Ashland County 4-H Program welcomes any member to explore projects that will interest them. Whether you want to work on computers, learn to shoot a bow and arrow, or ride horses, you can explore all that 4-H has to offer you.

4-H involves youth in project-based education. Through project learning, youth can explore their interests (“sparks”) and master new skills. 4-H projects are meant to be hands on to create a memorable learning experience. Since 4-H started in the early 1900s, youth have learned by doing. This hands-on process allows youth to understand not only how to do something but also why they are doing it.

As you explore, you’ll learn more than just subject matter. You’ll learn “life” skills, too. These are valuable skills, such as communicating and working with others, problem solving and decision making—skills that you can use the rest of your life.

Check out the Project Guide!


Explore Available Projects

Arts & Communications

Express yourself by drawing, painting, sculpting, taking photos, making videos, public speaking, acting, singing or writing.

Arts Projects: youth learn the many facets of the arts. They learn basic principles of art and how to use those principles to create works of art. Activities include painting, printing, graphic, design, drawing, fiber arts, sculpting, photography, and filmmaking.

Communication Projects: youth learn to develop skills that are useful throughout a lifetime. They get an opportunity to practice their skills before a group; an opportunity to gather and organize information, equipment and props for public presentation; to develop confidence in making public presentations; and to learn to evaluate and enhance communication skills.


If you love animals, 4-H has projects for you, whether it’s dogs and cats or cows and horses.

Large Animal (Animal Science)

Learn how to raise, feed, care for, judge, and show animals typically found on a farm including beef and dairy cattle, dairy and meat goats, horses, sheep, swine, and poultry. Choose one species and learn all about it and learn about careers working with animals.


National 4-H Dairy Conference: Every year in September, leading dairy youth from across North America gather in Madison, WI for the National 4-H Dairy Conference! This is an opportunity to create connections with other dairy youth, sharpen your dairy knowledge and skills, and make industry connections that will last well into the future.

Small Animals (Animal Science)

The 4-H Small Animal Project will give you the opportunity to learn about the life history, management, and care of a pet of your choice. You will also get to present information about your pet at the county fair.

Community Service

Plan and carry out a community service project with your 4-H friends.

4‑H community involvement programs empower young people to be well-informed citizens who are actively engaged in their communities and the world. Youth learn about civic affairs, build decision-making skills and develop a sense of understanding and confidence in relating and connecting to other people.


Kindergarten-2nd grade. Activities in the Cloverbud Project are designed to meet youth needs at an age appropriate level while having fun with hands-on learning.

By the time youth are finished with 2nd grade and are entering 3rd grade, they have a better idea of what interests them in 4-H. They feel ready to choose the project(s) they want to learn more about, because they have already tried a variety of activities.

Family, Home, and Health

In 4-H Family, Home, & Health projects, youth enhance the personal skills they often learn within the family and home–how to dress to impress; cook a variety of foods; plan a meal; mend or make one’s own clothing; decorate and maintain one’s space or room; spend money wisely; create a budget and live within it; practice good manners; make wise decisions; start a business; babysit siblings or the neighbor’s children; learn about jobs and what it takes to get a job in a field that matches their interests.

Outdoor Adventure

Challenge yourself learn to kayak, rock climb, backpack or ski safely. Get involved with archery, riflery, bicycling or go sport fishing or camping.

Science, Engineering & Technology

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math projects are one of the core areas of focus for the Wisconsin 4-H Program. Activities and projects are available (but vary by county Extension office) in aerospace and rocketry, electricity and computer coding, robotics, blacksmithing, automotive maintenance, aquatic science and more.

Natural Environment

4-H can take you outside to learn about wetlands and wildlife or to plant a garden.

Outdoor Education (Natural Sciences)

Enjoy time outdoors and develop an understanding and appreciation of the environment through three core theme areas:

  • Basic science and ecology
  • Interrelationships and impacts
  • Health, wellness and positive outdoor experiences

Plant & Soil Science

Explore the basics of plants and plant science – plant growth, soils, plant varieties, pest control measures, equipment and gardening techniques – through 4-H plants, soils, and gardening projects.


State 4-H Plant Science Day: TBD 2022 at the Waushara County Fairgrounds in Wautoma. Youth in grades 3-13 can test their knowledge about plants while learning how to judge and identify a wide variety of plant specimens. Youth can also compete in photography, speaking, poster and floral arranging contests. For study guide information and to prepare for the contest see the National Junior Horticultural Association website at  For additional information contact Chuck Prissel at 715-485-8600 or

Start your own project!

The self-determined project allows you freedom to design a project with skills that are not already offered in a different project. Please consider if your project work might fit into another project area before selecting the self-determined project. Members enrolling in the Self-determined project are responsible for identifying their project resources and filling out project paperwork. Projects in this category allow the member to set individual goals and select activities suited to his or her needs. Approval from your UW-Madison Extension 4-H Educator is required.

Starting Out

  • Learn to develop your project idea
  • Inventory your interests, needs, aspirations, concerns, experiences, skills, and resources related to the areas you are looking to learn more about
  • Create and submit a project plan to your 4-H Educator

Learning More

  • Set project goals
  • Develop a plan on how to achieve your goals
  • Carry out your plan
  • Work with others to develop your plan

Going Further

  • Evaluate your progress on project goals
  • Record your progress
  • Share your experience with others
  • Teach others and mentor them in your project


Other projects and activities include rocketry, astronomy, aerospace, small engines, international programs, trips and camp.

Have a question?

To learn more about 4-H Youth Development programming

and the role Extension plays in Ashland County, send me an email!