Welcome to Greene county 4-H! We are excited about your interest. 4-H envisions our world as a place where youth and adults learn, grow and work together for positive change. There is a place for you in that vision! Contact us to learn more.
MU Extension’s 4-H youth development program touches the lives of more than 250 young people in Greene County, empowering them to reach their full potential. To learn how to support 4-H programming in Greene County, visit the Donate page.
Dec. 28–Jan. 1 — 4-H Zoo Apprentice Camp
Greene County 4-H clubs
Shooting Stars is the newest club in Greene County (started in 2015) and is comprised of youth who are homeschooled and/or have special needs. The club meets on the second Saturday of the month in various locations.
Bois D’Arc Braves 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at the Bois D’Arc United Methodist Church in Bois D’Arc.
Grow To Ride meets at 5:30 pm on each Monday for horse riding at Valley Water Mill in Springfield. Monthly meetings are held at Springfield Community Gardens at 1471 North Benton, Springfield. Club focus is gardening, horse and outdoor adventures.
High Mark 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Strafford United Methodist Church.
Horsin’ Around 4-H Club meets at 2 p.m on the first Sunday of the month at Old Mill Equestrian Center (2051 Old Mill Road, Battlefield, MO 65619). Our primary focus is Horse Knowledge and Horse Riding
Jot-Em-Down 4-H Club meets at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month at Yeakley Chapel, 10520 W State Hwy 266, Springfield, MO 65802.
Lucky Eleven 4-H Club meets on Fourth Sunday afternoons at the Springfield Livestock Center north of Republic. Projects have included (subject to leaders — but not limited to) Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goats, Dairy, Woodworking, Cake Decorating, Photography, Shooting Sports (through Greene County), Leadership, Robotics, Public Speaking, Foods, Arts and Crafts, etc.
Sac River Stablemates 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Sac River Stables northeast of Willard.
Sho-Me 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Fair Grove Lion’s Club, Fair Grove.
The Greene County 4-H Leaders Council guides, promotes and works to improve local 4-H programs by establishing communication between extension staff and 4-H clubs, planning and coordinating county events and activities, determining needs and promoting 4-H leader training programs, and suggesting ways to expand and carry on 4-H club work.
President — Jim Sontheimer
Vice President — John Waterman
Secretary — Sharon Giancola
Treasurer — Dawn Hufman
4-H youth specialist serving Greene County — Karla Deaver
About 4-H clubs
4-H clubs are open to ages 8 to 18. Clubs meet monthly for group activities and club business. Each club elects officers and has an approved adult leader who supervises club activities. Club members also enroll in projects in their areas of interest.
With projects on more than 75 topics, 4-H has something to interest every child. Here are just a few of the opportunities 4-H offers — geocaching, robotics, international exchanges, horsemanship, pets, starting a business, arts and crafts, raising animals, woodworking, photography and gardening.
Clover Kids clubs
Clover Kids introduces 5- to 7-year-olds to the 4-H experience. In Clover Kids, children learn how to get along with others, work in groups, explore their interests, while building self-confidence. Clover Kids do not enroll in projects or raise animals, and do not participate in competitive events, contests or shows.
How to join
Joining 4-H is as easy as contacting the extension center. A staff member will explain the enrollment process and membership dues. In addition to dues, some projects may require a small investment to get started, and there may be a fee for materials, trips or other activities.
Young people are welcome to join at any time. The 4-H program year runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.
Be a 4-H volunteer
Adult volunteers are essential to 4-H. Adult volunteers serve as club or project leaders, help with county or regional events, chair committees and organize fund raisers. You don’t have to be a parent or grandparent of the 4-H member to get involved. All volunteers are screened for child abuse and neglect, as well criminal records, before they are accepted and each year thereafter. As a volunteer, University of Missouri Extension will provide you with training so you will be well-prepared and successful as an adult leader. The orientation includes information on 4-H history and the educational framework, the characteristics of age groups, character development and safety.