County News

May 10, 2017

Tues. July 11, noon -2pm, Thur. July 13, 6pm-8pm
Urban Trees: Build your skills to make recommendations about tree species selection. Explore urban considerations for site selection and tree mainentenace.

Tues. July 25, noon to 2pm, Thurs. July 27, 6pm-8pm
Gardening with Youth:
The FoodCorps program engages kids in school gardens to build healthy eating habits. Learn best practices for gardening with children with FoodCorps Iowa staff.

Tues. Aug. 8, noon to 2pm, Thurs. Aug. 10, 6pm-8pm
Landscaping for Wildlife:
Learn about simple steps to bring landscaping alive with birds, butterflies and more. Explore ways to beautify the yard and provide critical habitats for migratory and resident birds year-round.m engages kids in school gardens to build healthy eating habits. Learn best practices for gardening with children with FoodCorps Iowa staff. 

May 9, 2017

• MAY 15th - ALL LIVESTOCK (including dog and pets) ENTRIES: Must be entered into by May 15th except rabbits and they need to be entered online by July 1st.

 Help Sheet for Entering Animals

• June 1, 2017


Enter all STATIC (Non-Livestock)entries into FAIR ENTRY. Enter all you might take to fair, you can delete later.
Livestock records have been tranferred from 4-H Online, now you must choose classes and pens.

• July 3, 2017

 Closing DEADLINE for:

• Garden Plot • Crop Plot • Communication Events (Extemproaneous Speaking, Educational Presentation, Working Exhibits and 4-H Poster Contest) and • Fashion (Fashion Revue, Clothing Selection and $15 Challenge) and • Photography

• July 13, 2017

 Closing DEADLINE for:

  • All Livestock Class Entries
  • All Static Judging Day Entries for Judging at Fair

• July 7, 2017 Awards Banquet Scholarship Deadline for:

• July 14, 2017
Livestock Scholarships Deadline, turn into the Extension Office

May 9, 2017

Join the Black Hawk County 4-H Program for the May Workshop: “Snacks & More!” for a lesson on Food and Nutrition! Ages K-12 are welcome to join, if a participant is K-4 we ask a family member to join for additional support. 4-H members and Non 4-H members are welcome to register to join the workshop! Participants will: • Make a great home-made pretzel take-home snack with a partner • Learn about Food & Nutrition at the Black Hawk County Fair • Learn to write a Goals Folder for 4-H Food & Nutrition Projects • Make Ice-Cream in a bag for a snack Date: May 31st Time: 5:00-7:00 PM Location: BHC Extension and Outreach (3420 University Avenue, Waterloo) Cost: FREE!
Register before May 26th by emailing or calling the Extension Office at 319-234-6811.

May 8, 2017

Calling all Junior Wranglers in grades 4th-6th who are in 4-H and their friends! A fun-two day, one-night camp will be held June 16th-17th at the one and only Camp Pine Lake. There will be fun team building activities, canoeing,
archery, crafts and more! If you want to meet new friends, put your wrangler skills to the test, and make projects to take to county fair then this is a great opportunity! It will be a boot kickin’ good time!

• Download Application Registration Form.
•  Early Bird Fee: Form and $75 due May 15
•  Registration Closes: May 26, fee increased to $85

May 4, 2017

"Island Adventure" for K- 2nd Graders and "A Series of Unfortunate Events" for 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders! See dates and locations!
Download Registration Forms here... (in Spanish and Bosnian too)

May 3, 2017

Shooting Sports - May 6, 9:00am and Archery - May 13, 9:00am. Keep watching this site for dates and locations. They meet once a month at the Leaders homes. For questions contact Diane Wolfe, 319-234-6811. Or come and find out more! Open to all 4-hers 4th grade and older.

April 25, 2017

Available for questions each Tuesday morning until Nov. 1. Please call the Extension Office at: 319-234-6811. If you are dropping off a sample....please put in a plastic bag. THANKS!

April 21, 2017

Last week, during Extension Week, all staff from Bremer, Black Hawk, Butler, Buchanan, Grundy and Tama gathered at the Waterloo Center for the Arts! Everyone enjoyed learning about new happening of each county along with listening to great speakers. Speakers included Margaret Van Ginkel, Hotline Coordinator/Human Sciences Specialist, and Communication Strategies/Social Media speakers; Greg Wallace and Karen Lathrop. Thanks to the planning committee for planning a great event. And thanks to the Waterloo Center of the Arts for providing great accommodations and atmosphere. See more photos on FACEBOOK!

April 18, 2017

The 8 lessons are free and can be done in your home.
Recipes and cooking are included. income guidelines apply 

Sign-up today! 

Please Contact: Gail Forristall, Teresa Manzanares Rigel teresamr@iastate.eduSusan Potwin -,  Or Call 319-234-6811

See Brochure. View Spanish Brochure.

April 12, 2017

Mayor's Volunteer Award: Black Hawk County Extension was honored and proud to dominate Roger Reiter for the Mayor's Volunteer Award! 

Mayor's Top Teen Award: Congratulations to Maria Geisler, Tyler Hayes and Ardis White on being awarded Mayor's Top Teen 2017! See photos and read more...

April 7, 2017

4-H's Omelet Breakfast, April 2, 2017 was another great SUCCESS! Almost a tie with last years "record-breaking" attendance! We served 1,323 omelets! THANKS to all the 4-Hers, volunteers, family members, fair board, customers who help to support this fundraising event! Lots of smile and FUN was had by all! Special Thank You to our Donors and Table Sponsors! Be sure to check out all the photos!

April 3, 2017

1st Place - Fun in the Sun - Orange Clovers!
2nd Place - Bacon Basket  - Cedar Falls Hustling Clovers 
3rd - Handyman Tool Bag  - Homeschool Heroes 
3rd - Summer Fun - Lincoln Friendly Links & Clovers

The Orange Clovers will be receiving a Pizza Party for their Club....Thanks to all the Clubs for the creative and speciality baskets donated! The winning basket sold for $155!. Awesome! Thanks to the community for all their support! Our grand total of all baskets sold was $1458! The money will be used by the 4-H County Council for premiums at the Black Hawk County Fair this summer! See all our baskets....

March 31, 2017

We are PROUD of our Service Interprise Certification from...

Read more... Looking for WAYS TO VOLUNTEER with Black Hawk County Extension? For more information give us a call at 319-234-6811 or e-mail Abby Rippe,

Volunteer Opportunity Alert: Dog Obedience Specialty Club Leader Needed! Read more...

March 30, 2017

The 2017 swine rules are the same as last year. There will be NO swine weigh in at Cattle Congress. Each family will be responsible for weighing, tagging and photographing their own swine. The date for this year’s weigh in will be April 8th. The extension office will have the scales, tags and taggers available for 4-H families to check out. You will be responsible for sending all swine information (tag numbers, weights, and pictures) into the extension office. Read more...

March 28, 2017

The 4-H County Council has completed its 2017 Service Learning Project! 16 Members and two Americorps Staff Members volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City. Groups traveled and volunteered on March 5th and March 26th. Member's chose to volunteer time with the Ronald McDonald House in an effort to touch the lives of families in need. 

March 13, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Black Hawk County and the Black Hawk County Master Gardeners were recent recipients of a $5000 2017 Growing Together mini-grant.  Black Hawk County was one of the 14 chosen county projects will receive a combined $70,000 in grant money through the SNAP-Education program. Read more...

March 7, 2017

Thirty one students, in 6th – 9th grade, and 4-H from Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Buchanan and Tama County spent a fun filled day of learning at the Iowa State Capital and Science Center of Iowa on February 28th. Upon arrival at the Capital building and passing through the security all were taken on a tour and explored the dome. During the morning they met with area Representatives Walt Rogers, Sandy Salmon, Ras Smith, Linda Upmeyer and State Senator William Dotzler Jr.

March 3, 2017

4-H Maize Retreat, Culturally-Based Leadership Accelerator Read moreRegister Here

March 3, 2017

$7 Tickets for 4-H members and parents!
Saturday, March 25th vs. Dubuque - Puck drops 7:05
Friday, April 7th vs. Fargo-  Puck drops 7:05
Order by phone (319-296-7581), online, or bring this flyer to the Black Hawks Box Office Read more...

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