4-H

4-H Program Leader and youth on a snowy hike.

2014 States' 4-H International Exchange delegates and host families
4-H, Paige Badner, Kari O'Brien and Lana Van Asselt
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4-H Clubs/Programs in Ulster County

The Ulster County 4-H Youth Development Club Program has hundreds of active members. Under the guidance of trained leaders, club members learn new skills and have fun completing 4-H projects.
 If you would like to join a 4-H club, please fill out information on the following link to register your interest: 

4-H Club/Program Interest Registration

Ulster County's 4-H club and programs are listed below. Community Clubs are expected to contribute $100 annually to maintain active status; fee will increase to $125 after November 1. Clubs are  encouraged to fundraise for this amount. Italicized clubs indicate that we are waiting for club dues or enrollment paperwork to maintain active status.

4-H Youth Enrollment form  (required for youth in a 4-H program and/or part of a club).

4-H Public Presentation Independent Member Registration. We offer this opportunity free of charge. Youth are strongly encouraged to attend an information session. Events generally happen in November and March at SUNY Ulster. Please contact Melanie for more details at maf357@cornell.edu. 

COMMUNITY CLUBS

4-H Animals & Beyond

Location: Modena
Meets: 1st & 3rd Mondays, 6:30
Club Projects: Poultry, Rabbit, Gardening, Food Science, Community Service, Photography, Painting.
Requirements: Ages 5-18.
Accepting new members: Not at this time.

4-H Animals & Company

Location: New Paltz
Meets: Every Saturday at 10:00am
Club Projects: Animal Science, Auction, Community Service, Beginner Farming.
Requirements: Ages 5-18.
Accepting new members: Yes

Want to learn about raising farm animals? We are your club!

4-H Animals Around the World

Location: Highland
Meets: 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00
Club Projects: Environmental Education, Earth Sciences, Outdoor Exploration, Farming Practices.
Requirements: Ages 10-18
Accepting new members: Not at this time.

We are a 4-H Club dedicated to Environmental Education/Earth Sciences, farming practices and outdoor education.

4-H Animal Squad

Location: Plattekill
Meets: 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 6:00.
Club Projects: Small and Large Animals (Rabbit, Poultry, Goat, Sheep, Dog), Community Service, Crafts.
Requirements: Ages 5-18 with a love of animals
Accepting new members: Yes

We are primarily animal-oriented. We are currently participating in Rabbit, Poultry, Goat, Pocket Pet, Dog and Cat projects. Our members have also done horse and swine projects in the past. We do numerous community service projects, participate in public presentations, arts and crafts and knowledge-based competitions (rabbit decathlon, goat bowl, livestock skillathon). We are a large and busy club that requires parent volunteers to participate in our program.

4-H Cluckers and Community

Location: Olivebridge
Meets: Every other Thursday at 4:00pm
Club Projects: Animal Science, Poultry, Gardening, Community Service, Arts and Crafts, Baking, Photography, Food and Nutrition, Hiking
Requirements: 8-16 years
Accepting new members: Not at this time.

4-H Connectors

Location: New Paltz

Meets: 1st Wednesday, Last Sunday of each month. 
Club Projects: Civic Engagement, Arts and Crafts, Graphic Arts, Visual Arts, Gardening, Wood Science, Industrial Arts. 
Requirements: Ages 6-18
Accepting new members: Yes

Youth connecting together with art, food, civic engagement and the natural environment. 

4-H Sprouting Clovers

Location: Kerhonkson
Meets: 1st and 3rd Mondays, 3:30
Club Projects: Animals, Arts and Crafts.
Requirements: Ages 5-9 
Accepting new members: Yes

We are a 4-H Club of elementary students learning about animals and arts & crafts.

Cedar Ridge 4-H Club of Kyserike

Location: Accord, Kerhonkson, Wappingers Falls
Meets: Sundays, monthly at noon.
Club Projects: Arts, Crafts, Baking, Photography, Carpentry.
Requirements: Ages 8-18
Accepting new members: Yes

Crafty Clovers

Location: Kingston
Meets: 3rd Friday at 4:30pm
Club Projects: Photography, Art, Woodworking, Sewing, Crocheting, Baking, Public Presentations.

Requirements: Ages 5-18 

Accepting new members: No


We work hard at photography, baking, art, and other skills. Each year we build upon what we did the year before.

Crafty Critters

Location: Accord
Meets: Every other Wednesday at 6:30pm
Club Projects: Arts and Crafts, Photography, Food & Nutrition, Veterinary Science
Requirements: Ages 8-19
Accepting new members: Yes

Outstanding Crazy Crew

Location: Saugerties
Meets: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
Club Projects: Rabbits, Poultry, Cow, Horse, Swine, Arts & Crafts, Baking, Community Service, Sewing, Gardening, Livestock Auction.
Requirements: Ages 5 to 18
Accepting new members: Not at this time.

We are a 4-H Club of mostly teenage girls with a focus on animal science, goal setting and community service.

Pasture Pets

Location: Gardiner
Meets: Third Sundays at 6:00pm
Club Projects: Horse and Cattle
Requirements: Ages 5-18
Accepting new members: Yes

We specialize in horses, goats and cattle. Everyone is welcome!

Sojourners 4-H Club

Location: Highland
Meets: 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00pm
Club Projects: STEM activities, Small Animals, Baking.
Requirements: Ages 7-18
Accepting new members: No.

We are a diverse club interested in all things science (from computers and robots to our local geology), community service, environmental conservation and small animals (pocket pets, poultry). 

Swedish Zhetlands

Location: Olivebridge
Meets: 2nd & 4th Sundays 
Club Projects: Animal Science, Poultry, Rabbits, Small Ruminants, Cattle, Culinary Arts, Textile Arts, Photography, Wood Arts
Requirements: Ages 10-16
Accepting new members: Yes.

We are a club driven by the interests of its members. We learn about animals, baking, sewing, photography and community service, among other interests, and we are always looking for new topics to explore. 

Ulster County 4-H Muttmasters

Location: New Paltz
Meets: Fall and Spring 10 week series, Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Type of Club: Dog Obedience
Requirements: Ages 8-19. Dog must be at least 6 months old and have current rabies certificate.
Accepting new members: Yes

We teach varying levels of dog obedience. Grooming, handling and rally obedience as well as responsible dog care.

Ulster County 4-H Teen Council

Location: New Paltz and Kingston (alternating)
Meets: Second Wednesday of each month
Type of Club: 4-H Teen Council is a county wide 4-H club
Club Projects: Community Service, Leadership
Requirements: Age 13-19
Accepting new members: Yes

We are the youth voice for the next generation of hard working passionate leaders. We believe in having a fun and exciting time while helping our community.

Young Riders

Location: Pine Bush
Meets: Every Saturday at 10am
Type of Club: Equestrian - horseback riding and care of horses
Club Projects: Horses
Requirements: Ages 5 - 16
Accepting new members: Yes

SCHOOL CLUBS

Tech Wizards Mentoring Programs

Location: Ellenville
Meets: After school Wednesdays
Club Projects: Science and Tech, Robotics, Engineering, Forensic Science
Description: Referred by guidance counselors. These group mentoring clubs involve youth in science and technology projects to spark their interest in STEM careers and connect them to caring adults.

COUNTY RUN PROGRAMS

4-H Public Presentations

Location: SUNY Ulster
Meeting Day & Time: TBD 
Description: This public speaking program gives enrolled 4-H youth ages 5-19 the opportunity to present on a topic of their choice and receive constructive feedback from 2 trained Evaluators


Tractor Safety

Location: Stone Ridge
Meeting Day & Time: March and April
Description: The course is open to anyone 13 years of age and older, however, only those 14 and older will be able to drive and become certified. Participants learn important safety skills and gain an advantage when seeking employment at a lawn or landscaping business, golf course or farm. The instructor, Grant DeWitt, is an Ulster County 4-H alumnus who holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from SUNY Cobleskill and a former qualifier at the National level in the 4-H Tractor Operation Contest.
Enrollment Fees: $40 4-H enrolled at time of registration/ other registrants $50


Veterinary Science

Location: SUNY Ulster
Meets: Thursdays, 6pm February- April
Description: Taught by veterinary professionals and SUNY Ulster professors, this collaboration with SUNY Ulster's Veterinary Technician program gives youth 13+ the opportunity to learn more about veterinary science and conduct hands-on learning. Unit 1 (4-5 sessions) explores the "Normal Animal" and Unit 2 (also 4-5 sessions) explores the "Abnormal Animal".
Enrollment Fees: $80 per youth enrolled in 4-H at time of registration; non-4-H youth $100, registration capped at 24 members

Last updated July 26, 2019