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

December 10, 2014

Polk County 4-H & American Patchwork & Quilting are joining forces to host a One Million Pillowcase Challenge. 4-H members, families & those not in 4-H are encouraged to attend this free event! Every attendee will sew a pillowcase; all materials are provided. Each pillowcase is donated to a local charity.

November 25, 2014

Do you have poultry or do you have an interest in poultry? Would you like to learn more about the project area and what it all requires well here is your chance. The poultry superintendents will be hosting a workshop. Attending this workshop will fulfill your FSQA requirement for 2015.

October 3, 2014

Have you talked to your children about safety from predators recently? It's important to have ongoing dialogue with children throughout their school years.   

September 29, 2014

Albert Grunenwald has been named Executive Director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation by the organization’s governing board effective September 23, 2014. Grunenwald has more than 19 years of experience working with youth and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.  

July 3, 2014

The start of a new school year is the perfect time to revisit the subject of peer pressure with your children. Parents often hear "Everyone is going, all the kids sneak candy into the theatre and no one else has to be home by 11 p.m."  When kids are facing peer pressure, how should parents respond? Family life specialists offer suggestions in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

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