Grundy County 4H & Youth

Local Highlights

September 30, 2013

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

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.

May 21, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today announced an order to cancel all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the Iowa State Fair, and other gatherings of birds due to avian influenza. The Department’s order begins immediately, is effective through the end of 2015, and also prohibits live birds from being sold at livestock auction markets, swap meets and exotic sales.


Grundy County News... 


Join us in Celebrating 4-H!  

JOIN GRUNDY COUNTY 4-H FOR FREE IN OCTOBER!  Enrollment special is sponsored by Grundy County Extension Council & 4-H Youth Committee. This is a $30.00 savings for youth in 4th -12th grade. Enrollment must be completed by midnight October 31st, 2016

Sunday, October 4th     

Painting Party @ Stylish Living.  Cost is $10.00 with RSVP by October 2hd. 

Monday, October 5th    

Wear your 4-H Shirt to School! 

Participate in the SIGN MY SHIRT contest.  Get permission from your parents first and then pick out one of your older 4-H shirts or stop by and purchase a green 4-H shirt for $5.00.  Invite people to sign your shirt during National 4-H week. When they ask you why they are signing your shirt you can tell them about 4-H &  invite them to join. At the end of the week send us a picture of your shirt and the total number of different signatures you have on your shirt.  The winner with the most signatures will get a brand new 4-H Tshirt. 

Tuesday, October 6th  

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Photo Fun at the Extension Office.  Put on your walkin' shoes and grab your camera. Let's take some pictures and have some fun! 

Wednesday, October 7th

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Come see us at the KAT program at the Kling Memorial Library in Grundy Center.

Thursday, October 8th    

Throwback Thursday!  Post a 4-H memory and picture to the Grundy County, IA  4-H facebook page! 

Friday, October 9th          

Spread the News!  We are having an Open House 8:00 am - 5:30 pm at the Grundy County Extension and Outreach Office in Grundy Center, 703 F Ave; Suite 1, Grundy Center, IA. Stop by for a treat, try some hands on activities, sign up for prizes, enroll in 4-H and meet our staff. 

Saturday, October 10th    

Join us for an All Club Celebration at Barn Stahl Petting Zoo & Corn Maze. Cost  is $6.00 per person.  Contests, Activities & More! 


Use a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and color a picture that represents 4-H.  Send it to the Grundy County Extension and Outreach Office 703 F Ave; Suite 1, Grundy Center, IA 50638. We will post them on our windows. Winner of the coloring contest will receive a prize. 


Tell us about your 4-H memories. Write a story and send it to the Grundy County Extension and Outreach office at 703 F Ave; Grundy Center, IA 50638. This can be a paragraph or as long as you would like.  You are invited to include a picture. We will be sharing these during the year. Those who participate will have their name put in a prize drawing. 


Fair News... 

COUNTY FAIR - The Fair Tabloid's are available at the Grundy Register.  

2016 FAIR DATES - July 20-24, 2016 Grundy County Fair.  July 18th will be Non-Livestock Judging, July 19th will be livestock check in.

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


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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