Expand Educational Experiences with 4-H

For more than 100 years, 4-H has been on the forefront of teaching young people. What once started with an agricultural focus has become the largest youth-development organization with programming in Health and Wellness, STEM, Environment, Food Systems, and beyond.  

Every year, 4-H partners with a prominent university to create a new hands-on STEM activity and lesson. Each activity is developed to meet Next Generation Science Standards, is supported with concrete curriculum and materials, and can be modified to fit a variety of grade levels.

Our commitment at University of Illinois Extension to provide exciting, engaging, education enrichment experiences for youth remains steadfast. Through collaboration with schools, organizations, and area community groups, 4-H continues to reach youth in new ways and offer exciting opportunities for exploration and learning.

These programs are perfect for the classroom, after-school club, or camp.


Animal Science

  • Animal Adaptations
  • Embryology
  • Monarchs on the Move

College and Career Readiness

  • Welcome to the Real World

Health and Wellness

  • Health Rocks


  • Aerospace: Rockets (multiple programming opportunities)
  • Design: Origami and Paper Crafts
  • DNA: Candy Models and/or Strawberry DNA
  • Engineering: Junk drawer STEM
  • Engineering & Oceanography: Explorers of the Deep
  • Laws of Motion: Motion Commotion
  • Physics and Energy: Wired for Wind
  • Scientific Method: Biofuel Blast

We would love to partner with you. Fill out an interest survey here.

You also can join our Education Enrichment contact list to receive updates, materials, and resources with ways to enhance your educational needs through 4-H curriculum and resources. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions.

*Note: Starting Sept. 1, 2023, there is a $20 per program fee to cover consumables. If this is a barrier for your group, school, or organization, please reach out to us. Thank you!

Meet our Education Enrichment Program Coordinator