NDSU Extension - Bowman County


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What is 4-H?



4-H is a non-formal education program and an organization for youth.  It provides fun filled, hands-on experiences under the direction of caring adults.  It is open to everyone regardless of race, religion, color, gender, national origin, handicap or place of residence.


The purpose of 4-H is to enable young people to acquire knowledge, develop life skills and form attitudes that enable them to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society. 


What can young people do in 4-H?

  • develop as an individual
  • learn lifelong skills related to each project
  • make new friends through 4-H meetings, events, and activities
  • work with adult volunteer leaders
  • develop pride as they learn by doing
  • develop leadership skills and the ability to speak before a group
  • explore projects that can lead to future careers


What are 4-H projects?

4-H projects are specific areas of planned experiences for young people to learn, such as training animals, making clothing, growing plants, building rockets, or much, much more.  4-H projects are in-depth learning experiences for 4-H members.  A wide range of projects are offered.  All members are allowed to be in any project they choose no matter what club they join.  Curriculum is offered through the extension office for each project for a minimal fee.


4-H Age Groups

All ages go by the child's age as of September 1st. 

  • Cloverbud Members-a non-competitive introduction to the 4-H club experience for youth ages 5-7
    Cloverbud members are allowed to participate in all 4-H projects at the Fair except beef, pigs, and dairy.  They receive a participation ribbon for all events that they participate in.  
  • 4-H Members - youth ages 8-18 experience hands-on learning through a variety of project, programs, and events.  Members are broken down into age divisions depending on the project. 

Static Projects:
Jr. - ages 8 - 12 ~ Sr. - ages 13 - 18

 Livestock Projects:

Jr. Jr. - ages 8 - 11 ~ Jr. ages - 12 - 14 ~ Sr. ages 15 - 18

Horse Projects:

Jr. Jr. - ages 8 - 11 ~ Jr. ages - 12 - 14 ~ Sr. ages 15 - 18



Who runs the 4-H program?

The 4-H program in Bowman County is facilitated by the North Dakota State University Extension Service, the Bowman County 4-H Council and the Bowman County Extension Service employees, Erin Gaugler (Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent,) and Leah King (Administrative Assistant.)  Within each club there are volunteer leaders helping members find their way in 4-H. 


4-H Year in Review

The 4-H year begins every fall with enrollment forms due to the County Extension Office October 1st.  Members fill out enrollment forms and choose which project areas they would like to participate in for the upcoming 4-H year.  Clubs meet throughout the year to learn, have fun, and work on projects.  New project areas are being added every year so there really is something for everyone.  Check out the project areas at http://www.ndsu.edu/4h/projects/

Curriculum is available at the Bowman County Extension Office.  The mid year enrollment deadline is May 1st.  4-Hers have until this day to drop or add projects.  Many events are held throughout the year such as communication arts contest, livestock & crops judging contest, consumer choice judging and much more.  The highlight of the 4-H year is the Bowman County Fair held in mid July where all projects are exhibited.  The county fair is followed by the State Fair.  The county fundraiser every year is the Fling Thing Craft Show held the first Sunday in November. 

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