4-H & Youth

Washington County 4-H Welcomes You!

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Washington County 4-H is the youth education outreach program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension. 4-H is based on an experiential learning model of do, reflect, apply. Through project based learning and youth-adult partnerships, both youth and adults increase life skills and grow as leaders. The program works with 19 community clubs in Washington County, which meet monthly, along with countywide educational project meetings throughout the year. 4-H also facilitates outreach programs with local partner agencies. If you have any questions, please call, Amy Mangan-Fischer, Extension Washington County 4-H Program Coordinator at 262-335-4478.


4-H is a youth organization that belongs to the members, their families, and other interested adults who serve as 4-H youth leader assisting 4-H youthvolunteer leaders. Professional leadership is given by Cooperative Extension faculty of the University of Wisconsin. Support for 4-H programs is a joint effort of local county government, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In 4-H, young people share, grow, and learn together from various projects, events, and activities in informal situations under the guidance of their families and other volunteer adult leaders. Members can choose projects that fit them and the places where they live. Group activities and events such as drama, trips, camps, fairs, shows, and conferences provide additional learning experiences and opportunities.

4-H is open to all youth and adults regardless of their ethnic background, race, creed, or disability. Youth ages 5 – 19 have the opportunity to join a 4-H community club. Parents, guardians, and other caring adults are encouraged to participate as volunteer leaders. Most 4-H clubs have meetings for the entire membership once a month. During these meetings, decisions are made about group-sponsored activities such as community service efforts, project opportunities and fund-raising efforts.

Regardless of the structure, a 4-H group may involve families, neighbors, relatives, and others. Participants have fun learning, working, and succeeding together in the home, neighborhood, and community.


In clubs, 4-H members decide for themselves which projects they want to learn more about.  A 4-H project is a series of hands-on learning experiences in which youth learn subject matter and life skills. Projects are done both individually and as a group.

4-H’ers everywhere are linked in many ways, especially by the 4-H pledge which they all recite: As a 4-H member, I pledge… My HEAD to clearer thinking, My HEART to greater loyalty, My HANDS to larger service, My HEALTH to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world. This pledge is commonly said at the beginning of 4-H club meetings, conferences and events.

Here you can find the 4-H pledge in other languages, such as Spanish or Hmong: http://4h.ucanr.edu/About/Pledge/

4-H MOTTO: “To Make The Best Better”
4-H Slogan: “Learning by Doing”

State 4-H News and Information: linked to the Extension Youth FYI blogsite

  • Introducing a Walk a Day December 5, 2019
    As November progresses and I have been spending more time in the office, I have missed being out on the trails and have made it a point to take a walk every day because like Ranger Mac says, “If you didn’t take a walk yesterday, you missed out on many things that may not come again.” Ranger Mac (Wakelin McNeel) is a member of the Wisconsin Hall of Fame and w […]
  • 2020 Model Horse Show December 4, 2019
    Join the Bristol Blazers 4-H club for our annual open and youth Model Horse Show. The show will be on January 25, 2020 at the Arlington Agriculture Research Station (N695 Hopkins Rd., Arlington WI 53911).  The youth show will start at 8:30 am.  Doors open at 7:00 am. The youth show is a schooling show intended to provide those interested an opportunity to le […]
  • WI State 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl and 4-H Skillathon contests scheduled for March 7, 2020 December 3, 2019
    (Madison) The 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl and State 4-H Skillathon contests will be held together on Saturday March 7, 2020 at UW Madison Animal Sciences Building, Madison, WI. Deadline for registration is Feb. 21, 2020, 5 p.m. Only emailed registrations will be accepted, mailed registrations will NOT be accepted. The cost is $12 per youth and due at the time of […]

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Amy Mangan-Fischer

4-H Program Coordinator

Washington County

Extension Washington County
333 E. Washington Street, Suite 1200
PO Box 2003
West Bend, WI 53095-2003
Phone: 262-335-4478
Fax: 262-335-4863
Relay: “711”

Karen Girard – Program Assistant
Email: karen.girard@wisc.edu