Island County 4-H Membership
Who Can Join 4-H?
4-H is open to all youth who have reached their 5th birthday (on or before October 1st of the current 4-H year) through those who have not reached their 19th birthday (on or before October 1st of the current 4-H year). The 4-H year runs October 1 to September 30.
There are four age groups in 4-H:
- Cloverbud: ages 5-7
- Junior: ages 8-10
- Intermediate: ages 11-13
- Senior: ages 14 to 19
Youth must be at least 8 years of age on October 1 to participate hands-on with large animals (horses, cows, sheep, pigs) and in shooting sports.
How to Join 4-H
In 4-H, youth choose one or more areas of interest to explore. 4-H calls these areas of interest “projects”. Youth also choose a 4-H club in which to explore their project. Follow these steps to get involved in a 4-H Club.
1. Choose a Project
What are you interested in? 4-H offers many opportunities to learn more! Choose one (or more) of the projects offered in Snohomish County 4-H:
- Dogs, Horses, Cats, Rabbits, Cavies, Alpacas, Llamas, Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Swine, Goats, Poultry
- Environmental Stewardship & Exploration
- Archery, Riflery,
- Gardening, Foods, Sewing, Needlework, Photography, Creative Arts, Performing Arts, Woodworking
- Robotics, Computers, Technology, Minecraft
- and more!
2. Choose a 4-H Club
To find a club that offers leadership in the project you are interested in, visit our 4-H Club Directory
You can also contact 4-H staff to find a club; or to learn how to start your own! 360-639-6064 or email at Island.4h@WSU.edu
3. Make Connections
Use the provided contact information to connect with clubs to learn more about them and arrange to visit meetings or activities to find the club that best fits your needs and goals.
4. Enroll in 4-H and HAVE FUN!
Once you have chosen a club, enroll in 4-HOnline. Then jump right in and get involved! 4-H is all about learning-by-doing, hands-on fun!
4-H staff is happy to help in any step: 360-639-6064
4-H Participation Models
A 4-H club is a group of youth who are led by volunteers. Clubs may be a single-project club, where the group only participates in one project area (like only dogs, or only cooking) or multi-project club, where the group participates in many project areas.
School Enrichment and Camps
4-H offers over 450 curriculum and learning resources that are research-based, peer-reviewed, hands-on fun for after school, home school, school enrichment, day camps, and more. We’d love to talk with you about content delivery options for your program.
Visit the 4-H Curriculum and Resources Webpage.
Adults 18+ can apply to volunteer with us
How to Connect with Us!
We warmly welcome you to Island 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.
4-H Office | WSU Extension, Island County
406 North Main Street, Coupeville, WA 98239
Ashley Hall, 4-H Faculty
Voice and Text: (425) 521-0357| firstname.lastname@example.org
4-H Main Line
(360)639-6064/ or email Island.4h@WSU.edu
Island County Office Main Line
4-H Council Support
All Island County 4-H clubs are supported by the 4-H Council, a body of volunteers that provides direction, awards, grants, and other resources for Island County 4-H. You can find more information and Island County 4-H Council Scholarship Applications here. https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/2065/2021/09/4-H-Scholarship-Assistance-Form-.pdf
4-H History and Partners
4-H is the youth development education program of Washington State University Extension (website), which is conducted jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (website), your state land grant university (WSU (website))and your Island County Government. Today 4-H is everywhere–in cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural communities. 4-H is the largest youth development organization in the nation. The United States has more than 6 million members and 600,000 leaders. Around the world, 4-H type clubs now exist in at least 82 countries. In the 21st century, 4-H serves a broad clientele with expanded program focus using a variety of ways to deliver its effective “learn by doing” approach.
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.
4-H youth development education creates supportive environments for all youth and families to reach their fullest potential. This will be accomplished through a systemic approach of foundation and mission driven science to meet our goals.
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.
- 4-H reporting, including statistics and financial reports
- Strategic planning, goals, budgets, etc.