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Join 4-H

Program Contact: Debbie Williams
509-524-2685 •

How to Join 4-H – 3 Easy Steps:


1.) Decide on a Project:

There are numerous different project opportunities for 4-H members.
Find the list of projects here.

2.) Find a Club:

Find a club that offers a project in which you are interested.  This can be done by contacting a current Club Leader (if you know any).

Or contact the WSU Walla Walla County Extension Office by completing the member and/or leader form below or calling 509-524-2685.

All enrollments are subject to the availability of adult volunteer leaders or clubs.               

Member Interest Form Volunteer/Leader Interest Form

3.) Get involved and HAVE FUN!

Once you have had contact with a club leader and know which club you will join, complete the 4-H Online Registration at:  4honline Member Database

The following resource documents are useful tools that help walk you through the enrollment process.

4-H License Plate

Want to show support for 4-H wherever you go? You can purchase a 4-H license plate for your vehicle! $28 of each license fee goes to support 4-H in Washington. Click here for more information: WA DOL

4-H license plate

Plates can be made with a custom message for a personal touch!



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.
  • 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 at least 11 years old 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 9 yrs old 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 youth members, who wish to exhibit or participate in 4-H during the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days, is March 15.  A youth member must be enrolled by March 15 in each project they wish to exhibit at the Walla Walla Fair.

Continuing youth members are required to re-enroll each year.  Re-enrollment occurs in October of every year and a returning youth member 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, in one or more clubs, 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 at or call 509-524-2685.  All enrollments are subject to the availability of adult volunteer leaders or clubs.