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Ohio State University Extension


Books and Resources

Project Books: How to Get One in 2022

  • Order and pick up project books in your county office. To purchase a project book, check with your club advisor and county educator. Ohio residents get the best price on printed books when they order and pick up their purchases through local Extension offices.

  • Buy one online. You also can order directly from Ohio residents receive free standard shipping on orders of $20 or more with coupon FREE2022. Books cost slightly more this way, but orders can be shipped directly to any Ohio address. There is no restriction on the number of times a coupon can be used. See our printable Ordering Is Easy instructions. Please review your order carefully. Extension Publishing is not able to accept returns.
  • Make your own. Members can create their own self-determined projects. We're sharing some great ideas with the idea starters here

Want a handy list of project possibilities? Here you go!

Complete descriptions of Ohio 4-H projects are in the Family Guide and on Ohio 4-H Project Central, an interactive web site that includes sample pages, ratings, and comments. Project Central works best when you use Firefox or Chrome web browsers. A step-by-step guide is here

Publications can be purchased directly from Ohio State University Extension Publications or from local county Extension offices, where Ohio 4-H club advisors, club members, and other Ohio residents get the best price. Other state 4-H offices can benefit from our Partner Pricing program.

Club officer handbooks and related materials are available on the Club Officer Resources page.

Dog Achievement Program information and materials are available on the Dog Achievement Program page.

Digital Publications

4-H 375i Leadership Road Trip iBook (available on iPad only)

Publications Available for Download

The following publications are available for download in pdf format. Adobe Reader is required for viewing and printing these publications.

4-H Members

Self-Determined Projects, Idea Starters, and Master Projects

4-H 365 Self-Determined Projects and Idea Starters
4-H 378M Leadership Master
4-H 432M Sewing and Textiles Master (non-clothing)
4-H 503M Solid-Fuel Rocketry Master
Designing Your Own Model Rocket
(supplement to the Rocketry Master project above)
4-H 512M Robotics Master
4-H 560M Woodworking Master
4-H 589M Photography Master

More Publications

  MyPlate Food Guide flyer for all food and nutrition projects
  Pennsylvania Livestock Judging Manual
4-H 46 Demonstrations for 4-H Members
4-H 150 Poultry Project and Record Book, Project Pictures  (page 10)
4-H 150 Poultry Project and Record Book, Weight Record (page 14)
4-H 150 Poultry Project and Record Book, Weight Summary and Feed Efficiency (page 15)
4-H 150 Poultry Project and Record Book, Egg Production Record (page 17)
4-H 150 Poultry Resources (for use with Poultry Project and Record Book)
4-H 495 Your First Home Away From Home
4-H 554GPM National 4-H ATV Safety Leaders Guide and Tool Kit Items
4-H 927 Forty Questions You Always Wanted Answered about Ohio 4-H
4-H 941 Installation Ceremony

4-H Volunteers

Additional Resources

--- Ohio 4-H Volunteer Handbook
4-H 36 Interviewing Tips for Judges pdf | link
4-H 554GPM ATV Safety, Leader's Guide
4-H 897 Developing Experientially Based 4-H Curriculum Materials
4-H 915 Livestock Judging Cards
Card with placing and questions
Cards with placings only
4-H 953.1 4-H Project Learning
4-H 955 Working with Officers and Committees
4-H 959

Launching into the Next Millennium, 4-H Achieves Liftoff

Download Chapters Individually:
Ch. 1: Small Animals and Veterinary Science
Ch. 2: Livestock
Ch. 3: Citizenship, International, Careers, Leadership, and Communications
Ch. 4: Food and Nutrition
Ch. 5: Field and Garden
Ch. 6: Equine Science 
Ch. 7: Human Development
Ch. 8: Engineering 
Ch. 9: Entomology and the Environment 
Ch. 10: Clothing

4-H 961L Horse Member Card (front)
Horse Member Card (back)
  Science, Engineering and Technology Programming in the Context of 4-H Youth Development (1.1mb)
  Nurturing Scientific Literacy Among Youth Through Experientially Based Curriculum Materials (.6mb)

Publication Updates

201R Dog Resource Handbook, Changes in the 2018 Edition
216 Purr-fect Pet Pals, 2005 Edition, page 35, Corrected Crossword Puzzle and Answer Key
220R Pocket Pets Resource Handbook Change in the 2017 Edition
227 Pet Rabbit Project and Record Book, March 2017 Edition,
page16, Crossword Puzzle