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Thurston County 4-H

Program Contact: Emily Killeen, 4-H Program Coordinator
(360) 867-2157 •

What is 4-H?

4-H is America’s largest youth development organization — empowering nearly six million young people across the U.S. with the skills to lead for a lifetime. We believe in the power of young people; that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. It’s our goal to empower kids with the skills to lead for a lifetime through a program that is proven to grow true leaders with life skills like confidence, compassion, and resilience.

4-H grows caring, competent, capable youth, equipping them with the life skills they need to thrive, succeed, and make a positive difference in their world.

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.

Learn more at the National 4-H website.

Who can join?

Any child age 5 through 18 as of October 1 of the current 4-H year, can join and 4-H is open to all children, youth and teens. WSU Extension programs, employment, and volunteer service are available to all without discrimination. (WSU Executive Policy #15)

4-H Age is determined by October 1 the beginning of the 4-H year. New members can join at any time.

                   Cloverbuds are 5-7 years of age
                   Juniors are 8-10
                   Intermediates are 11-13
                   Seniors are 14- less than 19

What will I do?

Members “learn by doing.” Through hands-on learning experiences, members with guidance and mentoring from adult volunteers, learn skills that will last a lifetime. 4-H is the youth development organization of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA.

4-H clubs explore projects and curriculum, carry out service projects, and hold events and activities that interest their members. Here’s a list of the available projects.

4-H out-of-school programs focus on healthy living, science and technology, life skill development, and fun and games.
4-H teen activities focus on citizenship, service and leadership development.

Who provides 4-H leadership?

WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program Certified Volunteers have completed the WSU Extension 4-H Volunteer screening process and are officially designated as representatives and leaders of the 4-H program. They supervise and direct 4-H programs and projects.

How do I sign up?

Youth enrollment is completed online at 4-H Online BUT only after connecting with a club leader. For a list of 4-H clubs accepting new members, the projects each club offers, and leader contact information, go to 2023-24 Thurston County Clubs. Questions? Contact the Thurston County 4-H Office at 360-867-2157 or

Support 4-H

Donations support the 4-H program at the club, county, state and national levels. To make an online donation to Thurston County 4-H go to WSU Foundation.

WSU Thurston County Extension & 4-H Office Hours:

The WSU Extension Office is open to the public Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contact us at:
3054 Carpenter Rd SE
Olympia, WA 98503
phone: (360) 867-2157