University of Missouri Extension’s 4-H educational program empowers young people to reach their full potential while working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
Mercer County 4-H clubs
Mercer County 4-H has a variety of clubs that meet monthly. To join, contact April Meighen, 4-H youth development program assistant.
- Northern Lights — Meets 6:00 p.m., second Monday, Mercer Community Building
Club leader: Sheryl Thompson, 660-382-4759
- Pine Evershine — Meets 3:30 p.m., first Monday, Princeton United Methodist Church
Club leader: Kelly Schurke, 660-953-0136
- Mid-River — Meets 5:30 pm, second Wednesday, Mercer County MU Extension Center
Club leader: Lacey Power, 660-953-0267
- Moss Rangers — Meets 6:00 p.m., first Wednesday, Mercer County MU Extension Center
Club leaders: Kathy Schwenneker, 660-748-3716, and Kelly Bertrand, 660-748-8348
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.
Do you enjoy working with young people? If so, become a 4-H volunteer today. For more information, contact April Meighen, 4-H youth program assistant.
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News & articles
- Published: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
With the recent restrictions on gatherings due to COVID-19 affecting Missouri 4-H members, volunteers, and faculty and staff, we have received many questions about how to handle eligibility for participation at county fairs. As a reminder, Missouri ...
- Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
Lila Wantland judged herself to the top of the senior division of the Missouri State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest. The contest was held Aug. 17 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. Wantland was the high individual in the intermediate division of ...
- Published: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
HANNIBAL, Mo. – In her 20s, Linda Studer had a dream of opening a business in historic Hannibal.Then, as they say, life got in the way. She was busy helping others fulfill their dreams at a nonprofit employment group in northeastern Missouri. Her ...
- Published: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Seventeen teams competed for charity at the third annual Missouri 4-H Foundation Quiz Night, Dec. 2, at Knights of Columbus Hall in Columbia.“Thanks to the tremendous support of our 4-H partners and friends, together we raised ...
Publication date: Jan. 1, 2012
Trees are a valuable part of any landscape. They provide shade, wind protection and visual appeal. They also reduce energy costs and serve as recreation for children and habitat for wildlife. Given the value of trees, it is wise to put consideration ...
Publication date: June 1, 2008
Trees are the basic element for any landscape plan. They set the stage for the entire home grounds design. The type used and their location determine to a great extent what other plantings are appropriate.Trees are the most permanent plants we grow. ...
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2004
Flowering trees add beauty and seasonal interest to the landscape. Many, including the popular flowering dogwood (Figure 1), have colorful or interesting fruits that may be edible or attractive to birds.In the landscape, flowering trees are secondary ...