The 4-H Clover Kids Club program is designed to introduce 5- to 7-year-olds to a variety of 4-H experiences. 4-H Clover Kids are involved in activities led by an adult that will help them learn how to get along and share with others, explore many different interest, learn basic living skills, build self-confidence, learn to communicate effectively and learn how to be a part of a group. The ultimate goal is to make this age group so excited about 4-H that they'll continue their enrollment in 4-H beyond the 4-H Clover Kids experience.

The child/adult ratio for these clubs is five to eight children to one adult leader. Weekly meetings are recommended. Clover Kids do not participate in competitive events, contests or shows. 4-H Clover Kids do not enroll in projects or raise project animals.

Small animal safety policies

  • No wildlife allowed — follow Department of Conservation rules as specified in the Wildlife Code of Missouri.
  • All animals must be caged, leashed or contained as appropriate and manageable by the child during 4-H Clover Kids meetings and events.
  • Parent or guardian must be present with his or her child(ren) when animals are involved.

4-H Clover Kids small animal policy

4-H Clover Kids are encouraged to experience a wide range of activities. Learning about and enjoying small animals is one of the many opportunities children can have in a 4-H Clover Kid program. 4-H Youth Development programs developed the following list of approved small animals and policies to help ensure that children and volunteers have safe and meaningful experiences with these animals.

Approved small animals

  • Amphibians: frogs, toads
  • Birds
  • Cavies: guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters
  • Cats
  • Chinchillas
  • Dogs
  • Fish
  • Hedgehogs
  • Lizards
  • Mice
  • Rabbits
  • Rats
  • Snakes