4-H

  • A group of 7th-12th grade youth with their public speaking awards.

    Each year, local students in 7th through 12th grade submit a Portfolio to the local Extension Office to signify their intent to participate in Junior/Senior Project Achievement in March. Portfolios are a celebration of youth’s work and accomplishments over the last calendar year. The document is two pages long and highlights the student’s work in…

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  • Two youth wearing helmets climbing a rock wall.

    In a typical summer, over 8,000 youth ages 9 to 18, accompanied by over 1,000 adult and teen leaders, travel to Georgia’s five unique 4-H centers for a week of camp that will be remembered and cherished for years to come. The opportunity to attend summer camp is beneficial for youth in numerous ways. For…

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  • A young girl standing next to an apple tree.

    In just a few days, school will be out for the holidays and many of us will be preparing to travel to see family and friends. Growing up in a family that loved cooking (and eating!), I learned that two key ingredients are essential to a memorable holiday gathering: good food and good company. In…

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  • Two adult women helping several young children start seeds in seed trays.

    Forsyth County has undergone tremendous growth and change since 1987. The completion of Georgia Highway 400 in the 1980s turned Forsyth County into a suburb of Atlanta, encouraging population growth. Along with this growth, many locals have watched the county go through significant amounts of change, including a decrease in farmland within the county. In…

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  • Two young men and a white and brown goat posing for a picture before a Georgia National Fair backdrop.

    The Georgia National Fair Livestock Shows are hosted annually in Perry, Georgia, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. The show ring can teach several life lessons and introduces youth to competition at a young age. Youth can begin showing certain animal breeds with 4-H when they are in first grade. Healthy competition teaches young…

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  • A young Indian boy making notes on a clipboard while studying tree leaves.

    Heather Haines, 4-H Agent, UGA Extension Forsyth County Many people do not realize that Georgia is home to more timber acreage and privately owned timber acreage than any other state. In fact, Georgia’s forest industry contributed $41.3 billion to the state’s economy in 2021. Each year, the Georgia Forestry Commission consults with landowners to help…

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  • A group of 4th-12th grade students examining pine cones and evergreen boughs.

    As summer comes to a close, many families are spending this weekend preparing for the school year. If you are looking for fun, educational experiences for the young people in your life, look no further! Forsyth County 4-H is currently registering youth in Kindergarten-12th grade for many of the organization’s popular programs. Georgia 4-H is…

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  • A young adult male with Downs Syndrome and his brown horse

    Each year, Georgia 4-H hosts the State 4-H Horse Show at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Georgia.

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  • Five middle school youth and an adult coach at an outdoor archery match

    In Forsyth County, 4-H youth in 4th-12th grade can participate in the Project S.A.F.E. Archery Team. The team practices weekly from August to April and competes in the Indoor Archery Match in Perry each January and Target Challenge Weekend in May.    Divisions in 4-H Archery are divided by both age and discipline. The three age…

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  • Several youth surrounded by goats.

    Sparks are what help youth see the potential within themselves. Sparking young people’s inner passions, interests, and talents help inspire them on the path to success and is central to youth development work. In Forsyth County, the local Extension Staff and a dedicated group of certified volunteer leaders partner with young people in this process by…

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