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4-H Youth Development Program – Columbia County

Welcome to 4-H!

4-H is the youth development education program of Washington State University Extension, which is conducted jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, your state land grant university (WSU) and Columbia County. Today 4-H is everywhere–in cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural communities. In the 21st century, 4-H serves a broad clientele with an expanded program using a variety of ways to “learn by doing.”

Head, Heart, Hands, Health
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.


How to Join 4-H

You can join 4-H in a few easy steps:

  • Find a Club:
    • Find a club that offers leadership in a project you’re interested in. Contact the extension office to find a club or start your own.
  • Decide on a Project:
    • There are numerous different project opportunities for 4-H members to participate in and with self-determined projects. Find the list of projects here.
  • Enroll in 4-H online:
  • Get involved and HAVE FUN!

Need help? Please contact the extension office or take a look at this enrollment guide.


Please Visit or Contact Us!

We warmly welcome you to Columbia County 4-H! Whether you are new to the Clover or already part of the 4-H family, we hope that you’ll find what you’re looking for on our website. If not, please email or call the extension office in Dayton.

WSU Columbia County Extension Office:
Office Phone: (509) 382-4741

137 E. Main Street
Dayton, WA 99328
Find on Google Maps

Paul G. Carter | County Director & Extension Agent
(509) 382-4741 Extension 2
cart@wsu.edu 

Donna Hanger |4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 382-4741 Extension 3
donna.hanger@wsu.edu

Naedene Shearer | Columbia County Extension Office Manager
(509) 382-4741
naedene.shearer@wsu.edu


Vision

Washington State University 4-H Youth Development is developing young people to become productive citizens who are engaged in positive change, meeting the needs of a diverse and changing society.

Mission

4-H youth development education creates supportive environments for all youth and families to reach their fullest potential.

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. We reach out to kids and their families to build skills for real life. WSU 4-H Youth Development is committed to providing safe and inclusive environments for all youth and adults regardless of race; sex; gender; sexual orientation; gender identity/expression; religion; age; color; creed; national or ethnic origin; citizenship; physical, mental, or sensory ability; genetic information; and/or status as an honorably discharged veteran or member of the military.


Frequently Asked Questions

4-H Forms and Links
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Join 4-H Report Volunteer Hours
The 4-H Pledge: I pledge my Head to Clearer Thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.