About the Polk County 4-H Program

4-H...more than you ever imagined.

4-H...is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

4-H is the youth education program of OSU Extension Service. Its mission is to develop youth and adult potential to improve communities through learning to live, learning to make a living, strengthening families and communities, becoming lifelong learners, developing leadership, and using research-based knowledge and the land grant university system.

Our most popular program for youth is the 4-H Club experience. Youth ages 5 to 18 can join a club in a wide variety of project areas.

4-H Members and Participants

4-H members are youth in grades 4 through 12 who learn together in club settings led by volunteer 4-H leaders. Club members meet all year long to complete one of 40 or more projects. 4-H clubs usually have officers elected from their membership.

Some youth participate in 4-H school enrichment programs or other short-term special-interest programs. These short-term programs may be led by volunteers or teachers. Most programs focus on science-based curricula that support the latest educational goals for Oregon students.

Youth in grades K-3 may enroll in 4-H Cloverbud programs