4-H educational programs empowers young people to reach their full potential while working and learning in partnership with caring adults.


SMQA Information

ATTENTION food animal projects (including beef, sheep, swine, dairy cattle, meats, meat and dairy goats, rabbits, and poultry) if you plan to participate in the Missouri State Contest/Fair, you may need to complete the Missouri Show Me Quality Assurance (MSMQA) by June 1st on line or face to face. 

MU Extension-Platte County is offering a face to face training FEBRUARY 1, 2017 at the Platte Co. Resource Center 6pm.  Amie Schleicher, Livestock Specialist will be teaching this course. 

For complete guidelines contact Laura or visit the website:  http://4h.missouri.edu/statefair/SMQA

Upcoming events.


Join us if you dare!...
For a FREE Storytelling / Preview concert & informational session for the summer Ghost workshop/4-H spin club.

April 27, 2017 – 6:30 pm to 8pm
Corbin Theatre Co 15 N Water St, Liberty, MO 64068
Featured tellers: Joyce Slater, Steve Otto, Priscilla Howe, Jim Two Crows Wallen

Want to create a spooky, ghastly ghost story?
Want to scare your friends?
YOU can learn how to put fright into the night!
(come check out our FREE preview concert April 27, 2017 – 6:30 pm to 8pm @ Corbin Theatre Co, and learn more about out upcoming workshop)
The University of Missouri Extension is excited to announce enrollment in the first Greater Kansas City area GHOST Project! (Ghost, Horror, Or Scary Tales) a series of workshops and performance opportunities for Middle/High-school youth to learn to take their Ghost Storytelling skills to the next level. Youth will work with a professional storyteller to research, create and tell their own scary story, and then share it at a “GHOST Slam”, 2017.
For more information: Contact GK Callahan:  MU Extension - Community Arts Specialist / 1901 NE 48th St, Kansas City, MO 64118 /callahang@missouri.edu (Ext Office) 816-407-3490 (Main) 816-407-3497


Who is interested in Lego Robotics?

Beginning May 6 for 4 weeks youth in grades 3-5 can explore and learn about Lego robotics. For more information click here or call the MU Extension Platte County Office at 816-270-2141.

4-H Camp

Don’t miss out on a weekend of fun!  The very first Urban Regional 4-H Camp serving youth in Clay, Jackson and Platte Counties is June 30 to July 2 (for ages 13+) and July 7-9 (ages 8-12).  Camp will be held at Heartland Center in Parkville, Mo along 45 HWY.  A fully packed schedule of team building, nature exploration, swimming, and volunteer/staff led activities will start Friday at 6pm and conclude on Sunday at Noon.  Each age group will be able to choose from horseback riding or high rope course (ages 13+) and archery or lead horseback riding (ages 8-12).  Registration is due June 1 or until full.  Only completed registration will be accepted.  A completed registration includes camp application, payment to Platte Co. 4-H, and a copy of youth health form AND authorization form from 4-H online.  Return completed registration to MU Extension Platte Co.  11724 NW Plaza Circle Suite 300 Kansas City, MO 64153.  Registration form can be found at http://extension.missouri.edu/platte on the 4-H page under 4-H Materials and forms, April.  Questions?? Contact your 4-H Staff.  Registration will open April 1, 2017. Registration form can be found here also.

Logo and Theme

The theme contest for 4-H members and volunteers, is an annual tradition. The theme is used throughout the year on t-shirts, certificates, programs and posters. This years theme is "We're Nuts About 4-H"


Platte County 4-H Newsletter 

The 4-H newsletter is published monthly. It provides our members with the most up-to-date information available on clubs and happenings in Platte County 4-H

4-H clubs

When and where clubs meet in Platte County (PDF)

Become a 4-H volunteer

Information can be found at the Missouri Center for 4-H Youth Development Volunteer website.


Searching for 4-H Alumni

If you are a past member or volunteer with Platte County or any other 4-H, we want to hear from you and know how to contact you.  We also want you to find your 4-H projects, records, photos to share on the alumni display at the Platte County Fair. A special Table for Golden Memories in 4-H will connect current and past 4-Hers.There is a Friends of 4-H organization if interested in providing long term financial or volunteer support.

In exchange for sharing your contact information, we will keep you updated on exciting events and news impacting 4-H locally. Share your information here.

Platte County Missouri 4-H is on Facebook



How to join 4-H

University of Missouri Extension 4-H

Empowering young people to reach their full potential

4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 19, and adults together to learn everyday skills through hands-on learning. Working on activities from animal and plant sciences to robotics, 4-H’ers learn problem-solving skills that can make a positive impact upon our community. Through 4-H, young people learn to:

  • meet the diverse challenges of today’s world;
  • build self-confidence;
  • learn responsibility; and
  • make positive decisions.
4-H clubs

4-H clubs are open to ages 8 to 18. Clubs meet monthly for group activities and club business. Each club elects officers and has an approved adult leader who supervises club activities. Club members also enroll in projects in their areas of interest.

With projects on more than 75 topics, 4-H has something to interest every child. Here are just a few of the opportunities 4-H offers—geocaching, robotics, international exchanges, horsemanship, pets, starting a business, arts and crafts, raising animals, woodworking, photography and gardening.

Clover Kids clubs

Clover Kids introduces 5- to 7-year-olds to the 4-H experience. In Clover Kids, children learn how to get along with others, work in groups, explore their interests, while building self-confidence. Clover Kids do not enroll in projects or raise animals, and do not participate in competitive events, contests or shows.

How to join

Joining 4-H is as easy as contacting the extension center. A staff member will explain the enrollment process and membership dues. In addition to dues, some projects may require a small investment to get started, and there may be a fee for materials, trips or other activities.

Young people are welcome to join at any time. The 4-H program year runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.


4-H Online enrollment system
Missouri 4-H Clover—A guide to 4-H projects, activities and publications. It is designed to assist volunteers, members and their families select projects and activities, and set goals.

Be a 4-H volunteer

Adult volunteers are essential to 4-H. Adult volunteers serve as club or project leaders, help with county or regional events, chair committees and organize fund raisers. You don't have to be a parent or grandparent of the 4-H member to get involved. All volunteers are screened for child abuse and neglect, as well criminal records, before they are accepted and each year thereafter. As a volunteer, University of Missouri Extension will provide you with training so you will be well-prepared and successful as an adult leader. The orientation includes information on 4-H history and the educational framework, the characteristics of age groups, character development and safety.