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

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Icon with the 4-H's of 4-H: Head, Heart, Hands, Health

4-H reaches almost 6 million young people worldwide. 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: 

  1. Agriculture and Natural Resources
  2. Healthy Living 
  3. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) 
  4. Leadership and Civic Engagement 
  5. Communication and the Arts 
Youth on stage holding boxes that read "Join 4-H"

4-H youth work and learn in partnership with caring adults to reach their full potential. Membership in a 4-H club provides youth opportunities to develop skills and meaningful relationships they will carry with them throughout their lives. 4-H prepares youth to solve problems and encourages them to create new and creative ideas that can help create a better world.

Winneshiek County welcomes youth from various backgrounds and interests. Youth ranging from K-12 can get involved in 4-H activities. The following age groups can participate in the 4-H groups below:

  • Clover Kids (grades K-3)
  • 4-H Clubs (grades 4-12)
4-H youth holding pillowcases they sewed at a workshop.

Find more information here:

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4-H Brochure (5.62 MB)

Ready to start your 4-H adventure? Follow these easy steps below to get started:

1. Fill out our interest form below or contact Winneshiek County Extension at winneshiek4h@iastate.edu or (563) 382-2949 to learn more about our 4-H program!

Interest Form

2. Register through 4-H Online (see link below)

4-H Online

4HOnline Enrollment Guide

  • 4-H is the largest youth development organization
  • A research study conducted by the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University found that 4-H'ers are...
    • 4x more likely to contribute to their community 
    • 2x more likely to be civically active
    • 2x more likely to participate in science programs during out-of-school time
    • 2x more likely to make healthier choices.
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4-H Grows Here and the 4-H Clover
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Burr Oak

  • Burr Oak Blazing Builders

Calmar

  • South County Innovators

Castalia

  • Bloomfield

Decorah

  • Decorah Chiefs
  • Glenwood 4-H
  • Madison 4-H
  • Washington Prairie Peppers

Fort Atkinson

  • Turkey Valley Clovers

Hesper

  • Hesper Helpers

Ossian

  • Co-Champions

Ridgeway

  • Lincoln Leaders

Spillville

  • Prairie Shooting Stars

Volunteer with Winneshiek County 4-H

Over 10,000 volunteers guide Iowa 4-H members in becoming productive citizens, outstanding communicators, effective leaders, and successful learners.  But what volunteers give is just as important as what they get back!

Volunteer Opportunities

4-H Club Leader

Club leaders provide overall leadership to club or group organizations, overseeing the structure and operation and serving as the club's contact with Extension staff and other 4-H volunteers.  They help 4-H club members grow and reach their fullest potential by supporting them to conduct meaningful, educational experiences.

4-H Judge

4-H judges support learning and growth opportunities for youth through the project judging experience at local county fairs. It allows adults to share their expertise with 4-H youth by judging projects that interest them.  Visit the following link for more information: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/iowa-4-h-judges

County 4-H Volunteer

There are many ways to support the 4-H program at the county level. Volunteers are needed to give guidance to policy and priority setting and to conduct county and regional programs and activities. Contact us to learn more about 4-H volunteer opportunities in your county.

 

4-H Volunteers posing for a photo