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!
Here are the steps to get started in 4-H
1. 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.
2. Enroll online and pay your club fee!
Once you find a club that is a good fit for you and your family you will need to enroll in 4-H. Enrollment begins September 15th. Every 4-H member needs to be enrolled into 4-H Online. We do have paper-based enrollment if needed. Being enrolled allows for families to receive critical information and program updates. You will also need to pay a $45 club fee to the Extension Office. We do have scholarships available if needed. 4-H Online enrollment here!
3. Get involved in projects and programs!
Throughout the year there will be plenty of opportunities for you to explore different topic areas at the county level outside your 4-H club including livestock, STEM, performing arts, food and nutrition, and more! Events and programs will be posted on our website and included in the Clover Update that comes out each month.
4. Join the New Family 4-H Club!
The Washington County 4-H First Year Family Club is a great opportunity for 4-H’ers and adults to meet 4-H staff, meet other new families, and learn what 4-H has to offer through hands-on activities.
Our next meeting will take place at Hooley Hall on the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 27th. We will talk again about 4-H projects and start to talk about the County Fair experience.
Reach out to Alyssa Kruzel, 4-H program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-430-6807 with questions or concerns about 4-H!
Did you know that Washington County 4-H has New Family Mentorship program?
The New Family Mentorship program connects new families with current 4-H families to help them navigate their first year in 4-H. Contact Alyssa Kruzel, 4-H Program Coordinator, if you have any questions or are interested in the program.