Extension Projects in Southwest Iowa
in honor of the ISU Sesquicentennial

Click on red 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.

Adair County: Master Gardeners and Extension staff worked together to create a "Pizza Garden" at the Neely-Kinyon Research Farm. The commemorative ceremony was on Aug. 22 and included birthday cake. The garden is an educational tool to demonstrate all of the crops that are necessary to make a pizza. See photo (Deb Hall)

Adams County: A garden was planted on May 19 at the Icarian colony site with commemoration ceremonies at 1 p.m. The garden included appropriate historic perrennial plants and a pumpkin patch. Volunteers included Icarian Foundation members, Adams County Extension Council members, Adams County 4-Hers, Adams County Master Gardeners, and other community volunteers. See photo and news release. (Chris Nelson)

Audubon County: Audubon County Master Gardeners and Barn Quilt Committee designed a special ISU Barn Quilt to be placed in a newly landscaped entrance to the Audubon County Fairgrounds. Weather prohibited completion of the project this year, but it will be finished in the spring of 2008. The 4’x4’ wooden quilt was presented to the Audubon County Fair Board during special ceremonies in July and was on display during county fair. See photo (Mary Ottmar)

Cass County: Cass County Extension commemorated the ISU 150th anniversary by landscaping around a new restroom facility on the Cass County Fairgrounds. Master Gardeners and Extension staff, including ISU graduates, completed the “green” project using plant materials that were recycled from the Cass County Community Center landscape that had to be removed due to an expansion project. The restroom facility was a joint project between the Cass County Agricultural and Education Association, the Atlantic Parks and Recreation department and the Cass County Fair Association. The facility serves a campground on the Fairgrounds and a city softball facility as well as the Cass County Fairgrounds. Various shrubs were planted around the building and a footbridge leading to the restroom.  Daylilies and mulch were added along the side of the restroom. The 150th Commemorative Plaque was placed in a strategic location near the restroom entrance where visitors from the campgrounds, softball facility and Cass County Fair can see and appreciate the impact of Iowa State University and University Extension in Cass County. See photos (Steve Olsen)

Clarke County: The project was the addition of a flower garden to the Community Diversity Garden (CDG). The event coincided with the Garden's open house and mini-field day event. Commemoration ceremonies were held July 27. The entire event was a joint effort of the CDG Committee and the Clarke County Extension Office. See photos (Glen Easter)

Decatur County: Extension built a rail fence at Slip Bluff Park near Davis City, from the scenic overlook at the main shelter house down the face of the bluff and bordering the trail there. This is part of an Oak Savanna/Native Prairie restoration project being undertaken in the park by the Decatur County Conservation Board, Southern Iowa Oak Savanna Alliance (SIOSA)and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The rail fence will contain foot traffic to the trail area and help protect the bluff face. Volunteers will include ISU Extension staff, personnel from above listed groups, ISU Alumni, 4-Hers and others. A work day was held May 12 with a hot dog roast and picnic style lunch provided by Decatur County Conservation Board and Decatur County ISU Extension. See photos. (Jack Van Laar)

Fremont County: The Loess Hills Welcome Center located near the intersection of Interstate 29 and Iowa Highway 2 is an educational center. In its first full year of operation, more than 7,000 visitors from all 50 states and 3 foreign countries were welcomed to Iowa by learning something about the unique Loess Hills landform and its ecosystem. Visitors to the center can see what Iowa has to offer with opportunity to purchase locally grown and Iowa produced products from the gift shop. Throughout spring and summer, ISU alumni, Extension supporters, 4-H youth and families, and friends helped construct sidewalks and deck to the constructed wetland and interpretive trail at the Loess Hills Welcome Center. The group also helped landscape and plant trees at the welcome center and Fremont County Historical Society. See photo (Doug Doty)

Guthrie County: A quilt block sign has been installed on the side of the Extension building depicting 4-H and Iowa State University. See photo (Jodi  Kintz)

Harrison County: Extension recently renovated an older downtown building to offer an ADA meeting room to the Harrison County Public. ISU alumni, current ISU students, Extension staff, and volunteers assisted with landscaping the new facility by planting trees, shrubs and flowers on the green space available. For Harrison County's 150th ISU celebration, we landscaped a green space with new trees, turf and flowers (both annuals and perennials) on May 12. Refreshments were provided for all those who attend. See photos. (Clint McDonald)

Lucas County: Dedication of a tree planted earlier in the season at the Lucas County Achievment Show grounds took place during the Lucas County Fair. The dedication was part of the ceremony recognizing local ISU graduates during the county fair. See photos (Pat Swartzlander)

Mills County: A permanent sign promoting the Mills County Fair, ISU and 4-H was installed along Highway 34. ISU and 4-H alumni provided funding for the sign and helped install the sign on July 14 at Ingraham Avenue and Highway 34 at Pacific Junction. See photo (Sherry  Ford)

Montgomery County: Extension built some permanent display cases for the history of Montgomery County 4-H and the county fair on the fairgrounds in one of their buildings. The fairgrounds is located in Red Oak. See photos (Bill Drey)

Page County: Iowa State University supporters and alumni helped restore the train depot moved from College Springs to the Nodaway Valley Museum in Clarinda. The project was conducted on June 23 and lunch was included. See photos (Heidi Carter)

East Pottawattamie County: The County Youth Coordinator and 4-H members conducted a county wide food drive during the county fair July 18-22 and donated the items to a local charity. Commemorative ceremonies were held Saturday, July 21, at the fairgrounds in Avoca. See photo (Stephanie Garber)

West Pottawattamie County: As service to the community, staff, Master Gardeners, 4-H volunteers and alumni provided volunteer labor June 23 on Habitat for Humanity houses being built in the Lake Manawa area. Volunteers gathered at the Extension Office at 7:30 a.m. to travel to the work site. Lunch was provided and commemorative ceremonies conducted about noon. See photos (Brad Richardson)

Ringgold County: Extension and our local Farm Bureau collaborated to celebrate ISU's 150th anniversary. We recognized someone within the community who is an ISU alumnus, as well as, someone who has given time and effort to support both Extension and Farm Bureau programs. Our honoree was given the honor of digging the first shovel-full of dirt for our tree planting project in the park area beside the Extension office. See photos (Dawn Dugan)

Shelby County: A directional sign for the Shelby County fairgrounds was constructed by ISU alumni at the corner of Highway 59 and Cyclone Avenue in Harlan. Also, volunteers created an ISU display in the historical museum. The display showcases ISU Extension/4-H work in the county. Commemorative ceremonies were held on Sunday, June 3, at the Museum. See photos (Terry Torneten)

Taylor County: A tree was planted at the north entrance to the Taylor County Fairgrounds on June 6. Master Gardeners, Taylor County 4-H Clubs and ISU Alumni were involved in this project. The fairgrounds are located at the southeast corner of Bedford. See photo (Kim Brantner)

Union County: Union County Extension Council, Master Gardeners, and ISU alumni participated in the placing of a bench, custom made with the ISU sesquicentennial plaque, along with a tree at the Three Mile Lake Lodge near Afton as a part of the on going landscaping being done to beautify the lodge as a public recreational area. The event took place on Sept. 6 prior to the Extension Council meeting. See photos (Sharon Wasteney)

Wayne County: A display and brief history of the early demonstration farm(s) in Wayne County operated in cooperation with Iowa State University was featured in an ISU Welcome booth at the county fair on July 29 and was donated to the Prairie Trails Museum in Corydon for display. Commemoration ceremonies were on July 25. See photo (Pat Swartzlander)



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