Preparing Youth for Success

4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. Ohio 4-H youth development reaches more than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities.

All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills. 4-H members learn valuable lessons in leadership, communication and collaboration while increasing their knowledge in math, science, technology and a variety of other topics.

4-H creates fun while learning in a variety of ways. Kids can participate in 4-H through community clubs, camps, in-school and after-school activities, and summer programs. They increase their self-confidence and personal life skills while learning about specific subjects - anything from animals or computers to public speaking, cooking, art, gardening and environmental sciences, just to name a few project topics.

Our Athens County 4-H Youth Development Educator is Bridget Weigly Moore.  Bridget joined the Athens County staff in November of 2016, after working for The Ohio State University's Athletics Department for 10 years. Prior to that she served as the Resource Development Manager for the Ohio 4-H Foundation and was a 4-H Youth Development Educator in both Hancock and Allen Counites, in Northwest Ohio. Bridget received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a Master of Science in Human and Community Resource Development from Ohio State in 1996 and 2001, respectively. She is a native of Athens County.

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension 4-H youth development programs at

Special Needs Accommodations

Accommodations can be made for youth with disabilities through our Winning 4-H Plan. Visit for more information and to download the request form.

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