Join 4-H

Our typical enrollment period is from September 15th through May 15th.  Find out how you can get enrolled so you may fully participate!  Click here for more information about 4-H! 

4-H is a program offered for youth in the 4th through the 12th grades.  There is a seperate "Clover Kids"  program for children K-3 .  Click here for more information.
Step 1:: Pick a club.
You may choose a club based on location, age, or special interest.  To see a map of 4-H clubs in Polk County click
Here.  If club leader information is not available from the club map, please contact the County Youth Coordinator .  We are happy to assist you in contacting a club leader.  It is important that you make contact with the club leaders, as they can give you specific information about the club such as meeting times, special club rules, and whether they are already at full membership.

Step 2Register


The 4-H Online database is the method for Online Registration.  The Database tells the club leader and the extension office who you are, where you live, and what your project interests are.  There is also an annual program fee of $30 to enroll in 4-H. Currently we don't have the ability to accept payment on-line. This fee helps to support the county state 4-H program.  If you feel that this fee would constitute and undue financial burden, finanacial aid is available from the Iowa 4-H Foundation by visiting their website at


Step 3: Learn about 4-H
You should spend some time familiarizing yourself with the 4-H program.  Look for a project in your interest areas by checking in the Pick-Your-Adventure Guide.  Orient yourself to 4-H with our "How to" Guide for 4-H Families, or consider attending one of our regularly scheduled "New Family" Workshops.  Check our Calendar for more information about the next workshop date and topic.
If you have questions please feel free to contact your County Youth Coordinator



Interested in becoming a 4-H Volunteer?  Click Here!


County 4-H News

June 29, 2015

“Joyfully moving with our head and hands for our heart and health.”
1st Annual Clover Dash 5K held July 25, 2015 at the Iowa State Fairground.
All proceeds go to Polk County 4-H in Memory of Joy Niklasen, Former Polk County Youth Coordinator.

June 2, 2015

Teen Line and Online Chat Give Iowa Teens a Safe Place to Get Their Questions Answered

May 29, 2015

ISU Extension and Outreach Offers “Preserve the Taste of Summer” Online Classes and Hands-on Workshops

May 29, 2015

“Cook This!” is part of 4-H healthy living education from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. In 2014 youth came to the Iowa State University campus for this culinary challenge.

May 27, 2015

Iowa youth will be preparing and tasting ethnic cuisines during the healthy living track of the state 4-H “And My World” camping experience June 21-25 at the Iowa 4-H Center.

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