After a five-year absence, the 4-H Youth Development program returned to Multnomah County in 2009 with a new focus on sustainable living.Urban gardens, renewable energy and nutrition and food security will be among topics to be explored, according to Maureen Hosty, faculty member of OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development. Clubs and groups focus on preparing food from local gardens; exploring alternative solar, wind and wave energy; making and repairing clothing; taking care of 'back-yard' chickens; and owning and maintaining a bicycle. 4-H activities include students from grades kindergarten through high school, and teen leadership programs
The popular 4-H Wildlife Stewards Programand the 4-H Urban-Rural exchange program are also in Multnomah County.The Wildlife Stewards program engages students in grades K–12 to help establish and maintain habitat education sites on school grounds in 19 Oregon counties. The award-winning rural exchange program gives urban and rural middle school students the opportunity to experience lives unlike their own.
4-H Multnomah County Website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/metro/4h-youth-programs