4-H & Youth

Washington County 4-H Welcomes You!

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The 4-H program is the youth education outreach program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension. The program works with 19 community clubs in Washington County, which meet monthly, along with countywide educational project meetings throughout the year. 4-H facilitates outreach programs with local partner agencies. Summer day camps are conducted annually for all county residents. 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.

WHAT IS A 4-H PROJECT?Girl with sheep

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: 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.

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

  • Alumni Scholarship Application June 20, 2019
    Alumni-Project-Scholarship 2019
  • State Fair Trip June 12, 2019
    OYG State Fair Trip Shawano County 4-H Older Youth Group Is sponsoring a day trip to the Wisconsin State Fair at West Allis on Friday, August 2nd. Enjoy the ride in a coach bus, complimentary snacks, and admission into the fair. Meals are at your own cost.  Bus pick up 7:30 a.m. and Drop off 8:00 p.m. at the Shawano Fairgrounds.
  • Water Stories Summit June 6, 2019
    A Global view of the Earth shows us that most of our planet is covered in water. A satellite view of Wisconsin would reveal something similar. We are pockmarked with lakes, striped with rivers, and home to critters that live in our 5.3 million acres of wetlands. Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center is dedicating 3 days to exploring, splashing, and collecting […]

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Amy Mangan-Fischer

4-H Youth Development

Program Coordinator

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