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4-H is an out-of-school, hands-on learning program for people age 5-19. Youth choose a project that’s interesting to them and explore it with peers and caring adults. 4-H clubs are groups of youth who want to learn together and meet in every part of Minnesota. All youth are welcome in 4-H.
Find a 4-H Club in Washington County
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Give to Washington County 4-H
Gifts support 4-H youth development in Washington County and local programming coordinated by the Washington County 4-H Federation.
We are excited that you are interested in joining 4-H in Washington County. You will find as you get connected that there is a lot going on and many ways to get involved. It is our hope that the 4-H community will be a positive one for you and your family.
At Washington County 4-H, we are committed to using experiential education methods to develop a passion for lifelong learning. Our program is for youth grades Kindergarten through one year past high school. The primary way that youth get involved in our programs is through community clubs.
There are several ways to join or re-enroll in 4-H
- Join 4-H for the first time or re-enroll
- Enroll as an independent member
- Contact the Washington County Extension Office at 651-430-6800 or email@example.com
Fill out a new family inquiry form
Please take a few moments to fill out the New Family inquiry form. This information will help staff best answer your 4-H questions and get you connected with programs that fit the needs and interests of your child(ren). Upon completing the form staff will reach out to you with more information about 4-H as soon as they can.
4-H enrollment period (Oct. 1 - May 15)
You can enroll in 4-H at any time however, some events like County Fairs and MN State Fair require enrollment before May 15. If you would like to exhibit animals, those also need to be ID'ed by May 15th. More information about Animal Science projects can be found under the Washington County 4-H resources section.
When you enroll you will be asked to pick a club and enroll in projects. Members will need to enroll in at least one project but we encourage youth to enroll in any project that they might be interested in that way your family will receive information about that project area.
Once you enroll in 4-H you will need to send in a membership fee, $25 per child or $100 max per family. The fees can be paid by either check or cash and mailed or dropped off at our office. We DO NOT have online payment at this time.
Mail the enrollment fee to:
Washington County 4-H
14949 62nd St N
Stillwater, MN 55082
If you write a check please include the name of your child(ren) and the club they are enrolled in on the memo line. We do have scholarships available if needed.
- Washington County 4-H Clubs
- Event Scholarship Form
- Competitive events: deadlines, consequences and exemption table
- 4-H Graduation application (Gift given at County Fair) Due June 1
- February 11, 2021
- February 25, 2021
- March 11, 2021
- March 25, 2021
- April 8, 2021
- April 22, 2021
- May 6, 2021
- May 20, 2021
- June 3, 2021
- June 17, 2021
- June 30, 2021
- July 15, 2021
- July 29, 2021
- No Family Newsletter in August
Animal ID information
- LQA Certifications valid for 2021
- Market beef and dairy steer letter
- Beef ID tag help sheet
- County Livestock ID Letter
- County Horse ID Letter
County 4-H scholarships
(All scholarships will be awarded at the County Fair Awards Program, Sunday evening Aug. 8)
- Farm Bureau Scholarship (Due June 1, 2021)
- Washington County Federation Scholarship (Due June 1, 2021)
- Washington County Memorial Scholarship (Due June 1, 2021)
- Washington County STEM Scholarship (Due June 1, 2021)
County 4-H record keeping
The 2021 Washington County Fair is scheduled for August 4-8. This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Washington County Fair!
- June 1: FairEntry Registration Opens (Please use Premium Book below for reference)
- July 1: FairEntry registration closes at 11:59 p.m.
- July 31: **NEW** Washington County 4-H general/static project entry day
- July 31: County 4-H Dog Show
- August 1: County 4-H Agility Dog Show
- August 4-8: Washington County Fair
- August 4: County 4-H Horse Show
Premium Book (4-H Information Book)
The Premium Book contains everything you need to know about 4-H at the Washington County Fair.
Registration - Closes on July 1
Entries after July 1 must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and can show for blue, red and white ribbon only. Not eligible for Champions, premiums, livestock auction or state trips.
All entries are made online through FairEntry. please refer to your 2021 4-H Premium Book for detailed information.
- Demonstration Handbook
- Demonstration time registration
- Don't forget to register in FairEntry by July 1
Many volunteers are needed throughout the fair. Sign up to be a judges assistant.
4-H Champion Program
4-H Livestock Auction
4-H Youth Development is a hands-on learning program for Minnesota youth. We offer online, small group and independent learning experiences for youth of all ages. In 4-H, youth choose the topic they find interesting and caring adults support their learning and leadership. From agronomy to space exploration and creative arts to outdoor adventures, 4-H has just the right learning experience for young people.
There are many ways to participate in 4-H!
Get involved in programs and projects
Throughout the year there will be plenty of opportunities for you to explore different project areas at the county level outside 4-H clubs including livestock, STEM, performing arts, food and nutrition, gardening, and more! These programs can be short-term, long-term, half-day, full-day, overnight, and virtual events. Pick and choose programs based on your schedule and interests. Check out the Washington County 4-H program catalog.
You can also engage in self-guided project-based learning around any project area in 4-H independently.
Events and programs will be posted on this website and included in the monthly Clover Update that comes out each month along with the following social media sites.
Volunteers always needed
- One-time volunteering, such as helping out at a 4-H event
- Leading the youngest 4-H'ers -- Cloverbuds in grades K-2
- Chaperoning a trip
- Teaching a topic you know a lot about - once or regularly
- Leading a 4-H club
Most of our programs are lead by adult volunteers, as a result our programs depend on adults willing to share their time and talents. All adult volunteers are required to be screened before working with children. Learn more about volunteering with 4-H.
Ann Church, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
email@example.com or 651-430-6809
Megan Slater, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-430-6805
Kathy Erf, Principal office and administrative specialist
email@example.com or 651-430-6803
Grace Verdick, 4-H Summer Intern 2021
Tianna Warner, 4-H Summer Intern 2021
Find the latest on Extension agricultural research and news you can use on your farm from local experts.
Statewide news and blogs
- Agricultural Business Management News - Business and financial resources for farmers.
- Beef News - Beef industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Dairy News - Dairy industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Fruit and Vegetable News - Local production and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops in Minnesota.
- Minnesota Crop News - Emerging issues affecting Minnesota row crops and forages.
Stay up to date with Washington County Master Gardeners
Become a Master Gardener volunteer
A love of gardening, a passion for knowledge and a desire to share that knowledge with others are central to why people join the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer program. They remain Master Gardeners to enjoy the friendship of others who share their interests in gaining and sharing research-based horticultural knowledge and giving back to the community through their volunteer commitment.
If combining your passion for people and plants sounds appealing, you may be a good Master Gardener volunteer candidate. A formal education in horticulture is not necessary. We will provide the training and resources to help you teach others.
Steps for becoming a volunteer
- Request an application packet.
- Send an email with your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Send in a completed application by October 1.
- Email the application to email@example.com or mail a hard copy.
- Applicants will be interviewed.
- The selected candidates are accepted into the program and eligible for the next steps—commitment and training.
Yard and garden questions?
University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Yard & Garden Line -
Call 612-301-7590 to have your yard and garden related questions answered or leave a detailed message. We will call back with a response.
Health and nutrition
Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health in Washington County. These programs are open to families and individuals of all ages who are eligible for benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or who meet Extension’s program income guidelines.
Programs are offered in community settings such as food shelves, schools, community centers and public housing sites. The programs are free to all individuals and families who meet income guidelines, and may be offered in multiple languages, depending on the audience needs and availability of educators.
Extension's Center for Community Vitality engages Minnesotans to strengthen the social, civic, economic and technological capacity of their communities. We help create vibrant communities and enhance skills and knowledge in economics, leadership and civic engagement, and tourism.
Check our community research page for reports on county and community-focused topics relating to local economics, retaining businesses, growing retail markets, developing tourism, and more.
Local programs can be offered in collaboration with local community organizations and government agencies. Current programs include Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (MARL).
Contact an educator in your area for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.
Minnesota is a great place to explore, understand and conserve the natural landscape. Extension education, volunteer and community science programs encourage people to become stewards of Minnesota’s public and private lands.
Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect Greater Minnesota communities and University of Minnesota knowledge and resources to support local sustainability projects.
Working in partnership, RSDP supports community-driven projects in four focus areas: agriculture and food systems, clean energy, natural resources, and resilient communities. Projects are supported by boards made up of local community members and University faculty and staff.
Learn more about RSDP’s recent work and how to submit a project idea.
Join us at an event in your community.
Find opportunities to learn about the natural environment, how to care for your forest lands, and how you and your family can get out and explore nature around the state and in your own backyard.
Find information on community-focused news.
Find out how to take care of your trees and enjoy Minnesota's beautiful woodlands.
From preserving our wetlands to combating invasive species, read about protecting and enjoying nature.
Learn more about community-driven sustainability projects happening across Minnesota.
Washington County Extension
Ann Church, Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development
firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-430-6809
Megan Slater, Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development
email@example.com or 651-430-6805
Annamarie Zack, Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development
firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-430-6807
Kathy Erf, Principal Office & Administrative Specialist, U of M Extension
email@example.com or 651-430-6803
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