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What is 4-H?

4-H is the largest youth organization in the nation, open to youth in 3rd - 12th grades and is administered by OSU Extension. Through 4-H, youth learn valuable life skills that enable them to grow into productive citizens. Through hands-on learning opportunities in many different areas of interest, youth develop critical thinking skills, gain self-confidence, set and achieve goals, and learn responsibility.


Although 4-H is deeply rooted in agricultural practices, it's not just cows, plows and sows anymore. Today's 4-H youth can still be found showing livestock, but also using GPS units, teaching others about drug and alcohol prevention, traveling, taking photographs and giving speeches.


4-H is a youth development program open to all youth in Payne County. Youth may enroll in 4-H on August 1st if they are 8 AND in the 3rd grade. 4-H membership ends on July 31 following the completion of the 12th grade or having reached the age of 19 on or before August 1st, whichever comes first.


Cloverbud is a non-competitive 4-H program for youth 5 - 8 years of age that are not yet able to enroll as 4-H members.


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