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With more than 200 projects, there's something for everyone! 

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4-H Project Books

The 4-H Project is the basis of a 4-H members' learning experience.  Each year youth choose 1 or more projects, set goals, and engage in a variety of learning and service opportunities.  

List of Ohio 4-H Projects

A complete list and brief descriptions of 4-H projects offered through Ohio 4-H can be found in the Ohio 4-H Family Guide

Previewing 4-H Project Books

  1. Clubs may borrow the 4-H Project Book bins to have available at a club meeting for families to preview.
  2. Individual families may stop by a local OSU Extension office to preview 4-H project books before purchasing.  Book availability may vary by county.
  3. Visit Project Central.  

    Project Central is an easy way for 4-H members and project helpers to preview Ohio 4-H project books and resources. Take a closer look at a book, find out what others have to say, and share your experiences.

    See the directions below, or print out them out here.

    Project Central works best when you use Firefox or Chrome web browsers!


There are three ways to purchase 4-H Project Books:

  1. Club orders may be placed through the local OSU Extension Office. (contact your 4-H Club Leader to ask if your club offers this option)
  2. Individual orders may be placed through the local OSU Extension Office.  Call or stop by during office hours to inquire if the book you would like is available.
  3. Individual family orders may be placed online through OSU Extension Publications and shipped directly to your home address.
4-H Projects - getting started

Below are tip sheets to provide you with additional information and guidance regarding a variety of our more popular 4-H projects.  

Project Evaluation & Exhibit Guidelines 

This reference guide provides Lorain County and Ohio State Fair project completion requirements.  Please be sure to use this guide when preparing for project book interviews and fair judging opportunities.

The 2023 Guide will be available soon!  

2022 Project Completion and Fair Requirements

Project and Record Book Grading Guidelines

All youth interested in exhibiting an animal at the Lorain County Jr. Fair are required to submit their 4-H Project Book and/or Record Book for grading.  Members must receive at least 15 points to qualify to show at the Lorain County Jr. Fair. The tip sheets below have been developed to provide additional assistance in book preparation and completion requirements for grading.

Project Judging Scoresheets

2022 4-H Project Evaluation Results

4-H Project Interviews

4-H Animal Project Exhibition Placings

4-H Project State Fair Results