Henderson County 4-H Clubs & Groups
Being a member of a 4-H club gives children year-round involvement, and without question, provides them with the most well rounded 4-H experience. As a club member, children develop leadership skills, public speaking skills, and social skills as they participate in monthly club meetings, community service projects, citizenship activities, and club outings.
4-H Clubs are organized in communities throughout Henderson County. Clubs are led by parent and community volunteers who have been screened and trained by Extension personnel. Since 4-H is a family program, parents and guardians are actively involved at club functions and meetings.
Some 4-H clubs are organized for members in specific age groups. However other clubs allow children ages 5-18 to all participate in the same club together. Some clubs meet once a month in the evenings, or after school. Some clubs meet during the school day. Membership in a 4-H club is free, and there are no uniforms to purchase. A typical club meeting will include opening pledges, a short business meeting for members to discuss future activities, a hands-on learning activity, and social time, which often includes recreation and refreshments. Meetings usually last 1 hour to 1 ½ hours, depending of the members’ ages.
Club members and parents and leaders determine the topic of each month’s educational program. One club might learn about bats and make a bat box. Another club might make electric lamps and learn about circuits. Still another might learn how to force narcissus bulbs and make flowerpots to donate to an assisted living home.
As 4-H club members, children participate in positive social and learning experiences that are fun and educational. Joining a 4-H Club is easy. Look at the list of local clubs and see which one fits your schedule, age and interests. Email Denise_Sherrill@ncsu.edu or call the Extension Office at (828)697-4891, M-F 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to let us know you want to visit, and we will give you details about the next club meeting. When you attend your first club meeting, you will complete an enrollment card, and that’s all there is to it – you’re a 4-H member now! Parents or guardians, be sure to attend a New Member Orientation to learn about all that 4-H offers.
If the club you want to join is at capacity, the leader will put your name on a waiting list and notify you when the club can accept new members. If we do not have a club that meets at a time and location convenient for your family, contact Denise_Sherrill@ncsu.edu or call 697-4891 to see about the possibility of organizing a club in your community.
Barnyard Bandits 4-H Club (ages 5 – 18) Meets at the Cooperative Extension office in Jackson Park one Tuesday evening each month. Studies farm animals, sewing, and other topics. Organizational leaders – Beverly Hargus, Kathy Capps and Rob Queen
Dana Wildcats 4-H Club for students at Dana Elementary School. The focus is gardening. Meets on Tuesdays after school. Leaders – D. Clark and Marjie Oetinger
Dana Wildcats Cloverbud 4-H Club for students in grades K – 2 at Dana Elementary School. The focus is public speaking and community service. Meets on Tuesdays after school. Leaders – Donna Dixon and Diane Dixon Plott
Henderson County Leaders in Training 4-H Club ! (LIT) Focus on service projects, citizenship and fun. Leaders – Marcia Torres and Annamarie Jakubielski
Hoofbeats 4-H Club (ages 9 – 15) Studies horses. Meets Tuesday evening monthly at the Mills River Community Center. Organizational leader – Wendy Cantrell
Nebula Navigators 4-H Club ! (ages 5 – 18) Where science stars are born! Meets one Friday evening each month at the Cooperative Extension office. Leaders: Tricia Haack and Maria Dubon.
FernLeaf 4-H Club for students at FernLeaf Community Charter School. The focus is environmental stewardship. Leaders: Michelle Spevak and Molly Luplow.
* – The clubs listed below meet during the day.
! – These clubs are full at this time.
Hooked on Horticulture 4-H Club*! (ages 5- 12) Members learn about plants and careers in horticulture. Meetings are monthly on Thursday afternoons, with required homework. Organizational leader – Danielle McCall
Young Naturalists 4-H Club*! (ages 5 – 18) Various topics with an emphasis on wildlife. Organizational leader – Ranae Worrell
Can’t find a club to fit your child’s age, or your time frame? Consider starting a new club. We will provide training and mentors.
4-H is the youth development program of Cooperative Extension.