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What is 4-H?

4-H is a community of young people across Kansas engaged in learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Caring adults who support our programs are essential for youth to achieve their potential. Adults can share guidance, knowledge and wisdom, as well as model respect and provide skills training.

4-H is a nationwide program. Each of the four H's of the clover represent ways youth can grow and develop.

  • Head, critical thinking, problem solving; 
  • Heart, self-discipline, integrity, communication;
  • Hands, serving others; and
  • Health, choosing healthy lifestyles

Post Rock District is 4-H Proud!


4-H Youth Development programs, meetings, events, and activities will be conducted in an appropriate in-person, distance or virtual learning format. This includes state, regional, district, county, and local events such as 4-H club meetings, 4-H Council meetings, committee meetings, project workshops, day camps, fundraisers, etc. Health and safety precautions will be defined on a case-by-case basis with risk management planning taking into consideration guidelines and recommendations from trusted sources. Post Rock District reserves the right to have more health and safety expectations than mandated by the county/community where the program is taking place, but a program cannot be planned with less health and safety expectations than KSRE, State of Kansas, local county/community, and industry specific requirements.

Program organizers (community club leaders, project meeting leaders, committee chairs, etc.) are strongly encouraged to consult the local Health Department and the local Post Rock District Office as you implement responsible health, safety and inclusive programs. During summer 2020, please include the following into your program plans for in-person events and activities:

  • Communicate health and safety etiquette and expectations to program participants and volunteers in advance.
  • Clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces.
  • Provide opportunities and supplies for proper hand washing.
  • Practice physical distancing between individuals not residing in the same household.
  • When physical distancing is not consistently able to be practiced during the program, wear a cloth face covering or mask.
  • Wear a face mask and implement food safety practices when working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution for others.
  • Provide flexible, inclusive programming alternatives which support individuals staying home if they are not feeling well or if they are unable to accept the risks of an in-person program.

Post Rock District 4-H Letter to Public 7-9-20

Read more about the Post Rock District's Continuity of Operations Plan and access COVID-19 Extension Resources.

We appreciate your help with protecting the health, wellness and safety of our communities and families. We will keep you informed on the Post Rock District website, our Social Media Platforms including "Post Rock District 4-H" on Facebook, and the monthly 4-H Newsletter which is emailed to actively enrolled families.

Nora Rhoades, District Director and Youth Development Agent


  • 4-H youth are more important than the project exhibit itself.
  • Learning how to do a project is more important than the project itself.
  • To “learn by doing” through a useful work project is fundamental in any sound educational program, and is characteristic of the 4-H program.
  • Generally speaking, there is more than one good way of doing most things.
  • Our job is to teach 4-H members how to think, not what to think.
  • Winning isn’t always measured by the results of the ribbon or judging event, but by the character of the 4-H’er, parent, and leader.


4-H began in the early 1900’s.  The first groups were call Boys and Girls clubs.  Girls participated in canning clubs, and boys participated in corn and pig clubs.  In 1914, Congress passed an act that established Cooperative Extension and 4-H across the country.  There were corn, poultry and garden clubs as early as 1905 in Kansas.  The first county agents were hired about 1915 and the first State 4-H Program Leader was hired in 1916. 

4-H has certainly changed since its early days!  4-H is no longer a program strictly for rural kids!  While we embrace our rich history, 4-H has evolved to meet the needs of today’s youth.  With learning experiences designed to develop boys and girls of all ages, there is something for everyone!

white water rafting



Nora Rhoades
District Extension Director
and Youth Development Agent

Post Rock District
307 N. Commercial
Mankato, KS 66956
(785) 378-3174

Kim Naber
4-H Program Coordinator
Osborne Office
Phone: (785) 346-2521

Risa Overmiller
4-H Program Coordinator
Smith Center Office
Phone: (785) 282-6823