Activities & Events

Albany County 4-H offers a wide variety of workshops and events that are available to all youth. Please see our calendar events for upcoming opportunities.

4-H County-Wide Events

4-H Career Explorations
This three-day event for youth held on the Cornell University campus each summer. Its purpose is to expose youth to academic fields and careers, to develop leadership skills, to provide hands-on experience in a college setting and to introduce youth to Cornell University. The event is made up of two grade specific tracts: University U for youth entering grades 8-9 and Focus for Teens for youth entering grades 10-12.

Family Fun Night
This event is held to celebrate the completion of a job well done and to recognize 4-H members for their accomplishments during the year. Volunteers are also recognized for their dedication and efforts on behalf of the 4-H Program. Members and their families make take-home projects and enjoy a pot-luck meal together.

NY Capital Days 2021 - VIRTUAL
April 27 - April 29, 6:00 - 7:00 PM, nightly
Join us from the comfort of your own home as we get acquainted with our state government and connect with other teens from across the state! Hear from both a state senator and assemblyman as you learn how our legislative branch works. Explore our judicial system by meeting a NYS Supreme Court judge, enjoy a live presentation from the Department of Corrections, and activities from the Cornell Law School. Finally, learn about the executive branch and local government. Then choose an agency you can interact with that you would like to know more about: Department of Ag & Markets, Department of Parks & Recreation, Department of Education, and Department of Environmental Conservation. Add in live games and the chance to win prizes!
Registration fee for youth includes a conference t-shirt, and other program materials that will be mailed prior to the program. There is no fee for adults to attend, though they may pay the registration fee to purchase the t-shirt if they wish.
For more information, please visit or contact Sarah Jones at

Public Presentations
This program is one of the most beneficial of all of the 4-H Programs. All 4-H members are encouraged to develop a demonstration or illustrated talk based on some practice, skill or knowledge learned, preferably through a 4-H project. Youth then give a presentation or demonstration in front of a team of judges who evaluate the young person and provide constructive criticism. Youth who graduate or “age out” of 4-H have commented that the Public Presentations Program is an experience that has helped them with successful job and college interviews.

State Teen Action Representative Retreat 2021 – VIRTUAL
May 1, 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM, 45 minute lunch break
Gather virtually with 4-H teens from around the state to learn about leadership and have fun. The theme of STARR this year is “Be the STARR of your own movie!” STARR is for 4-Hers be-tween the ages of 12 and 18 and focuses on personal development, learning and leading. The virtual conference will take place between 9:00 am to 3:15 pm with a 45-minute lunch break to stretch your legs. This year the speaker will be Kyle Scheele.
“Kyle Scheele is on a mission to build a better world. He is an inspiring author, speaker, and cardboarder who has challenged tens of thousands of students across the nation to build a better world.”
All participating youth will receive a STARR 2021 T-Shirt, a mug, fidget items and the chance to win some prizes throughout the conference. Interested 4-Hers should reach out to 4-H Educator Rachel Lee at for more information and to register. For more information, please visit


Barbara Stevens
4-H Youth Development Issue Leader
(518) 765-3500

Last updated September 1, 2021