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4-H Clubs

At this time, due to COVID-19 and our responsibility to protect our families, we are unable to meet face to face until further notice. Some clubs and programs are meeting virtually through secure accounts via NCSU to keep our youth engaged and connected to one another during this time.

Please contact our 4-H Club Leaders to establish meeting information.

4-H clubs are groups of youth made up of at least five youth and two adult leaders who meet at least once a month. Most of our 4-H clubs have one focus, such as horses, but a few are general 4-H clubs that cover a variety of topics throughout the year. The most important part of 4-H clubs is that 4-H'ers get to choose what they want to work on each year, and adults support and guide the group to help make that happen.

The Wake County 4-H Club list is linked below. All of the leaders listed have been through a required training and background check. You are welcome to contact the 4-H Club leaders and ask to visit an upcoming meeting. It is always a good idea to check out more than one club before deciding on one to join.

We always welcome new 4-H clubs at any time during the year. The first step in starting a new club is for the potential 4-H Club leader to attend a Volunteer Orientation.

If you have questions about any of our clubs, please email Emma James at or call 919-210-3868.

Wake County 4-H Clubs

Bayleaf Meadows 4-H Club North Wake. Suspended
Club members interested in the natural world and technology will integrate the two through hands-on experience with goats, chickens, gardening, arts and crafts making amazing creations with lasers and discovering how to develop ideas into products. The club gives youth the experience of a backyard farm environment in a local suburban area.
Marie Taylor:


Come Together 4-H Club Raleigh. Suspended
General community 4-H club that covers community service, public speaking and leadership activities. Open to all ages. Meets monthly in Eastern Wake County. Ages 8+. Contact Linda Yon at


Farm Club South East Raleigh. Suspended
The Farm is a beautiful and tranquil environment for youth of all ages to participate in hands-on experiences and service-learning projects outside of the ‘city.’ Growing vegetables or flowers, environmental projects, leadership skills and plenty of exercises, plus so much more, is encouraged. Contact Sue Gardner at


GIS Mapping 4-H Clubs Various Locations. Meeting Virtually
Youth learn about geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping software. Community service projects are a frequent activity with youth using their technology skills on community impact projects such as mapping food deserts, gathering data for the Youth Thrive mobile app, and more. Must be upper-middle or high school age to participate. Club members have the opportunity to compete for spots on the National 4-H GIS Team. Contact


Growing Youth Food Security Leaders 4-H Clubs Various Locations. Suspended
Growing Youth Food Security Leaders Clubs Four middle schools have 4-H clubs dedicated to learning about hunger and homelessness in the local community. Students learn about the issues and design a project to have a positive impact in their school community. Students must be enrolled at the corresponding middle school in order to participate.

Happy Hooves 4-H Club Wendell. Meeting Virtually
Horse club in Wendell open to youth with and without horses. Members participate in service projects, learn about horsemanship and have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and so much more. Ages 5+. Contact Caitlin Gooch at


Horses for Hope 4-H Club Raleigh. Suspended
Horses for Hope is a local nonprofit that offers riding lessons for typically developing riders and riders with special needs. The 4-H club brings all riders together for activities, community service, and leadership development opportunities. Ages 5+. Club meets on the 3rd Monday of each month. "All members learn about horses by working with the miniature horses at Horses for Hope. Our 4-H club is open to everyone – you do not need to take lessons or own a horse. Contact Carmalee Scarpitti at


Jammin’ Hooves 4-H Club Apex. Meeting Virtually
Jammin’ Hooves 4-H Club Horse club that focuses on animal science learning about horses and veterinary science. Club members are not required to have a horse or have experience showing horses. Parent participation is important in this club. Club meets in members’ homes in the western part of Wake County (Holly Springs/Apex). Contact Andee Lane at


JUNTOS 4-H Clubs Garner Middle and Garner High Garner. Suspended
JUNTOS is a 4-H club for students to develop life skills and explore college and career interests. Members learn leadership skills, public speaking, and skills for academic success. Located at East Garner Magnet Middle School and South Garner High School.


MacNair’s 4-H Club Raleigh. Suspended
MacNair's 4-H Horse Club in Raleigh focuses on expanding equine knowledge, equine educational contests, animal science and community service. Enrollment is open to any youth 8 years and older, and members must be taking lessons at MacNair's Country Acres. Ages 5+. Contact Kara Wilcox at


Muddybugs 4-H Club Raleigh. Meeting Virtually
Community 4-H club in Raleigh for youth ages 5–8. The club covers a variety of topics including animals, insects and gardening. The focus is on having fun while learning with friends! Club meets at members’ homes. Contact Liz Driscoll at


Poultry Pack 4-H Club West Raleigh. Meeting Virtually
The Poultry Pack is youth 5+ with an interest in Poultry Science. Members will have an opportunity to study embryology, which will include incubating and hatching eggs, and follow their hatched chicks in a basic feeding trial, where they will weigh their birds, analyze results and draw conclusions. These birds then may become a backyard flock project for interested 4-H members. Each year members will have the opportunity to do presentations at the 4-H egg cookery, chicken and turkey grilling competitions, or poultry production presentations at the district, state and, possibly, even national events. Our club members will train and compete on either an Avian Bowl Team or a Poultry Judging Team. The youth may participate in the market turkey show at the NC State Fair. Each year we will do a community service project, which will be chosen by the members.

Meetings are the last Friday of every month from 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Contact club leader Mary Fosnaught, the Poultry Science 4-H & Youth Extension Specialist, 919-515-5529 or for more details.


Southern Oak Equestrians 4-H Club North Raleigh. Meeting Virtually
Southern Oak Equestrian Club Horse club meets at the Southern Oak Equestrian Center in North Raleigh. Club membership is limited to youth who take lessons or board at Southern Oak Equestrian Center because of liability restrictions. Club members participate in public speaking and record book projects, as well as community service opportunities. Ages 5+. Contact Brooke Rush at


Sparks in Progress 4-H Club Southeast Raleigh
Staff-led 4-H club that focuses on community service activities throughout the year. Club meets at the Wake County Extension Office twice each month. Open to any youth 13+. Contact Jamilia Martineau-Lopez for more information.


Wake County 4-H Livestock Club
Livestock Club Members learn about cattle, swine, sheep and goats. Members participate in field trips to local farms and in educational contests such as livestock judging, skill-a-thons and livestock bowls. Youth do not need to have their own project animal to participate. No animal experience is needed for this group. Open to ages 5+. Contact: Allyson Farmer at


Wake County Junior Master Gardeners 4-H Clubs. Meeting Virtually
Junior Master Gardeners ages 6+ meet to learn about plants, wildlife and soil science. The JMG group is composed of the Sunflower 4-H Club (ages 6–8), Wildlife 4-H Club (9–11) and WildWeeds 4-H Club (12+) that meet in one location in different rooms. Public speaking, projects and engagement in activities is encouraged of all club members. Unless otherwise announced, meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday at 6:30 p.m. between September and May at the JC Raulston Arboretum (4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606), with occasional visits to other sites throughout the season. Participants may join the program at any point throughout the season. Directions to JCRA are available from the website. Contact Jason Botts at or visit to learn more.


Wake County 4-H Teen Council.  Meeting Virtually
Wake County 4-H Teen Council helps build skills such as leadership, citizenship, communication, financial management and self-resilience. Teens experience working with new, diverse peers through an informal self-governance style. Teen Council members meet monthly to plan and implement 4-H educational programs, as well as community service and social activities. Open to ages 13–19.


Ready to Join 4-H?

Join online and get ready for your first 4-H meeting!

The Wake County 4-H Horse Council meets on the second Monday of each month at the 4-H Office (4001 Carya Drive in Raleigh). All teens in the 4-H Horse Program and all 4-H Horse Club leaders are encouraged to attend these meetings. The Horse Council does not meet in July or August.

Youth wishing to participate in 4-H horse shows are required to turn in an Eligibility Card yearly. Youth must complete a 4-H Record Book in order to receive an Eligibility Card. Exceptions for this rule are for Cloverbuds (ages 5–7) and for youth who are in their first year of 4-H horse shows.


For more information about 4-H opportunities, activities, resources and virtual events please view:

Wake County Cooperative Extension Service


National 4-H Positive Youth Development