Berrien County 4-H


4-H Online enrollment process guide

Open Enrollment Deadline (for 2017 - 2018 4-H club year):  Re-enrollment deadline in 4-H Online for returning 4-H club members is January 1, 2018.  Enrollment deadline of youth new to 4-H will be accepted through June 1, 2018.

Annual Financial Report Forms Deadline:  December 1, 2017

Participation Fee Increase (for 2017 - 2018 4-H club year):  

As of September 1, 2017, the Michigan 4-H participation fee will be $20 per youth OR $60 per family per year, whichever is lowest.  Families with 3 or more children in 4-H will not pay over $60 in annual participation fees.

NEW Centralized Volunteer Selection Process

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Upcoming Events

It’s National 4-H Week!  October 1 - 7, 2017

Tractor Supply Clover Campaign
The fall 2017 4-H Paper Clover Campaign will take place October 5 - 16, 2017.                 

Shoppers at the Stevensville and Niles TSC stores will have the opportunity to support 4-H in Berrien County by choosing to purchase paper clovers for a $1.00 or more at checkout.  All funds raised will be donated to 4-H and will support 4-H youth development program activities in our county.  Funds go to support the Berrien County 4-H Participation Fee Scholarship Fund and new resources.

3rd Annual 5K Trail Run/Walk 4-Health

Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Berrien County MSU Extension Office
1737 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI  49022

Fee:  by September 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM:

          $20.00 - Ages 15 & over (Non 4-H)
          $10.00 - Youth ages 14 and under (Non 4-H)

         September 17 through Race Day fees:

            $25.00 - Ages 15 & over (Non 4-H)
            $15.00 - Youth 14 & under (Non 4-H)

Register online at

Description:  The course is a mixture of varied terrain throughout the vineyards, orchards, and other crops on the MSU Southwest Michigan Research Center grounds.  Terrain is not suitable for strollers.  A qualifying event in the racers run forest run off road race series.  This event provides funds to go towards 2018 4-H Exploration Days participants.


2017 Ride & Walk-A-Thon

Saturday, October 7, 2017
Russ Forest County Park
20379 Marcellus Highway, Decatur MI  49045
(Eight miles east of Dowagiac)

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, the We Can Ride 4-H Club will be hosting its annual Ride & Walk-A-Thon at Russ Forest County Park in Dowagiac, which is the Club’s largest fundraiser of the year!  You will benefit by riding your horse or by walking on the many beautiful trails at Russ Forest, and the Club will benefit from pledges and donations.  All Funds raised will be used solely fro the benefit of the Club and are tax deductible.

Checks should be made payable to the We Can Ride 4-H Club and returned with the registration form, link below.  If you are unable to attend the Ride & Walk-A-Thon, the completed form below may be turned in to any WCR Board Member or mailed to We Can Ride 4-H Club; c/o Barbara Lenahrdt, 2441 Rebecca Lane, Niles, MI  49120.  For more information, call Christina Knapp at 269-369-1969.

Registration/sign-in:              9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon - West entrance
                                                 (All participants must sign in at the registration table)
Parking:                                   Horse trailers & others - East entrance

There will be lunch and refreshments!  Fun activities will be planned throughout the day for non-riders

Free T-shirts will be given to  those collecting $35 or more in pledges!  (On a first-come, first serve basis.)               

Registration form and pledge form


Recognition Banquet

Sunday, November 5, 2017  
Doors open at 3:30 PM
Program starts:  4:00 PM

Dinner to follow Awards Program

RSVP Deadline:  October 6, 2017
To RSVP, call Berrien MSUE office at 269-927-5674 or email Jennifer Young at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Pebblewood Country Club
Bridgman, MI

Recognition Handbook

Recognition Award and Incentive Applications due - September 22nd


4-H Tractor Operator Coming Soon!

Michigan State University Extension offers the Tractor Operator Program (TOP) through the 4-H Youth Development Program.  Successful completion of the 4-H TOP provides completion certificates to 13 - 19-year-olds.

Who:  Youth 13 - 19 years of age
(currently, youth must be 14 by the day of the driving test to be eligible to receive federal certificate)

Cost:  $ 50.00 per person

When:  The 9-week course is usually taught on Wednesday evenings, mid-January through March each year, with an occasional Saturday practice driving.

Where:  The program will meet at the Old Baroda Township Hall, Baroda, MI  49101

Topics Include:
Farm/Ranch Hazards and Safety                  Tractor-powered implements
Tractor Component basics                            Self-propelled agricultural equipment
Pre-operational procedures                           Basic maintenance and repair
Operational basics                                         ATV/Utility Vehicle Safety
Operating on Public Roadways                     First aid and emergencies





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For other forms, including enrollment forms and volunteer application, visit the 4-H Leader’s Resources page. Contact Berrien County MSU Extension for more information about required forms and deadlines.

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