Membership age of youth participation is determined by the youth’s age as of September 1 of the current program year (September 1 – August 31). The minimum age of a 4-H’er is 5 years old and the maximum age for a 4-H’er is 18 years old, or completion of high school, whichever comes first. Youth whose membership age is beyond 18 who have qualified for a National Contest (as a culminating event for their project learning) shall be eligible to participate in the event as long as they qualify as per National Contest policies. Youth classified as an “exceptional student” and thus determined eligible for a special program by the State Board of Education [Florida Statute 1003.01(3)(a)] shall be eligible to participate in 4-H until the age of 21 years old (National 4-H upper age limit) or completion of high school, whichever comes first.
Eligibility for enrolled 4-H members is determined by the youth’s age as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year, which runs September 1 through August 31.
Cloverbuds is for children ages 5-7
The Cloverbud program is for groups of children who want to have fun-learning and playing together! They explore science activities, strengthen their motor skills by doing art and crafts, and learn to make friends through working and learning together.
The 4-H Club program is for youth ages 8-18.
4-H Members can choose from more than 50 projects that focus on science, engineering and technology, animals and agriculture, food & nutrition, outdoor adventures, marine science, public speaking, art and wildlife. 4-H learning is experiential- where youth learn lifeskills and use their skills to give back to their communities. Youth set goals and keep records and they can participate in events and activities on a county, state and national level to keep their learning strong.
4-H has something for you whether you are a parent looking to sent your child to camp, a teacher looking for sound educational research-based curricula, or a youth worker who wants to partner with 4-H to reach more youth.
Project resources and curriculum are available for youth, volunteers and educators.
The Florida 4-H Curriculum Clearinghouse is available and represents all approved and supported curriculum and resources for youth. For information on adding curriculum to our clearinghouse please see the following Guiding Principles and Practices.