The Arkansas 4-H Foundation was founded in
1951, to serve the Arkansas 4-H program that
was established in 1908. Today the 4-H
program serves all seventy-five Arkansas
counties, through the county offices of the
University of Arkansas, Division of
Agriculture, Cooperative Extension. The 4-H
program serves Arkansas youth ages five
through nineteen. Local clubs are led by 4-H
volunteers who coordinate their efforts with
the Cooperative Extension in their county.
The Arkansas 4-H Foundation owns and
operates the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center
in Ferndale, Arkansas (near West Little
Check out the Arkansas 4-H Center here!
Offered through the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture Cooperative
Extension Service and the United States
Department of Agriculture. 4-H’s youth
development is based on proven research and
100 years of experience.
A few of the youth education programs
conducted at the Arkansas 4-H Center are:
Arkansas 4-H State Camps
AOS - Arkansas Outdoor School
AOS Summer Camp
Experience The Challenge,
Experience the Leadership
SEEK - Science for home-school students
Work Place Readiness
To learn more about 4-H programs, visit the UA 4-H site.
Offered through the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service and the
United States Department of Agriculture.
4-H’s youth development is based on
proven research and 100 years of
Located on 227 acres, the 4-H Center includes a
five hundred-seat auditorium, conference rooms,
offices, banquet hall, kitchen, gift store,
three dormitories, pool, archery and shooting
range, and five-acre pond. This facility is
utilized by 4-H’ers throughout Arkansas as a
camping and outdoor life skill experience. The
4-H Center employs a staff of thirty and opened
to the public in 1980. In 2001, the Donald W.
Reynolds Foundation awarded the 4-H Center a
$4.5 million expansion grant. Upgrades to the
4-H Center dining and lodging were completed in
the spring of 2013.
The 4-H program includes more than eighty
educational tracks, including science,
technology, agriculture, livestock, leadership,
and other life skills not taught through the
students formal education. Many 4-H programs are
organized within local community clubs that
operate outside of school, while others are in
There are over 131,000 students enrolled in
Arkansas 4-H program. Today, more than $50,000
in scholarship funds are awarded to college
bound 4-H students. It is recognized that the
4-H program emphasizes all non-formal education
available to develop a student’s maximum skills
throughout their formative years. In many
counties, 4-H provides guidance and career
preparedness in youth who have limited access to
Youth Development Program in Arkansas is the youth
outreach program of the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service
and the United States Department of Agriculture.
Foundation-supported services are offered to all
eligible persons regardless of race, color, national
origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or
veteran status, and the Foundation is an Equal
The mission of the Arkansas 4-H Foundation is to support
youth development opportunities through 4-H.
We seek to create and enhance growth and recognition for
4-Hers and their volunteer leaders through our leveraged
efforts, that they may develop the hallmarks of
successful citizens with responsibility, leadership, and
Core Beliefs and Values
We believe in and value:
Personal growth and life skill
Support local communities
Cultivating youth leadership
Positive goal achievement
4-H legacy and traditions
We believe in making the best better.
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