Cloverbuds is for 5-7 year old 4-H'ers

Cloverbuds is an exciting 4-H program for 5- to 7-year old children. Our youngest 4-H’ers aren’t quite ready for some project areas and/or activities. But there is still plenty for them to do in 4-H!


The emphasis in Cloverbuds is on participation, learning and teamwork, not competition. For example, they might:

  • Learn about nutrition while helping to prepare simple snacks
  • Plant seeds and learn what to do to help them grow
  • Decorate a cake to learn about elements of design and planning
  • and more!

Cloverbud Activities

Cloverbuds can participate in many 4-H activities. Activities include:

  • Participation in 4-H club
  • 4-H Fashion Revue
  • 4-H Carnival
  • Cat Show (stuffed cat only)
  • Demonstration/Speech with club or participate at county contest
  • Creative Cooks
  • Performing Arts
  • Cake Decorating
  • Cloverbud Camp
  • Larimer County Fair
  • Cloverbud Kits
A cloverbud shows off the butter she helped make.

To be a Cloverbud, you will enroll in 4-H just like anyone else:

  1. Pick your 4-H Club. Not all 4-H clubs have a Cloverbuds leader, so look for one that does.
  2. When enrolling in 4-H, pick "Cloverbud" as your "project." 
  3. Pay your enrollment fee

Follow this link to get started.

Cloverbuds are members in a 4-H club with a trained leader. Not all 4-H clubs have a Cloverbuds leader, so look for one that does.

The youth participate in activities and special workshops and events throughout the year such as:

  • Demonstrations
  • Community service
  • Being a part of a team

Small children have different emotional and physical safety needs than older children. We take these needs into account for Cloverbuds. We pick activities appropriate for children aged 5-7 years old.

For their own safety, Cloverbuds do not take part in:

  • Shooting sports
  • Raising animals
  • Baking
  • Launching rockets
  • January 18th: Leathercraft, 5:30-6:30 pm, Extension Office
  • February 15th: Fun with Food, 5:30-6:30 pm, Extension Office
  • March 15th: Gardening, 2:00-4:00 pm, The Ranch
  • April 7th: Public Speaking for Cloverbuds, April 21st, 5:30-6:30 pm, The Ranch
  • Learn about and prepare for participating in the Public Presentation Contest!
  • May 28th: Nature Explorers, 10:00-11:00 am, Location TBD
  • June: Cloverbud Day Camp, More details to come!
  • July 13th: Laws of Motion: STEM Workshop, 5:30-7:00 pm, The Ranch

Registration is required here (link opens in a new tab).

Thinking about signing up for to be a Cloverbud? Already enrolled but have questions? Contact:

Pam Heeney
4-H Administrative Specialist

Bailey Schilling
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Livestock & Shooting Sports Agent

Non-Discrimination Statement

Colorado State University Extension is an equal opportunity provider. Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of disability and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations. CSU’s Office of Engagement and Extension ensures meaningful access and equal opportunities to participate to individuals whose first language is not English. Colorado State University Extension es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Colorado State University no discrimina por motivos de discapacidad y se compromete a proporcionar adaptaciones razonables. Office of Engagement and Extension de CSU garantiza acceso significativo e igualdad de oportunidades para participar a las personas quienes su primer idioma no es el inglés.