Welcome to Arlington County 4-H
Many people associate 4-H with farms and livestock. While the program has its roots in rural development, it has evolved along with our nation to meet the needs of urban communities, too! Arlington 4-H specializes in the following focus areas: including Military Partnerships
Enviromental Education, STEM & Pet Science
Cooking & Nutrition - Healthy Living
Career Exploration in the Teen ZOOM Club - Finance -Tech and STEM Savvy
Leadership & Civic Engagment
Outdoor Exploration in the Nature Knights Club
Girls with Goals -Youth Soccer Partnership with Arlington Soccer Association
Other 4-H Club projects suitable for Urban Areas: Public Speaking and Presentations, Shooting Sports, Hippology., Urban Farmers Market Enterprenuer, Table Setting, Creative Arts, Bicycle Repair, Hydroponic Gardening, Sewing, Knitting, Robotics, Food Preservation and Entrepreneurship
Interested in something else? With volunteer support, we are happy to create new programs to meet all youth's interests!
District and State Contest Arlington 4-H Youth can participate in are Presentations, Food Challenge, Dog Showing, Tableing, Science Fairs, Art Submissions to the 4-H Horse Show and Horse Bowl.
- 4-H @ Home Ideas
- Junior Master Gardeners
- 4-H Outdoor Explorers
- Food, Fun, & Fitness
- Nature Knights Club
- Teen Financial Life Skills
- How Do I Sign Up for 4-H?
Get the traditional 4-H experience at home with featured activities in science, gardening, cooking , Virtual 4-H Camp and more! 4-H At Home is a great option for Home Schoolers or those youth who prefer to work on projects individually. Explore educational activities for kids and teens. We offer over 250 activities which can be filtered by age. Youth participating in 4-H at Home who wish to be registered as an active 4-H'er can enroll in our data base 4-H Online and register
Learn what it takes to grow a garden! Under the guidance of caring Master Gardeners, students will learn to plan, plant, weed, water, and harvest a garden. Using one of the Junior Master Gardener curriculums, the club will investigate the wonderful world of insects, search for wildlife, discuss erosion, and discover where food comes from.
Currently, this program runs at Barcroft Elementary. With additional volunteers, we can expand to reach even more sites. For questions or more information about 4-H, please contact Arlington County 4-H Agent Deborah Madden at email@example.com
Play in the dirt, smell the flowers, and adventure into the great outdoors! Students in grades 4th to 8th are invited to join the 4-H Outdoor Explorers Club. Together the group will search for wildlife, investigate backyard habitats, embark on scavenger hunts, play nature-inspired games, and much more! This is perfect for the animal-lovers, future gardeners, or even youth who just want to get outside.
4-H strives to foster positive first experiences in nature for youth. This program is led by volunteers under the supervision of the County 4-H Agent. Currenty this program is seeking adult volunteers to lead Outdoor Explorerers
With additional volunteers, we can expand to even more sites. For questions or more information about 4-H, please contact Arlington County 4-H Agent Deborah Madden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4th through 12th graders are invited to join 4-H on a culinary adventure! Together we’ll investigate the food that we eat, play games to get everyone moving, and whip up some delicious and nutritious snacks. Knowledgeable Master Food Volunteers facilitate these programs, under the supervision of the County 4-H Agent. These programs are scheduled after school, in community centers, recreation centers or 4-H Club meeting sites.
Girls with Goals is an soccer program that encourages fitness. This program runs is located at Drew and Abington Elementary School in the Fall and Spring. During the winter months, volunteers will facilitate a health living projects to encourage healthy behaviors. Plans to expand to other schools in the Spring of 2023 are under way.
The 4-H Nature Knights club is open to all youth ages 9-15. Together the club adventures on field trips to watch birds, go fishing, learn to identify trees, walk in the woods, and much more. The club meets on Thursday evenings and weekends, under the supervision of parents and the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists. This is a classic 4-H community club open to all youth ages 9-15 year, regardless of where they go to school!
For questions or more information about 4-H, please contact Arlington County 4-H Agent Deborah Madden at email@example.com.
Want your teen to learn responsible spending and saving habits? Bored by tedious worksheets and long lectures? This ZOOM series combines essential financial knowledge with engaging discussions, hands-on games and activities.
Throughout the six-week program, youth learn to distinguish financial needs from wants, manage income to pay bills on time, identify strategies to start saving, and understand how to build and manage credit. This program is lead by a variety of adult volunteers, including Master Financial Education Volunteers under the supervision of the County 4-H Agent and FCS Financial Program Associate.
This program currently runs on ZOOM in the Spring. Next session begins in the Spring of 2023. If you have a group or organization that would like to participate in this six-week course, please contact Arlington County 4-H Agent Deborah Madden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I sign up for 4-H?
We are so glad you’d like to get involved with Arlington 4-H! Arlington 4-H Clubs can meet in schools, homes, community centers, schools, churches and conference rooms.
Our program runs primarily at Fairlington Community Center and Arlington Public Schools’ Extended Day programs. To see if there’s already a program at your child’s school, you can check with your school’s Extended Day program or, contact 4-H Agent Deborah Madden at email@example.com. You can also check out our 4-H Afterschool Programming page for more information on our current offerings.
If your child is not enrolled in Extended Day, or you don’t have a program at your school, don’t worry. You can still get involved with Arlington 4-H. Here are other ways to get started:
#1: Fairlington Community Club
The 4-H Fairlington Community club is open to all youth grades 4th to 8th grade. This is a traditional 4-H club with projects planned in financial education, cooking, dogs and outdoor exploration. Club begins on Saturday November 3rd, 2022 at 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM. To sign up go go 4-H Online to create a family enrollment at https://v2honline.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Deborah Madden at 703-228-6404.
#1: Nature Knights Club
The 4-H Nature Knights club is open to all youth ages 9-15. Together the club adventures on field trips to watch birds, go fishing, learn to identify trees, walk in the woods, and much more. The club meets on weekday evenings and weekends, under the supervision of parents and the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists. This is a classic 4-H community club open to all youth ages 9-17, regardless of where they go to school. To sign up for information on this club, please email 4-H Agent Deborah Madden at email@example.com.
*Note: this club will resume meeting in the Spring of 2023
#2: 4-H Summer Camp
Our annual Summer Camp is a great introduction to 4-H. We spend 5 days, 4 nights at the NOVA 4-H Center, in Front Royal, Virginia. Youth 9-13 can attend as campers, and teens 14-18 may apply to serve as Teen Counselors. For the latest information on 4-H Camp, follow this link to the 4-H Camp webpage.
#3: I’m Looking for Something Else
If there isn’t an existing program that meets your needs, Arlington 4-H is always happy to work with you to create something new!
Requirements to start a new club:
· 2 Adult Volunteer Leaders willing to be trained and pass a background check
· 5 Youth Members from at least two families
Still have a question? Please contact 4-H Agent Deborah Madden at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.