Carrie Stark

Photo of Carrie Stark, Extension

Carrie Stark

State 4-H Youth Development Director


The Statewide 4-H Director provides visionary leadership to the implementation and evaluation of the University of Nevada, Reno 4-H Youth Development Program and is responsible for creating and implementing strategies and programs to support the growth and development of 4-H, volunteers, and staff. The Director provides leadership and oversight to the 4-H Advisory Committees. The Director develops and coordinates revenue-generating opportunities in support of 4-H, and develops, interprets, and implements University policies related to 4-H. Primary clientele are 4-H staff, county educator, state specialist and 4-H adult volunteers who, in turn, deliver programs to meet the needs of young people and families in the community. 


Ph. D. North Dakota State University


horsing around in lake tahoe during the summer.

4-H Afterschool Program

The 4-H Afterschool Club teaches children basic life skills including math, reading, science, positive communication, goal setting, self-responsibility, decision-making and good nutrition. Youth who have these life skills are less likely to participate in risky behaviors.

4-H Ambassadors

4-H Ambassadors

Nevada State 4-H Ambassadors are 4-H youth from around the state who are committed in providing leadership for all 4-H members.

4-H Shooting Sports - archery

4-H Shooting Sports

The focus of all 4-H programs is the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. The 4-H Shooting Sports Program stands out as an example. Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of hunting and archery, and much more. The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth and conservation ethics.

Building rockets from straws in a great lesson in propulsion.

4-H Youth Development

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

campers swiming in lake tahoe

4-H Youth Development | Camp Program

Nevada has been involved in 4-H camping since the first 4-H camp took place on the University of Nevada, Reno campus in 1930. For about 79 years in Nevada, 4-H camping has been a proven and effective method of reaching, teaching and involving youth in leadership skills development. Each year, more than 500 youth participate in 4-H camping programs at Lake Tahoe Nevada 4-H Camp. Other 4-H camping programs take place across the state.

4h camp grounds

4-H Youth Development | Camp Rentals

Lake Tahoe is a unique and magnificent treasure. Our historic 4-H Camp provides opportunities for inspiration, education and relaxation - right on the lakeshore. Reservations can be made on a day or overnight basis year round.

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Blog Posts
4-H Basics
Learn about the 4-H emblem, colors, pledge, motto and slogan.
Stark, C. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
4-H Programs & Projects Overview
Learn about 4-H programs, projects, activities, project guides and manuals, time commitments and rewards.
Stark, C. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
How to Join 4-H
Learn who can join, where and when to sign up, what there is to do, costs, and benefits.
Stark, C. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Nevada 4-H & 4-H Camp History
In the late 1890's and into the early 1900's, 4-H programs began throughout the country in response to young people and their need for a better agricultural education. As one of the first organizations that focused on providing youth with hands-on learning opportunities, 4-H has a rich history of helping young people gain skills that they use throughout their lives. In 4-H, young people have fun, explore, discover and learn. 4-H'ers make new friends, develop life skills, become leaders and change their communities.
Stark, C. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Nevada 4-H Resources
Learn where to purchase official 4-H merchandise, proceeds of which benefit Nevada 4-H. Also explore links to other 4-H site and resources.
Stark, C. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Understanding and working with youth
Learn about positive youth development, essential elements of 4-H, ages and stages of youth development, experiential learning, vibrant youth groups, youth engagement, approaches to youth engagement, youth service, youth leadership, and youth media/research and evaluation.
Stark, C. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
What is a 4-H Club?
4-H programs actively involve youth in quality experiences that focus on lifelong learning of values and skills. 4-H clubs encourage youth, ages 5 to 19, to learn by doing. There are a variety of 4-H clubs and groups that young people can join.
Stark, C. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
What is Collegiate 4-H?
Collegiate 4-H has existed since 1916. Its major purpose is leadership and service to others. Members come from diverse backgrounds and academic departments.
Stark, C. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
What is the Cloverbud Program?
Youth who are 5 to 8 as of January 1st of the current 4-H Year (Oct 1 to Sept 30) may join the 4-H Cloverbud Program, which has age appropriate activities and allows for creativity and encourages play.
Stark, C. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Why we need 4-H volunteers
Volunteers offer the nurturing, vision, commitment, skills, creativity, dedication and wisdom that can significantly impact the development of young people.
Stark, C. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
hands being washed in a sink
4-H Club Guidance for COVID-19 | Phase 2
Youth Program Policies and Guidance for COVID-19 Phase 2 Roadmap to Recovery Plan
Stark, C. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno Bulletin-2020-01
Adult Volunteer
2020 4-H Summer Camp Adult Volunteer Application Packet
This packet includes Adult Volunteer responsibilities, registration form, media release, and understanding of policy form.
Haack-Damon, K. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Teen Counselor
2020 4-H Summer Camp Teen Counselor Application Packet
This application packet includes a Teen Counselor application, media releasee, medical form, understanding of policy and reference forms.
Haack-Damon, Kenny 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Informational Publications
4-h member making mask
Statewide 4-H Service Project
Help the Nevada 4-H Youth Development program donate 5,000 face masks to communities across the state!
Stark, C 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno