4-H in Grundy County

Welcome to Grundy County 4-H!

From learning and having in person experiences with wildlife (think snakes and turtles), creating a solar-powered wind turbine and learning how to “survive” in the wild to baking cakes, creating stories with photographs and becoming a Teen Teacher, Grundy 4-H has activities to keep you busy year round.  Interested in becoming a leader in a club, your school or community?  We can help!  Want to be a part of a 4-H club in which you can meet monthly or whenever your schedule allows?  We have that.  Don’t have time to meet regularly but still want to participate in leadership and learning opportunities and outdoor adventures?  Check!  We can help with that too!  Are you a homeschooler that wants to add variety to your learning opportunities?  Our educator has a science background and can help with school programs. In Grundy 4-H, you decide your level of involvement with programs, clubs, and a wide variety of topics and projects that interest you. You make 4-H what you want it to be.   Don’t forget, in 4-H, you also have an important role in making your community a better place, but you don’t have to do it alone. As a club, you’ll figure out what’s needed most in your neighborhood and find ways to help. 

In 4-H, you’re part of our 4-H family that works together to accomplish amazing things!  At club meetings, you’ll learn how to get along with others as you build your communication and teamwork skills as well as participate in community service projects. You’ll meet adult leaders and other youth who care about you and want to help you succeed. We will match you with mentors who will coach you in areas like problem solving, communicating, and teamwork. We’ll introduce you to potential careers and help you develop a plan to success.  We hope you will join us on new and challenging adventures in Grundy 4-H!

News & Events

What's New in Grundy County?

**For the most up-to-date programs in 4-H, please see our Events page and filter by 4-H Youth Development.

  • Around the World in 30 Days - Open Enrollment.  Join us as we go Around the World in 30 days!  Families will be provided with a 30-day calendar full of activities to do as family or an individual. Activities may include the arts, cooking, geography, games, nature & wildlife, music, and a deep dive into the country’s culture.  Some activities may require commonly found household supplies and others only a computer.  More information and register online. View FLYER online.

  • Family Fun: Hiking Scavenger Hunt / Nature Bingo - Open Enrollment - Challenge your friends, families and 4-H clubs for a month-long 4-H Family Fun Hiking Scavenger Hunt (“Nature Bingo”) where youth and their families will be challenged to get out and explore their local natural areas through hiking and completing a scavenger hunt (aka “Nature Bingo”). Not only will this be a great way to spend time in nature with your families but also get some exercise - you won’t even realize you’re exercising since you’ll be looking for nature bingo items!  More information and register onlineView FLYER online.

Educator Newsletter

Bi-Weekly Newsletter for Grundy, Kankakee & Will (GKW, Unit 9)




Fairs & Clubs

2021 State Fair Results - Grundy County

Congratulations to all of our state fair representatives from Grundy County!  Great job everyone!!!

State Fair Results for Grundy County

Grundy County 2022 Fairbook

Grundy County 4-H Clubs

We are proud to have so many diverse 4-H clubs here in Grundy County - from environmental focus to community service and horses - there's something for everyone!  Below is a list of our clubs that meet on a regular basis.  Take a look and let us know if you have any questions.  If you can't find a club that's right for you, there are plenty of other options for you to participate in 4-H!  We have school and after school programs, events, one-time programs and so much more.  Please reach out to our staff and let us know if you have any questions.  We're here to help!   Educator Shannon Range, slrange@illinois.edu or EPC (Extension Program Coordinator Brooke Baker, bbaker8@illinois.edu.

4-H Clubs in Grundy County 

Want more information on clubs or would you like the club leader to contact you?  Fill out this short form to get in touch with 4-H clubs! After you submit this form, your information will be passed onto our background-checked club leader(s) for the club(s) you indicate interest in.

Awards & Scholarships

Awards General Information

Awards for Individual Members

Illinois 4-H Scholarship - Recognition via a $1,000 scholarship to individuals who have demonstrated a high standard of excellence and mastery as a 4-H member.  Open to current 4-H members15-18 years old as of September 1, 2021 who have been in the program for at least 2 years.  See state site for details and rules. Sponsored by Illinois 4-H Foundation.

  • Application
  • Deadline to state office November 1
  • More information and links to reference forms from state office
  • Award winners will be listed here once they are available.

4-H EXPERIENCE Level Recognition for Individuals - Recognition for individuals who participate in a variety of experiences in programs and activities, community service, leadership and project learning.  Bronze, silver & gold winners receive local recognition.  Diamond & emerald award winners are honored at a state awards ceremony in the fall.  Unlimited awards.

  • 4-H Experience Award application 
  • Due to Extension office on TBD
  • Due to state 4-H office 5pm November 1 (submitted by Extension office staff to state)
  • Award winners will be listed here once they are available.

Holstein-Friesian Association Award - Recognition for members enrolled in the Dairy project and exhibit Holstein dairy animals at the county 4-H show.  Sponsored by the Illinois Holstein-Friesian Association.

  • Application coming soon
  • Due to Extension office on TBD
  • Due to state 4-H office September 15 (submitted by Extension office staff to state)
  • Award winners will be listed here once they are available.

Illinois 4-H Electricity Achievement Award - Recognition for members who excel in the electricity project.  Sponsored by the Energy Education Council.

  • Application
  • Due to Extension office September 15
  • Due to state 4-H office September 15 (notification by Extension office staff to state)
  • Award winners will be listed here once they are available.

Awards for Clubs

4-H EXCEL Level Recognition for Clubs - Recognition for clubs displaying excellence in community service, leadership, and project learning. 

  • Application 
  • Due to Extension office on TBD
  • Due to state 4-H office 5pm October 1 (submitted by Extension office staff to state)
  • Award winners will be listed here once they are available.
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Brooke Baker-Katcher

4-H Recruitment and Engagement Program Coordinator
Youth development
4-H alumni