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OSU Extension is your connection to the trusted resources of The Ohio State University. Here in Henry County they offer practical information on issues of home, family, farm, business, and community and well-being that improve your every day life.

4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program reaching 240,000 youth in Ohio. With 23 clubs from which to chose from, 800 youth enrolled in Henry County 4-H in 2021.

All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills. 4-H members learn valuable lessons in leadership, communication, and collaboration while increasing their knowledge in math, science, technology and a variety of other topics.

4-H creates fun while learning in a variety of ways. 4-H’ers participate through community clubs, camps, in-school and after-school programs as well as summer activities. There are engaging, hands-on, experimental activities at club meetings, workshops/clinics, camps, and special events. Youth increase their self-confidence and personal life skills while learning about specific subjects – anything from animals or computers to public speaking, cooking, art, gardening, and environmental sciences, just to name a few project topics.

Ohio 4-H membership is based on a child’s age AND grade as of January 1 of the current calendar year. Youth who are 5 years of age and enrolled in Kindergarten are eligible for Cloverbud participation. Eligibility for participation in 4-H projects and competitive events beings when a child is age 8 and in the 3rd grade. Any youth is age 9 or above is eligible for project membership, regardless of age level. Membership requires enrollment in an authorized Ohio 4-H club or group under the direction of an OSU Extension professional or an approved adult volunteer. A youth’s membership ends December 31st of the year he or she turns 19.

For more information, please contact Morgan Parcher, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development at 419-592-0806; or by e-mail at parcher.6@osu.edu.

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development programs at http://ohio4h.org.

Ohio’s diverse agricultural, horticultural and forestry industries contribute more than $100 billion to the state’s economy every year. OSU Extension agriculture and natural resources (ANR) programs assist with technology, marketing, and educational support – protecting Ohio’s position in the global marketplace.

OSU Extension also works to help local residents and community leaders enhance and sustain the environment and natural areas throughout the state, balancing economic advancement with environmental sustainability.

Our ANR professionals help producers develop and expand profitable, sustainable farming and other agricultural businesses – thereby creating jobs and economic opportunity for Ohio’s citizens. They also provide leadership, collaboration, consulting, unbiased information, applied research, and access to land-grant university knowledge to address local issues and needs.

For more information, please contact Alan Leininger, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources at 419-592-0806; or by e-mail at Leininger.17@osu.edu.