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4-H Projects

What is a 4-H Project?

4-H participation provides youth the opportunity to develop life skills through project-based learning. One of the most important aspects of project work is that the youth member determines what they want to learn. This allows the project to be self-paced, and instills important life skills like setting and working towards their goals. Participants are encouraged to choose one or multiple projects that interest them; we suggest starting with one project for your first year. Youth can also participate in project-related activities such as: giving written and oral demonstrations, submitting project record books, exhibiting at county and state fairs, and participating in county, district and state-level events (i.e., Citizenship NC Focus, Horse Judging, District Activity Day, Electric Congress, Horticulture Contest, etc.).

A 4-H Project is…

  • Planned work in an area of interest to the 4-H member
  • Guided by a 4-H volunteer or active parent
  • Aimed at planned objectives that can be attained and measured
  • A minimum of six hours of project learning
  • Summarized by some form of record keeping

4-H Project Resources

Most projects have an activity guide or project manual available that provides guidance through the learning process. Most have a beginner, intermediate and advanced level – this allows youth to build upon their knowledge each year and continue to challenge their skills.

The Project Manuals/Curriculum Guides can be purchased directly from National 4-H. You can also work with Moore County 4-H to review the materials and/or purchase at cost to avoid shipping expenses.


Moore County 4-H Projects

  Aerospace ¹ ²   Genealogy
  AIRE (Application, Interview, Resume & Essay) ²   Geology & Minerals ¹ ²
  Amphibians & Reptiles   GIS/GPS
  Animal Science (Broad Study)   Goat ¹ ²
  Aquatic Science   Healthy Living
  Astronomy   Heritage
  Automotive   Hiking & Backpacking
  Beef ¹ ²   Hobbies & Collections ²
  Bees & Pollinators ¹ ²   Home Environment ¹ ²
  Bicycle ¹ ²   Horse & Pony ¹ ²
  Business & Marketing   Horticulture Science
  Butterflies ¹ ²   International Foods
  Cake Decoration ² ³   International Study/Exchange
  Camping ¹ ²   Leadership ¹ ²
  Canoeing   Llamas & Alpacas ²
  Career Exploration & Employability ¹ ²   Microbiology
  Cat ¹ ²   Music & Dance
  Cavy (Guinea Pigs) ²   Outdoor Adventures ¹ ²
  Citizenship & Community Service ¹ ²   Photography ¹ ²
  Clothing & Textiles   Poultry Science ¹ ²
  Composting/Recycling   Public Speaking ²
  Computer Science ¹ ²   Rabbit ¹ ²
  Creative & Expressive Arts ¹ ²   Robotics ¹ ²
  Crops   Rocketry & Model Planes
  Dairy Cattle ¹ ²   Scrapbooking ² ³
  Dairy Goat ¹ ²   Self- Determined
  Dog ¹ ²   Sewing ¹ ²
  Drama/Theater ¹ ²   Sheep ¹ ²
  Electric ¹ ²   Small Animals/Pets ¹ ²
  Embryology ¹ ²   Small Engines ¹ ² ³
  Emergency Preparedness   Soils & Soil Conservation
  Engineering   Sportsfishing ¹ ²
  Entomology ¹ ²   Swine ¹ ²
  Entrepreneurship ¹ ²   Tractor & Machinery
  Environmental Science ¹ ²   Vermicomposting
  Financial/Money Management ¹ ²   Veterinary Science ¹ ²
  First Aid ¹ ²   Videography ¹ ²
  Fitness & Sports   Visual Arts ¹ ²
  Food Preservation ¹ ²   Weather & Environment ¹
  Food Safety   Wildlife ¹ ²
  Foods & Nutrition ¹ ²   Wind Energy ¹ ²
  Forestry   Woodworking ¹ ²
  Gardening  ¹ ²   Writing ²

¹ Resources available from National 4-H
² Resources available at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Moore County Center
³ Select “Self-Determined” project when enrolling in 4HOnline