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 Seedling Sale Open

Support Jeffco 4-H by ordering seedlings for your spring conservation plantings.

Trees as well as perennials and grasses, grown by the Colorado State Forest Service, are available to anyone as long as they are used for conservation purposes. Check out program information, download an order form or peruse the complete listing and more.

4-H Barn Dance

AgapeAgape Distributors is sponsoring the second annual 4-H Barn Dance to be held on May 2, 2015, in the Event Center at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. There will be a BBQ Dinner and Silent Auction, a Live Auction, and a dance to The Tyler Walker Band again this year! 4-H Clubs will be donating themed baskets, which were a popular item last year! 4-Hers will soon be selling tickets, obtaining auction items, and working on the Barn Dance Committee to help plan the event. Contact Lisa Sholten at 303-271-6620 for more information or to help out!

Order tickets online through EventBrite. A small fee is added to the ticket price of $25 for teens/adults and $10 for youth age 10 and under.

4-H Newsletters

October-December 2013

January-March 2014

April-June 2014

July-September 2014

October-December 2014

January-March 2015

Click here to see the most recent Friday Email 4-H Update, which comes 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:

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

Horse Shows

2014 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 17 – Arvada 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

SNAPS (Something Nice About People Slips)

  • “I love Livestock Council!”
  • “Thank you Diana for all of your work on the Jeffco Livestock Enrichment Program!”
  • “Danielle and Tamera, you guys did an amazing job catching your calves at the Stock Show!”
  • “Great Job Horse Council for getting everything together for Hairy Horse Show!”

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
  • Open County 4-H Horse Clinics, April 6 and May 4, from 6-8:30pm in the Jeffco Event Center Indoor Arena. RSVP information is on the flyer.
  • Demonstration Workshop: Saturday, April 18, from 3-5pm in the ECMR. Register by April 13 at this Google Doc. Click here for a flyer.
  • Join Darin Smith for a Trailer Towing Refresher on April 25, 2015! Contact Darin to reserve a time slot: 1888xy@gmail.com or 303-818-9290.
  • Horse Council's Hairy Horse Show is scheduled for Sunday, May 10.
  • 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.
  • 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! 2014 Schedule
  • Jefferson County Fair, 4-H Event Dates-August 5-9, 2015. Check out our 4-H Youth Market brochure!