4-H Youth Development

Washington County 4-H Welcomes You!


The 4-H Youth Development 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 Development 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

  • 2018 4-H Dog Project Orientation and Training Information April 26, 2018
    Thank you to the following individuals who have agreed to serve on the 4-H Dog Project Committee for this year’s 4-H Dog Project – Amanda Barkley, Tina and Jess Dengel; Joy, Lee and Turner Erath, Bride and Brianna Maas, Mark McDonald, Erin, Jubilee and Titus Morgan.  A packet with information below about this year's orientation meeting and training sche […]
  • Winnebago County Rabbit Fun Show April 18, 2018
    Winnebago County 4-H Rabbit Fun Show May 19th, 2018 Lake Winneconne Park 300 Parkway Dr. Winneconne, WI, 54986 Fun Show Flyer and Registration
  • "Quality Beef Selection" livestock credit is Postponed April 17, 2018
    To all 4-H/FFA members who are still missing livestock credits, please know that the originally scheduled meeting listed as follows has been postponed: “Quality Beef Animal Selection” – (originally listed for April 19th) at the Paul McClone Farm, N4774 North Highline Road, Bonduel. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm. This meeting will now be held a month later on May […]

4-H Youth Development Staff

Amy Mangan-Fisher headshot
Megan Buehler-2015

Amy Mangan-Fischer
Megan Buehler

4-H Youth Development Program

4-H Youth Development Educator
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”

Ginny Bichler – Program Assistant
Email: ginny.bichler@co.washington.wi.us