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Information For New Families!

 

Thank you for your interest in joining 4-H in Hennepin County! You will find as you get connected that there is a lot going on and many ways to get involved. In Hennepin County 4-H we are committed to using experiential education methods to develop a passion for lifelong learning!

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

1. Connect with your Hennepin County 4-H Program Coordinators!
We are so looking forward to meeting you and your family! Please take a few moments to fill out the Hennepin County 4-H 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.

2. Find a club!
Take a look at our Urban 4-H Club Map or our Hennepin County 4-H Program Catalog to find out where a club meets near you and feels like a good fit for you. From there, you are welcome to browse through our many 4-H Clubs across Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. You can find out if a club is accepting new members, the age range of young people, what the interests of the members are, and how the club is organized.
If you find a club that interests you, you’re encouraged to make contact with the club leader! Introduce yourself and your family, ask questions, and make arrangements to attend an upcoming meeting. It may take a visit (or two) to various clubs to find one that is the best fit. And the good news is, you can be in more than one club!

3. Enroll your child(ren) in 4-H Online!
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. Once you’ve found a club, you’re required to enroll your family in 4-H. This can be done online through our database, 4-H Online, or through 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. Then, your family will receive information about that project area.

Once you enroll in 4-H you will need to send in membership dues, $15 per child per year. The dues can be paid by either check or cash and mailed or dropped off to our office (NO 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.

Submit your 4-H Enrollment forms to:
4-H Program Coordinators, U of M Extension Services, Hennepin County
479 Prairie Center Dr, Ste 2
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

4. Get involved in more 4-H Programs and Projects!
Throughout the year there will be plenty of opportunities for you to explore different topic areas at the county level outside 4-H clubs! 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 Hennepin County 4-H Program Catalog to learn more about the specific programs and events in our County.

5. Reach out!
Still have questions? Want to learn more? Reach out to Amy Hughes or Katherine Nguyen with questions about 4-H!
In the meantime, check out the following videos to learn more about 4-H!

What is Minnesota 4-H?
What is a 4-H Club?
What is a 4-H project?
What is a 4-H Cloverbud?

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