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Welcome to 4-H in Boulder County!

We are a community of young people across America who are developing leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, with a focus on hands-on learning with the active community involvement of parents, volunteer leaders, and other adults who organize and conduct educational experiences in community and family settings which stimulate lifelong learning of values and skills. The mission of 4-H is to help children grow into healthy, productive and successful adults.

4-H differs from other youth programs in that it is an integral part of our nation’s education system (through the land-grant universities in each state). It is a co-educational program available to young people aged 5 to 18 regardless of race, creed, religion, color, national origin or mental or physical abilities.

Colorado 4-H Mission: 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential by working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

New to 4-H?

Start out by exploring our 4-H Projects page. On this page, you will find many different areas of interest. We have something for everyone, but if you don’t see the exact thing you are looking for, check out the latest State Projects list for more ideas.

Next, you will want to take a look at our Boulder County 4-H Club Directory. On this page, you will find 25 different clubs, each with its own set of interests and activities. Once you find a club that matches your interest, contact the Club Leader. HOWEVER, If you have a specific project in mind, but don’t see a club that matches, we are always happy to welcome new projects and new members at any time.

Learn More About 4-H in Boulder County

4-H Partners

4HOnline is a fully integrated management system that brings together all levels of the 4-H experience. Whether it’s a member logging in to manage her record, a club leader printing mailing labels, or a county agent approving a member’s enrollment, 4HOnline brings the 4-H community together and keeps everyone involved.

About Colorado 4-H Colorado 4-H is America’s largest youth development organization, having supported almost six million youth across the country thus far. 4-H reaches over 110,000 youth in Colorado annually, helping them to become confident, independent, resilient and compassionate leaders. 4-H is delivered by Colorado State University Extension – a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing in hands-on projects in areas including health, science, agriculture and citizenship. Colorado 4-H’s network of over 10,000 volunteers and almost 100 4-H professionals and staff members, provides caring and supportive mentoring to all 4-H’ers, helping them to grow into true leaders, entrepreneurs and visionaries.

Fair Board Come join in the excitement of planning the Boulder County Fair! We’re looking for talented and conscientious volunteer board members to lead and strengthen our programs at the Fair. If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership one evening a month along with 4 general meetings during the year and are interested in exploring this opportunity, complete an application. To find out whether this volunteer opportunity is right for you or if you have any questions, please contact the Fair Office, 720-864-6460 or

Colorado 4-H International Programs Programs include short term Summer Inbound and Outbound programs which are four weeks during the Summer and immerse our members ages 12 to 18 with life in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Romania, Norway, Finland, and Costa Rica. And a three to six-month program where delegates live and work with host families through the Colorado 4-H International Exchange (IFYE) for young adults ages 18 to 30.

Outreach Programs

Outreach Programs

Boulder County 4-H offers in-school opportunities that combine 4-H curriculum with school standards for a low cost. Potential projects include STEAM/STEAM activities, home economics, gardening, beekeeping, model rocketry, art, citizenship, nutrition etc. Basically, any of our state projects can be brought to the classroom setting. Check Colorado State 4-H Projects for more ideas.

Are you interested in volunteering as a host or leading a Boulder County 4-H in-school, after-school, community or neighborhood setting? We provide training, curriculum and materials. Call: Faith Kroschel at (303) 678-6387 or email

Current Outreach Programs

Embryology – $50

Embryology is a fun, rewarding and educational project! The study of embryos is a great way to observe the development of life in just three short weeks by hatching chickens right in your classroom. The project provides numerous opportunities for children to learn the value of life through their observations and information about chickens, eggs and embryonic development.

The fee includes two instructional visits to the classroom, curriculum manual to borrow, 1 dozen fertilized eggs, use of our incubator, heat lamp, feeder and waterer, and a small bag of chick food.  We will take the hatched chicks and return them to the farmer who supplied the eggs or a 4-H member. We are limited on incubators, so they are available on a first come – first serve basis.

Grades: 1-12 (suited best for late grade school/ middle school) – Duration: 21-25 Days – Cost: $50 – email:

Volunteers & Leaders

Volunteer Opportunities & 4-H Leaders

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer with the Boulder County 4-H program. Applications to become a volunteer must be completed within the current 4-H year (Oct 1 – Sept 30) or applicants will need to repeat the process.

Steps to Becoming a Boulder County 4-H Leader

1. Online Enrollment

Apply to become a leader by enrolling on 4-H Online. Detailed instructions can be found at or by referencing “How do I Enroll on 4-H Online” for detailed instructions.

2. Background Check

You will be asked to provide background information when you enroll on 4-H Online. Watch for an email from HireRight. (Make sure to check your junk/spam). Follow the instructions on the email right away as the email will expire after two days.

3. Positive References

When you enroll on 4-H Online, you will be asked to provide the contact information (full address) for three references (known for at least two years, only one per household, no family). To speed up the process, please contact your references. Ask them to watch for a PDF form by email and to return it quickly.

4. Online Training

Complete all four training modules. Go to and find the login box on the left. If you have an account then log in with your username and password. Note: (Most will need to create a new account.)

When approved, you will receive a letter in the mail from Boulder County Extension.

Questions? Contact Lisa Wallace at:
Phone: 303-678-6384, Fax: 303-678-6281 – Lisa Wallace, Boulder County Extension, 9595 Nelson Rd, Box B, Longmont CO 80501

You are not an authorized Boulder County 4-H Leader until ALL of these steps are completed and confirmed. Do not work directly with youth until you are authorized to do so. You are personally liable unless you are an authorized leader. When you are an authorized leader and are not negligent, you have liability protection as a 4-H volunteer provided by Colorado State University.