County News

September 15, 2014

Great Job 4-H and FFA Members!

September 15, 2014

Congratulations to the  participants in the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, August 7 - 17! Read more...  

August 24, 2014

Pat and Louis Beck of Waterloo, Iowa were inducted into the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, August 17. Read More....

August 22, 2014

Fun Time at Black Hawk Extension, Sept. 5th.... Thanks to all who help us TAILGATE!!!! Go Cyclones!

July 11, 2014

Don’t let it go to waste. Consider donating it to your local food pantry or food bank. For more information Black Hawk Extension Office, 319-234-6811 or Sheri Huber-Otting at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank 1-319-235-0507 or

An Apple a day helps keep the hunger away!

June 23, 2014


Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are welcome! To reserve your appointment time: CLICK HERE to schedule online, or call 1-800 RED CROSS. A pizza partiy will be awarded to the 4-H club who bring in the most blood donors.

June 18, 2014

 Please like us on FACEBOOK! Black Hawk County Outreach & 4-H

June 16, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County is offering FALL Master Gardener classes, beginning September 16 through November 25, at the Dick Young Greenhouse (at George Washington Carver Academy), 1505 Logan Avenue in Waterloo.  Cost is $195 for the Master Gardener class and $550 for Pro-Hort class.  To register, send payment to Black Hawk County Extension, 3420 University Avenue, Suite B in Waterloo (50701).  After September 2nd, a $25 late fee is assessed.  This is the only class until fall 2015 -- classes will not be offered in Spring 2015. Download FALL BROCHURE


June 9, 2014

June 5th 4-H hosted a "Paint and Pizza Workshop". We had 15 artist attend. They learned about the "Principles of Design" and went home with a fabulous painting! See all the photos!

June 2, 2014

Please Welcome... Grace Rathert, Ellen Schulz and Katey more...

May 30, 2014

Dog Obedience classes on Wednesday starting May 7th 6:00-7:00pm and wrap up July 16th at Devonshire school parking lot. It is free to all 4-H members and is taught by some awesome dog handlers. (Randy & Linda Herod, Barb Meyer, Gary & Glenda Shaffer). Click here for more details.
• Dog Agility Classes on Thursdays starting May 8th 7:00-8:00pm until July 17th at Jean Melick's farm, 12432 X Avenue, Cedar Falls. Classes led by Linnea Ulrich & Julie Heiple.  Read More...
(If class is cancelled it will be posted on the Calendar in the Black Hawk County Events Box to the right. Thanks!)

May 28, 2014

Join us for some summer fun and learning at your Public Library.  During this free summer program children (K-3rd grade) will be given opportunities to engage in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities, crafts and games. See times and locations...

May 28, 2014

Need an interesting speaker for your organization? Black Hawk County Master Gardeners have stepped forward to become members of the Emerald Ash Borer Education Team and now seek opportunities to speak to civic groups, city councils, churches, community organizations, neighborhood coalitions, schools, etc. on topics such as ash tree identification, signs of EAB infestation, treatment options, tree replacement and municipal requirements.  Read More....

May 23, 2014

Tuesday, May 20th was a special day at Hudson Elementary! It was Safety Day where where over 400 children learned "first hand safety"! Read more and see photos....

May 13, 2014

Classes where held at the YWCA of Black Hawk County, for  families with 8th, 9th and 10th grade students. Congrats to our 2014 Graduates. Read more about Juntos.

May 11, 2014

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in a residential tree in the city of Waterloo, the county seat of Black Hawk County, making this the eighth location where the invasive beetle has been found in Iowa. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America. READ MORE... and Download helpful information.  Have a question to ask a Black Hawk County Master Gardener? Email: or call 319-234-6811.  Would you like an Informational Emerald Ash Borer Speaker at your next meeting?

April 7, 2014

Another Successful YEAR! See more photos....

April 4, 2014

Start thinking now about purchasing baby chicks, feeding them out and bringing them to fair. We will again ask you to consider ordering 5 extra chicks and donating them the N.E. IA Food Bank. You will receive a bag of free chicken feed if you do donate chickens. Cost: 20 birds for $20, and you get the $20 back if you exhibit.  5 Extra birds if they agree to donate 4 for the food bank. Pick up date will be either June 3rd or 4th depending on the mail delivery.  Deadline to order your chicks is May 20th.
Please email Deb, or Diane, to order.

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