Black Hawk County

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Black Hawk County

We are committed to provide our citizens with "Information for Everyday Living." Iowa State University Extension offers education and information to the citizens of Iowa through the following areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Business and Industry, Community and Economic Development, Families, and 4-H Youth Development.

Up Coming Events...

2015 Fall Commerical Pesticide Applicator Training and Certification Schedule
4-H Shooting Sports, First Sat. of the Month at 9:00am at Chickasaw Hall, Hawkeye Campus.
             JOIN 4-H!     • RECORD BOOKS DUE OCT. 1st, get forms here.
• After Sept. 3rd all 4-Her's must RE-ENROLL! Click here for help. Click here for 4-H ONLINE.
Oct. 4th - 4:00-7:00pm Family Fun Night at Palmer's 
• Oct. 8th 6:00 - 8:00 Learn more about 4-H Open House at Extension
Oct. 29th Family Halloween Party at the YMCA, 6:00-8:00pm
• Nov. 7th UNI Tailgating & Football Game
Nov. 22nd 2:00-4:00pm 4-H Awards Banquet at Electric Park  
• Nov. 23rd County Council Fundraiser at Pizza Ranch, CF 5:00-9:00pm
SERVSAFE - June 24, 2015 at Black Hawk Extension See BROCHURE
CROP CHAT May 2015 Newsletter
 Emerald Ash Borer Information

   Cedar Valley Grows -- Community Garden Information

 Master Gardener 2015 Club Information 
"Become a Master Gardener Classes" Starts Sept. 29th! See Brochure

County News

October 1, 2015

Bring your whole family to the Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival! Experience over 70 FREE and FUN activites at this hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics event being held at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo.

October 1, 2015

More than 6 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October.  Black Hawk Extension will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE so the public can learn more about 4-H! Thursday, October 8th 6:00 - 8:00pm at Extension. 
• Come learn more about 4-H in our community. (Not just for families living in the country!)
• Take part in some "Hands-On Activities
• Have a Healthy Snack
• And help with "Joining 4-H!"

3420 University Ave., Waterloo, Iowa  50701 For more info please call 319-234-6811 or email Diane at

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, empowering six million young people throughout the United States.

September 30, 2015

FoodCorps service members Grace Rathert, Bobbi Jacobs and Laura McInerney picked 1100 apples in from Timeless Prairie Orchard in Buchanan County. These apples will be used in the nutrition program they help lead at Lowell, Kittrell, Highland, Lincoln, Irving, Becker, and Cunningham. This has been a great collaboration of the Health Department, Waterloo Schools food service, and FoodCorps stationed at ISU Extension. See photos!

September 23, 2015

Discovery Program to Teach Youth about Iowa Agriculture - 2015
Learning about Iowa and its agricultural heritage is the focus of the Discovery Program sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and National Cattle Congress. This year 830 second grade students and 203 teachers and adult volunteers from Waterloo, Cedar Falls and the surrounding communities representing 20 schools attended the Discovery Program during the National Cattle Congress Fair. Read more and see photos!

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Extension council members are elected officials and are responsible for being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. They manage the county extension budget, hire county staff and help select educational programming from ISU Extension and Outreach.

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach News

October 2, 2015 03:49 PM

The next regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. This month’s presenters are Rosalyn...

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