Thank you for your interest in La Crosse County 4-H! We are proud to have several clubs that are spread throughout the county – from the south side of the city of La Crosse heading north along the river through Onalaska and into Holmen; venturing east through West Salem, Mindoro, Bangor, and Rockland. We are confident that you will find a 4-H Club that is just right for you and your family!
Please note: The La Crosse County 4-H enrollment year begins annually on the first day of September and ends the last day of August. You must be enrolled and be in active status by April 1st to participate in competitive events (i.e. fair, softball, etc.).
Who can join?
4-H is open to all youth beginning in 5K (five-year-old Kindergarten) through one year beyond high school graduation (not to extend beyond the age of 19 as of December 31st of the enrollment year). 4-H is available in the cities, villages, rural farms, and in the country! 4-H is open to ALL youth regardless of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
What do 4-Hers do?
- Join a club or special interest group
- Select projects of interest
- Attend club meetings and project meetings
- Build, raise, or make projects to exhibit at the county fair
- Participate in club and county activities
- Read the county newsletter and keep informed of 4-H events and opportunities
How do parents & adults get involved?
Adults are a very important part of 4-H. Many adults share their time, skills, and resources by volunteering as club or project leaders. To become a certified 4-H leader, you must attend a one-time volunteer orientation training; these trainings are given by local 4-H educators. Learn more!
How do I join?
Joining 4-H is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3 …
- Contact the La Crosse County UW-Extension office for club and enrollment information
- Get in touch with the leader of a club in your community to find a club that best suits your family
- Enroll via 4HOnline
Each member and leader must enroll or re-enroll themselves through 4HOnline by April 1st each year. It is the data that you enter that will be used to send you information and allow you to exhibit in project areas. Please take your time to be certain your information is accurate!
- New Families: First-time Enrollment Instructions
- Current 4-H Members & Leaders: Re-enrollment Instructions
Finding a Club
Please contact the Extension office to learn more about clubs in your area and how to get more involved. We would be happy to assist you in selecting the right club for your family.
As you enroll, you will need to choose which projects you would like to pursue this year. Read through our Project Guide to assist you in making project selections.
Please note that you can only be in one level of a project at a time (example: Foods & Nutrition – you must choose between levels 1, 2, 3 or 4). There are a few projects where you will need to choose between an A or B. In all of these you cannot be in A and B at the same time.
There are a few exceptions, but only those listed below:
- Foods Preservation 1 has 4 different subjects – you can be in all 4 if you choose + both levels.
- Foods Preservation 2 has 3 different subjects – you may be in all 3 if you choose + both levels.
- Crops 1 – Crops 2 – Crops 3 all have a different subject – you may be in all 3 if you choose.
- Fruits 1 has 3 different subjects – you may be in all 3 if you choose + both levels.
- Fruits 2 has 2 different subjects – you may be in all 2 if you choose + both levels.
A common error is with Horse … you cannot be in both a Horse level and a Horseless Horse level at the same time. How do you know which to choose?
Ordering Project Literature
Need to order literature? Fill out our Project Literature Request Form! Please DO NOT order through 4HOnline, as those titles are not county specific. Instead, peruse the Project Guide, choose up to five FREE titles (additional titles beyond the five are available for purchase), and submit your form via email, fax, or mail to the Extension office. Depending on our inventory, we do our best to fill orders within two weeks.