Merrimack County 4-H

4-H youth working on a project

Merrimack County 4-H: Something for Everyone


4-H is the community for everyone. We do it all – we are in the woods, on the farm, on the shooting range, in the garden, making, stitching, engineering, building, leading through service, climbing mountains, and always reaching new horizons.

In 4-H, youth complete hands-on projects in areas like agriscience, STEM, healthy living, and citizenship. 4-H’ers receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.

Our program is structured in the form of community Clubs and afterschool programs, county-wide events, and SPINs (short-term programs designed around a SPecific INterest). Whether you are looking to join a tight-knit group that meets routinely (a community Club), be casually involved in something fun and positive (SPINs), or anywhere in between, your children can work on projects in areas of their interest, expand their level of understanding, and build relationships that will last a lifetime.

Interested in Merrimack County 4-H? Connect with us


Upcoming Events

There are many opportunities to participate in 4-H!

Join a Club

Many 4-H’ers choose to join a local or countywide Club, which provides opportunities to make new friends, learn from volunteer adult leaders, and gain skills in many project areas. Take a look at the list below of clubs currently active in our county and then contact us to let us know if there are any clubs you might be interested in checking out, and we will put you in touch with the club leaders.

Join as an Independent Member

Maybe you’re not necessarily interested in joining a club at this time, and that’s OK!  4-H is committed to bringing you programs wherever you are. Youth and families who attend county-wide events and SPINs or work on 4-H projects independently are recognized as Independent Members.

Find an Event

At the county level we also offer several county-wide events that you can casually attend and enjoy.  County-wide “SPINs” are Special Interest courses that are implemented like fieldtrips or workshops and introduce you to a new hobby or project area, or scaffold more advanced concepts in favorite project areas. Check out our Events Calendar to find a short-term program that might interest you!

Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering with our county 4-H, there are many ways to get involved. Take a look our Volunteer Information to find out how you can participate,  whether you are looking for the occasional opportunity to volunteer or a more extensive commitment.

Interested in joining a 4-H Club in Merrimack County? Connect with us to get started.

Daisy Burns
Brentwood Night Riders

Brentwood Area

Horse, Community Service, Leadership, Safety, Vet Tech

4-H clover
Candia Clovers

Candia Area

Cloverbuds, Dairy Goat, Poultry, Sheep, Community Service, Arts & Crafts, Food Preservation, Textiles & Clothing, Vegetable Garden/Fruit, etc.

4-H Clover
Chester 4-H Jr. Rifle & Archery League

Chester Area

Shooting Sports, Safety, Community Service

Learn more

Hillsborough County Fair sheep show
Crazy 4 Canines

Kingston Area

Dogs, Crafts, Community Service

Belknap County teens
Deerfield Bittersweet Special

Deerfield Area

Cloverbuds, Community Service, Heritage Arts, Consumer Education, Foods, Textiles & Clothing

county horse show
Derry True Blue Trotters

Derry Area

Horse, Community Service, Leadership, Safety, Career Exploration

youth with horse
Dream Catchers

Derry Area

Horse, Dog, Safety, Community Service

Compass club
Dun Differently

Epping Area

Horse, Veterinary Science, Safety, Community Service, Arts & Crafts, Leadership, Citizenship

footin' to hootin'
Fire Riders

Kensington Area

Horse, Veterinary Science, Safety, Community Service, Arts & Crafts, Leadership, Citizenship

poultry
Helping Hands

Windham/Greater Derry Area

Pet Care, Woodworking, Nature Exploration, Cooking, Farm Maintenance, Community Service, etc.

Learn more

youth working on cooking project
Kingfishers

East Kingston Area

Environmental Education, Forestry, Vegetable Garden/Fruit, Photography, Independent Study, Arts & Crafts

Katie growing pumpkin
LEAP 4-H Afterschool Program

Raymond

Various projects and activities

Learn more

dog
Londonderry 4-H Club

Londonderry Area

Horse, Cloverbuds, Community Service, Veterinary Science, Safety

horse
Raymond Silver Saddles

Raymond Area

Horse, Veterinary Science, Safety, Community Service, Arts & Crafts, Cloverbuds, Leadership, Citizenship

youth with dairy cows
Rockingham County 4-H Dairy Club

Greenland Area

Dairy, Community Service, Veterinary Science

winnisquam whinnies
Rockingham County Cottontails

Nottingham Area

Rabbits/Cavies, Community Service, Leadership, Arts & Crafts, Consumer Education, Photography, Public Speaking

youth at deerfield fair
Rockingham County Independent Members

Rockingham County

Independent Members can cover any independent project area

4-H teens
Rockingham County 4-H Youth Leadership Team

Rockingham County

Community Service, Leadership, Public Speaking, Citizenship

youth with horse
Rockingham Riders

Methuen, MA Area

Horse, Veterinary Science, Safety, Community Service, Arts & Crafts, Public Speaking, Leadership, Citizenship

youth with chicken
Rockingham Roosters

Brentwood Area

Poultry, Community Service, Public Speaking, Leadership

youth with horse
Sandown Free Spirits

Sandown Area

Horse, Community Service, Leadership, Safety

youth with horse
Sandown Hooves, Paws, and Claws

Sandown Area

Horse, Community Service, Public Speaking, Leadership

youth in classroom
Seabrook Adventure Zone

Seabrook

Afterschool program with various activities

Learn more

youth hiking group
Southern NH 4-H'ers

Windham Area

Environmental Education, Outdoor Activities, Nutrition & Fitness, Fishing, Poultry, Goats, Rabbits

youth building robot
Windup Robotics

Windham Area

Teen Robotics

Learn more

Reach out to your local County 4-H team to get started on your 4-H journey!

Merrimack County 4-H in Action

  • 4-H teen at 4-H Day at UNH

    Every year the University of New Hampshire hosts a 4-H activities day for teens that includes leadership activities. 

  • 4-H volunteer

    4-H clubs and programs would not be possible without our dedicated group of volunteers.

There are countless ways to support Rockingham County 4-H, and no way too small. Thank you for considering supporting the important work we are doing in any of these ways.

To support our programs by donating to our Foundation, you can make checks payable to the "Rockingham County 4-H Foundation" and send to Rockingham County 4-H, 113A North Road, Brentwood, NH, 03833. We hope to have a way to accept recurring online payments soon. All donations received go directly to fund Rockingham County 4-H programs and scholarships.

We are always seeking volunteers to fill a number of different roles. If any of these roles is right for you, email Rockingham.4H@unh.edu.

Youth Leadership Team Advisors

This role will facilitate a program where the teens in the county learn more about their identity though community improvement projects, social experiences, retreats, planning events, and attending workshops about leadership concepts. Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week.

SPIN Facilitators

We are seeking volunteers with interest and experience in special project areas (examples: hydroponics, maple sugaring, livestock, etc.). 

Club/Project Leaders

To volunteer as a Club leader, project leader, or SPIN facilitator, there is a volunteer application and onboarding process. We are here to get you started and guide you through it – start by completing the 4-H Volunteer Application online.

Pathway Committee Members

These volunteers would meet 4-6 times a year to help plan county-wide programs in either Agricultural Science, Healthy Living, or STEM pathway areas. These Volunteers get “first dibs” on paid trainings, workshops, and certifications that are related to the pathway they are planning for.

Social Media Manager

We have a Facebook page and Instagram account and are looking for a volunteer that has experience using these social media platforms and would be willing to meet virtually throughout the week. Tasks would include making posts, keeping up engagement with families, and tracking trends. Time commitment: 3-4 hours a week.

Sewing machine maintenance and repair

We have a dozen sewing machines that need to be worked on in the county office.

Fundraising Collaborator

We are looking for volunteers to collaborate on county-wide fundraisers.

Video Producer

We are looking for a volunteer to help us produce and edit videos so we can take our messaging to the next level as a more effective way to inform our audience about all the opportunities we are offering.

If you would like to donate any of these supplies, email Rockingham.4H@unh.edu. For unique delivery circumstances, we can work out logistics with you.

  • Livestock Trailer
  • Arts and Crafts Supplies
    • Crayons
    • Colored Pencils
    • Tape
    • Glue
    • Colored Paper

The 4-H Basics

What is 4-H?

4-H is America’s largest youth development organization. The purpose of 4-H is to provide a supportive setting for all youth to pursue the projects and interests they love, all while serving the community and gaining valuable life skills.

What do the 4 H’s in 4-H mean?

The 4 H’s stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Our organization’s title is directly connected to our pledge:

"I pledge ... my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world."

How old do you have to be to join 4-H?

Our programs are primarily geared towards youth ages 8-18. However, we have ways for your 5-7-year-olds to participate as a “Cloverbud.” If you are older than 18 and still want to express the 4-H spirit, you can take advantage of our many volunteer opportunities.

How do I find my local county 4-H program?

New Hampshire 4-H is the youth development program of UNH Cooperative Extension, and our 10 County 4-H Programs in New Hampshire serving youth from all over the state. 4-H operates on many levels of the community. There are events, programs, workshops, and opportunities on both the County level and the State level (even the National level). Get started by finding your County 4-H Program here. Your county program is usually the county where you live, but if you are planning to join a 4-H club in a different county, that county program will be your home base.

How do I find a local 4-H Club?

The list of Clubs and Afterschool Programs on your County 4-H Program page is a great place to start. To get connected with a club, complete our 4-H interest form, and a 4-H staff member will be in touch to find out more about your interests and put you in touch with a Club Leader that fits your interests and location.

Who leads 4-H Clubs?

The best people in the world lead 4-H Clubs. No joke! 4-H Volunteers lead Clubs, and you can be sure they are truly invested in giving their attention and skills to your children because they do it for free. 4-H nationally gets over a billion dollars of time and expertise from our Volunteers every year. Why on earth would they do that? Because giving your children skills and opportunities is incredibly rewarding for them, and 4-H supports and empowers them to make the maximum impact possible. All 4-H Volunteers are supported by a professional staff, including your County 4-H Program Manager and Field Specialists who are University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension staff members.

What are 4-H Club meetings like?

4-H youth work on projects of all kinds within four general program pathways: Agricultural Science, Civic Engagement, Healthy Living, and STEM. Some Clubs specifically focus on one of these pathways. Other Clubs generally dabble in all four. Youth have opportunities to present and showcase their projects at the county fairs and other county, state, and regional events – but most of the learning and skill development happens in the Clubs. 4-H Club members build leadership by electing officers and conducting their own business meetings, work together on community service activities, meet new friends, and of course, have lots of fun.

What if I don’t necessarily want to join a club?

There are still many ways to be involved! 4-H is committed to bringing you programs wherever you are, and maybe joining a Club is not for you at this time. Youth and families who want to attend county-wide events and SPINs or work on 4-H projects independently are recognized as “independent members” or “participants”. Find a 4-H event near you or contact us to get started as a 4-H independent member.

How do I officially enroll in 4-H?

4-H Online is our official enrollment database. Registering in 4-H Online allows you to manage your 4-H clubs and projects, register your 4-H animals, and sign up for events. Enrollment as a club member or participant is required to register for your county events and SPINs. If you need help enrolling, check out our Enrollment Guide for NH Families.

How do I get involved as a 4-H volunteer?

There are many different kinds of opportunities to support 4-H through volunteering – see all of them here. To volunteer as a Club leader, project leader, or SPIN facilitator, there is a volunteer application and onboarding process. We are here to get you started and guide you through it – start by completing the 4-H Volunteer Application online.

Can parents be involved in 4-H Clubs?

Parents can and should be involved in 4-H Clubs. Speak to the Club Leader to define the best role for you!

How do I start a local 4-H group?

Screened 4-H Volunteers can start a 4-H group aka “Club.” There is a more involved orientation process for Club Organizational Leaders that is designed to bring their vision into reality and highlight the extra responsibilities. We are here to get you started and guide you through it – start by completing the 4-H Volunteer Application online.