University of Missouri Extension's 4-H educational program empowers young people to reach their full potential while working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
Mercer County 4-H clubs
Mercer County 4-H has a variety of clubs that meet monthly.
Please contact MU Extension in Mercer County (660-748-3315) for details.
- Northern Lights — Meets 6 p.m., second Monday, Mercer Community Building
- Pine Evershine — Meets 3:30 p.m., first Monday, Princeton United Methodist Church
- Mid-River — Meets 5:30 pm, second Wednesday, Mercer County MU Extension Center
- Moss Rangers — Meets 6 p.m., first Wednesday, Mercer County MU Extension Center
Mercer County 4-H volunteers
Do you enjoy working with young people? If so, become a 4-H volunteer today.
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 Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.
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.
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News & articles
- Published: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023
The Issue4-H and FFA Livestock projects impact youth life skill development in motivation, responsibility, goal setting, discipline, and leadership (Anderson et al., 2015; Boleman et al., 2004; Evans, et al. 2019; Heavner et al., 2011; Rusk et al, ...
- Published: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021
Missouri families and educators! Truman has something important to share with you. As any loyal fan knows, Mizzou’s mascot, Truman, is a Bengal tiger. Sadly, the number of tigers in the wild has declined sharply over the last century. Today, there ...
- Published: Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021
The Missouri State Fair offers an opportunity for members to exhibit their skills in the 4-H Building, their showmanship in the livestock arenas and their character through demonstrations. For many, this is a culminating experience that affects them ...
- Published: Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – “Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H club members, 44 volunteers joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame. The 2020 inductees, from 36 counties, have established a legacy totaling 1,008 years of service to ...
Publication date: Oct. 6, 2022
Reviewed by David TrinkleinHorticulture Extension State SpecialistDivision of Plant Sciences & TechnologyFlowering trees add beauty and seasonal interest to the landscape. Many, including the popular flowering dogwood (Figure 1), have colorful or ...
Publication date: Jan. 1, 2012
Christopher J. StarbuckDepartment of HorticultureTrees are a valuable part of any landscape. They provide shade, wind protection and visual appeal. They also reduce energy costs and serve as recreation for children and habitat for wildlife. Given the ...
Publication date: June 1, 2008
Chris StarbuckDepartment of HorticultureTrees are the basic element for any landscape plan. They set the stage for the entire home grounds design. The type used and their location determine to a great extent what other plantings are appropriate.Trees ...