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The Chaffee County Extension office provides assistance and programs for citizens in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family and Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

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About 4-H

How do I get involved?

Young people can participate in 4-H in a variety of ways: community 4-H clubs, project clubs, special interest groups, television, school enrichment, and special activities. Young people can even participate as an individual when no other way is available.

What is a community 4-H Club?

A community or neighborhood 4-H club is associated with an area known to local people — a crossroads, a town, a suburban community, a city block, or a housing complex. This type of 4-H Club continues from year to year. Usually a wide range of boys and girls (from younger members to teens) belong. Members in a community club usually enroll in a project according to their interests. The number of members may range from six to more than 100.

What is a project 4-H Club?

In a Project Club, members meet regularly to learn about a special area of interest. Examples of project clubs in Chaffee County include: horse, robotics, small engines and shooting sports. Project clubs meet in addition to a member’s home club (community club).  Any member wanting to participate in these specialized project clubs must also participate in the community club.

What else do 4-H members do?

4-H club members have a wide variety of educational activities offered by the community, county, and state. Some of these activities are tours, workshops, achievement programs, camps, statewide conferences, exchanges, exhibits and fairs. Two major national events held for 4-H members each year are National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference. The largest is National 4-H Congress, which is focused on leadership, work skill preparation and community service. At the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C., members from across the country work together to help develop national program recommendations and direction for 4-H.

Join 4-H

Who can join 4-H?

Any person, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, or disability may enroll as a 4-H member.

Youth who are five through seven years of age on or before December 31, may enroll in 4-H Cloverbud groups.

Youth who are eight years of age and have not reached their nineteenth birthday on or before December 31, may enroll in 4-H clubs and groups.

How do I join 4-H in Chaffee County?

Chaffee County has 8 community 4-H Clubs that meet in Salida, Buena Vista, and in Leadville.  Contact the extension office at (719) 539-6447 to see which clubs meet closest to you and match your interests the best.  Plan to visit the club during a regular meeting as a guest to see if that club is a good match.

After you choose a home club, you can enroll online at the State 4-H Webpage before the enrollment deadline (December 15 for returning families; March 15 for new families).  For those needing additional assistance completing the online registration process, you may call our office or navigate to the Youth Enrollment page.


Be a 4-H Volunteer

Adult volunteers play an important role in the 4-H program. Volunteers coordinate local community clubs and help to plan and conduct local, regional, state and national 4-H events. Call your local Extension office to learn about how to apply and receive training to be a 4-H volunteer. Please also take a look at the Volunteer Resources section of our website to learn more.