4 H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System. The fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, learn-by-doing experiences encourages youth to experiment, innovate, and think independently. Youth learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills through more than 1,000 projects with topics as varied as rocketry, GPS mapping, DNA analysis, public speaking, photography, nutrition, and community service.
Cloverbuds are aged 5-8 (as of January 1 of the current year) and in Kindergarten through grade 2. 4-H members are aged 8-18 and in at least third grade (as of January 1 of the current year).
Five or more children along with their parents and/or other volunteer adults form a 4-H club. Parents and/or other adults teach projects that club members choose at club meetings, usually held once a month.
Individual members are 4-H members or Cloverbuds who do not have a club affiliation. They work on projects of their choice at their own pace, with parental or adult assistance.
4-H allows youth to have fun, meet new people, build self-confidence, learn life skills, gain responsibility, and set and achieve goals! Youth learn by doing and can display their projects at the Niagara County Fair each year. 4-H has endless possibilities for projects from which to choose. You’ll never be bored in 4-H!
Yearly enrollment fee is $20 per child (family maximum of $60), 4-H’ers re-enrolling must enroll before November 30. No participation fee for leaders (or adult volunteers).
Whatever you choose for your child. A 4-H club is something you do with your child. Parents play an active role as project leaders. Clubs generally meet once a month for about two hours each meeting. Children who want a broader experience can opt to be involved in a county wide program.
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Last updated September 26, 2019