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Information for New 4-H Families!



We are excited that you are interested in joining 4-H in Washington County! You will find as you get connected that there is a lot going on and many of ways to get involved. It is our hope that the 4-H community will be a positive one for you and your family. At Washington County 4-H, we are committed to using experiential education methods to develop a passion for lifelong learning! Our program is for youth grades Kindergarten through one year past high school. The primary way that youth get involved in our programs is through community clubs.

Here are the steps to get started in 4-H.


Fill out a New Family Inquiry Form

Please take a few moments to fill out the New Family inquiry form. This information will help staff best answer your 4-H questions and get your connect with programs that fit the needs and interests of your child(ren). Upon completing the form staff will reach out to you with more information about 4-H as soon as they can.

Link to New Family Inquiry Form!



Find a club!
Take a look at our club map to find out where a community club meets near you then read the bios for some of 4-H Clubs to find a club that is a good fit for you. Once you find a club that might be a good fit call the contact person listed on the map and ask them specifics about where and when the club meets. They can also tell you how many kids are enrolled, the age range, what the interests of the members are and how the club is organized. Community clubs meet about once a month and each family is required to be a part of a club experience for their first two years of 4-H.


Or start your own community 4-H club!

You can also start your own community 4-H club. A 4-H club can be any group of youth and families that contain at least 6 youth from 3 families that come together to learn and lead at least 6 times a year. If you are interested in starting your own club please let 4-H staff know.


4-H Enrollment!

Sept 15th- May 15th for 2018-2019 Program Year
Once you find a club that is a good fit for you and your family you will need to enroll in 4-H. Every 4-H member needs to be enrolled into 4-H Online. 4-H Online enrollment here! We do have paper-based enrollment if needed. Being enrolled allows for families to receive critical information and program updates.

When you enroll you will be asked to pick a club and enroll in projects. Members will need to enroll in at least one project but we encourage youth to enroll in any project that they might be interested in that way your family will receive information about that project area.

Once you enroll in 4-H you will need to send in membership dues, $45 per child. The dues can be paid by either check or cash and mailed or dropped off to our office (We DO NOT have online payment). If you write a check please include the name of your child(ren) and the club they are enrolled in on the memo line. We do have scholarships available if need be.

Our address:
U of M Extension
Washington County
14949 62nd St N
Stillwater MN 55082


Get involved in Programs and Projects!

Throughout the year there will be plenty of opportunities for you to explore different projects areas at the county level outside 4-H clubs including livestock, STEM, performing arts, food and nutrition, gardening, and more! These programs can be short-term, long-term, half day or full day events. Pick and choose programs based on your schedule and interests.

You can also engage in self-guided project-based learning around any project area in 4-H independently.

Events and programs will be posted on our website and included in the monthly Clover Update that comes out each month. Short-term enrollment is available as well in case you are just interested in attending a specific program or event.

Check out the Washington County 4-H Program Catalog to learn more about the specific programs in Washington County. 


Learn more about 4-H: Check out the following videos to learn more about 4-H!


Mark your calendars for New 4-H Family Orientation dates!

All families are invited to come learn more about 4-H at our one of our New Family Orientations! Dates for 2019 are Tuesday January 15th, Tuesday February 12th, or Thursday March 7th. Orientations start at 6:30 and are held at the Washington County Gov’t Center in Stillwater.



Have questions?
Reach out to our office at 651-430-6800 with questions or concerns about 4-H!