Wonder how tap dancers do the paradiddle?
Curious how many eggs chickens lay?
Love horses but live in town?
Dream of inventing a robot to do your chores?
Curious how rabbits air-condition themselves?
Itching to learn about poison ivy?
Wonder how to become president?
Curious how bees make a buzz?
Dream about hitting a bulls-eye?
Thumb more brown than green?
Looking for an all-in-one activity?
Life’s little questions aren’t meant to be answered alone. Join 4-H where kids learn practical things like pet care, growing gardens or building things – and important values like responsibility.
Whether you’re in the city or boonies, join 4-H and we’ll tackle life’s little questions together.
What’s the point of 4-H?
Great kids are those that exemplify the four H’s, and our mission is to make that happen.
Head – Make sound decisions, set goals and stick with them, and have practical skills needed to lead a productive, fulfilling life.
Heart – Act with integrity and accountability, and help others become their best.
Hands – Put the needs of the community before their own while serving others.
Health – Actively take care of their minds and bodies.
How does 4-H work?
Join a club!
4-H clubs are groups of youth and volunteers who meet on a regular basis. This could be monthly or some other timeframe that works best for the group. Meetings give youth opportunities to share project work, plan community service activities, and practice running meetings. There are “sub-clubs” for individual projects, led by adults or teens within the club.
4-H runs programs in every Michigan county. Youth ages 5 to 19, from cities, suburbs, towns and rural settings participate as members. Adults age 19+ can join as volunteers.
To join a club, the participation fee per youth is $10 per year or $30 per family (with three or more youth). Some types of projects have additional costs for supplies, equipment, travel, etc.
Call your closest MSU Extension office by dialing toll-free 1-888-MSUE-4MI (1-888-678-3464) and entering the first five letters of your county’s name. Ask to speak with someone about joining 4-H. To locate a county office visit the MSU Extension county office list.
Ready to enroll in 4-H? Enrollment is handled online through the 4-H Online system. To utilize 4-H Online, you need a computer, internet access, a valid e-mail address and a web browser. If you need assistance accessing the internet, please contact your county MSU Extension office. For more information on using 4-H Online, access the 4-H Online Family Guide and/or the 4-H Online Volunteer Guide.
Members choose from a range of projects, based on their interests and the availability of a knowledgeable adult in the community to serve as a mentor/leader. Through these projects, members set goals, learn the skills needed to achieve goals, and exhibit/demonstrate their skills at events like county fairs, speaking contests and other competitions. Visit “Programs” (http://4h.msue.msu.edu/programs) for a full list.