So... You want to join 4-H?

Thank you for your interest in Kent County 4-H! There are programs for youth from 5-19 years of age.  For children 5 to 7, there is Cloverbuds (Explorers) club.  For more specific questions and information, you can contact Kent County 4-H Program Coordinator:

Alexis Garbo -

Program Coordinators are located at the Kent County MSU Extension office, 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI  49503 and office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. **We are currently working remotely and not in the office on a regular basis. The best way to get more information is to email Alexis at the email above*


Interested in volunteering?  4-H cant run without the help of our amazing volunteers! Consider volunteering with 4-H and get involved in a variety of ways. You could become a project leader within an existing club by just adding a new project to that club or you could begin a new club as a club leader or co-leader, run a Special Interest short-term club based on skills you have, help with one time events hosted by 4-H, get involved in our council to help run and make decisions for the 4-H program as a whole, and many more opportunities for volunteering with 4-H. Bring your ideas and talk to the Kent County 4-H Program Coordinators listed above!

All volunteers working with youth have to complete a "Volunteer Selection Process", which also includes background screening.


You've talked to the local Kent County 4-H Program Coordinator, you are informed and want to join 4-H, what is next?  Here is a simple outline of steps:

  1. Confirm with a Kent County 4-H Program Coordinator that you have a 4-H Club to join.
  2. Enroll your family and youth online at 4-H Online, there is a "4-H Online Family Guide" that will walk you through the enrollment process.
  3. *PARTICIPATION FEES WILL NOT BE CHARGED FOR THE 2020-21 4-H YEAR**Pay a Participation Fee of $20 per youth, if enrolling more than 3 youth, the maximum per family is set at $60.  Payment is by cash, check or money order payable to: Michigan State University.  Mail your payment or stop into the Kent County MSU Extension office Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. located at 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI.