Extension Projects in Central Iowa
in honor of the ISU Sesquicentennial

Click on individual counties to view Sesquicentennial projects planned or completed in those counties. 

Contact your local county extension office for information on how you can participate in the celebration nearest you. Contact information is linked from the county name in the list below.

Boone County: There are many service opportunities at the State 4-H Camp. The project includes several tasks. We kicked it off on April 15 with the renovation and construction of a shed near the shooting range. The shed will house and safely store supplies for the range. A work day on Saturday, May 26, was a follow-up and completion of the range project and work on the trails and walking paths. We removed tree branches, looked for hazards that could be minimized or removed, and put down mulch. On Aug. 2 we concentrated on efforts to improve the area around Oak Lodge. We made minor improvements to the lodge, rebuilding the fire ring, improving the immediate trails in the area and building picnic tables. See photos. (Rich Wrage)

Dallas County: Extension staff and volunteers and ISU alumni helped with the restoration efforts of the old scale house from the co-op in Dallas Center. The building was donated by Bill Wagoner who moved it from Dallas Center to his home and restored it to use as an office at the Forest Park Museum in Perry. We helped paint and do minor trim work to the interior of the building. See Photo (Linda Nelson)

Greene County: A visible roadside project at the Grand Junction Lions Tree Park on highway 30 east of Grand Junction describing transportation progress (Lincolnway highway and a unique view of bridges throughout the years) has been in process for some time. As a way to support finishing this project, and build upon the changes through the years, a structure commemorating importance and changes in barns will be added to this roadside park. See photos. (Craig Hertel)

Hamilton County: A clean-up on Aug. 11 targeting 4.6 miles of the Boone River in Webster City was coordinated by Hamilton County Extension in collaboration with the Hamilton County Conservation Board, the City of Webster City, and the Hamilton County ISU Alumni Association. Commemoration ceremonies and a lunch followed the cleanup in Briggs Woods Park south of Webster City on Highway 17. See Photos (David Brown)

Hardin County: 4-H members, ISU Alumni, county extension staff and extension partners renovated and painted the shower and rest room facility at the Hardin County Fairgrounds in Eldora on June 20.  See Photos. (Darwin Miller)

Humboldt County: Iowa State University alumni and friends, Humboldt County Extension and 4-H and FFA members will construct an open air gazebo picnic shelter at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in April or May with possible additions of walking trails and landscaping throuhout the fairgrounds. See photo (John Eveland)

Jasper County: Iowa Sculpture Festival organization has just purchased a building just north of the downtown Newton. This building will eventually be used for education as well as providing studio space for artists. We helped with the clean-up and preparation for moving into the New Centre of the Arts. The date for the Community Service Project was April 28, with a lunch and commemorative ceremonies at noon. Participants included 4-H members and leaders, Extension council members, Master Gardeners, alumni, and community volunteers. See photo (Alan Keninger)

Madison County: Madison County Extension office coordinated two separate events to promote and commemorate the Sesquicentennial. During the annual Madison County Covered Bridge festival, the Madison County Extension Office organized a booth in front of the Extension Office with information about Extension and Agriculture and fun things for youth to do including a corn box, a live animal display and a wool spinning display. An appearance by Cy was canceled due to rain, but he was rescheduled to come to Winterset to hand out candy during the trick or treat afternoon/evening. Prior to the event Cy made a trip around the square to meet with local business owners and shoppers. See photos (Matt Deppe)

Marion County: ISU Alumni, Students, Extension Council members, 4-H and FFA members built park benches and provided a portable ISU canopy for a rest area at the Marion County Fairgounds/Knoxville Raceway on Highway 14 north of Knoxville, between July 14 and 19. Plaque presentation was be July 15. Special 150th anniversary T-shirts were provided to youth county fair exhibitors. See photos (Dale Miller)

Marshall County: In partnership with the Marshall County Leadership Class of 2007 and Marshall County Conservation, an observatory platform is being planned and constructed to overlook Grimes Farm in memory of Mildred Grimes. See photo (Angie Nelson)

Polk County: Iowa State University Alumni in Polk County kicked off the 150th Birthday Celebration in June with a cake large enough to serve hundreds. Following the ceremony in Des Moines, they formed teams to develop an Iowa State Fair Parade entry which depicts and celebrates the contributions of ISU to the state, nation and world. See photos (Jeanine Baldwin)

Poweshiek County: Individuals had the opportunity to purchase trees to plant with a tie to Iowa State to commemorate the strong history ISU horticulure has for our state. Trees were available for pick-up at the Grinnell Fairgrounds and planting on June 16. More activites were planned at tree distribution as part of this celebration. See photos (Deborah Van Arkel)

Story County: ISU Alumni, Story County Extension staff, Nevada Parks and Recreation staff, elementary school students, teachers, 4-H'ers, and community members took part in a tree planting at the newly remodeled Central Elementary school in Nevada in September. ISU Extension Story County helped teach tree planting techniques along with how to water and care for the newly planted trees. See photos (Dave Andrews)

Tama County: Extension coordinated and developed a movable cabinet(s) with a display area of approximately 48 sqare feet in which we can present to the public a historical story of the ISU Extension Service and 4-H Clubwork through the years in Tama County. Over the years we have accumulated many news articles, photos, even donated trophies from 70 years ago, etc. Initially the display will be used in the Rogers (4-H) Building at the Tama County Fairgrounds at Gladbrook July 18-22. We plan to be able to transport this display as needed for use at key events at other locations in the county and at the Extension office. The items on display will be changed or rotated periodically. See photos (Franklin Albertsen)

Warren County: Repainting the mural on an alley off the square in Indianola. Volunteers helped paint the murals under the guidance of artists. Alumni, community members, Extension clients and 4-H members participated in the painting. See photos. (Joy Rouse)

Webster County: "Webster County Plants for the Future," a county-wide tree planting program, involved youth, service groups, gardeners and Master Gardeners, cities, parks, Extension Council members and more than 800 invited ISU alumni in April. See photos (James Patton)

Wright County: The birthplace of the 4-H emblem, Wright County will help improve the 4-H museum building that is located in the Clarion city park. The building is in need of new shingles, some painting to be done inside and some maintenance outside. A fund-raising evening meal was served by the Clarion Ruritans on Monday, July 30, as part of a summer Music in the Park series. Some 4-H members doing their entertainment from Share the Fun which was done at the county fair last week and an ISU alum doing some other musical entertainment. The 4-H members in the county helped with the project. See photos (Leroy Jensen)


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