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West Virginia 4-H

For more than 100 years, 4-H has helped Mountain State youth find their future. Today, from science-based learning to historical lessons, 4-H cultivates tomorrow's leaders and offers comprehensive growth for the whole family.

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West Virginia 4-H News & Events of Interest

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State 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest

The topic for this 750-1000 word essay is Varietal Honeys.

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Ten My Hands to Larger Service Mini-Grants awarded in 2024

The West Virginia 4-H All Stars have committed $2,000 to support the ten mini-grants that will enhance communities in Berkeley, Harrison, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, and Randolph counties.

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West Virginia 4-H Announces 2023 Youth in Action Award Winners

The West Virginia 4-H Youth in Action Program announces three young leaders in 4-H pillar areas: agriculture, civic engagement, and STEM.

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4-H Volunteers

Our program offers volunteer opportunities for youths, adolescents and adults.

4-H Volunteer Retreat
WV 4-H Roots to Success Summit
4-H Club Volunteers
4-H camps


West Virginia has many opportunities for youth ages 9 through 21 to have fun, make friends and learn at camp through WVU Extension’s 4-H program – the camping experts!

Teen Leader Weekend
Code Camp
Dance Weekend
Ultimate Outdoor Weekend
State Conservation Camp
Junior Firefighter Camp
Older Members Conference
New Horizons Camp (NEW!)
Alpha 1
Alpha 2
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4-H Clubs in WV

WVU 4-H offers community and specialty 4-H clubs across the state.

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West Virginia 4-H is a free, educational program for West Virginia youth in all 55 counties.

Upcoming West Virginia 4-H Events

Recent WV 4-H News

2024 My Hands to Larger Service mini-grants available

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For several years the West Virginia 4-H All Stars have generously funded to eleven mini-grants for West Virginia 4-H teens/teen leader groups to assist in the planning and completion of a community service project through the My Hands to Larger Service 4-H Project.

Mini-Grant Application

2024 My Hands to Larger Service mini-grants available

Win up to $3,000 in the Natural Resources & Agriculture Business Pioneer Competition

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West Virginia individuals or teams (up to four persons) of students in grades 9-12 from traditional, virtual or homeschool environments, or those attending career and technical centers are invited to compete in the 2023 Natural Resources and Agriculture Business Pioneer Competition.

This competition is an exciting program designed to engage talented youths in our community, state and beyond. By participating in this competition, young people will have the opportunity to jump-start their own businesses or develop essential skills for their future roles with potential employers.

Win up to $3,000 in the Natural Resources & Agriculture Business Pioneer Competition

4-H Volunteer Retreat

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Registration is now open for the 2023 4-H Volunteer Retreat! WV 4-H Volunteers, All Stars, Adult Leaders, and Alumni (18 years or older) who serve, or want to learn more about serving, as volunteers with the West Virginia 4-H program are invited.

The conference will be held  Friday, September 29, 2023 - Sunday, October 1, 2023.

4-H Volunteer Retreat

Season 4, Episodes 26-30 - Energy Express on WVPB 

Monday, July 24, 2023, 5:30 p.m.   

To kick off today’s episode, Jen Robertson-Honecker, WVU Extension STEM Specialist, and Ben, the flashlight wizard, lead a STEM activity, teaching us how to make our own flashlights. For this activity, you will need jumbo craft sticks, LEDs, coin cell batteries, jumbo paper clips, copper tape, masking tape, scissors. If all that science worked up an appetite, you’re in luck! Susan Lily, a nutrition instructor with the WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program, walks us through how to make some delicious energy bars. For this recipe, you will need rice cereal, quick cooking oats, toasted nuts, dried cranberries, unsweetened coconut, honey, low-fat peanut butter and vanilla.  


Season 4, Episodes 26-30 - Energy Express on WVPB 

Season 4, Episodes 21-25 - Energy Express on WVPB 

Monday, July 17, 2023, 5:30 p.m.   

This episode is a rerun from season 3. 

Ready, player one! Today we’re learning all about esports and WVU’s champion team. WVU Esports Director Josh Steger explains the team’s training schedule and how esports are different from other traditional sports. Then we head back to Jackson’s Mill for some more “Run of the Mill” history with program coordinator and historian Joe Obidzinski. Today, he teaches us about grist milling and how the mill that is currently at WVU Jackson’s Mill made its way to where it sits today. Fun fact: it took nine years to move it from its original home! We even get a demonstration of how the mill functions to close out today’s episode. 

Season 4, Episodes 21-25 - Energy Express on WVPB 

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