Enter your login information (if you forget it, contact the office)
Click "Enroll for xxxx-xxxx Year"
Update any information as needed. Be sure to sign your code of conduct and health waiver
Choose/Confirm your club(s) and project(s)
Pay your fee in the office, by mail or on line and wait for activation
How Old Do I Have to Be to Join 4-H?
4-H is open to youth ages 5-19 (as of September 1st of the current year—no exceptions!)
Youth ages 5-8 are considered Cloverbuds
Youth aged 19 may enroll if they are still enrolled in school
Youth with documented developmental disabilities are eligible to enroll up until the age of 21
Volunteers must be at least 21 years old
Young adults ages 18-21 may choose to be Junior Volunteers with prior approval, and will always work alongside an Adult Volunteer
What Will I Do in 4-H?
4-H offers activities for every interest and every kid! While we do offer many livestock and horse clubs, we also have clubs that offer robotics, cooking, engineering, sewing, science, art, and so much more! You will get to learn activities that interest you, while also making friends and developing valuable life skills. 4-H also focuses on building leadership skills and serving the community, so every club has different opportunities to be involved in those ways. You may also want to participate in 4-H camps, the county fair, or take a trip to other states and countries. 4-H has lots of exciting leadership opportunities at the state and national level, and offers college scholarships and exchange programs, too!
How do I Find a Club?
Jackson County 4-H offers over 70 clubs and dozens of projects (activities)! Find the perfect club for your family using our handy Online Club Directory (coming soon). You can find clubs based on:
Day and Time of Meetings
Once you find a club you like, contact the club leader to let them know you're interested. They can tell you more and help you decide if it's the right club for your family.
How Do Clubs & Projects Work?
Most youth participate in 4-H by joining a local club. Jackson County has over 70 clubs to choose from, so you are sure to find one that's the perfect fit!
Clubs typically meet around once a month for 1-2 hours. Meetings follow an agenda, use the Parliamentary Procedure, and end with a fun educational activity. Parents are encouraged to participate in meetings alongside their children. Either elected youth leaders or adult volunteers run the meeting.
An activity that you learn about in 4-H is called a project. Projects can be anything from cooking to science to art to horses! Every club offers at least one project area.
In Jackson County, we have two types of clubs:
centered on a town or region
variety of projects and activities
emphasis on building community and exploring diverse interests
are usually larger with a wide age range
Single Project Clubs
centered on a specific project area
narrow focus on one or two projects
emphasis on developing specialized skills
tend to be smaller, might not be open to younger youth
If you're new to 4-H--or are a Cloverbud--we encourage you to find a community club in your area so you can try out many projects and find out what you like!
Can I Still Join if I Don't Live on a Farm?
Yes! While 4-H started out as an agricultural program, today it offers activities for kids in both rural and urban areas, interested in any number of activities. In fact, across the US, most 4-H members live in cities or suburbs and participate in non-livestock projects.
If you do want to participate in an animal project, though, and don't have land to home it, there are some options:
Use a friend's land/barn or rent
Join a small animal (such as rabbits, cavies, or poultry) or dog club instead
Ask a club leader if you can join the club and participate without raising the animal
How Do I Become a Volunteer or Leader?
Do you have what it takes to become a 4-H Volunteer? To apply, you will need to complete this 4-H volunteer leader application packet and follow the instructions to complete the necessary paperwork prior to attending the mandatory training session.
How Much Does 4-H Cost?
Member Enrollment Fees from October 1, 2020 - March 15, 2021.
Before January 31
After January 31 no late fee this yr.
Credit Card on line ( by March 15, 2021
Make Check Payable to: OSU Extension
Speak to your leader before paying at the office.
There may be additional costs associated with:
Certain projects (particularly animal projects)
Travel to events
Fair entry fees
Workshop and event registration fees
Do I Have to Live in Jackson County to Join?
Yes. Every county in Oregon has its own 4-H program, so if you live outside of Jackson County you should enroll in your county's 4-H program.
If you have extenuating circumstances, please contact Lena Hosking.
Are There Scholarships to Help Cover Costs for Low-Income Families?
Yes. Jackson County 4-H offers two forms of financial assistance to families facing financial hardship. The Jackson County 4-H Association is committed to having no financial barriers between youth and the 4-H Youth Development Program. Financial assistance is given at the discretion of the OSU Extension Service and/or Jackson County 4-H Association Board of Directors, and are subject to availability. All scholarships are on a first come, first served basis.
Activity Fee Assistance to provide financial assistance for 4-H related activity, registration, and/or transportation fees. If you receive this funding, you will be required to share your newly acquired skills and knowledge with other Jackson County 4-H members
Can I Try Out 4-H Before Joining?
Yes! Check out our Short Term Education Program (STEP) Classes to get a taste of the activities, people, and feel of 4-H before signing up. Classes are free or low-cost and open to everyone ages 5+. Please register in advance.
No. Many kids enjoy competing, demonstrating what they've learned, or just the excitement of being involved in a large event like the fair. However, we understand that for some youth competing in fair (or other contests) can be stressful, or be difficult due to scheduling or financial reasons. Some kids and families are also just not interested in competition, which is also just fine! Kids are also welcome to enter exhibits in the fair non-competitively as "displays," and can still support their fellow club-members at fair by volunteering for shifts in the barn or helping out in the exhibit hall.
If I Raise an Animal, Do I Have to Auction It?
No. While market livestock (swine, goat, lamb, beef, etc) projects are designed with the expectation that that 4-H member will want to auction their animal in the summer, it is not a strict requirement. Some kids, especially those who receive high ribbons and invest in their animals, earn modest profits from their prize animals, which is another incentive for some families. However, letting go of an animal you've raised can be challenging, so decide if you intend to auction your animal before purchasing it and joining a project, as that will determine the breed and type of project you'll probably choose.
Some Non-Market Animals to Consider if you don't want to auction
Dairy Cows and Goats
Fiber Sheep and Goats
Small Animals (Rabbits, Cavies, etc.)
Dogs & Pets
Horses & Ponies
Llamas & Alpacas
Some Market Animals to Consider if you do want to auction
How is 4-H Funded?
The 4-H program is supported through both public and private funds at the county, state and national levels, both directly and indirectly. Direct public funds come via government grants, while indirect public funds come through our affiliation with Oregon State University, a public university which receives state and federal funding.
4-H also receives private funding from donors, sponsors, partners, and fundraising. Additionally, minor funding is sourced from member registration and incidental fees. The Oregon 4-H Association and the Jackson County 4-H Association are our local affiliates who manage 4-H funding, among many other policy concerns.
Families in 4-H can expect to participate in fundraising efforts for their club to offset costs for events, registration, and project costs.
What Kind of Organization is 4-H?
4-H is an international youth development organization managed by the Cooperative Extension System (CES). The CES is a partnership of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 100 land-grant universities and more than 3,000 county offices across the nation. Cooperative Extension combines the expertise and resources of federal, state, and local governments and is designed to meet the need for research, knowledge and educational programs.
In Jackson County, we are managed by Oregon State University, which is Oregon's land-grant university, and is who operates every county's Extension Office. Each county typically has one 4-H Educator who is an OSU Assistant Professor of Practice, and may also have additional university staff to support the program. For our program, Lena Hosking is our 4-H Educator, and Dana Utroske is the 4-H Education Program Assistant.
Jackson County 4-H is directly accountable to the citizens of Jackson County, while also adhering to policies and mandates outlined by OSU, National 4-H, USDA and other governing institutions.