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...

 Aerial Applicator Continuing Instructional Course Call Extension Office to schedule time. 319-234-6811
• 4-H Day Camps for K -3rd Graders in June                 JOIN 4-H! 
• Flower Bucket Workshop, June 1st 5:30 - 7:00. RSVP HERE

4-H Shooting Sports, First Sat. of the Month. 4-Her's come and give it a try!
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
(CANCELLATIONS: If an event is cancelled it will be labeled so in the Black Hawk County Events Box to the right.)

County News

May 27, 2015

Shelly Smith started her duties as Black Hawk County ISU Extension and Outreach Executive Director on May 6. Shelly is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Family Services and a certification in Non-Profit Youth Agency Administration.  Shelly looks to this position as an excellent opportunity to: “promote youth development, community engagement, protect our natural resources and support economic development”. Read More...

May 24, 2015

Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach has an immediate opening for Summer Program Assistant beginning June through mid-August. 
Appeals to those interested in planning, organizing and leading science, technology,  engineering and math programming to area youth - Job Description & Application Send cover letter, resume, application, and 3 references to Shelly Smith at

May 26, 2015

Young farmers who depend on pasture to support their livestock operation will benefit from attending the Grassroots Grazing program.  This three part program includes pasture walks at three different sites throughout the summer and will address setting livestock enterprise goals, selecting an appropriate grazing system, developing pasture improvement plans, managing grass height, results of adequate rest, fencing, watering, weed management and extending grazing. READ MORE...

May 26, 2015

IT’S SUMMER!!! What better way to embrace everything summer – and the outdoors – have to offer than to engage with other professionals around the topic of young children and nature!
What: Outdoor Explorations for Early Learners
Description: This two-day outdoor education workshop is designed to help early childhood and early elementary professionals understand the importance of outdoor experiences for young children as well as equip these professionals with tools and strategies to engage children with nature. Teacher re-certification and DHS reg./lic. professional development credit available.
When: June 25 and 26, 2015
Cost: $175 (Teacher Re-cert is an additional $85) Cost includes Growing Up Wild book, Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood book, meals and snacks
Register Here


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“Cook This!” is part of 4-H healthy living education from ISU Extension and Outreach. Youth develop nutrition knowledge and culinary skills through hands-on activities as they taste and prepare new flavors.

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