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4-H Projects

Each year, a 4-H member enrolls in at least one project. Members participating for the first time may be encouraged to take on only one or two projects. As members gain experience, the size or depth of the project may increase or additional projects may be selected. Some project groups meet once a week, while others might meet once or twice a month. The purpose of these meetings is to guide the members in gaining knowledge, attitudes, skills, and habits needed to successfully navigate educational and professional pursuits, and their role as citizens in a complex world. 

A 4-H project is:

  • Planned work in an area of interest to the 4-H member.
  • Guided by a 4-H adult volunteer who is the project leader.
  • Aimed at planned objectives that can be attained and measured.
  • Summarized by some form of record keeping.
  • A minimum of six hours of project instruction.

List of Projects offered in each 4-H Club

Read more about what might be offered in each project by reviewing the 4-H Project Sheets.

Countywide Projects

Countywide Projects are hosted by a specific 4-H Club but open to all 4-H members, regardless of their primary 4-H Club.

To sign up for a Open County Projects, contact the project leader, complete Cross Club Information and Request Form, and enroll online by adding the club and project in which the open project is located. 

Countywide Project Descriptions


Project Proficiencies

Sonoma County 4-H Presentation Proficiency

The program allows members to be recognized for their individual accomplishments. Project Proficiency is a way to develop your skills and project information base. If a member completes a Proficiency level they should record their achievement under “Honors and Recognition” on their Personal Development Report Form in their Record Book. Any member who has given a presentation at County Presentation Day is eligible to participate in the Presentation Proficiency Program (whether they received a gold award or not), including Primary members.  Does not include Share the Fun, Cultural Arts or Impromptu Presentations. 


  1. To give 4-H members opportunities to share with others what they have learned in 4-H
  2. To recognize 4-H members who give presentations for various groups, thereby increasing their proficiency in making public presentations.
  3. To promote 4-H within our communities.


  1. GIVE A PRESENTATION AT COUNTY PRESENTATION DAY.  This is a requirement because the presentation will be judged (with the exception of Primary presentations) and all members receive feedback.
  • At least 2 of these must be given to non-4-H groups (service clubs, schools, etc.)
  • 3 of these may be given to 4-H groups (Sectional and/or State Presentation Day, club meetings, project meetings, etc.) as long as there are at least five or more people present. 


After each presentation, have an authorized adult (preferably not your parent) sign and date the Application for Presentation Proficiency. When you have completed 5 presentations (as outlined above) submit the application to your club leader for their signature of approval. Sign the application and send it to the 4-H Office by 3 PM on September 1.  Late applications will not be accepted. 

AWARDS: Appropriate medals will be awarded at the Annual Achievement Event held in the fall each year 

Project Proficiencies

These are "checklists" of things that you should learn in the course of a project.  Youth are allowed to complete project proficiencies each 4-H year and they will receive pins for them in the fall of the following year.  They must be turned in to your club leader in time to all be sent to the 4-H Office by September 1 - check with your club leader for more details.  Late proficiencies will be held for award the following year.

Proficiency Pin Order Form


Archery1   Archery2   Archery3
Arts and crafts1   Arts and crafts2   Arts and crafts3
Avian Science1   Avian Science2   Avian Science3
Beef1   Beef2   Beef3
Cake Decorating1   Cake Decorating2
Camping and Hiking1   Camping and Hiking2   Camping and Hiking3
Cavy1   Cavy2   Cavy3
citizenship1   citizenship2   citizenship3
Clothing and Textiles1   Clothing and Textiles2   Clothing and Textiles3
Computers 1   Computers 2   Computers 3
Dairy Cattle1   Dairy Cattle2   Dairy Cattle3
Dairy Goat1   Dairy Goat2   Dairy Goat3
Dogs1   Dogs2   Dogs3
Fishing1   Fishing2   Fishing3
Floral design1   Floral design2
Food Preservation1   Food Preservation2   Food Preservation3
Food&Nutrition1   Food&Nutrition2   Food&Nutrition3   Food&Nutrition4   Food&Nutrition5
Gardening1   Gardening2   Gardening3
Home environment1   Home environment2   Home environment3
Horseman1   Horseman2   Horseman3
leadership1   leadership2   leadership3
Marine biology 1   Marine biology 2   Marine biology 3
Photography1   Photography2   Photography3
Polymer Clay1
Poultry1   Poultry2   Poultry3
pygmy goats1   pygmy goats2   pygmy goats3
Rabbits1   Rabbits2   Rabbits3
scrapbooking1   scrapbooking2   scrapbooking3
Sheep1   Sheep2   Sheep3
Shooting Sports1   Shooting Sports2   Shooting Sports3
shotgun1   shotgun2   shotgun3
Small Engines
Swine1   Swine2   Swine3
Wildlife 1  Wildlife 2

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