Polk County 4H & Youth

Local Highlights

April 18, 2014

This annual campaign is conducted by youth members of the State 4-H Council Finance Committee. 4-H Clubs across the state are encouraged to donate $2.50 per 4-H member and the funds raised benefit financial aid, State 4-H Conference, and other projects as voted upon by the State 4-H Council. The campaign runs March 1 - June 1.

April 1, 2014

Join us on June 6th when the Iowa Cubs take on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox for a fun night of
baseball and fireworks.

March 25, 2014

Have you ever wanted to hide something in a very secretive spot? If so, join us as we make a hidden compartment out of books. The books can be made into a centerpiece or even a coin bank. The workshop will be led by our Polk County volunteer, Barb Timmins.

March 6, 2014

Designed for students in 5th Grade and above, Babysitting Clinic teaches you to become a first-class babysitter.  Babysitting is an important job.

Taste of Camp
February 27, 2014

Plan on joining the fun - sign up to attend Taste of Camp! Sample what Iowa 4-H Camp has to offer at our overnight camp, held at the Iowa 4-H Center near Madrid, Iowa. Actvities and opportunities available for all ages. 4-H membership not required to attend.
















4-H Enrollment

There are two steps necessary to complete your youth's 4-H enrollment:

1) Login to Iowa 4-H Online and complete the enrollment for each member. The membership status will be "pending".

2) To activate the membership, the 4-H enrollment fee must be submitted to the Polk County Extension Office (1625 Adventureland Dr, Ste A, Altoona, IA 50009). The fee is $35 per 4-H'er, or $30 for all NEW members. It can be paid via cash, check, MasterCard or Visa; checks can be made out to Polk County ExtensionOnce the fee is paid, the membership status will change from "pending" to "active".

For more information, contact Carla Vanderheiden at carlav@iastate.edu or 515-957-5763


4-H Workshops - links to upcoming workshops


Statewide Resources

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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