4-H & Youth

Washington County 4-H Welcomes You!


The 4-H program is the youth education outreach program of the University WI-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, Washington County 4-H & Youth Educator 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 UW-Extension 4-H & Youth FYI blogsite

  • Winter Sports Series: Cross-Country Skiing December 17, 2018
    Naturalist Chris gives us a tour of the fun winter sports offered at Upham Woods: Newly fallen snow has covered the Upham Woods landscape in a blanket of white, and the banks of the Wisconsin River have turned into shelves of ice.  It is winter now in Wisconsin, a time that is bleak and dreary to some but to others it is the most magical season of all.  In m […]
  • Cultivating Creativity - 4-H Horticulture and Art Together Again! December 17, 2018
    Join us for an evening of Cultivating Creativity with horticulture.  You do not need to be enrolled in the horticulture project to participate.  Both youth and adults are welcome.  Feel free to bring a non 4-H friend too. See flyer for more information.  Register at http://bit.ly/2EzdJL4
  • Market Beef Weigh-in January 5th December 13, 2018
    All potential steers for the 2019 Fond du Lac County Fair will be weighed in at the Fairgrounds on SATURDAY, January 5th, between 10 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  Once again, steers will be weighed in the Cow Palace.  Initial weigh-in forms will be available for completion at the actual weigh-in.  Please visit the Fond du Lac County Fair Premium book at http://www.fo […]

4-H Youth Development Staff

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Megan Buehler-2015

Megan Buehler

4-H Youth Development

Positive Youth Development Educator
Program and Volunteer Coordinator
*On leave until January 2019


Sara Smeaton

Interim 4-H Youth Development Program and Volunteer Coordinator



UW-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@ces.uwex.edu