension Putnam County

12 Central Square

Greencastle, IN 46135


Location Address: 152 East Columbia St


Mark Evans, 4-H Youth Development Educator, mevans@purdue.edu 

Kim Beadles, Education Program Coordinator, kbeadles@purdue.edu

Kristy Straziscar, Office Manager, kstrazis@purdue.edu 



One may still sign up for the 2021-22 Putnam County 4-H program! The process is similar and the fees are the same as last year. If you are new to 4-H or have questions, always feel free to call the office at 653-8411 to have your questions answered or needs addressed. Regular 4-H is for grades 3-12 while Exploring 4-H (Mini 4-H) is for any 2nd grader as of January 1, 2022.

For grades 3-12 you may Sign up here for 4-H and you may also pay with a credit card as well. The cost is $25 per youth and maximizes at 3 youth or $75 per household. Some projects like Horse & Pony, Archery, and Dog close February 1 to new club members. Exploring 4-H youth (grade 2 mini 4-H) may also enroll at the same website and the cost is $10 per youth. Exploring 4-H should select "Mini 4-H" for a club. These will be distributed during January/February school visits or be available online here in December. 

Continue to scroll down for project and club information or click here to view our 2022 Putnam 4-H Program and Project Handbook. To sign up for camp in grades 3-6 or apply to be a camp counselor in grades 7-12, click the appropriate link:   4-H Camper Grades 3-6        Camp Counselor Application Grades 7-12    

4-H Project Information (2022)

Find a 4-H Club that fits your family, school and activity schedule. Click here to open a document to view the club options for Putnam County. 

The Putnam 4-H Program Handbook is released annually around February 1 and is available by clicking here online or one can come to the Purdue Extension Putnam County office to purchase a paper printed copy for $3. Any corrections as we move forward throughout the year will be posted below.

In 2022, there is an effort statewide to simplify and make 4-H more consistent across all counties. The information for some of the state projects are very general and families have had questions about guidelines so we continue to offer our county manuals where needed.  

ARTS & CRAFTS: (Click on project below to view manual that includes craft info sheet & scorecard)

Basketry; CeramicsConstruction Architectural Replica (Legos, Farm Scene, Town Model); Fine Arts; Latch Hook; Leather Craft; Metal CraftModel CraftNeedle Craft; Other Basic Crafts; Plastic Canvas; Scrapbooking; Wood Craft

There is the STATE 4-H WEBSITE that provides an overview of all state projects. In Putnam County, we will still have our Putnam 4-H Handbook available sometime during February. For now, you may view the following project manuals that have been updated for 2022.  


Links to animal and livestock projects will be here shortly. The Youth Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) to eligible to show/exhibit at the county or state fair has been place on pause here due to a change in website platforms. Check back around April 1 to sign up for YQCA programs. Nothing else about the program is changing other than the web platform.

Animal Projects

Beef      Cat     Dairy    Dog    Goat   Horse/Pony     Llama/Alpaca     Poultry    Rabbit    Sheep   Swine               


The STATE 4-H WEBSITE project listing provides an overview of all state projects that advance to the Indiana State Fair. Please also check the the county guidelines that provide additional ideas and guidelines that may also help you in these projects.

Workshops, Trips and Awards

On February 12 at Cloverdale HS, the 4-H Grows Knowledge event will once again occur after going virtual last year. This program is for volunteers, youth in leadership positions like club officers or Junior Leaders and prospective judges can also gain info from the program. Click here to view the program itinerary. This event also offers opportunities that teachers can use in the classroom. Sign up here and we hope to see you on February 12. Putnam County 4-H volunteers and youth should sign up for pay at the event. Your expenses will be covered via the Diana Thomas Memorial Endowment. 

4-H Recruitment Video at School Visits

All Putnam County third grade classrooms will view our YouTube Putnam 4-H Program Video during school visits by Kim Beadles, Education Coordinator and Mark Evans, 4-H Youth Development Educator in October or November.