Washington State 4-H Volunteer Orientation is an online course designed to orient new 4-H volunteers.  Participants will learn:

  • Volunteer Roles & Relationships
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Youth/Adult Partnerships
  • Safe & Inclusive Environments
  • Learn by Doing                  

For more information contact Jana S. Ferris, Washington State University, ferrisj@wsu.edu


This is a course for camp counselors provided for distance learning of camp counselors. If you would like a specific subgroup for your particular camp counselors, please contact Mark Light, light.42@osu.edu Also this will also make you a instructor in the course.

This course was developed by Ohio State University Extension.

This course will take you through the step by step process involved in reviewing 4-H curriculum.

We will explore each criteria in the review process and discuss the standards for evaluating that criteria. We will conduct a similar exploration with for non-curriculum educational materials for which we also have a review process. Then we will explain the roles and responsibilities of becoming part of the national review team. Although intended for curriculum reviewers, this course can be a valuable tool for curriculum developers as well. Understanding the reviewers expectations and the review criteria will assist curriculum developers in designing great learning experiences. 

Contact 4-H National Headquarters at 4Hhq@nifa.usda.gov for more information or if you encounter any questions or challenges along the way.

4-Hers: Understanding How You Prefer to Solve Problems is an online course for 4-H Members who are interested in learning more about problem-solving styles and how they can use their problem-solving style when working with others.  

For more information contact:  Dr. Curtis R Friedel, Director, Center for Cooperative Problem Solving at Virginia Tech – cfriedel@vt.edu or Ms. Sarah Bush, Teaching Assistant, Center for Cooperative Problem Solving at Virginia Tech – sabush17@vt.edu

10 Minute Education Series: 4-H Name and Emblem is a self-directed course designed for 4-H and Extension Youth Development Staff. Participants will where the guidelines for 4-H Name and Emblem come from, what the guidelines are, and how local offices can use these guidelines. For more information contact 4-H National Headquarters, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA at 4HNE@nifa.usda.gov

Ages and Stages of Youth Development is a self directed course for 4-H Volunteers and School Age Child Care Professionals. The purpose of this course is to expose and educate 4-H volunteers and school-age professionals to the research and best practices surrounding the developmental levels of young people. Participants will explore and understand social, emotional, physical and cognitive levels of growth and development at four age groupings. For more information contact Robert B. Furr, Robbie_Furr@ncsu.edu with North Carolina State University Extension.

Avian Influenza Biosecurity for Youth and 4-H members is a self-directed course designed for 9-19 year-olds and members of 4-H. Participants will gain important information about the avian influenza virus as well as biosecurity measures that are necessary to prevent the spread of disease. 


For more information about this course contact Nathaniel Tablante, University of Maryland at nlt@umd.edu.

Beginning Horseman: 4-H Advancement Level 1 is a course for youth 8 to 18 years old

Youth will learn correct and safe handling and riding principles for the beginner horseman.

For more information contact: Lena Luck at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, email address at lena.luck@unl.edu

The audience for this course is Youth and families who raise backyard poultry. 

Learning objectives are Best practices for the care of backyard poultry including disease prevention, behavior observation, housing and daily care.

For more information or to enroll please contact, Course leaders, Martin H. Smith (mhsmith@ucdavis.edu); Richard Blatchford (rablatchford@ucdavis.edu)

The audience for this course is: Youth in grades 7 through 12

Youth often lack the maturity to make good decisions on their own. They often require firm guidance from parents and other caring adults to reach adulthood successfully. Thus, learning to set boundaries is an integral element of positive youth development. It is not just the caring adults who need guidance in setting appropriate boundaries for youth, but the youth need guidance as they learn to set their own boundaries. The Boundaries and Boundaries Jr. curriculum utilizes multiple delivery methods to delve into understanding the need, the importance, and the process of establishing boundaries. Both youth and their caring adults participate together, working with one another to establish boundaries in their lives.

For more information or to enroll please contact: Bob Bertsch at robert.bertsch@ndsu.edu

The fee for this course is $25.  To purchase and enroll in it, click the following button:



The audience for this course is: Youth in grades 3 through 6

Youth often lack the maturity to make good decisions on their own. They often require firm guidance from parents and other caring adults to reach adulthood successfully. Thus, learning to set boundaries is an integral element of positive youth development. It is not just the caring adults who need guidance in setting appropriate boundaries for youth, but the youth need guidance as they learn to set their own boundaries. The Boundaries and Boundaries Jr. curriculum utilizes multiple delivery methods to delve into understanding the need, the importance, and the process of establishing boundaries. Both youth and their caring adults participate together, working with one another to establish boundaries in their lives.

For more information or to enroll please contact: Bob Bertsch at robert.bertsch@ndsu.edu

The fee for this course is $25.  To purchase and enroll in the course, click the following button:



The New or Renewing Volunteer Training is designed to give new volunteers basic information to prepare them for service in 4-H.  It will also serve as a refresher course for all returning volunteers.  This training has 4 components that are designed to be completed in sequential order.  As you complete each section, lessons in the next section will appear.

The course does not need to be completed in one sitting and will pick up where you left off when you return to it.

The overall training will take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Target Audience is Adults, who want to be Volunteers for the Colorado 4-H Program.

For more information or to enroll please contact instructor Joy Bauder CO 4-H State Office, CO 4-H Youth Development Program @ colorado4h@gmail.com

Expanded Learning Opportunities: Experiential Learning is for Employees or Volunteers in Youth Serving Organizations. Participants will learn how children and youth in out-of-school settings reach their full potential as a result of positive youth/adult interactions, purposeful learning experiences, and safe environments. 

Participants will be able to: identify experiential learning techniques, provide purposeful and directing teaching, and engage and energize youth so they are ready to learn.

For more information or to enroll contact:

The iCook 4-H curriculum supplementary training site is a self-directed course for Extension Educators and Health Professionals Working with Families. By participating in this course participants will gain access to additional information, supplementary materials, and trainings to learn how to better implement the iCook 4-H curriculum. The iCook 4-H curriculum is available for purchase through the National 4-H Mall. With purchase of the curriculum, course access information on enrollment is provided. For more information contact Lisa Franzen-Castle, University of Nebraska-Lincoln at lfranzen2@unl.edu.

Idaho 4-H Volunteer Orientation is an online course designed to orient new 4-H volunteers.  Participants will learn:

  • Volunteer Roles & Relationships
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Youth/Adult Partnerships
  • Safe & Inclusive Environments
  • Learn by Doing                  

For more information contact Nancy Melville; University of Idaho; nmelville@uidaho.edu

Intermediate Horseman: 4-H Advancement Level 2 is a course for youth 8 to 18 years old

Youth will learn basic horse science, health, and care principles for the intermediate horseman.

For more information contact: Lena Luck at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, email address at lena.luck@unl.edu

Frontline staff (adults) from any participating institution in Jackson County, Wisconsin who take this course will learn: 

  • What the Referral Pathway is and how it works 
  • Who has roles in a Community Mental Wellness Referral Pathway 
  • Why the frontline staff role is crucial to the process 
  • When to start a young person on the Referral Pathway. 
Students need a good internet connection since the main body of the course is built in Storyline Articulate so they need to be able to play audio files as it is highly interactive

For more information or to enroll contact Monica Lobenstein Youth & Families Educator, University of Wisconsin-Extension (Jackson County) at Monica.lobenstein@ces.uwex.edu.

Welcome to Junior Master Equine Manager by Clemson Extension! This certificate program is made up of six lessons that you can complete at your own pace and an in-person day hands-on training. To receive your certificate of completion, you must pass each lesson's quiz with a grade of 75 or higher and attend the in-person day hands-on training. If you have any questions about the program or lessons, please feel free to leave us a message in the comments or email us at berry7@clemson.edu or cwycoff@clemson.edu.

This course is for current high school freshmen in Nebraska. Students who participate in the Next Chapter program will learn the skills necessary to be successful after high school while exploring college options across the state.


For more information or to enroll please contact Phil Onwiler, ponwiler@unl.edu, (402) 472-9026.

By taking this course, students will learn:
  • Educational and professional requirements for various careers 
  • Benefits and costs of postsecondary education
  • How to improve self-efficacy and agency in one’s path to their success
  • Details about current and future occupational needs
  • Information about pending plans, managing cash flow, saving, avoiding scams and fraud, and investing for retirement. 
For more information or to enroll please contact: 
Becky Smith at becky.smith@msstate.edu or Susan Cosgrove at s.cosgrove@msstate.edu, with Mississippi State University Extension

Utah 4-H Volunteer Orientation is an online course for all Utah 4-H volunteers.  This course is designed to orient new 4-H volunteers to Utah 4-H, specifically participants will learn:

  • Volunteer Roles & Relationships
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Youth/Adult Partnerships
  • Safe & Inclusive Environments
  • Learn by Doing

For more information please contact:  Utah State 4-H Office at Utah4h@usu.edu

This self-directed course is designed for Nebraska 4-H leaders, staff, volunteers, and any chaperone of a 4-H event to better understand their responsibility for creating a protective environment for youth. The course includes lessons, planning guides, example scenarios, and reporting procedures, and the curriculum addresses potential risks that could cause personal harm or harm to a 4-H member. Contact: Vickie Greve vgreve1@unl.edu; and Mary Jarvi mjarvi1@unl.edu; University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Whether you are a volunteer, youth or parent this is excellent way to gain knowledge about the 4-H Program in South Carolina. You will learn about the history, what is a 4-H project, how to start a club, and much more. This training can be used as a volunteer orientation training series required by South Carolina 4-H Program to become a certified SC 4-H Volunteer. Once you have completed each section and successfully passed the quizzes, you will have a certificate email to your 4-H county staff and mailed to you. For more information contact Katie Shaw at berry7@clemson.edu

What does it mean to be a 4-H Volunteer? Through a series of four, 15 minute lessons, this course leads participants through a brief overview of 4-H and its important relationships, the importance of creating a safe and inclusive environment, how a volunteer can promote positive youth development in the youth they serve and a brief introduction to experiential learning.

For more Information or to enroll please contact:

Scott C. Mautte
4-H Program Representative for Volunteer Development
& Positive Youth Development
University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Email: idevelopsupport@ucanr.edu

The audience for this course is: New 4-H volunteers

By taking this course, students will learn:

  * What is Experiential Learning?
   * Why is it so important to our 4-H program?

For more information or to enroll please contact:  Nancy Melville; nmelville@uidaho.edu and Donna Schwarting; dschwarting@uidaho.edu