Serving DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties

In 4-H, you learn by doing and you usually have a pretty great time while you're doing it! Want to know more about what your 4-H experience might look like?

  • Create and build things. Whether you're inspired by robots and drones or photography and recipe cards, our programs give you the tools and the opportunities to create, imagine, and build. 
  • Travel and see the world around you. In 4-H, you can travel across the state and around the world if that's what you're in to. Dream big and discover the world through our programs. 
  • Explore careers that interest you. In 4-H, career exploration is more than just reading about possible jobs, it involves rolling up your sleeves and trying it on for size. 
  • Make new friends. From clubs to camps to field trips, in 4-H you'll meet new people and experience new social and cultural events. It's pretty easy to form lasting friendships when they're based on shared interests and experiences. 
  • Teach and inspire kids. 4-H helps prepare youth for roles as leaders in their classrooms, communities, and future careers. We'll help you develop the skills you need to work with youth in your community and help them launch their own 4-H journey. 
  • Help others. A core aspect of 4-H is learning to serve with and for those around us. 4-H clubs create opportunities for members to find meaningful ways to impact the people and neighborhoods they live in. 
  • Meet cool people and earn cool prizes. Who wouldn't love the chance to meet and learn from some of the best athletes, actors, scientists, and artists in their fields? Our network of professional contacts is deep and wide - you never know who might show up at a 4-H event!

4-H is a place where you can find where you belong. It's where you decide what matters to you and learn about things that interest you. And, it's the place where you serve in the community where you live.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Interested in learning more about 4-H but not sure where to start? Complete this interest survey to find the 4-H group that's just right for you. If you're already a member, you'll find everything you're looking for in the links below. And, join us at a kick off event for the new 4-H year in your county!

County 4-H Program

Check Out These Events, Announcements, and Deadlines

Invite your friends to Join 4-H

4-H empowers and prepares young people for success. The new 4-H year begins September 1. Who do you know that could benefit from 4-H?

Meet our New 4-H Educator

Amy Henschen is a Lake County 4-H alum, and worked most recently with Colorado 4-H. Welcome, Amy! Learn more about Amy on our staff page.

Get to know 4-H this October

Get to know 4-H at an October kick-off event. Stop in to learn about programs for ages 5-7 and 8-18, and do fun, hands-on activities! Plus, meet 4-H Club leaders, 4-H member and U of I Extension staff.

Interested in Computer Science or STEM? Registration open now!

Each fall, 4-H Science Ambassadors learn the 4-H National Youth Science Day project. The 2019 program Game Changers was developed in conjunction with Google and focuses on Computer Science.

Find Your Form: Open 24/7/365

We know you work on 4-H all hours of the day and night, and we’re ready to help. We have all the resources members, leaders, and clubs need.

New Deadline: November 1

All award applications for Illinois 4-H State awards and scholarships has changed to November 1. Local deadlines may be earlier.