Iowa 4-H Youth Conference

2016 Theme:  Dive to New Depths

Dates:  June 28-30, 2016

Dive to New Depths Logo

Every June, almost 1000 teenagers converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities. 

If you've completed 8th grade, you're eligible to attend. You don't even have to be in 4-H to attend this conference! You will get to experience campus life and meet new people from across the state! You will be having fun while learning by doing, dancing the nights away, and serving the community. You will get to learn new things to take back to your community and school, and in the process you might even discover something new about yourself! There are opportunities for you to share your talents with the rest of the delegation through small group discussion, the Conference Chorus, and a Talent Show!

If you have a specific interest in animal science, you might want to look into becoming part of the ROUND-UP track!  There are also workshop tracks that span all 3 days for certain topics if you'd like to study something in more depth.  Or, you can choose different workshops each day to get more variety while you're on campus. 

If you'd like to be part of the team to capture the Conference in photos, join our Iowa 4-H Youth Camera Corps, and bring your camera.  We're doing things a little differently this year and you'll get to learn photo skills and put them to work through the workshop series.

Please join us in June for the most incredible three days of your life at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference!

Iowa 4-H Youth Conference 2016 Registration is now open.  You can register between now and June 1 for the regular registration cost of $175.  Between June 2 and June 10 the rate goes up to $200.  All registration closes on June 10.  Check out financial aid applications, due April 25 to the Iowa 4-H Foundation.  All of the registration information and links are in the right-hand column.

We will continue to update this site as we confirm new workshops and have additional information about the Conference.

2016 Dates to Remember:

  • June 1, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference Registration due for regular registration fee of $175
  • June 10, Iowa 4-H Youth Conference LATE Registration due with $25 late fee; no refunds on cancellations after this date
  • June 10, Requests for Early Arrival by county staff are due
  • June 23, Talent Show and Banquet Speaking Applications are due
  • June 27, Early Arrival--arranged by county staff with chaperones for $30 per person
  • June 28-30, 2016 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, ISU, Ames


2016 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference Video


Attention All Communication Participants!

The 2015-2016 State 4-H Council included two guest speakers to share their inspirational 4-H stories for this year’s 2016 State 4-H Conference Banquet.  This could happen again.  Be thinking of your 4-H story.

Each speaker had a five minute opportunity to take the stage in front of special guests and all the delegates Wednesday night.

To apply, participants filled out this application and submitted with a video, audio file, or YouTube link for our review to:


Another Opportunity for participants at the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference

Talent Show Application


4-H'ers for 4-H

(June Deadline in Conjunction with Iowa 4-H Youth Conference--see state 4-H council web page for more information)

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