"Know Your Government"is held each Presidents Day weekend in Boise while the legislature is in session.

The conference is designed for students in grades eight to nine to:

  • Learn how state government decision-making works.

  • Influence state government.

  • Learn how the state judicial system works.

  • Find out how cases are brought to court.

  • Observe the legislative process in action.

  • Share ideas with legislators, judges and other elected officials.

  • Have breakfast with legislators and judges.

  • Meet teens from across the state.

To Apply

Youth and adults need to complete the Know Your Government application form through 4HOnline. Counties will review applications and make selections by December. All youth and adults selected will be notified and can proceed to register for the event.

Registering for the Event

Once notified by the county that the application has been approved, youth and adults may register for the event through 4HOnline. The youth registration fee of $150 and must be paid to your county. Registration fee for adults and steering committee members is $110. Fees include lodging and most meals at the conference. A separate busing fee will be determined by each district and must be paid to your county office.  Scholarships are available from the Soil and Water Conservation Districts.