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Why Sign-Up for 4-H?

Larimer County CSU Extension is home to one of the largest 4-H programs in Colorado. Youth participate in fun, hands-on learning activities supported by the latest research-based curriculum from Colorado State University.

Participation in 4-H assists youth develop:

  • Leadership
  • Responsibility
  • Citizenship
  • Life skills

How much does it cost?

Enrollment fees are $50. Scholarships are available.

This covers the manual and other costs associated with 4-H.

Are there other expenses?

Some projects require the youth to have access to additional materials. For example, Livestock projects require youth to care for an animal that they purchase or lease. You may already have many or even all of the materials needed.

We are working on updating project pages so you know additional materials are needed. If your child sees a project they are interested in, please feel free to contact Katie Daywalker at daywalka@co.larimer.co.us to ask what materials are needed and extra costs there will be.

Who Can Join?

Membership to 4-H is open to any youth who are age 8 – 18 by December 31st.

Children ages 5 – 7 can join the 4-H Cloverbud program, which is designed specifically for these ages.

New members must enroll by March 15th.

How do I start?

  • Pick your project(s). You can enroll in up to 5 projects for the $50 fee.
  • Pick Your Club. Your club will be the group you regularly meet with. Clubs are lead by local volunteers who have been specially trained.

What Projects Can I Choose From?

List of Larimer County 4-H Projects (Opens in New Tab)

Look through the many projects Larimer County offers. You may choose one or more projects. Projects are fun to do alone and/or with your friends. Think about:

  • An interest you’d like to explore
  • A hobby you’d like to learn more about
  • A topic of interest shared by you and your family
  • Something that is fun for you
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Three 4-H members stand holding their prize ribbons

How Do I Pick a 4-H Club?

Consider the following and your family’s needs when selecting a club to join:

  • Location, Day, & Time the club meets
  • Does the club have support for at least some of the project areas you are interested in?
  • The club culture, size, and expectations. Each club is unique depending on the club leader, families involved, most popular projects among club members, the size of the club, etc.

To get started, review the club directory & identify 2-3 clubs that are accepting new members & match your family’s needs as far as day, time, and location of meetings, and what projects are most strongly supported.

Contact those club leaders, ask questions about the club, and ask to join a meeting to observe. We recommend observing at least 2 different club meetings before you choose a club. After you do so, select the club you would like to join & let the club leader know. They will be a great support to you moving forward.


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