4-H in Mercer County

What's it like in 4-H?

4-H helps youth find their spark!  Join Illinois’ largest out-of-school youth organization, where kids and teens learn by doing with fun, hands-on activities that teach skills for successful living. We can’t wait for you to join and become part of our 4-H family!

Ready to Take the Next Step? You can join one of our many community clubs and be part of our 4-H family! Just fill out this online 4-H interest form and we'll get back to you to help you find the club that works for you!

Check out the Mercer County 4-H Clubs flyer to see the dates and times our community clubs meet.

Holiday Workshop Dec 7, Viola
gingerbread cookie and striped candy canes

4-H and Mercer County Ag Literacy invite youth and teens to join us for a fun workshop making holiday gifts and treats on Wed, Dec 7 from 5 to 6:30 pm at The REC Center in Viola. Make a variety of gifts to give to friends and family! You'll also decorate cookies, and wrap your hand-made gifts to take with you. The cost is $5 person and includes all supplies. Register by Dec 2nd at https://go.illinois.edu/HolidayDIYViola

I Made That! Winter Wellness and Holiday Treats
a boy and girl in winter coats stand next to a snowman.

Illinois Extension and 4-H have a fun educational kit to help youth stay entertained this winter!The December kit has inspiration for staying active with such things as a winter scavenger hunt, as well as ways to warm up inside with recipes for holiday treats, and other fun family activities.

Kits are $5 each and include: December "I Made That!" booklet | 12 Days of Wellness Activities | Holiday Recipes | Select ingredients for your recipes | Winter Scavenger hunt and more!

Register here by November 28 for the December Kit

Kits can be picked up starting Dec 5 at our offices in Milan, Viola, and Galva, IL.

Mercer County 4-H Achievement Awards 2021-22

Congratulations to the many deserving award winners in our 2021-22 4-H year.

4-H offers a wide range of recognition opportunities for every type of 4-H involvement. Our 4-H members, clubs and volunteers work hard throughout the year and this is our opportunity to recognize them for their achievements. In the awards booklet you can read all about the various winners including awards for Club of the Year, Top Records, Fair Booth, National 4-H Week, Excel, Hall of Fame and many more! Read the full booklet at Mercer County 4-H Achievement Awards 2021-22

Joyce Smith

We are so thankful for our many wonderful 4-H leaders who make these opportunities for our youth possible. One of those leaders, Joyce Smith, leader of the Saddle Teens 4-H club is starting her 50th year of service! You can read more about the positive impact she has made over the years in this tribute: Joyce Smith - 50 Years of Service

Interested in volunteering for 4-H?

Fill out this volunteer interest form and we'll be in touch!

Inspire the next generation. Share your time and talents in a wide variety of ways. We are seeking adults to lead workshops in a range of 4-H project areas - give us a few hours on a weekend or weeknight to lead a hands-on workshop. Sign up to be a judge for our general projects at the fair. Lead a community club or after-school club in your community. We are happy to work with you to accommodate your schedule and interests. THANK YOU!

4-H Enrollment

Registration is open for the 2022-23 4-H year!

This year, Illinois 4-H is switching our enrollment and registration system to ZSuite. This new system offers a more user-friendly experience. It also has features that will help you stay connected to the 4-H program, and find new exciting experiences and opportunities for your 4-H members.

All 4-H families and volunteers will need to create a new household account in this system and add profiles for their participating family members (youth and adult volunteers).

Please see these step-by-step directions or check out this how-to video on the Illinois 4-H website.

Questions? Use the live chat or email help features on the ZSuite website, or contact Tracy!

Mercer County 4-H Resources and Newsletters

Look over the 2022-23 Mercer County 4-H Resources and County Events Calendar for important dates and information.

Read 4-H Insight monthly newsletter - keeping our members, leaders and families up to date on the news, events, activities, deadlines and opportunities happening each month!

2022 Newsletters

November 2022 Newsletter

October 2022 Newsletter

September 2022 Newsletter

August 2022 Newsletter

June 2022 Newsletter

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