4-H Programs

2024 Spring/Summer Youth Programs

Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity

Welcome to 4-H in Marathon County! All youth activities are offered by the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Division of Extension – Marathon County, and the Marathon County 4-H Leaders Federation.  Traditionally, 4-H programs happen where ever youth are.  This could be after school, or as a workshop, club, camp, or special event. 4-H programs are offered in a wide variety of formats and places because they’re designed to fit the interests and needs of the diverse young people who live in our rural and urban communities.

This summer, we will be offering a variety of programs for all youth in the Marathon Communities, currently in 5K to one year past high school. Some programs have specific ages while others are open to all youth.

Stop back often, we will update as more programs are offered.

Questions?  Contact Holly Luerssen, 4-H Educator, at holly.luerssen@wisc.edu or 715-261-1240.


Central Wisconsin Agriculture Tour

Join us for a tour of central Wisconsin’s amazing agriculture!

Make new friends from Wood and Marathon County 4-H.

Learn about the wide variety of agriculture in our backyards.

This is a fun and hands-on experience with a couple of extra mystery stops 🙂

For youth currently in grades 4+

Register by May 31 at https://bit.ly/AgTour2024


Rafting Adventure

It’s time to try something new! Join other youth on the new rafting adventure day trip.

Clark, Marathon, Portage and Wood County will be collaborating together to visit Twig’s Sun Drop Museum and travel to Shotgun Eddy’s Rafting and Adventure to go rafting. 4-H’ers in grades 7-13 are invited to join the adventure!

Please fill out this interest form to let the Educators know who is interested in which county. Space is limited. https://forms.gle/dndaWkiabkN3bGoaA


Rabbit Project Meeting

Hop to the next MC 4-H Rabbit Meeting where we will learn all things related to showmanship.  Youth will get time to practice, so bring a rabbit too.

Date: June 6th

Time: 6-7:30 pm

Location:  The pavilion just south of Opportunity, Inc located at 388 River Drive (near our office)


Food Stand Fundraiser

The Marathon County 4-H Leaders Federation is hosting a food stand at the upcoming Northwood Rabbit Show.  They are recruiting both volunteers (youth and adult) and donations. Please consider helping as this directly benefits 4-H programs in Marathon County. 

Volunteer Sign Up: https://bit.ly/4HRabbitVolunteer24

Donation Sign Up: https://bit.ly/4HRabbitDonate24

Questions? Contact Kathe Breitenfeldt @ 715-571-5503


4-H Fridays at the Wausau Imaginarium

We are excited to announce our new partnership with the Children’s Imaginarium in Wausau. Join us for 4-H Friday’s at the museum designed for kids. We will have unique hands-on activities on most Fridays this summer. No pre-registration needed. Museum fees do apply. We hope to see you there!

Older Youth (6th Grade & Older) are you interested in helping lead a station? Contact Holly at holly.luerssen@wisc.edu.


Summer Foodie

Our yearly summer 4-H Foodie program is just around the corner. It’s time to sign up so you don’t miss out on learning a few new exciting recipes. Youth currently in 3rd grade and older are welcome to attend.

Registration closes on June 20th or when spaces fill. To learn more and to register go to https://bit.ly/4HFoodie24.


Art Days

Get ready to create some amazing art this July! Every Wednesday in July (sign up for one or sign up for all!) by June 20th.

*Grades: 3rd and older (as of May 1, 2024)

*12:15-2:15pm @ the Extension Office (212 River Drive, Wausau).

We will get artsy and create multiple pieces of exhibition worthy art pieces. Join us to just connect with new friends, try something new, or create a few fair pieces.

$5 per participant per session (scholarships available)/$20. Check out https://bit.ly/4HArt2024

Bonus: Are you joining us for the morning 4-H Foodie Club? Then pack a lunch and hang out with us until the Art Days program starts.


Spencer 4-H Day

We’re taking 4-H on the road! Join us in Spencer on July 9th for an exciting day packed with 4-H activities. Get hands-on in our Foodie class as we create our own lunch, unleash your creativity with an art masterpiece, and take on a thrilling STEM challenge. Plus, you’ll have the chance to make new friends along the way!

Class is limited to 20 youth currently in 3rd grade and older. Registration closes on June 20th or when spaces fill. Enroll today at https://bit.ly/4HinSpencer24.

Questions? Contact Holly Luerssen, Marathon County 4-H Educator at holly.luerssen@wisc.edu.


4-H Day at the Woodchucks

Take Me Out To The Ball Game!

Join us at our 3rd annual Woodchucks Baseball family day. There will be a tailgate lunch, reserved seats, inflatable tokens for 10 and under, and plenty of fun in the sun.

When: July 21st

Time: Lunch at Noon; Game starts at 1:05pm

**Flag bearers and first pitch youth will be selected from those attending.

To learn more and to register go to https://bit.ly/4HWoodchucks24.


Kids Day Camp

Join us on Tuesday, July 23! For youth from 5K to 3rd grade! Limited to 30 youth so sign up today! https://bit.ly/4HDAYCAMP24


Outdoor Adventure Camp

Archery, Campfire Cooking, Canoeing, Fishing, Woodworking, and MORE! That’s what you’ll be able to experience at Outdoor Adventure Day Camp this year. Sounds like a blast, doesn’t it?

*Dexter County Park (Wood County)

*Thursday, July 18 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

*For Youth age 10+ (4-H membership not required). Parents/guardians are welcome.

*Lunch is included. Youth can bring their own fishing rod and life jacket, but we can provide these items.

*$10/person fee includes canoe rental, lunch, and other supplies.

Register by Monday, July 1. At https://bit.ly/OutdoorCamp24

Thank you to Wausau Noon Optimist for sponsoring Outdoor Adventure Camp 2024!

Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity

Stop back often, we will update as more programs are offered.

Questions?  Contact Holly Luerssen, 4-H Educator, at holly.luerssen@wisc.edu or 715-261-1240.

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