Join 4-H

Embark on an exhilarating journey with 4-H, a global program captivating the hearts of nearly 6 million young people! Youth can experience 4-H through school and community clubs, in-school and after-school programs, and 4-H camps. 4-H programming focuses on the following program project areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication and the Arts, Healthy Living, Leadership and Civic Engagement, and STEM. 4-H welcomes youth from various backgrounds and passions in grades K-12 - Clover Kids (grades K-3) and 4-H Clubs (grades 4-12).

Enrolling in your county's 4-H program may involve an enrollment fee. Please contact your local County Extension Office to find out more. Financial assistance for individual enrollment fees is available through the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

Ready to start your 4-H adventure? Fill out our interest form below or contact your local County Extension Office to learn more about the endless 4-H opportunities.

Interest Form

What is 4-H?

4-H is the youth development outreach of  the Land Grant Universities, the Cooperative Extension System, and USDA. It is made up  of a community of young people across America who are learning life skills and are supported in this developmental process by caring adult leaders. 4-H’ers are actively involved in educational projects that are fun and that use quality curriculum incorporating the most current research and knowledge available through the Land Grant University system.

4-H youth

  • Have fun
  • Meet new people
  • Learn and do new things
  • Gain life skills
  • Build self-confidence
  • Practice responsibility
  • Set and achieve goals
  • Receive recognition for their efforts and accomplishments

Clover Kids (K-3rd grades)

  • Focus on doing
  • Is non-competitive
  • Teaches life skills for grades K-3
  • Small groups

Traditional 4-H clubs (4th-12th grades)

  • Focus on goal setting and working towards goals
  • Participants keep records of their progress towards goals
  • Teaches life skills for grades 4th-12th
  • Larger on-going groups

Clayton County 4-H Member Handbook 22


4-H Online Information for Families & Leaders

4-H members/families are encouraged to use the 4-H online system to re-enroll each year.