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Age Eligibility

Primary Members (also called Cloverbuds or Mini-Members) - Must be 5 years old by December 31 of the program year.  Primary members cannot enroll in large animal projects.  Youth enrolling or turning 9 years old after December 31 must participate as a Primary Member until the end of the program year (June 30).

4-H Members - Must be 9 years old by December 31 of the program year and may continue in the program until the end of the calendar year (December 31) in which they become 19 years of age.


The Imperial County 4-H Enrollment fee is $62.00 for youth and $28.00 for adult leaders/volunteers.  This annual state wide program fee is utilized to train volunteers, support the development of new educational materials, and cover the cost of insurance.

The 4-H Program is dedicated to being available to all youth. If you would like to joint the 4-H Program but cannot afford the program fee, you may be able to join at a reduced cost or no cost at all. To do so, fill out and submit a  Request for 4-H Program Fee Waiver/Reduction  to your Club Leader. Are you an Imperial Valley Housing Authority Tenant? If so, you are eligible for additional assistance. Contact your Occupational Specialist for more details.

Money may be collected at the club level to cover the costs of project materials and 4-H events.  The 4-H member must receive fair value in goods and /or services for any money collected.  To prevent misunderstandings, it is a good idea for a parent/guardian to stay informed about any 4-H work that requires funds from a member.  Local clubs raise money in various ways, but 4-H policy forbids gambling, wagering, or raffles of any kind.


4-H accident and illness insurance is mandatory and included in the cost of enrollment.  CA 4-H Accident/Sickness Insurance Program Brochure. The brochure explains what medical costs are covered in case of any accident or illness that occurs during any 4-H work or while traveling to or from official 4-H meetings and events.

Enrollment Deadlines

Enrollment is open throughout the 4-H program year, which begins on July 1st and ends on June 30th. However, deadlines may be set by clubs or by the county in order to participate in certain activities. To participate in the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta (the main event for most animal projects), members must be enrolled by November 7, 2022. 


Ready to sign up? The process is as easy as

1, 2, 3:

Step 1: Choose a 4-H Club

There are 12 active 4-H Clubs across Imperial County, each with their own unique offerings. View the information below to choose a club, and contact the one that best fits your needs to begin the process.

 4-H Clubs have no affiliation with cities, school districts, nor with any religious or political organizations. The meeting place for each club is chosen based on convenience, and you are welcome to join any Club that appears to fit your family's needs.

Club Meeting Location Meeting Schedule Popular Projects

Enrollment Contact

Calipatria 4-H Club Calipatria High School Board Rm
1st Monday of every month @6pm  Sheep
 Feeder Calves 

 Leanna Solomon


Calexico 4-H Club

Farm Bureau        El Centro

2nd Thursday of the month @6pm  

Shanda Arreola  Arreolas_5@yahoo.com




Dogwood 4-H Club Eagles Lodge 2nd Tuesday of the month @6pm  

Contact the 4-H Office:     442-265-7704    jlgarcia@ucanr.edu

Holtville 4-H Club Holtville Athletic Club, Zenos Rd  Holtville 2nd Monday of Every Month @6pm All Animal Projects

 Chris Sharp

M&M 4-H Club 1st Presbyterian Church (Fellowship Hall in Basement) Brawley  2nd Tuesday of Every Month @ 6:00pm  None Specified

Contact the 4-H Office:

Mt Signal 4-H 

Farm Bureau
1000 Broadway     El Centro  or IVEXPO 

2nd Tuesday of Every Month - 7:00pm  Swine 

Kelly Jackson

Magnolia 4-H Club Gateway Church
2nd Tuesday of Every Month, 6pm  

Kari Smelser



Mulberry 4-H Club Mulberry School
1st Tuesday of Every Month @6pm  

Contact the 4-H Office:



Seeley 4-H Club Imperial County Farm Bureau, El Centro 2nd Monday of Every Month @6pm  

Contact the 4-H Office:



Southwest Valley 4-H Club  Ben Hulse School
2nd Tuesday of Every Month, 7pm Livestock & Still Life Projects

Wendy Wilson


Verde 4-H Club St. Paul's Lutheran Church
458 Chestnut Ave, Holtville 

2nd Monday of Every Month, 6:30pm

Boys & Girls Cooking
Arts & Crafts
Animal Projects

Contact the 4-H Office:

Westmorland 4-H Club Westmorland Youth Hall 300 S F St.  Westmorland 2nd Tuesday of Every Month, 6:00pm  

Tina Cruz




Step 2: Submit Paperwork

Once you have chosen a club and are in contact with your Club Community Leader, you will need to give him or her your enrollment paperwork.

Your enrollment paperwork includes two (2) important parts:

  1. Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement
    -This paperwork must be submitted to the County Office. 
  2. Medical Release Form (Your or Adult version) and Health History Information
    -This paperwork must be kept by your 4-H Leaders. 

Step 3: Submit Online Enrollment

To complete the process, visit california.4honline.com to submit your online enrollment.

While completing your online enrollment, here are a few things to remember:

  • Before you enter a club, you need to make sure the club leader knows you and that you have submitted all your paperwork. The leader will need to confirm you online, and can't do that if he/she doesn't know who you are and have all your paperwork.
  • Be sure you are enrolled in all the projects you plan to participate in. You can change this at any time during the year. As long as your are enrolled in 4-H by TBA, you are eligible to show any project at the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta (as long as you meet age requirements). Keeping your enrolled projects current makes it easier to contact you about projects you are participating in.
  • Once you set up a family account, it is always there, even if you change clubs. If you can't remember the account information or password, please use the "Forgot your Password" link or contact the 4-H Office at 442-265-7700.