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Join 4-H

It’s Easy: Just Contact Us!

If you are a young person interested in joining 4-H, tell a parent or guardian that you want to get involved, and then have them contact us at the WSU Extension 4-H Office by either phone (564)-397-5730 or email We’ll ask you for some contact information and the kinds of projects you might be interested in doing.

In Clark County, our 4-H Clubs are organized around specific Project areas such as Dog, Horse, Goat, Robotics etc. Because we have many Clubs in Clark County, we use a Key Leader structure to help fit potential members to Clubs. Once we know what Project area you are interested in, we’ll send your contact information to the Key Leader in that area. The Key Leader will then contact your directly to help you find a Club that works for your family.

Who can join 4-H?

4-H is open to every youth, ages 5-19, without discrimination!

There are four age groups* in which you can do a wide variety of projects and activities:

  • Cloverbuds: ages 5-7
  • Junior: ages 8-10
  • Intermediate: ages 11-13
  • Senior: ages 14 to less than 19 

*Shooting sports and large animal projects require youth to be at least 8 years of age on October 1st to participate.

There is a $35 fee to join. Youth must be 5 years old as of October 1st of the 4-H year. Members who are 5-8 years old can be “mini” 4-Hers (or what we call “Cloverbuds”). For safety reasons, members must be in the 3rd grade and have reached their 8th birthday by October 1 of the current 4-H year to be eligible for competitive situations (including livestock shows or sales), enrollment in large animal projects, and enrollment in projects using firearms, motorized vehicles and food preservation projects using hot water baths or pressure canning methods.

Some people think that you have to live on a farm to be in 4-H, and that is absolutely NOT TRUE! Not many people know that if you count up every 4-H member in the United States, there are more 4-Hers who live in cities than in rural areas!

The 4-H Year Starts in October!

The 4-H year begins in October, and new members and leaders are accepted throughout the year. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that youth have to be enrolled by May 1 of each year if they want to show their projects at the Clark County Fair in August. Please email to request more information about 4-H, and to locate clubs by area of the county or area of interest. Or, call her at 564-397-5730.

How to join 4-H as a youth member:

  • Decide on your project(s)! There are numerous different project opportunities for 4-H members to participate in, and with self-determined projects, the opportunities can be endless! View a list of projects here.
  • Find a Club! To join a club in Clark County or start your own, please contact Phoebe at (564) 397-5730 or Not all clubs offer all projects, the 4-H office can determine if there is an existing club that offers leadership in a project you’re interested in. If you can’t find a club, you are welcome to start your own club!
  • Get involved and HAVE FUN! To get the most of your 4-H experience, attend meetings and events, and get involved.

Need help? Please contact the Extension Office (564) 397-5730.

How to join 4-H as an adult volunteer:

  • What is an adult volunteer?
    • A volunteer is someone who devotes his or her time gratuitously to the WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program without expectation of pay or benefits
  • How can I serve as a volunteer?
    • WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program Certified Volunteers
      • General/Organizational Leader
      • Project Leader
      • 4-H Service Leader
      • 4-H County Program Leader
    • Resource Volunteers
    • 4-H Collaborators

Check out the For Volunteers page to learn how to apply to be a 4-H volunteer.