Join 4-H

Program Contact: Tanya Barnett, 4-H Youth Coordinator
360-379-5610 x208 •

How do I join 4-H?

Contact the Jefferson County 4-H Coordinator, Tanya Barnett, at or 360-379-5610 x208 to get connected with a club or project that meets your needs and interests. You can also glimpse our current clubs and contact club leaders directly.  Once you’ve found your 4-H club or project, please enroll using the 4-H Online Enrollment website. Here are two guides to help new and returning youth to enroll:

Adults: you can apply to become a volunteer and help lead a club/project in your neighborhood or start one of your own.

Who can join 4-H?

All youth who are age 5 and in Kindergarten up through those in 12th grade or who have not reached their 19th birthday (before January 1 of the current 4-H year) can join 4-H. Youth who are enrolled in schools that do not assign grade levels, youth who are home-schooled, or youth who are not enrolled in school will be assigned a “4-H grade” according to their age by January 1st.

Check with the 4-H Coordinator for specific information. Special needs youth may be able to participate beyond age 19 with approval from 4-H staff.

How much does it cost?

Currently, 4-H in Jefferson County does not charge dues or membership fees.  In order to provide insurance coverage for all 4-H participants, each youth and adult 4-H member pays $1/person/year through his/her respective club or project. (Horse- and bike-related clubs and projects pay $2/person/year).

When can I join 4-H?

The 4-H year begins October 1st of each year so Fall is a great time to join 4-H. However, depending on the club, members can usually join at any time during the year. To be able to participate in the Jefferson County Fair as a 4-H member, youth must be enrolled in a club and projects by June 1st.  Some projects have earlier deadlines for participation; check with your club leader.

Who can start a 4-H club?

4-H clubs and programs are run by volunteers. Any community member is welcome to apply to become an enrolled volunteer and start a new club. It takes two families and at least one enrolled 4-H volunteer to start a club.

Volunteer orientations and new club leader trainings are held throughout the year.