4-H in Kankakee County


From learning and having in person experiences with wildlife (think snakes and turtles), creating a solar-powered wind turbine and learning how to “survive” in the wild to baking cakes, creating stories with photographs and becoming a Teen Teacher, Kankakee 4-H has activities to keep you busy year round. Interested in becoming a leader in a club, your school or community? We can help! Want to be a part of a 4-H club in which you can meet monthly or whenever your schedule allows? We have that. Don’t have time to meet regularly but still want to participate in leadership and learning opportunities and outdoor adventures?  Check! We can help with that too! Are you a homeschooler that wants to add variety to your learning opportunities?  Our educator has a science background and can help with school programs. In Kankakee 4-H, you decide your level of involvement with programs, clubs, and a wide variety of topics and projects that interest you. You make 4-H what you want it to be. Don’t forget, in 4-H, you also have an important role in making your community a better place, but you don’t have to do it alone. As a club, you’ll figure out what’s needed most in your neighborhood and find ways to help. 

In 4-H, you’re part of our 4-H family that works together to accomplish amazing things!  At club meetings, you’ll learn how to get along with others as you build your communication and teamwork skills as well as participate in community service projects. You’ll meet adult leaders and other youth who care about you and want to help you succeed. We will match you with mentors who will coach you in areas like problem solving, communicating, and teamwork. We’ll introduce you to potential careers and help you develop a plan to success.  We hope you will join us on new and challenging adventures in Kankakee 4-H!

Awards, Scholarships

Awards & Scholarships

The Kankakee County 4-H/Youth Foundation was formed for (1) the purpose of promoting educational opportunities for participation in 4-H/youth activities in Kankakee County and (2) to encourage higher education through scholarships. To aid in furthering advanced education for the youth of Kankakee County, this year the Foundation is again offering $1,000 scholarships to current and former 4-H students who plan to attend college in the fall of 2024.

Four scholarships will be awarded to applicants who are presently enrolled in college or who have been out of school for a time and are now returning for further academic training. Four scholarships will be awarded to applicants who are members of the current year’s high school graduating class. Students may receive a 4-H/Youth Foundation Scholarship twice. Allocation of scholarships will be at the determination of the scholarship review committee to total eight scholarships between the two levels of applicants.

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Fairs & Clubs

2024 Kankakee County Fair

Kankakee County 4-H Showbook

Download the 2024 Show book


Register for the fair

To register for Kankakee County fairs and shows, please visit the FairEntry website.  All entries must be completed on FairEntry by June 7th.  Please remember to start early so if you encounter problems, the office is able to assist you in time. 


2024 Kankakee County 4-H Clubs

We are proud to have so many diverse 4-H clubs here in Kankakee County - from cooking to livestock to shooting sports - there's something for everyone!  Below is a list of our clubs that meet on a regular basis.  Take a look and let us know if you have any questions.  If you can't find a club that's right for you, there are plenty of other options for you to participate in 4-H!  We have school and after school programs, events, one-time programs and so much more.  Please reach out to our staff and let us know if you have any questions.  We're here to help!   

4-H Clubs in Kankakee County

Want more information on clubs or would you like the club leader to contact you?  Fill out this short form to get in touch with 4-H clubs! After you submit this form, your information will be passed onto our background-checked club leader(s) for the club(s) you indicate interest in.

For more information, please feel free to reach out to our 4-H staff in Kankakee County!  

We're looking forward to hearing from you.