4-H & Youth

Iowa 4-H Youth Development is the premier youth development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Providing research-based education to K-12 youth, Iowa 4-H focuses on Healthy Living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Leadership and Civic Engagement, and Communication and the Arts. Iowa 4-H builds upon more than a century of experience in positive youth development partnering with youth to help them find their passion. For more information, please visit the Iowa 4-H website.

 4-H positive youth development programming provides opportunities for young people to become competent, caring, contributing, confident and connected citizens with character.  Youth camps, trips and scholarships are also available.

Our typical enrollment period is from September 1 through May 1.  Look below to find out how you can get enrolled so you may fully participate!

4-H is a program offered for youth in the 4th through the 12th grades.  There is a separate Clover Kids program for children in 1st through 3rd grades. 

Join 4-H

Here are the steps to Join 4-H!  

1. Pick A Club

There are 13 4-H clubs in Boone county.  You may choose from based on location, age or special interest.  If club leader information is not available on the list of clubs, 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 and special club rules.

2.  Enrollment

4-H enrollment is online.  Instructions to enroll.  There is also an annual program fee.  The Program Development Fee will be $25/member this year if enrolled by December 31st.  On January 1st, the Program Development Fee goes up to $45.    The reduced PDF comes from 4-H Foodstand proceeds.    This fee helps to support the county & state 4-H program. If you feel that this fee would constitute an undue financial burden, financial assistance is available through the Iowa 4-H Foundation. 

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 out the 4-H Projects Website.   Check out our New Member Guide  to discover more about the Boone County 4-H Program.

 Volunteer opportunities are available for adults too.  We have many different roles with various time commitments, we are sure to have one that will match up with your interest and availability.

If you have any questions about the Boone County 4-H Program or 4-H in general, please contact:

  • Natalie Hedlund, Boone County 4-H Youth Coordinator at 432-3882 or natm@iastate.edu