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

Are you in grades 4-12 and are interested in joining 4-H? 

Marion County has 12 active 4-H clubs throughout the county.  You are invited to join any club, anytime of the year.  Check out the list of Marion County 4-H Clubs and leader information as well as club meeting times!

Grades K-3rd can join Clover Kids. We have three active Clover Kids groups in Marion County which are all listed in the Marion County 4-H Clubs and Leader Information. 

How to re-enroll in Marion County 4-H

How to join Marion County 4-H

  • Find a club that best fits your needs.
  • Contact the club leader and let them know you are interested in attending a club meeting. Ask the leader what the club does throughout the year. Ex. Community Service Projects, Activities, Club Outings, Basketball Tournament, etc...
  • Attend the next 4-H club meeting.  Parents are welcome to stay for the meetings. 
  • To enroll, please go to and follow the NEW FAMILY directions. Please turn in your $40 enrollment fee ($10 for clove kids)  to the Marion County Extension Office, or pay online at the end of enrolling. 
  • When filling out the Enrollment Form make sure you enroll in project areas.  Project areas are topics that you are interested in learning about and possibly creating an exhibit as an outgrowth of your learning.  Ex. Project Area: Food & Nutrition, Exhibit: Chocolate Chip Cookies.  You will find a list of project areas on the back of the enrollment form.
  • After you are enrolled you will receive a Marion County 4-H Newsletter in the mail each month as well as other informational mailings.  Make sure you read your newsletter, it will keep you up to date on county wide information and events.
  • Continue going to club meetings each month and participate in club, county, and state events. Here are a few examples of events & activities:
    • Club Events: Community Service Projects, Project Workshops, Club Outings, and much more.
    • County Events: Basketball Tournament, Project Workshops, Recognition Program, Camping Trip, Junior Fun Night, and much more.
    • Area/State Events: Intermediate Trip (Chicago, Kansas City, Minnesota, Omaha, or St. Louis), Senior Trip to Washington D.C., State 4-H & Youth Conference, Area/State Recognition, Iowa State Fair, and much more.

Special Interest Groups

Bullets and Bows 4-H Club
4-H Shooting Sports

Organizational Leader: Andy Shives - 641-891-3477
Project Leaders: Ryan Hardman, Todd Rawlings, Doug Vander Hart, Barry Sullivan, David Young 

The Bullets & Bows 4-H Club will be meeting on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at the Marion County Sportsman's Club and the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Knoxville Indoor Archery Range.  The schedule will be:

  • 1st Thursday
    • Shotgun (Youth must be 11 years old to participate in this discipline)
  • 2nd Tuesday
    • Archery
  • 3rd Thursday
    • Rifle
    • Muzzleloader (Youth must be 12 years old to participate in this discipline)
First Tech Challenge
First Tech Challenge

Leader: Ethan Book 
First Tech Challenge 

Junior Master Gardener
Junior Master Gardener

Marion County Junior Master Gardener

County Council

Future Meeting Dates:
For the 2023-2024 4-H year, County Council meetings will be held at the Extension Office on the 4th Sunday of the month at 4pm. 

County Council Attendance Policy
A County Council member may have 3 excused absences OR 2 unexcused absences. Once a member has reached the excused or unexcused limit they will no longer be an active County Council member.

County Council Member Description

- These are due October 2nd to the Extension Office. 

Marion County 4-H Clubs & Leader information

Janet Ritchie,641-891-2397 or Kelly Shives- 641-891-3348
First Monday of the month @ 7:00 pm
Marion County Extension Office

Dan Sytsma- 641-204-1756
First Tuesday of the month @ 7:00 pm

Patti Vander Hart , 641-891-3797
Third Wednesday of the month  @ 6:00 pm
Marion County Extension Office

HOP ‘N HURRY (Bussey)
Kelly Decious, 641-780-8041
Last Thursday of the month  @ 7:00 pm
Marion County Extension Office 

JUST US (Pleasantville)
Phil Martinl- 641-780-2071
Third Sunday of the month @ 4:00 pm
Pleasantville Library

Lora Mattson- 641-891-6725
Last Tuesday of the month @ 6:30 pm

OUR UNION (Pleasantville)
Renae Schumacher- 641-842-3670
2nd Sunday of the month- 7:00 pm                                       

Christ Family Church 

Sandy Luke- 641-891-2695                             

2nd Wednesday of the month @ 1:30pm           

 Marion County Extension Office

Laura Dykstra 641-780-8210
Second Monday of the month @ 7:00 pm
Third Reformed Church

SAINT PRIDE (Melcher-Dallas)
Tina Schneider, 641-891-9426
Second Sunday of the month @ 5:30 pm

Cox's Shed

3-L’s (Knoxville)
Bill & Kitty Shepherd, 842-6234
Second Sunday of the month  @ 2:00 pm
Marion County Extension Office  

 Geneva Harrison, 641-842-5585 or Amy Vroegh -641-891-0187
Second Monday of the month @ 7:00 pm
Marion County Extension Office 

The Showstoppers (Knoxville)
Jim Petersen, 641-891-7490 
Second Sunday of the month @ 6:00 pm
Marion County Extension Office

BULLETS & BOWS (County Wide)
Andy Shives 641-891-3477
First & Third Thursdays of the mo. @ 6:30 pm
Marion County Sportsman’s Club