CSU 4-H Youth Development
The 4-H Youth Development Program is a part of Colorado State University Extension, and Montezuma County. We are located at the County Annex Building, 103 N. Chestnut St. Cortez, CO 81321. Our office is open Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed for lunch between 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and are closed on Federal Holidays.
4-H provides learning experiences in which youth develop life skills such as communication, citizenship, decision-making, interpersonal relationships and community, and global awareness. Kids experience 4-H through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4-H camps.
Traditional 4-H: 4-H programs are available for children ages 8-18, while there are 4-H Clover bud programs for children ages 5-7. Kids complete hands-on projects where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. They learn these skills through projects.
Deadline: Re-enrollment ends Dec. 31, 2023
Enrollment for new members is open all year, but project, fair, or other deadlines still apply so early enrollment is recommended.
Membership in 4-H is centered around membership in individual clubs—there are also many county-wide, state-wide, and nation-wide events and activities. 4-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.
Make sure to take a look at our list of 4-H clubs in Montezuma County. Scroll down to view information on individual clubs.
Step 2—Contact Us
Contact the club leader of the club you are interested in. They will tell you if they are accepting new members and when their next meeting is scheduled.
If you are a first year family who would like to join 4-H, have any questions about the 4-H program, or are not sure what club you would like to join, please call or email Tierney Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org 970-564-4155) at the county 4-H/Extension Office, who can answer your questions and put you in touch with any club leader you may wish to contact. You can also visit the Montezuma County 4-H/Extension Office (103 N Chestnut St., Cortez, CO 81321) in person and speak with us.
Step 3—Attend a Club Meeting
A club leader may ask you to attend a club meeting before joining. This is your chance to get a feel for the club.
Step 4 – Pick a Project
This may be the most exciting part of the process! Please look over our project list and if you don’t see exactly what you are looking for or would like to create a project of your own, contact the 4-H/Extension office by email or phone 970-564-4155 at the county 4-H/Extension Office and she will help you find or create the right fit for you.
We recommend that first year families only pick one project per member.
Step 5—Enroll – Once you know which club you would like to join and what projects you are doing, you can go ahead and enroll yourself online using the 4-H Online enrollment system—download the 4-H Online instructions here. Parents should not enroll themselves in the system unless they’re also 4-H volunteers. You will receive a confirmation email if you don’t receive the confirmation email your enrolment is not complete. Please call the office if this happens so we can help you finish your enrollment
4-H Fee: $25
$15 – Colorado 4-H
$1 – 4-H Member Insurance
$9 – Montezuma County 4-H Programming
$10 Per Additional Project Manuals for Project
Additional 4-H Fees:
Horse Project $40 – Arena Reservation Fee
Archery Project $25 – Individual Range Fee Or $35 – Family Range Fee
$15 – Colorado 4-H
$5 – Camps & Activities
$20 – Per Month Starting Feb 1st. Until Paid
After you enroll, you will receive an invoice from our office. We can only accept cash or checks and you can mail payment or bring it to: Montezuma County 4-H, 103 N. Chestnut St., Cortez, CO 81321