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4-H is a community of young people, across America, learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

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Volunteer in Gunnison County 4-H

Volunteer in Gunnison County 4-H4-H would not happen without volunteers!

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer in Gunnison County 4-H programs. Whether you’d like to volunteer your expertise to help kids succesfully complete projects, organize and lead 4-H events and meetings, or serve in an advisory role on a 4-H committee, there’s a role for you to play as a 4-H volunteer. If you would like to learn more about volunteering with 4-H programs in Gunnison County, call 641-1260, or stop by the CSU Extension Office at the Fred Field Western Heritage Center (275 S. Spruce St.) in Gunnison.

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FourWard Thinking Newsletter

September 2019

October 2019

About 4-H

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There’s something for everyone in
Gunnison County 4-H!

4-H began a century ago as an educational program for the nation’s rural youth. Today, 4-H meets the needs of and engages young people of all backgrounds in positive youth development experiences.  In looking to the next century, 4-H will continue to further develop its programs in support of its motto of “Making the Best Better.”

No matter what you’re interested in, you will have the chance to build knowledge, skills, leadership abilities and confidence as a Gunnison County 4-H member. 4-H is open to youth ages 5-18 (as of December 31 of the current year). 4-H enrollment is open year round, but members need to designate a project by March 1, so enrolling early in the winter is preferred.

Joining 4-H is a simple, 3-step process:

  1. Pick a club.  Club List 2019-2020
  2. Select at least one project.  Project List
  3. Enroll online.  Enrollment Instructions

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact the CSU Extension Office at (970)641-1260, or stop by our office at the Fred Field Western Heritage Center (275 South Spruce St.) in Gunnison.

Did you know that Colorado 4-H has an International Exchange program, a Military Clubs program, and K-12 Afterschool activities?


Run for Council Officer

Want to develop stronger leadership skills and take your 4-H experience to the next level?  Consider running for a Council Officer position!  Elections will take place on October 16 at 6:30 at the monthly Council meeting.  Positions available include President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Game Leader.  To run for office, fill out a Council Application.  Be ready to turn in your application and deliver a brief campaign speech at the Council meeting.

Council Officer Expectations

End of Year Awards

Clubs can nominate a candidate for member of the year.  You can also nominate yourself.  There is a $100 award for Junior, Intermediate, and Senior members.  All candidates must turn an application in to the Extension office by October 16.  Applications can be picked up at the Extension office or downloaded below.  Outstanding members are chosen by a committee.

Outstanding Senior

Outstanding Junior

Outstanding Intermediate

Leader of the Year Form

Club of the Year

Krisjan Harnish Horseman Award

Colorado Leadership Conference

When:  November 1-3, 2019

Where:  Glenwood Springs

Who:  4-H members in Grades 6-9

What:  Come and join your 4-H friends at CLC to see how you can put 4-H into action!  The conference will feature several hands-on workshops to develop your skills in communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and social skills.  Bring a friend or two to join the fun and fellowship!

Please register early at  Once the 4-H year rolls over, you will need to enroll in 4-H before you can register for this event.  Early registration is open until September 27.  It will open again October 15-18.

For more information, contact Erin Durant at