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

Why 4-H? 

4-H is for youth in grades 4th - 12th.

The Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program provides opportunities for youth to develop skills that they can use now and throughout their lives. Iowa 4-H builds upon a century of experience as it fosters positive youth development that is based on the needs and strengths of youth, their families, and communities.

Iowa 4-H follows the principles of experiential learning and draws on the knowledge base of Iowa State University and other institutions of higher education in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. The Iowa 4-H Program's vision and mission statements clearly view youth as partners working with caring adults, and as full participants in planning and working for individual and community change.


4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences.


Why Clover Kids?

Clover Kids is for youth grade Kindergarten - 3rd. The overall purpose of the Iowa 4-H Clover Kids program is to foster the development of life skills that are essential for the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical maturation of kindergarten through third graders by providing a unique, age-appropriate educational opportunity.

Join a Jefferson County 4-H or Clover Kid Club

  • Select a club of your choice. Reach out to club leaders to ask more about what their club does.
  • The fee for 4-H is $40, but is covered by the Jefferson County Extension Council for all members for 2023-2024.
  • The fee for Clover Kids is $5, but is covered by the Jefferson County Extension Council for all members for 2023-2024.
  • Enroll in 4-H, either online or by filling out the necessary paperwork:
  • Once you have enrolled you can pick up a New Member Binder at the Extension and Outreach building. It includes word and definitions of words you may here while in 4-H, important dates, and information.