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

Palo Alto County 4-H

About 4-H

 4-H is a community of 6 million young people across the world who are learning how to live healthily, be leaders, become engaged in their communities, and use science and technology to make good decisions for their future and their communities’ future.

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.

Vision: Preparing Iowa’s youth to be successful, contributing members of society.

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


Enrolling in 4-H

All counties are using online enrollment through 4HOnline for families and club members. 

If you have questions about the online 4-H enrollment process, please contact Isabel at 712-852-2865 or

When you are ready to enroll, re-enroll or identify livestock, go to 4HOnline (Iowa login)

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Connect with Palo Alto County 4-H

To stay up-to-date with the latest Palo Alto County 4-H news:


More Information

For more information, contact Julie at 712-852-2865 or email  

Palo Alto County 4-H Clubs

Emmetsburg Area

Leaders: Melissa Haukap, Marilee Lace  

West Bend Area

Leaders: Martha Hoffman, Amy VanWyhe, Dixie Marcellus, Carrie Frerk

Graettinger Area

Leaders: Michele & Joey Moen, Kyle & Tammy Krieger, Bryon Hoffman, Katie Caneff

Ruthven Area

Leaders: Lisa Reiman, Stephanie Fay

Emmetsburg/Cylinder Area

Leaders:  Bert Naig, Dave Bolte, Dave Loomis, Tony Elbert, Kim Williams

Countywide Area

Dog Project Club 

Leader: Kathy Launderville

Cantering 4-Hers - Horse Project Club


*These clubs just meet during the summer with weekly practices to prepare for showing at the fair.