Join 4-H!

Program Contact: Melanie Owens, 4-H Coordinator
(509) 524-2685 • wallawalla.4h@wsu.edu

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For current club information: Please contact WSU Extension, 328 West Poplar, Walla Walla, WA 99362 or call 509-524-2685.  All enrollments are subject to the availability of adult volunteer leaders or clubs.

Walla Walla County Residents Eligibility:  4-H is open to youth 6 years old by October 1 of the current 4-H year through those in the 12th grade or who have not reached their 19th birthday before October 1 of the current 4-H year.  The 4-H year is October 1 through September 30.  New enrollments will be accepted through March 15 of the current 4-H year.

Exceptions: Please see the following age requirements for the following project areas:

  • Members must be *8 years old by October 1 of the current 4-H year to be eligible for:
    • Enrollment in large animal projects including: beef, dairy, goat, horse, sheep, llama/alpaca, and swine.
    • Competitive situations including livestock shows or sales.
    • Enrollment in food preservation projects.

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  • Members must be 8 years old by October 1 of the current 4-H year to be eligible for:
    • Shooting Sports
    • Motorized Vehicles
  • Colt Training: Members must be 11 years old or above by October 1 of the current 4-H year AND have completed at least one year of the Horsemanship Project.

Out-of-County (or State) Residents:  Youth who are not residents of Washington State must meet the eligibility requirements in their own state to qualify for membership in a market animal project.  Youth are encouraged to enroll in their home county.  A youth may NOT be enrolled in the same project in more than one county or state.

*Oregon residents must be in the 4th grade by September 1 prior to the 4-H year to enroll in Equine or Market Animal projects.

Enrollment and Re-Enrollment Deadlines:  The deadline for new and returning members who wish to exhibit or participate in 4-H during the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days is March 15.  A member must be enrolled by March 15 in each of the projects they wish to exhibit at the Walla Walla Fair.

Continuing members are required to re-enroll each year.  Re-enrollment occurs in October of every year and should be re-enrolled for the new 4-H year no later than December 1.

4-H Clubs:  Youth may enroll in one or more projects, meet regularly, and work on their projects under the guidance of adult volunteers.  Club activities may include: demonstrations, fair participation, community service, and social events.  A club program is carried throughout all or several months of the year.  Clubs may be a single project, multi-project (community) club, or family club.  Many clubs allow youth to attend a meeting before enrollment to see if it will be a good fit.

For current club information, projects available, & enrollment process: Please contact WSU Extension via email wallawalla.4h@wsu.edu or call 509-524-2685.  All enrollments are subject to the availability of adult volunteer leaders or clubs.