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4-H Youth Development

Head - Heart - Hands - Health

Click here for the online enrollment form for 4-H


Click here to download the 2021 Fall 4-H All-Stars Conference in Gatlinburg, November 19-21 for grades 9th-12th


Hamilton County 4-H is a community of young people across our area who are learning life skills, leadership, and citizenship that will lead to creating more positive productive citizens. Young people ages 9-19 participate in 4-H through school meetings, special interest community groups, after-school programs, home schools, camps, special educational events, and many other activities.

Membership in 4-H is absolutely FREE and it costs nothing to join 4-H.  “Learning by doing” through hands-on activities and community involvement empowers 4-Hers to develop and strengthen life skills.  With family interaction in mind, 4-H includes the parent-child relationship and the extended family within any given community.  4-H is a fun, informal, researched based, non-profit organization that looks to broaden the horizons of Tennessee’s young people.

Questions? Interested in more information about 4-H? Email us at HamiltonCounty4H@tennessee.edu. Learn about the many projects available through 4-H at the Tennessee 4-H website (click here).

Contact Information

Nancy Rucker
Extension Agent and County Director
Phone: (423) 855-6113
Email: nrucker@tennessee.edu

Maria Sabin
Extension Agent
Phone: (423) 855-6113
Email: msabin@tennessee.edu

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4-H Programs and Contests

Get involved in 4-H! Experiential learning is our specialty – find out how to be a part of Hamilton County 4-H activities and contests through in-school clubs or community clubs.

Click on this patriotic image to learn about Hamilton County 4-H programs teaching Leadership, Citizenship, and Ethics

Leadership, Citizenship and Ethics

Encouraging youth to become involved, make ethical decisions, and find ways to make positive contributions to society. Learn more about the 4-H Honor Club, All-Stars, and the Health Rocks! program.

4-H Outdoor Programs and Camps
Activities that get youth outdoors and off the couch, having fun with friends and learning the value of teamwork. Learn about 4-H archery, gardening, wildlife evaluation, and 4-H camps.

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4-H Animal Projects.
Learn about selection, care, and production of animals. Find out about 4-H Horse Club and the Chick Chain poultry project.

Click on this image of a person shopping to learn about Hamilton county 4-H judging teams in consumer decision making and life skills.

Consumer Education and Life Skills
Learning the importance of saving money, setting savings goals, and exploring smart shopping habits through 4-H Judging teams.

Click on this image of youth working in a shop class to learn about Hamilton County 4-H programs related to vocational goals.

4-H Vocational & Recreational Programs
Exploring life skills developed through participation prepare youth for successful professional careers. Emphasis is also placed on time management of leisure time. Learn about 4-H robotics and the new 4-H Photography group.

Virtual 4-H and 4-H for Home-educated youth

Learning at home? Looking for virtual 4-H programs? 4-H has that


4-H Membership and Other Forms

Scan the QR code below with your smart phone to go to the online Hamilton County 4-H enrollment site.

image of a QR code to scan with your smart phone to go to the online Hamilton County 4-H enrollment site

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