4-H Cloverbuds

Cloverbuds (or Mini 4-H) are 4-H programs for youth in grades K-2. Cloverbuds is geared towards activity-based learning and age-appropriate curriculum. Most Marion County 4-H clubs offer Cloverbud programming.


Contact the Marion County 4-H office:


What is Cloverbuds?

The 4-H Cloverbud program is geared toward activity-based learning. Curriculum is based on age-appropriate research and involves cooperative, experiential, and non-competitive activities. Cloverbuds have the opportunity to attend club meetings with other youth their age.

Who can be in Cloverbuds?

Youth in grades K-2 are eligible for Cloverbuds. A Cloverbud must be in Kindergarten, grade 1, or grade 2 for the enrollment period of October 1 - May 15 of the current 4-H program year.

How do I join Cloverbuds?

Visit our 4-H enrollment page for information about how to join. The enrollment period for Cloverbuds begins October 1 each year. There are no program fees for Cloverbuds.

When do Cloverbuds meet?

Some clubs around the county host meetings specifically for Cloverbuds, and some welcome Cloverbuds to join their regular club meetings. See our Marion County 4-H clubs page to find out more information about clubs near you.

Can Cloverbuds exhibit at Showcase?

Yes, Cloverbuds are encouraged to exhibit their projects at the Marion County 4-H Showcase. However, Cloverbud projects are for exhibition only (not judged). Cloverbuds can bring as many projects as they would like, but we encourage them to only exhibit a few of their favorites that they worked on during the program year.

Cloverbud Project Ideas

Cloverbuds can participate in any Marion County 4-H project except shooting sports. All project guidelines found on our website have a special section for Cloverbuds. Some of the most popular Cloverbud project activities are:

  • Arts & Crafts: Learn how to make different types of arts and crafts and exhibit a craft you made.
  • Bugs: Learn what makes a bug a bug. Exhibit a poster, picture, scrapbook, mobile, or diorama.
  • Collections: Learn about collecting items and how to display them.
  • Dinosaurs: Learn about how dinosaurs lived long ago. Make a poster about your favorite dino or a dino diorama.
  • Flowers: Learn how to care for your flower garden. Exhibit a poster with photos of your garden or flowers cut from your garden.
  • Foods: Learn kitchen basics and prepare simple foods.
  • Sewing: Learn sewing concepts and practice sewing skills. Exhibit a scrapbook, group quilt, or activity.
  • Space: Learn what it would be like to be an astronaut. Make a poster, scrapbook, homemade rocket, star constellation, poem, or activity.
  • Trees: Learn about the parts of trees and what they do.