4-H Youth Development

4-H is a national youth development program that has been in existence for more than 100 years.  The primary goal of 4-H is to assist youth in developing life skills that help them live productive and satisfying lives.

Some important life skills include making decisions, solving problems, relating to others, planning and organizing, communicating with others, leading self and others, and applying science and technology. 

Being part of a 4-H club is one of the most meaningful ways to participate in 4-H.  Youth can also be involved in special interest programs, school enrichment and mentoring programs sponsored by 4-H.

Please see the Family Help Sheet for enrollment information. There are guides with screenshots of our enrollment website for New Families and Existing 4-H Families. Enrollment information is also available on the Prospective 4-H Members page. Look under "How do I join?"

4-H Barn Dance

AgapeAgape Distributors sponsored the second annual 4-H Barn Dance held on May 2, 2015, in the Event Center at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Thank you to everyone who supported our 4-H program through this event!

Our Mid-Level Sponsors were:

Aura Salon, Cinch Jeans & Shirts, Linn Energy, Rocky Mountain Safety & Security, Tin Star Smokehouse, and The Tyler Walker Band

Our Supporters were:

Drain Wizard, Jodi Stemler Consulting LLC, Courtney Nelson with PorchLight Real Estate Group, Studio One Hair Designs, Eric Kolstad and Julie Heinrich, Samara Wellness PA, Kevin Rutter's Hot Auctioneering, and other individual contributors.

4-H Newsletters

January-March 2014

April-June 2014

July-September 2014

October-December 2014

January-March 2015

April-June 2015

Click here to see the most recent Weekly 4-H Newsletter, which goes out to 4-H families on Fridays to keep you up-to-date!

Dog Project

Jump Into Our YouTube Dog Video Here

Are you interested in joining 4-H in a Dog Project? We have a dog group that meets in the Conifer area and one that meets in Golden at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds! The dog program teaches you to train your dog for obedience, showmanship, and rally with some agility thrown in for fun!

Please see our dog poster for information! Here is a quote from a happy parent:

Dog Show Flyers:

Weld County Paws & Tails Dog Show - In Greeley on May 10

Douglas County Dog Shows - Castle Rock

May 16 registration form

June 27 registration form

Adams County Spring Fling Dog Show - Saturday, May 23, 2015.  The show will take place at the Adams County Fairgrounds in the Al Lesser Building.  Registrations due by May 15.   

El Paso County Dog Show - June 13 and June 14, 2015

Elbert County Dog Fun Match - June 20, 2015

Pre-Registration due June 4 - Registration form

Horse Shows

2015 Horse Show Bills

(updated as they become available)

2015 Horse Show Schedule

Show Schedule Document

  • February 15 – Equine Experience Clinic and Schedule – Jeffco Event Center Arena
  • May 10 – Hairy Horse Show – Westernaires Arena
  • May 17Arvada Hoofprinters Show – Westernaires Arena
  • June 7 - Pleasant Park Gymkhana - McKeever Arena (Conifer)
  • June 21 – Horsefeathers Show – El Pinal Arena (Evergreen)
  • July 11 &12 – Pleasant Park Horse Show – McKeever Arena (Conifer)
  • July 19 – Jeffco Ranger/Wranglers Show – Jeffco Event Center Arena (Fairgrounds)
  • July 26 – Ranch Race Trail – Table View Arena
  • August 2 - Pleasant Park Gymkhana - McKeever Arena (Conifer)
  • August 6 & 7 – County Fair – Jefferson County Fairgrounds
  • August 27-30 – State Fair – Pueblo
  • September 6 – Equine Event – Rodeo Arena
  • September 27 – Horse Council Fun Show – Table View Arena

Jeffco 4-H Shooting Sports

County Shooting Sports Contests will be held on May 29-31 and July 24-26, 2015. Members must have a Hunter Education Card and four practices in their discipline in order to participate.

Please download and complete the entry form for Contest 1, May 29-31, and turn into the Extension Office by May 20.

Colorado 4-H Dress Code

The Colorado 4-H Dress Code must be followed at all 4-H events and activities.

4-H Code of Conduct

4-H members, leaders, parents, and other adults participating in 4-H activities will follow the Colorado 4-H Code of Conduct.

Sportsmanship Guidelines

The development of sportsmanship is an important part of growing up. To become contributing, competent, caring, capable adults, youth must develop sportsmanship. It's important for people to be fair and generous competitors, good losers, and graceful winners. All participants in 4-H, County Fair, and other youth programs are expected to demonstrate the elements of sportsmanship before, during, and after their participation.

Sportsmanship for Participants

Sportsmanship for Parents

Sportsmanship for Spectators

Current Events

  • County Council is selling 4-H T-Shirts - Order Form
  • Horse Council's Hairy Horse Show is re-scheduled for Sunday, June 14.
  • Arvada Hoofprinter's Horse Show is scheduled for Sunday, May 17.
  • Meat Quality Assurance/Pork Quality Assurance (MQA/PQA) is a required class for all first year livestock members and livestock members who turned 14 this year. It is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, in the Exhibit Hall at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
  • New 4-H Leader Orientation, May 20, 6-9pm in the ECMR.
  • Douglas County 4-H Horse Camp - June 1-3 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock - Register by May 15
  • 4-H Shooting Sports Family Camp Out - June 19, 20, 21 in Victor, Colorado
  • 4-H Equine Vision Journey Workshop will be offered in the summer of 2015! A unique workshop is held annually for a select group of youth who'd like to examine their passions, strengths and dreams WITH HORSES!
  • Summer Camps - A licensed child care provider, the program offers students entering 3rd grade a chance to become science explorers and those entering 4th, 5th, and 6th grades to explore Colorado’s natural and cultural history.
  • State Conference - Information is at the State 4-H Website: State Conference Info
    The Colorado State 4-H Conference provides great training for 4-H members, leaders, and Extension agents. Members also participate in state contests! Registration now open in 4-H online! 2015 Schedule
  • Jefferson County Fair, 4-H Event Dates-August 5-9, 2015. Check out our 4-H Youth Market brochure!