Marion County 4-HFounded in 1902, 4-H was incorporated into Extension Service in 1914 as a non-formal education program teaching leadership, citizenship, responsibility, communication and other valuable life skills to youth.            

Our mission is to create supportive environments for youth to reach their fullest potential. Youth ages 5-18 can become involved in 4-H through joining a local club or special-interest group, enrolling in a camp, or by participating in a 4-H school enrichment program.

4-H builds brighter futures by teaching youth important life skills, like self-esteem, necessary to living a productive and satisfying life. Learning opportunities in 4-H include a wide array of projects like livestock, gardening, shooting sports, dog agility, and various arts and crafts like sewing, painting, wood working, photography and cooking.

As part of the 4-H experience, members ages 8 and up can compete for awards at local, state and national levels. One of the largest and oldest local competitions is the annual Southeastern Youth Fair, held in February of each year. This all-youth fair is a place where 4-H members and FFA members alike have the opportunity to showcase their projects they've worked on over the past year. For more information on the Southeastern Youth Fair, please visit their website at

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4-H age divisions:

4-H is open to all youth ages 5 to 18 determined as of September 1 of the current 4-H program year.

  • Cloverbud division (ages 5 to 7) - Cloverbuds learn-by-doing through informal, non-competitive companion activities to the traditional 4-H program. The purpose of Cloverbuds is to help children get along with each other, explore interests, practice skills and build self-confidence and esteem through healthy, cooperative learning experiences.
  • Junior division (ages 8 to 10) - Any 4-H member who is 8 to 10 years old as of Sept. 1 of the current 4-H program year is considered a junior. Only junior, intermediate and senior divisions can participate in competitive events and large animal projects.
  • Intermediate division (ages 11 to 13) - Any 4-H member who is 11 to 13 years old as of Sept. 1 of the current 4-H program year is considered an intermediate.
  • Senior division (ages 14 to 18) - Any 4-H member 14 to 18 years old as of Sept. 1 of the current 4-H program year is considered a senior. Senior level 4-H participation in Florida begins at age 14.