Grundy County 4H & Youth

Local Highlights

September 30, 2013

Check here for the latest Grundy County 4-H Newsletter.

October 20, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Every fall, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county offices across the state collect 4-H youth registration numbers to gauge the impact of 4-H Youth Developmentprograms on Iowa’s 510,000 school-age youth. Initial numbers indicate the Iowa 4-H Program continues to provide quality youth development to about 1 in 5 Iowa young people.

September 11, 2015

Dont miss out on this FREE day of supporting local agriculture.  Visit with local farmers market vendors from 11-2 and hear presentations from Tim Laughlin about beekeeping and local honey as well as tour the Community Gardens and enjoy a meal cooked with locally bought food at The Fountain on Main in Reinbeck.  Then from 1-4 visit 3 Grundy County Farms for kids activities, farm tours, pony rides, educational presentations and more!

August 5, 2015

GRIMES, Iowa -- The science of auto racing and a fast time behind the wheel await some Iowa 4-H youth July 30. Approximately 30 youth will learn about science, technology, engineering and math in NASCAR and challenge NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace to a go cart race.

The event begins at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the MB2 Raceway, 1350 SE Gateway Drive, Suite 108, in Grimes.

U.S. Cellular, along with Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small and Wallace, will lead a discussion on the role STEM plays within NASCAR. Wallace also will answer questions and participate in a go cart race with 4-H youth.

“This educational and fun opportunity allows youth to learn about aerodynamic principles such as drag, downforce and drafting – with a NASCAR driver,” said Keli Tallman, a 4-H youth development specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

July 1, 2015

ISU Extension & Outreach, Grundy County, Grundy County Soil and Water Conservation District and Practical Farmers of Iowa are excited to announce a Cover Crop Workshop to be held at the Grundy County Fair on Wendesday, July 22, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Workshop will include speakers from across the state as well as equipment demonstrations and sample cover crops.


Grundy County 4-H News... 

Thank you to everyone who completed enrollments in October.  Thank you to our Extension Council & Youth Committee for sponsoring free enrollment during the month of October.  As of November 1st we have 145 K-12th graders and 62 Clover Kids grades K-3 enrolled.  Continue to invite your friends to join, there is plenty of time.  Cost is $30.00 for youth in 4th -12th Grade and Clover Kids grades K-3rd grade are free.  Enroll today on For more information contact Andrea at 319-824-6979. 


National 4-H Week Review: 

Thank you to everyone who participated in celebrating Grundy County 4-H October 4-10, 2015.  We had 13 people participate in the canvas painting on Sunday, Oct. 4th at Stylish Living in Grundy Center. On Tuesday we took a walk to the park to take pictures and learned how to incorporate Elements and Principles of Design in photography.  We also had the previledge of helping with the K.A.T. program at the Kling Memorial Library on Wednesday.  Kids experimented with paper helicopters, potatos that powered alarm clocks, sail boats that used wind, alumninum foil boats that hold weights, and watch M&M's change. We ended the week with and open house at the Extension Office and a visit to the Barn Stahl Petting Zoo & Corn Maze. We also had a variety of contests: Sign My Shirt, Coloring Contest & 4-H Story Contest for anyone including adults to participate.  Thank you to our alumni who posted pictures of your years in 4-H it was really neat to see and read about. 


Fair News... 


Grundy County Fair July 19th -24th, 2016.  

Fair Clean Up / Set up will be Saturday, July 16th 9:00 am

Non-Livestock Judging will be held on Monday, July 19th. 

BEEF WEIGH IN - Saturday, December 12, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Hawkeye Community College

SHEEP WEIGH IN - Sunday, May 1st, 2016 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the Grundy County Fairgrounds




Statewide Resources

  • Provides opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life, empowering them to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

  • Statewide updates posted each Thursday afternoon by the State 4-H Office. Check it out every week to keep up-to-date on events, grants, forms, fair info, and fun!

  • Join a 4-H club where you can learn about your interests while having fun, improving your communication skills, and serving your community. These are resources to make your club experience even better.

  • Your adventure in 4-H starts here. Choose from nearly 50 project areas and discover your skills, talents and interests.

  • Discover the world of animal science from breeding, nutrition and general care to food safety and management. Find statewide forms, trainings and activity sheets here.

  • Conference logo

    Every June, 1000 teenagers converge on the Iowa State University campus for 3 days of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities. If you've completed 8th-12th grade, you're eligible to attend. Non-4-H members are welcome.

  • Youth and teens can discover opportunities to be recognized for personal growth, project learning, leadership and citizenship. 

  • Clover Kids is a FUN 4-H program for children in kindergarten through third grade. Children participate in hands-on activities designed to build many life skills!

  • Takes service to the next level. It builds civic skills, improves social behavior, increases youth engagement, strengthens communities and improves academic achievement.

  • Addresses youths’ basic needs through the eight essential elements: caring adults, safe environments, inclusive settings, and opportunities for mastery, service, self-determination, planning for the future and engaged learning.

  • Provides financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs and opportunities throughout the state of Iowa.

  • An ideal year-round getaway for families, corporate retreats, team-building experiences, 4-H clubs and more, situated on 1,100 acres of wooded bluff and native prairie in the heart of Iowa's Des Moines River Valley near Madrid.

  • Challenge your mind by exploring the world around you with hands-on science experiments and solve problems using engineering design principles and the latest technology.

  • Iowa 4-H Volunteers are motivated by positive purposes in helping youth become caring, competent, and contributing members of their family and communities. Discover the resources you need to be most effective.

  • Provides opportunities for youth to demonstrate, learn and apply project and communication skills. Every year the 4-H Exhibits Building features well over 3,000 exhibits and Livestock shows engage more than ## youth.

  • A partner and leader in providing positive youth development through out-of-school programming. Outreach priorities include curriculum development, staff training, and partnership development.

  • A unique partnership between AmeriCorps and Iowa's Promise. The vision is that all Iowa youth have safe and supportive families, schools and communities and that they are healthy, socially competent, successful in school and prepared for a productive adulthood.

  • When you just don't know who to talk to, Teenline can help.

    • 1-800-443-8336
    • 1-800-735-2942
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