University of Maryland Extension

Join 4-H!

Membership in 4-H is centered around membership in individual clubs—there are also many county-wide, state-wide, and nation-wide events and activities4-H is open to anyone who is at least eight years old and no older than eighteen on January 1st. However, there is a special Clover 4-H program for children who are five to seven years old on January 1st. We recommend that new 4-H’ers join only one club to begin with, though a 4-H’er may join as many clubs as they have time for. 

Step 1—Investigate

Make sure to take a look at our list of 4-H clubs in Montgomery County.

Step 2—Contact Us

Contact Jeannine Shriver (, 301-590-3210) at the county 4-H Office, who can put you in touch with any club leader you may wish to contact. You can also visit the Montgomery County 4-H Office (map) in person and speak with us. Please note that a few clubs may be full and not currently accepting new members.

Step 3—Attend a Club Meeting

A club leader will usually ask you to attend a club meeting before joining. This is your chance to get a feel for the club.

Step 4—Enroll

Once a club leader has given you permission to join a club you can go ahead and enroll yourself online using the 4-H Online enrollment system—download the 4-H Online instructions here (pdf). Please don't enroll yourself before getting permission to join a club. If you're having trouble using 4-H Online, you may ask the club leader for assistance or for a paper enrollment form, which you will turn in to them. Parents should not enroll themselves in the system unless they're also 4-H volunteers. Please note that you will be unable to join the Adventure in Science program using 4-H Online—instead, please see the instructions here

If a club isn’t a good fit for you, contact Jeannine Shriver again and she can put you in touch with another club leader.


The 4-H Youth Development Program is a part of University of Maryland Extension, and the Montgomery County Extension building and 4-H Office is located at the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood (18410 Muncaster Rd, Derwood MD 20885 - map). Our office is open Monday through Friday, from 9 - 5.

The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.
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