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4-H CloverJohnston County 4-H Clubs

Johnston County has many clubs for you to choose from for your children. We have clubs that focus on livestock, companion animals, community service, horses, the environment, service, photography, gardening, beekeeping, homestead living, tennis, and shooting sports with a focus on marksmanship & archery. And we always have room for more! Don’t see what you’re interested in? Contact Kaena Prince to start a club!

  • A full list of all of our 4-H clubs can be found below with each club leaders contact information.
  • If interested in getting in contact with any of the 4-H clubs to learn more about them and their next meeting dates, please either contact Kaena Prince (above) or fill out this form:
  • Once you have decided on a 4-H club to join, you will need to enroll your child in 4-H Online. If you have any problems enrolling your child please call our office at (919) 989-5380 or email Kaena Prince at

4-H Club Information

Animal Adventures 4-H Club

We are a homeschool club which traditionally has focused on companion animals and community service. We have branched out a bit the last few years. While we still do a lot of animals, they aren’t only companion animals. We still do community service as well, but based on our club members’ interests, we have added other activities. One of our favorites has been cooking, so I’m sure we’ll do that again soon. To join our club, at least one child from the family must be 10 or over. We only officially meet every other month. However, we throw more casual activities and field trips in as opportunities open up. Currently our meetings are on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., but changes if the activity needs a different time or more time.

Club Leader: Irene Jackson (

Batten Farm 4-H

Batten Farm 4-H Club meets monthly from August to May at the Hinnant Outreach Center in Micro. The club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. Batten Farm has a rich history in livestock and supporting students who are interested in exhibiting livestock in local, state, and national shows. The club also offers 4-Hers club activities that support other interests in 4-H program areas such as community service, food science and safety, general interests, etc.

Club Leader: Chad & Ashley Holloman (,

Hidden Acres 4-H

Hidden Acres 4-H has about 25 members(ages 5-17) with a variety of interests: livestock showing, arts/crafts, STEM/hands-on learning, cooking, etc. We choose a different topic each month, host a guest presenter, and meet either at Hidden Acres Farm in Clayton or at the Extension Office in Smithfield (if we need a larger space or kitchen facilities). We also organize several community service projects throughout the year. Usually, we meet on the first Friday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Club Leader: Shannon Burns

McGee’s Crossroads 4-H

The McGee’s Crossroads 4H Club focuses on helping youth develop responsibility and character by increasing their knowledge and experience with livestock projects including sheep, goats, swine, cattle, and poultry. Members have the opportunity to learn about livestock care, health, maintenance, facilities, industry topics, judging, and showmanship. Meetings are held at Wood Angus Farm in the McGee’s Crossroads community once per month and may include field trips to local businesses and organizations or activities hosted by the leaders on the farm premises.

Club Leader: Candace Parker (

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Meadow 4-H

Meadow 4-H Club meets on the 4th Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Meadow Fire Department (7409 NC-50 S, Benson, NC 27504). Majority of the youth in this 4-H club participate in our Johnston County 4-H livestock program. These youth raise and show hogs and goats at our Johnston County youth livestock show and sale each spring. However, you do not have to show livestock to participate in this club and club meetings throughout the year vary in subject matter. This club is open to all youth ages 5 to 18 years old. For more information, please contact Russell Reeves at (919) 524-7852.

Club Leader: Russell Reeves (

Strickland Crossroads 4-H

The Strickland’s Crossroads 4-H Club meets monthly (except select summer months). Most meetings are held at Pauline Baptist Church on Sunday afternoons. Occasional meetings will be at local venues to support meeting activities. Our club focuses on STEM activities, service projects, livestock workshops, and nature explorations.

Club Leader: Heather Rhodes-Pope (

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Bentonville 4-H

The Bentonville 4-H Club meets one Sunday afternoon each month at the Bentonville Volunteer Fire Department. Club meetings center around a variety of topics, including foods and nutrition, livestock, fire safety, pet care and many others.

Club Leader: Chandra Farmer (,

Shangri-la Farm 4-H

This is a all ages program. We meet at Shangri-la Farms in Clayton. We are primarily a agriculture based club with some other projects sprinkled in. We have a teen counsel and sponsor monthly free rides for children as a service project.

Club Leader: Rachel Beach (

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Bit O’ Luck 4-H

Bit O’ Luck 4-H Club focuses on horse education for youth ages 5-18 years old. This club meets on 3rd Sunday off of Hwy 210, except holidays and when away at horse shows. Youth are able to participates in educational programs such as horse bowl, hippology, 4-H presentations, record books, horse shows, county activities, state programs. Zoom meetings are available if cannot physically attend.

Club Leader: Kate McAlinn (

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High Riders

High Riders 4-H club focuses on nutrition, safety, proper care and handling of horses and they complete multiple community service projects each year. There is some riding but nothing like lessons, just general riding skills for both hunt seat and western. High Riders meet in Archer lodge on various Saturdays between the months of September-May.

Club Leader: Denise Bricker (

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Club Leader: Kim & Adam Pendergrass (

Nitty Gritty Dirt- FULL

Nitty Gritty Dirt 4-H Club meets in Smithfield monthly and focuses on a variety of subjects including homestead living (chickens, goats, and cattle) as well as home gardening and beekeeping. Youth ages 5-18 are welcome to join this club! For more information, please contact Jessica Chadwick. Club is full and currently not accepting new members.

Club Leader: Jessica Chadwick (

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Black Creek

Black Creek 4-H Club is a general interest club that meets on the second Saturday of each month in Smithfield. Our meetings cover a wide variety of interests such as animals, sports, gardening, music, and giving back to the community.

Club Leader: Morgan Thompson (

Target Sports

4-H Target Sports meets the first and third Saturday of the month. The 1st Saturday at our archery range on HWY 210 outside of Smithfield from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., it doesn’t have an address but is next to 3892 Hwy 210, Smithfield, and the 3rd Saturday at H20 fowl farms near Benson for firearms (.22 Rifle/pistol, Shotgun and muzzleloader) from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. We have a $40 yearly due to help pay for club supplies. We can provide any equipment a shooter would need and private equipment is welcome as well. Once you’ve signed up for the club you can request to join our Facebook page, Johnston County 4-H Shooting Sports, where we post club updates.

Club Leader: Jonathan Stovall (

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If you would like to receive information about this club when membership opens, please complete this form!

Bunny Buddies

Bunny Buddies 4-H club is a new club planning to meet on the second Thursday of every month, excluding December. The club will meet at 6 p.m. on those Thursday nights and the location may vary. Bunny Buddies strives to educate students on breeds, general care, and purpose of rabbits. Along with a strong interest in learning how to show rabbits and eventually participate in shows, or conduct our own rabbit show. Students do not have to have a rabbit to participate and we are open to all ages 5 to 18. Please follow us on Facebook to see club updates and meeting times.

Club Leaders: Kaena Prince (, Ben Thomas, and Malinda Swafford (

Johnston County Muzzleloaders

This club will be held partly on the range, and partly in the classroom/shop. This will facilitate a learning environment if amy of the 4-Hers aren’t interested in shooting. Regardless, knowing the safe operation of muzzleloading rifles, pistols, and shotguns is paramount to the club.

We’ll take a deep dive into muzzleloader construction and operation, and we’ll learn basic maintenance, care, and repair.

We’ll also learn how to make muzzleloading accessories like bags, horns, powder measures, ball starters, ramrods, and maybe, down the line, we’ll put a kit gun together for the club. Part of muzzleloading culture is self sufficiency and making the tools and accessories when needed. We’ll have the opportunity to do just that.

This will definitely be one of those “Learn by Doing” clubs and due to the nature of target sports, muzzleloading and some of the intricacies therein, the club will only be open to 4-Hers age 13 and up.

Club Leader: Michael McCoy (


Meet at Edgerton Memorial Methodist Church, Selma. one Saturday/month at 11:00 a.m. open all ages. Club integrates Junior Master Gardening program.

Club Leader: Sandy Cordray (

Action in STEM

Our club objective is to allow the children to explore science and in physics indoors and outside to learn more about science within physical activity. Allowing the youth ages 5 to 18 a chance to explore how S.T.E.M can be interwoven into fun activities.
Currently we plan to meet at the N.C extension office Auditorium on Sundays from 2 to 3:30.

Club Leader: Dalila Bishop (

Blount Street

Community garden on Blount Street, in Smithfield is where we will meet with kids ages 6 to 17.Club is open to all.

Club Leader: James Reid (