girls in Bethel planting flowers
4-H members plant spring flowers in Bethel

4-H Membership

  • The Alaska 4-H Program is open to all youth beginning with kindergarten through the calendar year of high school graduation (school enrichment programs may start with kindergarten and in such cases students are regarded as 4-H School Members).
  • Youth who graduate from high school before their normal year of graduation or drop out of school may participate in 4-H until their normal year of high school graduation.
  • The high school year of graduation, entrance year in 4-H, and divisions within 4-H are based on a child turning 5 years of age prior to August 15th of their kindergarten year as required by the Alaska Department of Education.
  • Members who transfer from another state or country will be accepted and enrolled in the Alaska 4-H Program without paying another membership registration fee for the 4-H year provided they have been enrolled in another state or country for that year.
  • They may participate in 4-H programs and activities when they meet the Alaska 4-H Program deadlines and other requirements.

Cloverbud 4-H:

  • Cloverbud 4-H is an introductory program open to youth in grades K-2.
  • It is generally expected that Cloverbuds will have their own Cloverbud project club, however they may participate in 4-H club projects at the discretion of the local district.
  • They are not eligible to participate in large livestock projects.
  • Cloverbuds are eligible to participate in noncompetitive activities and events (they are excluded from competitive events where judging occurs).
  • They may exhibit their projects and receive participation ribbons only.
  • Cloverbuds pay the regular 4-H membership fee and are encouraged to participate in the district insurance program.

Program Year:

The 4-H program year begins October 1 and ends September 30.

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