Polk County 4-H
Members of the Polk County 4-H teen group created a video outlining the history of the 4-H program in the area. The group submitted the piece in a national 4-H film contest.
4-H History Preservation Program
to learn from and build upon our past. The primary purpose of this 4-H History Preservation Program website is to provide a central resource on 4-H history, particularly at the national level.
The 4-H History Preservation Program has archived information like 4-H films, songs and music; memories of 4-H; and local, state and national 4-H history. You can also contribute your own memories and historical documents to help the program research, document and preserve 4-H history.
Clover Kids (for 5-7 year olds) meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:00; Polk County Fairgrounds Contact the Polk County Extension Center at 326-4916 for information or contact Velynda Cameron.
Eudora 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of every month at the Eudora Community Building.
Club leader: LaNelda Presley, 417-777-7323
Goodtimes 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Halfway Lions Club.
Club leader: Suzanne Curran, 417-298-9744
Rock Prairie 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Pleasant Hope Elementary School.
Club leaders: Sara Towry 417-224-4210 & Tara Booth 417-830-0721
SoPoCo 4-H Club Meetings scheduled monthly (contact leader for details) in Pleasant Hope.
Club leader: Jeff Voris
Woodlawn 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at the Woodlawn Community Building.
Club leader: Pam Higginbotham, 417-298-4297
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.
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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: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Campers observe Camp Counselor Ellie Wantland demonstrating clipping techniques at the 2019 Missouri Dairy Cow Camp. Youth ages 8-18 interested in learning about the dairy industry will want to register for 4-H Dairy Cow Camp, scheduled for June ...
- 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 ...
Publication date: Feb. 1, 2016
Home production of vegetables has been increasing in popularity in recent years. In addition to saving on the family food bill, the availability of fresh, inexpensive produce from the family garden is conducive to maintaining good dietary ...