Fairfield County 4-H

Project and Curriculum Guide

4-H Club Management

Project Records, Activity Records, Club Information and Officer Training Materials are available through the 4-H office or online at 

www.4-h.uconn.edu.  Curriculum is available through Shop 4-H at www.shop4-h.org  but can be reviewed in the 4-H office.

Guide to 4-H Record Keeping for Volunteers

4-H Catalog available www.shop4-h.org

4-H Project Area and Curriculum Guide

Sample Record Books

Record Book Covers- front and back

4-H Activity Record Notes

Project Activity Record Sheets

Project Records:

  • Animal Study
  • Large Animal
  • Small Animal
  • Communication and Expressive Arts
  • Consumer and Family Sciences
  • Environmental Education and Earth Sciences
  • Healthy Lifestyles Education- Foods and Nutrition
  • Healthy Lifestyles Education -Health, Fitness and Sports
  • Healthy Lifestyles Education- Safety
  • Horse Interest
  • Leadership
  • Plant Science
  • Science and Technology
  • Workforce Preparation

4-H Awards

  • Super 4-Her Award
  • Spirit Award
  • Community Service Award
  • Good Character Does Count Award
  • Clover Award
  • Junior Leadership
  • Junior County Award
  • Senior County Medal
  • College Scholarship
  • Junior County Ribbon Awards
  • 4-H Recognition Form
  • 4-H Activity Scholarship Application
  • Teen Leadership Opportunities

Helping You Help Officers and Committees- Leader’s Guide

Running a Smoother 4-H Meeting

So, You Are President of Your Club

So, You Are Vice-President of Your Club

So, You Are Secretary of Your Club

So, You Are Treasurer of Your Club

So, You Are Reporter of Your Club

4-H Club Secretary’s Record Book

4-H Club Treasurer’s Book

4-H Club Officer’s Handbook

You Have the Floor: A Guide to Parliamentary Procedure

Guide to Public Speaking

Simple Parliamentary Procedure

Games for 4-H Clubs

Cooperative Games – Everyone’s a Winner

Games: A Formula for Fun

Writing 4-H News


Program Suggestions for Club Meetings

Community Service Ideas

Captioned Pictures Fact Sheet

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Project Area and Curriculum Guide

The curriculum listed here is available for review in the 4-H office.

This Curriculum Guide has been organized according to the National Program Areas.  Under each program area is a summary description of the area. Related projects areas are listed under the summary description. Located below are the related projects and the suggested curriculum available from the Bethel 4-H office, as a review copy or can be purchased directly from Shop 4-H.

National Program Area: Citizenship & Civic Education

The 4-H Citizenship Education program assists youth in becoming coping, competent, caring, and contributing members of society by teaching and providing opportunities for the use of parliamentary procedures, the design of community service projects and participation in national and international  youth forums and exchanges.  Youth will become aware of their relationship to others; family, peers, state, nation and the world.  They will acquire and demonstrate life skills that are essential for an individual to become an active and responsible world citizen.

 Project Goals

Youth will acquire and demonstrate life skills that:

  • Are essential for an individual to become an active, responsible world citizen.
  • Foster awareness and acceptance of others; understanding and appreciating unique contributions of other cultures, and understanding rules of governing.
  • Show an active and responsible participation in community life and an understanding of personal heritage.
  • Apply citizenship concepts in all 4-H related projects, events and activities at the club, county, state, regional or national level.
  • Make a difference in their community by coordinating/participating in community service projects.


The following projects are related to this program area:  Community Service, Government, International Study, Exchange programs-domestic/international

The following project record sheet is appropriate for this program area: Citizenship and Community Service

Title of Curriculum                                                                                                  

“And My World”:

  • Unit 1: The World Around Me
  • Unit 2:  Peoples and Customs of the World
  • Unit 3: What’s Happening in our World?

SPACES: Shared Space: Food, Shelter & Clothing of the Earth’s People

Citizen Public Adventures:

  • Citizenship Adventure Kit (2003 edition)
  • Citizenship Adventure Kit (2007 edition)
  • Citizenship Guide’s Handbook

Service Learning:

  1. Agents of Change – Service Learning Activities (middle school)
  2. Raise Your Voice – Service Learning Activities (high school)
  3. Helper’s Guide

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National Program Area:  Communications & Expressive Arts

The 4-H Communication and Expressive Arts program assists youth to develop important avenues of self-expression and pride in one’s work.  Youth increase their understanding of the “self” that is expressive of one’s personality.  They develop skills in planning, selecting and completing projects.

Project Goals

Youth will acquire and demonstrate skills and knowledge in:

  • Planning, selecting and completing projects and record keeping.
  • Developing pride in one’s work, poise and confidence.
  • Developing an understanding of “self” that is expressive of one’s personality.
  • The ability to express, impart or convey information to others.
  • Effective public speaking.

Developing a “leisure ethic” that is satisfying and healthy.

Youth will apply communication and expressive arts concepts in other 4-H projects.

The following projects are related to this program area:  Speaking/Radio/TV, Writing, Performing Arts,    Clowning/Mime, Collections, Fashion Revue, Arts And Crafts, Public Speaking, Music, Knitting, Cake Decorating, Leather Crafts, Photography, Graphic Art, Drawing, Sculpture, Pointing, Dance/Movement, Drama/Theatre

 The following project record sheet is appropriate for this program area: Communications & Expressive Arts

Title of Curriculum                                                                                      

Project Meeting Suggestions:

  • Demonstrations and Public Speaking
  • Knitting and Crocheting
  • Photography
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Leather Crafts
  • Expressive Arts
  • The 5 P’s of Public Presentation


Express yourself:

  • Level I – Picking Up the Pieces
  • Level II – Putting It Together
  • Level III – The Perfect Fit
  • Helper’s Guide

Building Bridges (Communications):

  • Teaching Resources for Youth Educators
  • It’s all in the Family
  • A Parent’s Guide to Public Speaking
  • 4-H Public Speaker’s Handbook
  • Crazy about Books
  • Communication Activities
  • Voices from the Past
  • Creative Wordworking

Theatre Arts:

  • Play the Role
  • Become a Puppeteer
  • Set the Stage
  • Group Activity Helper’s Guide

Theatre Arts Adventures:

  • Act I – Journey into the Imagination
  • Act II – Soaring Into Action
  •  Act III – Quest for Expression

Que Rico! La Cultural: Latino Cultural Arts Bilingual Group Activities                                                                 

Making Posters

Building a 4-H Exhibit

Discovering 4-H Folk Art

Leisure-Pleasure Leader’s Guide


Steps in Making Candles

Papier Mache

Modeling Materials

A Palette of Fun with Arts & Crafts (Helper’s Guide)

Sketchbook Crossroads – Drawing, Fiber and Sculpture

Portfolio Pathways – Painting, Printing and Graphic Design


  • Level II – Member’s Guide
  • Level III – Member’s Guide

Crocheting – Level I

Basic Stitches in Crochet

Weaving: A Timeless Craft

Basic Stitches in Crewel Embroidery

Basic Stitches in Needlepoint

The 4-H Photography Project:

  • Level 1 Focus on Photography
  • Level 2 Controlling the Image
  • Level 3 Mastering Photography

Leader’s Guide

  • Unit 1: Adventures with Your Camera – Member’s Guide
  • Unit 2: Challenges in Picture Taking – Members and Leaders
  • Unit 3: Exploring Photography – Members and Leaders
  • Unit 4: Mastering Photography
  • Unit 5: Darkroom Techniques

Adventures with Your Camera A&B; ages 8-10

Adventures with Your Camera A&B; ages 11-14

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National Program Area:  Consumer & Family Sciences

The 4-H Program Consumer and Family Sciences assists youth to develop important skills, knowledge and confidence in consumerism, home management, child development, interior design, clothing construction, wardrobe selection, care and accessorizing.

 Project Goals

Finance and Consumerism 

Youth will increase knowledge and skills of basic financial management and consumer concepts.

Youth will apply financial management and consumerism concepts to 4-H project record sheets.

Clothing Construction and Wardrobe Selection 

Youth will increase knowledge and skills in clothing construction, clothing care, selection and accessorizing.

Youth will apply fabric construction, care and selection concepts on sewing projects.

Home Management

Youth will increase knowledge and skills in home management and interior design.

Child Development         

Youth will increase knowledge and skills pertaining to babysitting and child care.

The following projects are related to this program area: Child Development, Child Care, Babysitting, Consumer Education, Home Environment, Home Management, Clothing and Textiles, Parenting and Family Life Education

The following project record sheet is appropriate for this program area:  Consumer & Family Sciences

Title of Curriculum (Drawer #1 of 2 in office)

Project Meeting Suggestions:

Clothing and Fashion Revue

Kids on the Grow!

  1. Growing On My Own
  2. Growing with Others
  3. Growing in Communities
  4. Helper’s Guide

Fun to Grow On:

  • Leaders (NE-253)
  • Members (NE-216)

What Are Children Like

  • Member Guide
  • Leaders Guide

Understanding Children through Play (Leaders)

Caring for Young Children in the Home:

  • Leader Guide
  • Member Guide

Helping Youth Learn (Guide for Leaders)

Fun with Music (Leaders)

Children’s Feelings about Others (Leaders)

Developing Relationships with Family Members and other People (Leaders)

Stories & Books (Leaders)

Finger Plays

Hints on Helping Children Learn

IALAC (I am Lovable and Capable)

Ten Criteria in Choosing Books

Music and Rhythm Activities

Safety Suggestions for Bath Time

Let’s Get Dressed

Guide to the Business of Babysitting

The Super Sitter (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

Your Teen Babysitter

Babysitting Savvy

4-H Military Babysitting Curriculum from militarypartnerships.org


  • Level 1: Adventures in Clothing
  • Level 2: Challenges in Clothing
  • Level 3: Strategies for Clothing
  • 4-H Clothing Project Leader’s Guide

Know Your Sewing Machine – Unit I (Members)

Regulate & Care for the Sewing Machine – Unit II (Members)

Let’s Sew: A Beginner’s Sewing Guide

Sewing Expressions:

  • Under Construction
  • Fashion Forward
  • Refine Design
  • Helper’s Guide

Smart Shopper Workbook

(Drawer #2 of 2 in office)

Clothing Planning and Progress Sheet


  • Level I (Member)
  • Level II (Leader)
  • Level II (Members)
  • Level III (Leaders and Members combined)

Let’s Explore Textiles (for Clovers)

Clothing Decisions – Managing Choice

Consumer Savvy:

  • Level 1 – The Consumer in Me
  • Level 2 – Consumer Wise
  • Level 3 – Consumer Roadmaps
  • Helper’s Guide

Financial Champions:

  • Money Fun-damentals
  • Money Moves
  • Personal Finance-Helper’s Guide

Leader Resources and Teacher Guides:

  • In-Touch Science: Foods and Fabrics

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National Program Area:  Environmental Education and Earth Sciences

The 4-H Environmental Education & Earth Science program assists youth to develop respect for the environment and responsible stewardship of all natural resources. Youth will understand and develop a positive attitude toward the need for conserving natural resources, including forestry for today and for the future. Youth will increase their knowledge about energy areas related to wind, electric, water, solar, and petroleum power.

 Project Goals

Youth will acquire and demonstrate skills and knowledge in:

  • Scientific principles of research and critical thinking skills.
  • An appreciation of the natural environment and wildlife.
  • Understanding ecological concepts.
  • Developing a conservation ethic.
  • Trouble shooting and maintaining engines, motors and related equipment.
  • Energy sources-electric, petroleum, wind, water, and solar.
  • Environmental education and earth science.
  • Developing an understanding and appreciation for the fiber products of the forest and the business and economics of the forest products industry

 The following projects are related to this program area:    Forestry, Recycling, Composting, Archery, Wildlife/Fisheries, Earth Sciences, Soil Conservation, Waste Management, Water, Collections, Energy, Earth, Water & Air, Geology & Minerals, Weather/Climate, Environmental Education, Environmental Stewardship, Wildlife Conservation, Household Hazardous Waste, Outdoor Education/recreation

 The following project record sheet is appropriate for this program area:  Environmental Education and Earth Sciences

 Title of Curriculum   (Drawer #1 of 2 in office)

Project Meeting Suggestions:

  • Wildlife
  • Birds

Wildlife Project Leaders Guide

Wildlife Education and Conservation Projects (for ages 9 –12):

  • Animal Appetites
  • Beavers: Ecosystem Engineers
  • Bird Furniture
  • Earthworm Composting
  • Fishing Bait
  • Leaping Lizards
  • Nature’s Footprints
  • Nest Structures for Mourning Doves
  • Pools of Life
  • Turtle Tales

From Tiny Rocks to Compost

Wildlife Education and Conservation Projects (for ages 13 – 15):

  • Butterfly Buffet
  • Estuaries: Nature’s Water Filters
  • Farming for Wildlife
  • Houses for Wood Ducks
  • Hunting and Fishing Sportsmanship
  • Monitoring Macroinvertebrates
  • Pond Management
  • Sharing Space with Wildlife
  • Talking Turkey
  • Urban Wildlife

Would You Like To Be a Wildlife Professional?

Exploring your Environment:

  1. Eco-Wonders
  2. Eco-Adventures
  3. Eco-Actions
  • Helper’s Guide

Exploring your environment:

  • Ecosystem Services
  • Earth’s Capacity
  • Facilitator Guide

Field of Genes

4-H Wildlife Manual A

4-H Wildlife Manual B

4-H Wildlife Manual C

4-H Wildlife Manual D

4-H Water Project – Units I & II

Water Worlds – Leader and Member Guide and Activities

Soil and Water Conservation – Unit I

There’s No New Water!

The Waste Stream:

  • Teacher’s Guide
  • Member’s Guide

Pond and Stream

Fishy Science

4-H Fishing

Sport fishing:

  1. Take the Bait
  2. Reel in the Fun
  3. Cast into the Future
  •  Helper’s Guide

Attracting Birds

4-H Ornithologist

Birds in Your Backyard

Celebrating Urban Birds

A Field Guide for Hawks seen in the North East

4-H Wildlife Conservation Program:

  • Endangered Wildlife Workbook
  • Endangered Wildlife – Leader’s Guide
  • Endangered Wildlife – Member’s Guide, Part I
  • Endangered Wildlife – Member’s Guide, Part II

4-H Wildlife Project:

  • The Wildlife Ecologist (Intermediate Unit, Book 1)
  • The Wildlife Manager (Intermediate Unit, Book 2)

Wildlife is All Around Us:

  • Books 1-5: Leader’s Guide (Clover)
  • Book 1: The Wildlife Detective (Clover)
  • Book 2: Spring (Clover)
  • Book 3: Summer (Clover)
  • Book 4: Fall (Clover)
  • Book 5: Winter (Clover)

Environmental Activities for Clovers

Wildlife Discovery – Leader and Member’s Guide

Woodworking for Wildlife

Making a Wildlife Resource Map

Wildlife Ecology

Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program – National Manual

Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program – National Manual CD

Wildlife in Today’s Landscapes

(Drawer #2 of 2 in office)

Field Guides Made Easy

Maine Animal Tracks

Keeping Track of Wildlife

Wildlife in Connecticut: Endangered and Threatened Species

Leader’s Guide to Wildlife Conservation in Connecticut

Energizing your Future

Going Places, Making Choices

Understanding Weather Unit I

Building a Weather Station – Unit II

Weather Maps – Unit III

Let’s Explore Weather

Let’s Explore Soil (Clover)

Let’s Explore Trees (Clover)

The Power of the Wind: Youth Guide

The Power of the Wind: Facilitator’s Guide

Forestry – Unit 2

Keying our Trees

M.A.D. Horse: Tree Identification

Trees – Nature’s Gift of Green

Forestry – Forests of Fun:

  1. Follow the Path
  2. Reach for the Canopy
  3. Explore the Deep Woods
  • Helper’s Guide

Adopt-A-Tree Album

Trees: Dead or Alive

Exploring the World through Geology

Beachcraft Bonanza

The Green Food Factory:

  • Leader’s Guide
  • Members, Units 1-5

Outdoor Adventures:

  1. Hiking Trails
  2. Camping Adventures
  3. Backpacking Expeditions
  • Helper’s Guide

Leader Resources and Teacher Guides:

  • Project WILD Aquatic (K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide)
  • Project WILD (K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide)
  • Camp Activities in Wildlife Conservation
  • Project WET (K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide)
  • Long Island Sound in a Jar
  • Audobon Connecticut
  • Earth Book for Kids – Activities to Heal the Environment

Environmental Stewardship:

  • Energizing Your Future with Energy, Economics and the Environment
  • Going Places, Making Choices-Transportation and the Environment

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National Program Area:  Healthy Lifestyles Education

Involvement in Healthy Lifestyles and Personal Development projects provide youth with challenges, experiences, support and help which promote positive and realistic outlooks on self, home, community and the world.  It also fosters the development of skills and attitudes recognized as critical for successful living in an increasingly diverse world.

 Project Goals

Youth will acquire and demonstrate skills and knowledge in:

  • The principles of nutrition, the conservation of food, and the planning, purchasing, preparing, storing and serving of tasty, nutritious and attractive snacks and meals.
  • Ways to maintain and improve an individual’s physical, social, and emotional health.
  • Skills such as interpersonal relationships, self-awareness, stress management, self-management, responsibility, literacy, social recreation, leisure education and personal grooming.
  • Community health issues and resources.
  • Ways to reduce accident and injuries in a variety of settings.
  • Developing attitudes that foster sensitivity to the problems and needs of people different from themselves.

The following projects are related to this program area: Healthy Lifestyles Education-Safety: Home Nursing, First Aid/CPR, ATV Safety, Bike Safety, General Safety, Auto Safety, Emergency Preparedness.  Health: Physical Health, Healthy Lifestyles Education, Mental & Emotional Health, Sexual Health, Growth, Development & Disease, Chemical Health. Fitness and SportFoods and Nutrition: Foods Safety, Foods & Nutrition, Food Preservation,

The following project record sheet is appropriate for this program area:

Healthy Lifestyles Education-Safety, Healthy Lifestyles Education-Health, Healthy Lifestyles Education-Fitness and Sport & Healthy Lifestyles Education-Foods and Nutrition

Title of Curriculum                                                                                                           

Food, Culture & Reading Facilitator’s Guide Grades 4-6:                                                                            

Leader’s/Helper’s Guide for 4-H Foods Curriculum (BINDER) (in teachers guide drawer)

4-H Pizza Garden – An Agricultural Adventure

Food Science

Let’s Explore Food

Food Curriculum Series:

  • Six Easy Bites
  • Tasty Tidbits
  • You’re the Chef
  • Food Works
  • Helper’s Guide

Microwave Magic:

  • Bag of Tricks – Level A
  • Micro Magicians – Level B
  • Amazing Rays – Level C
  • Presto Meals – Level D
  • Helper’s Guide

Food Mysteries:

  • Case 1: Tell Tale Greens
  • Case 2: Fruitful Evidence
  • Case 3: Vegetable Magic
  • Case 4: Protein Puzzlers
  • Case 5: Dairy Discoveries
  • Leader’s Guide

Jump into Foods & Fitness

In the Bag!  Families Sharing Science Together

Health Rocks! Beginning Level

Health Rocks! Intermediate Level

Health: The Fourth “H”:

  • Leader’s Guide
  • Project Record
  • Sessions 1-5

Focus on Health Project Leader’s Guide

Youth Fitness Walking Project

You’re the Athlete

Staying Healthy

Keeping Fit

First Aid in Action

Bicycling Adventures:

  1.  Bicycling for Fun
  2. Wheels in Motion
  3. Helper’s Guide

Connecticut 4-H Dirt Bike Manual for Members and Leaders

“Connecticut Pedal Pushers” (Bike Safety)

In-Touch Science: Foods and Fabrics

  • Nibbles for Health

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National Program Area:  Leadership

The 4-H Youth Leadership program assists youth in becoming coping, competent, caring, and contributing members of society by fostering the skills of effective leadership and providing opportunities for applying these skills in arenas which benefit both the individual, group and community.

Project Goals

Youth will:

  • Acquire and demonstrate skills and knowledge to identify, understand and perform the roles, tasks and functions necessary for effective leadership.
  • Acquire and demonstrate skills and knowledge in personal development, program planning, implementation and evaluation, parliamentary procedure and self-esteem.
  • Increase their ability to influence, persuade and motivate others, to analyze situations, to negotiate, to make decisions, to work with others and to think creatively.
  • Apply leadership concepts in all 4-H related projects, events and activities at the club, county, state, regional or national level.

 Projects Available: Leadership

The following project records are suitable for this project area: Leadership

Title of Curriculum                                                                                                             

Step Up to Leadership:

  • Mentor Guide 1: K-5
  • Mentor Guide 2: 6-12
  • Workbook
  • My Journal
  • My Portfolio
  • Junior Leadership

Leadership: Skills You Never Outgrow:

  • Leader’s Guide
  • Book I (for younger members)
  • Book II (for older members)
  • Book III: You Never Outgrow
  • Book IV: Skills Leading Groups

The Great Self Mystery

SPACES: Inner Space – Coping With the Changes in My Life

Building Skills for Life:

  • Leader’s Guide
  • Book I
  • Book II
  • Book III
  • Book IV

Plan It – Your Personal Guide to Making a Plan and Carrying It Out

Exploring the Treasures of 4-H:

  • Helper’s Guide
  • Fun, Friends and Learning

The Kid’s Guide to First Aid

First Aid in Action

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National Program Area: Plants and Animals

Involvement in an informal program of Plant and Animal Science provides youth with challenges, experiences, support and help which foster important life skills such as, integrity, animal and environmental responsibility, decision-making skills, and public speaking. All of these skills have been recognized as critical for success in future roles of citizen, employee/entrepreneur.

Project Goals

Youth will acquire and demonstrate skills and knowledge in:

  • developing a respect for agriculture and its importance to the community and the local, national and international economy.
  • animal science specifically breeding, feeding, management, health, marketing and humane treatment.
  • marketing, processing, distribution, consumption and the use of dairy products and the principles of cleanliness and sanitation.
  • types and grades of animals, and the relationship of management practices and quality in wholesale and retail cuts of animal products.
  • horse management, horse science, stable management and safety.
  • personal integrity, public speaking, teamwork, decision making and sportsmanship.
  • plant science, the effect and safe methods of pest control and management.
  • the use of plants and animals as a therapeutic tool.

 Projects Available:

Animals               Animal Study            Aquaculture         Beef                     Cats            Dairy Cattle                                  Horse/Pony         Swine                         Dogs                    Llama/Alpaca      Sheep          Plants                        Goats                   House Plants             Rabbit/Cavies      Birds/Poultry       Crops/Weeds                             Flower Gardening       Gardening-Fruits /Vegetables       Ornamental Horticulture         Working Steer       Small Animals/Lab Animals

The following project records are suitable for this project area:

Small Animals– Small Animals/Lab Animals, Rabbit/Cavies, Birds/Poultry      

Large Animals– Animals, Animal Study, Aquaculture, Beef, Cats, Dairy Cattle, Horse/Pony, Swine, Dogs, Llama/Alpaca, Sheep, Goats, Working Steer

Plants – Plants, House Plants, Crops/Weeds, Flower Gardening, Gardening-Fruits /Vegetables, Ornamental Horticulture

Title of Curriculum   (Drawer with dogs, cats, rabbits & small mammals in office)

Project Meeting Suggestions:

  • Dog
  • Small Animals
  • Rabbits

Introduction to Small Mammals: An Instructional Package – Leader Guide (BINDER)

Skills for Life Series-Pets:

  1.  Pet Pals
  2. Scurrying Ahead
  3. Scaling the Heights
  4. Helper’s Guide

Let’s Explore Mammals

Training Your Dog for Family Living

Dog Obedience for Beginners, Graduate Beginner, Brace, and Team

Dog Obedience for Novice, Graduate Novice, Open, and Utility

Grooming – Handling Dogs

Dog Parts

Skills for Life Series– Dog

  1. Wiggles ‘n Wags
  2. Bounding Ahead/Canine Connection
  3. Pointing the Way/Leading the Pack
  4. Dog – Group Guide – Leader’s Guide

Miscellaneous Training Info. – Dogs

Skills for Life Series– Cat:

  1. Purrr-fect Pals
  2. Climbing Up
  3. Cat Connections/Leaping Forward
  4. Helper’s Guide

4-H Pet Care: Cats

4-H Pet Care: Rodents

Introduction to Small Mammals – Mouse

Introduction to Small Mammals – Hamster

Pocket Pals

4-H Pet Care: Cavey Guinea Pig

Introduction to Small Mammals – Guinea Pig

4-H Pet Care: Birds

Let’s Explore Birds

4-H Pet Care: Fish

Getting it Together: Fins, Feathers & Fur

Skills for Life – Rabbit

  • Group Activity Helper’s Guide
  1. Hop to It!
  2. A Jump Ahead
  3. Leaps and Bounds

Skills for Life – Rabbit (NEW version)

  1.  What’s Happening
  2. Making Tracks
  3. All Ears
  4. Helper’s Guide

4-H Rabbit Production

4-H Pet Care: Rabbits

Introduction to Small Mammals – Rabbits

(Drawer with Farm Animal Curriculum in office)

Project Meeting Suggestions:

  • Dairy
  • Dairy Goats
  • Sheep
  • Poultry
  • Swine
  • Llama Facts

Exploring Farm Animals

Exploring Farm Animals (NEW Version)

Skills for Life Series – Beef

  1. Bite into Beef
  2. On the Move
  3. Leading the Charge

Skills for Life Series – Dairy Cow

  1. Dig into Dairy
  2. Mooving Ahead
  3. Leading the Way

Dairy Goats: Breeding, Feeding & Management

Skills for Life Series – Goats

  1. Getting Your Goat
  2. Stepping Out
  3. Showing the Way
  4. Goat Group Activity Helper’s Guide

Skills for Life Series – Sheep (0 copies)

  1. Lambs, Rams and You
  2. Shear Delight
  3. Leading the Flock

From Egg to Chick: 4-H Manual of Embryology (0)


  1. Hatching Classroom Projects (Grades 2–5)
  2. Experiments in Poultry Science (Grades 6-8)
  3. Chick Development Poster

Skills for Life Series – Poultry

  1. Scratching the Surface
  2. Testing your Wings
  3. Flocking Together
  4. Poultry Group Activity Helper’s Guide

Skills for Life Series – Swine

  1. Hamming it Up
  2. Going Whole Hog
  3. Swine Group Activity Helper’s Guide

(Drawer with Horse Curriculum in office)

Project Meeting Suggestions:

  • Horse                                                  

Horses & Horsemanship

Horse Science

Horse Leader’s Guide

Arabian Horse Association Youth Activity Manual

Horse Safety Guidelines / 25 Rules for Safety


  • Level 1: Horsing Around (Horse/Horseless Project Activity Guide)
  • Level 2: Galloping Ahead (Project Activity Guide)
  • Level 3: Blazing the Way (Youth Leadership Guide)
  • Group Activity Guide

Skills for Life Series – Horse

  1. Giddy Up & Go (0)
  2. Head, Heart & Hooves
  3. Stable Relationships
  4. Riding the Range
  5. Jumping to New Heights
  6. Helper’s Guide

Wyoming 4-H Horse Project

Breeding and Raising Horses

Fencing for Horses

Making a Rope Halter

Portable Horse Shelter

4-H Horse Judging Manual

Development of Life Skills through Horse Judging Team Participation

Equine Diseases in CT

Horse Activity Packets:

  • 4-H Animal Science – Horses
  • Fun Activities for Horse Clubs
  • CT Horseback Riding Helmet Safety Coloring Book

Leader Resources and Teacher Guides:

Youth Leader’s Manual – Horse Industry Handbook: A Guide to Equine Care and Management

Plant Science

Title of Curriculum                                                                                                              

Project Meeting Suggestions:

  • Indoor Gardening
  • Flowering Gardening
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Wildflowers
  • Landscaping
  • Plant Science

Suggested 4-H Garden Exhibits


  1. Budding Gardeners
  2. Branching Out
  3. Digging Deeper
  4. Helper’s Guide


  • See Them Sprout
  • Let’s Get Growing
  • Take Your Pick
  • Growing Profits
  • Helper’s Guide

Plant Growth and Development

Suggested 4-H Garden Exhibits

Plan & Plant (Leader’s Guides)

Exploring Organic Gardening

  • Gardening with Miniature Plants
  • Portable Gardens
  • Propagating Outdoor Plants
  • Exploring Urban Plant Life
  • Vegetative Reproduction of Indoor Plants

Let’s Explore Plants (Clover)

Exploring the World of Plants and Soils:

  • Beginning (9-11 years)
  • Plant Characteristics (Intermediate)
  • Growing and Using Plants (Intermediate)
  • Plant Growth Factors (Intermediate)
  • Plant Reproduction (Intermediate)
  • Soils (Intermediate)

Down To Earth – Enriching Learning through Gardening (grades 6-8)

Junior Master Gardener-Level 1 Handbook (grades 3-5)

Junior Master Gardener-Level 1 Leader’s Guide

Junior Master Gardener-Level 2 Plant Growth and Development

Junior Master Gardener-Operation Thistle: Level 2 Teacher/Leader Guide

Junior Master Gardener-Operation Water: Level 2 Teacher/Leader Guide

Junior Master Gardener-Wildlife Gardener

Junior Master Gardener-Health and Nutrition from the Garden

JMG Literature in the Garden

Afterschool Agriculture:

  • Acres of Adventures – Level 1
  • Acres of Adventures – Level 2

Leader Resources and Teacher Guides

Green Thumbs – A Kid’s Activity Guide

To Indoor/Outdoor Gardening

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National Program Area:  Science and Technology

The 4-H Science and Technology program fosters the development of science and technological literacy.

Project Goals

Youth will acquire, demonstrate, and use applied skills and knowledge to increase their understanding:

  • of the physical, biological and marine worlds, life forms, genetics, computers, aerospace and rocketry.
  • of insects, public health and natural resources, and to better understand their relationship to agriculture.
  • of the importance of good management and sanitation practices to keep animals and birds healthy.
  • of scientific principles through research and its influence upon animals and their health.
  • of wood, wood projects, and woodworking tools and machines.
  • of engines, motors and related equipment

Youth will apply science and technology concepts to other 4-H projects.

Projects available:

Science/Technology Literacy       Animal Science           Aquatic Science            Entomology and Bees                   Food Science                                 Marine Science           Meat Science                Poultry Science/Embryology

Veterinary Science                        Automotive                 Aerospace                     Computer Technology     Electricity                                      Electronics                  Astronomy                    Chemistry

Mathematics                                  Physics                       Engines, Tractors, and Field Equipment

Wood Sciences and Industrial Arts

The following project records are suitable for this project area: Science and Technology

Title  of Curriculum (Drawer #1 in office)

Electricity Project Meeting Suggestions

Rockets Away

Soaring Above and Beyond Aerospace Adventures:


  • Lift-Off
  • Reaching New Heights
  • Pilot in Command
  • Flight Crew – Helper’s Guide
  • Aerospace Adventures CD

Exploring the World of Electricity:

  • Leader Guide
  • Member Guide

Electricity’s Silent Partner: Magnetism:

  • Leader Guide
  • Member Guide

Working with Electricity:

  • Leader Guide
  • Member Guide

4-H Extension Cord Project


  1. Magic of Electricity
  2. Investigating Electricity
  3. Wired For Power
  • Entering Electronics – Project Activity Guide
  • Electricity – Helper’s Guide

Small Engines

  1. Crank It Up
  2. Warm It Up
  3. Tune It Up
  • Helper’s Guide


  • Discovering the Explorer in Me
  • Discovering the Scientist in Me
  • Discovering the Inventor in Me

Robotics – Gearing Up:

  1. Robotics Explorer
  2. Robotics Probe
  • Helper’s Guide
  • Robotics and You CD

Junk Drawer Robotics Books-set of 4

  • Level 1: Give Robotics a Hand
  • Level 2: Robotics on the Move
  • Level 3: Mechatronics
  • Book 4: Youth Robotics Notebook
  • Two DVD Products: Visual Robotics & Robotics Platforms
  • Facilitator’s Guide: 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics


Exploring Spaces, Going Places CD

(Drawer #2 in office)

Woodworking Wonders:

  1. Measuring Up
  2. Making the Cut
  3. Nailing it Together
  4. Finishing Up
  • Group Helper’s Guide

Working With Wood and Tools

Building Bigger Things

The Craftsman

Games and Puzzles You Can Make and Play

(Woodworking for Wildlife à See Environmental Education)

General Science:

  1. Science Discovery (lesson plans for Grades 3-6)
  2. Science Discovery (lesson plans for Grades 4-7)

(Drawer #3 in office)

4-H Veterinary Science:

  • Unit I – The Normal Animal
  • Unit II – Animal Disease
  • Unit III – Animal Health
  • 4-H Veterinary Science: Units I, II & III – Leader’s Guide

Skills For Life – Veterinary Science

  1. From Airedales to Zebras
  2. All Systems Go
  3. On the Cutting Edge
  • Helper’s Guide

Entomology: Insectaganza of Excitement:

  • Creepy Crawlies
  • What’s Bugging You?
  • Dragons, Houses & Flies
  • Helper’s Guide

Teaming with Insects: (1 copy each in office)

  • Entomology Level 1 grades 3-5
  • Entomology Level 2 grades 6-8
  • Entomology Level 3 grades 9-12
  • Entomology Facilitator’s Guide 1-3

Collecting CT Insects

Insects All Around Us

Project Butterfly Wings: Leader Guide

Project Butterfly Wings: Youth Guide

Leader Resources and Teacher Guides:

  • In Touch Science: Foods & Fabrics
  • Aeronautics (NASA)

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National Program Area:  Workforce Preparation

Involvement in Workforce Preparation projects provide youth with challenges, experiences, support and help which promote positive and realistic outlooks on the world of work.  It also fosters the development of skills recognized as critical for entrance into the workforce.  The 4-H Workforce Preparation program fosters the development of positive employment and entrepreneurial skills and attitudes.

 Project Goals

Youth will acquire and demonstrate skills and knowledge in:

  • self-awareness of career interests and abilities.
  • skills needed to be successful in the workplace: finding a job, applications, interviews, personal grooming for the workplace, proper work ethic.
  • business organization and management, teamwork, financial management, marketing, product pricing, economics, record keeping and public speaking.

Youth will apply requisite workforce knowledge, skills and attitudes within on-going 4-H projects.

Projects available: Career Exploration, Entrepreneurship

The following project records are suitable for this project area: Workforce Preparation

 Workforce Readiness – Get in The Act

  • Youth Guide with CD
  • Helper’s Guide

Dream Catchers:

  • Developing Career & Educational Awareness – Grades 4-6
  • Developing Career & Educational Awareness—Teacher’s Guide
  • Dream Catcher Reproducible Activity Sheets


  • Exploring Career & Educational Paths (Junior High/High School)
  • Exploring Career & Educational Paths – Teacher’s Guide

Learn and Earn For Fun and Profit

Money My Way: The Basics for Young Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship Middle & High School:

  • Be the E Activity Guide: 6 copies
  • Helper’s Guide: 5 copies

WOW: Wild over Work (K-6)

Leading the Way –

  •  How to Build a Workforce Preparation Effort in Your Community

The Workbook – Getting the Job You Want

Successful Interviews

Leader Resources and Teacher Guides:

  • Kids in Biz

Curriculum may be viewed or barrowed from our office.  You may purchase curriculum at Shop 4-H

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