What is 4-H?
4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5-18. Youth are involved in hands-on experiential learning that allows by doing. 4-H is best identified by its green four-leaf clover with an H on each leaf. The four H’s on the emblem stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. All 4-H programs focus on active involvement and quality experiences which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills.
More information about Colorado State 4-H can be found at www.co4h.colostate.edu.
Contact Grand County 4-H at (970)724-3436.
Why should I be interested in 4-H?
You get to “Learn by Doing” and meet new friends that share your interests. You can participate in projects where you make something, develop a skill, raise and/or train an animal, join a virtual club with youth from anywhere in the world! There are numerous projects available to you, including foods, clothing, shooting sports, models, aerospace, wood science and livestock.
You begin by reading and researching your interests. You can select one or more projects, and receive a project manual, which guides you through the activities. These projects are geared to your age and abilities. You, as a 4-H member, decide what you want to learn and do as you explore your project. This allows you to move at your own pace, and gives you important skills in setting and working toward goals.
Clubs generally meet once a month on a regular schedule, which is determined by the members of the club. During meetings you learn how to accomplish the goals of your projects, how to run a business meeting, and how to do demonstrations about your projects. The clubs may plan recreational activities, community service projects, fundraisers and field trips.
Regular 4-H members are ages 8-18, but youth ages 5-7 may be active in our 4-H clubs as a Cloverbud member. We connect Cloverbud members with local clubs that they will work with in the future. There are also planned activities on a county level to expose Cloverbuds to different 4-H project opportunities.
How do I sign up?
4-H enrollment is done entirely through 4honline.com. However, there are a few things you’ll want to decide first.
1) What club will your family enroll in? There are currently eight clubs in Grand County, and you’ll need to choose one from the list below. Feel free to call any of the leaders on the list to discuss meeting times, locations, club requirements, etc. Any project may be taken under any club, so you will only need to select one club for your family.
2) Which project(s) is your child interested in? There is a complete list of projects available at the state level below. However, if your child has an interest in a topic not on the list, just ask us! Members can take as many projects as they’d like, but it’s a good idea to ease into it the first year. We recommend no more than two projects in the first year.
3) Are you able to commit to the completion requirements? In order to “complete” a project, a member must meet the requirements of both the county and the club they’re enrolled in. County requirements are as follows: a) Attend six club meetings b) perform at least one demonstration c) exhibit each project (usually at the county fair) d) complete a record book for each project e) complete a community service project. A club may have additional requirements, such as a fundraiser or attendance at another event, so it’s a good idea to ask the club leader what they require. Once you’ve decided these things, go ahead and get started with your registration. If you need help selecting a club or would like more information on projects, contact us.
4-H Calendar & Newsletters
The Middle Park 4-H Council is the youth-led governing body of the Middle Park 4-H clubs. The Council makes decisions regarding county 4-H policies and procedures that influence all Middle Park 4-H members. All members are welcome to attend the meetings, which are held the first Monday of each month (unless it falls on a holiday, in which case we will send a notification via email) at 7:00pm at the Hot Sulphur Springs Town Hall.
Council is led by the following slate of officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Reporter, Parliamentarian, and Pledge Leader. There are also two Senators and an Alternate Senator that represent Grand County at district and state 4-H meetings. All of these are elected positions. Council also has two adviser positions, which are elected for a two year rotating term, so that each year there is only one new adviser. More information on officer and adviser roles can be found in the By-Laws below.
4-H Council can also provide financial assistance to those wishing to attend 4-H leadership conferences. See the Trip Assistance Form or the Middle Park 4-H Policies for details on requirements.
Adults – Become a 4-H Volunteer!
You do not need to be an expert in any field, you just need to be willing to share your time and experience in helping youth as a positive mentor and role model. Adult Volunteer Leaders help coordinate meetings, programs, and events. They assist youth with projects, record keeping, and more. Have a favorite hobby? You can help a 4-H member learn a new skill. The 4-H program could not exist without the support of Adult Volunteers by the millions, around the world.
CSU Extension and Middle Park 4-H offer opportunities for schools to enrich their curriculum at little or sometimes no cost with our School Enrichment program. We will come into the classroom and do the activities with the class, or we can send a kit teachers can do the activities themselves. Some examples of popular programs are: Embryology, Hairy Heads, Bug Breakthrough, and Pickwick Planting. For more information on what we have to offer call (970)724-3436. Teachers and administrators can download our order form below.
Special Programs & Events
CSU Extension and Middle Park 4-H offer many special events, including a summer program series featuring fun programs like cake decorating, fishing, ceramics, outdoor adventure, sewing, swim lessons, and much more. Please check the list below for our current upcoming events.