4-H and Youth




4-H is a youth organization that belongs to the members, their families, and other interested adults who serve as volunteer leaders. Professional leadership is given by Cooperative Extension faculty of the University of Wisconsin. Support for 4-H programs is a joint effort of local county government, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The 4 H’s come to life in the 4-H Pledge that connects youth across the nation: I pledge… My HEAD to clearer thinking, My HEART to greater loyalty, My HANDS to larger service, My HEALTH to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

The youth put the 4-H’s into action by sharing, growing, and learning together through various projects, events, and activities. The youth’s families and other adult volunteers build positive youth-adult relationships to guide them through their 4-H experiences. 4-H provides youth with the opportunity to spark interest and master new skills. They also have the opportunity to participate in group activities and events such as educational experiences, camps, fairs, shows, and conferences that increase learning experiences.

4-H is open to all youth and adults regardless of their ethnic background, race, creed, or disability. Youth ages 5 – 19 have the opportunity to join a 4-H community club. Parents, guardians, and other caring adults are encouraged to Become a Volunteer. Most 4-H clubs have meetings for the entire membership once a month. During these meetings, decisions are made about group-sponsored activities such as community service efforts, project opportunities and fund-raising efforts.

What does 4-H look like in Green Lake County?

The 4-H Program provides youth education outreach programs by the University of Wisconsin-Extension. The 4-H program works with 9 community clubs in Green Lake County, which meet monthly, along with countywide educational project meetings throughout the year. 4-H facilitates outreach programs with local partner agencies. A summer camp is conducted annually for all county residents. If you have any questions, please call, Green Lake County Extension at 920-294-4032.


In clubs, 4-H members decide for themselves which projects they want to learn more about.  A 4-H project is a series of hands-on learning experiences in which youth learn subject matter and life skills. Projects are done both individually and as a group. For more information on Projects, check out the Project Page!

Interested in joining Green Lake County 4-H? Contact the 4-H Club General Leader for more information. To enroll in 4-H as a youth member or an adult volunteer, go to: http://wi.4honline.com or call the Extension Office, 920-294-4032.


If you have questions regarding 4-H Youth Development in Green Lake County, please contact:

Brandon Springer – 4-H Program Educator 
UW-Madison Division of Extension – Green Lake County
571 County Road A
Green Lake, WI 54941-8630
Phone: 920-294-4035 / Fax: 920-294-4176

Stacy Graff – Fair and Office Coordinator

UW-Madison Division of Extension – Green Lake County
571 County Road A
Green Lake, WI 54941-8630
Phone: 920-294-4032
Fax: 920-294-4176 

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