Events & Activities

Upcoming Events and Information

Are you in need of some extra information about raising poultry? We can help! Marion County Extension is hosting a Poultry Workshop on Saturday, February 28th from 9 am—Noon. This workshop will begin with free pullorum testing , and be following with great information about the judging process for chickens, washing chickens, and breeding and raising your own birds, and end with a mini poultry show!

If you are interested in this opportunity at the Marion County Extension Office, please call the Poweshiek County Extension Office to get the registration form. Participants must be registered by February 25th to quality for door prizes and the poultry show. For more information, contact the Marion County Extension Office at 641.842.2014.

Each year the Iowa Dairy Goat Association promotes interest in dairy goats throughout the state. One way they do so is through their Share-A-Kid program. Interested 4-H, FFA or IDGA youth ages 10-17 must write an essay answering the following questions: why they would like to have a dairy goat, how they are going to care for their dairy goat, if they have ever raised a got before or
 not, who will help them, and why they love goats. This essay can include photos and drawings. If selected as a winner, participants are required to show their animal at a county fair or open class show. There is a one goat per family limit. If you are interested in this excellent opportunity please contact the Extension Office at 641.623.5188 for the application form.

Iowa’s AgDiscovery program is a program that helps teenagers learn about careers in Veterinary Medicine, Animal Science, Laboratory Technology and Wildlife Ecology. Participants live on the ISU campus for two weeks (July 19- August 1) and learn from university professors, government scientists, animal welfare and management organizations and local agricultural producers. They will have the opportunity to learn through hands-on labs, workshops and field trips. The whole week will help them develop very important life skills. This program is open to youth ages 15-17.

This program is made possible by a collaborative agreement between the USDA and ISU. For more information contact Claudia Lemper at 515.294.3591.

Poweshiek County Extension is offering three different babysitting classes to youth in grades 5-8. If you are interested in learning more about infant care, home and personal safety, nutrition, first aid and the ages and states of youth then please put one of the classes shown to the right on your schedule! Participants must attend both days of training.

There is a registration fee of $25 for the general public or $20 for 4-H members to cover program supplies. On days that youth are there over the lunch hour we ask that they provide their own sack lunch.

If you are interested in registering or looking for more information, please contact the Extension Office at

Brooklyn Babysitting:
Brooklyn School FCS Room February 23: 3:45-5:30 pm February 28: 8:30 am—2:30 pm

Grinnell Babysitting:
Drake Library Community Room
March 2: 8:30 am—2:30 pm
March 5: 3:30—5:30 pm

Montezuma Babysitting:
Community Hope Youth Center March 20: 8:30 am—2:30 pm March 24: 3-5:30 pm

Do you enjoy welding or would like to learn how? If so, you should consider becoming a part of this project! The Bucket of Junk Contest consists of 4-H’ers being given a bucket full of scrap metal pieces that they will then create into a sculpture. These sculptures will be auctioned off at the Poweshiek County Fair to support the 4-H program in Poweshiek. The rules for this contest are as follows:
*     Each team will be made up of one 4-H member and one adult.
*     Each team will get one “bucket of junk.” All buckets will have the same junk.
*     There are limited buckets available to the first 12 members to register will be given buckets.
*     The goal is to use the items in your bucket to create a sculpture or lawn art piece.
*     You may clean, sand, weld, glue, cut, bold, fasten, bend, shape, paint or finish the items that are provided in your bucket but no pieces may be added to it.
*     Entries will be judged on artistic merit, technical merit, and the member’s exhibits write up.
*     All entries will be judged on the day of regular 4-H/FFA indoor judging (July 11).
*     All entries must be completed by June 1st for display.
*     All exhibit rules apply to this project.
*     These projects are not eligible to advance to the State Fair.
*     Special awards will be given.
*     Exhibits are not eligible to receive premium money .
*     No entry fee is required for this project.

If you are a youth that would like to participate but do not know of an adult who can help you, please contact the Extension Office at 641.623.5188 and we will find an adult who know how to weld and would be willing to help.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this project please register by calling the Extension Office anytime after 8 am on February 24th. Participation is limited so call early! You buckets will be available for pick up mid March.

The dates have been set for State 4-H Conference. This fun filled event will be held June 30-July 2 at the Iowa State University Campus. This year’s theme is Dare to Discover.  This conference is a leadership event in which participants pick which workshops to attend and end each evening with fun activities, including a dance. This opportunity is open to all Iowa youth who have completed 8th grade.

The 4-H Extension Staff has decided that following the 2015 4-H year we will primarily be offering our 4-H newsletter online (via email and on our website). The University of Illinois has reported that 40% of America’s waste is paper.  Poweshiek County 4-H is going to make a small dent in that waste by printing less newsletters.

This effort will also allow us to save some green in terms of money. Each year, it costs us around $1,500 to print and mail the newsletter. We would like to see these funds go towards programming for our 4-H’ers instead, especially if there is a different option for distributing the newsletter.

For these reasons, if you would still like to receive a printed copy of the monthly 4-H newsletter you must let the Extension Office know by September 1, 2015. Following this date, all 4-H families will be receiving an email newsletter only unless they have contacted us. Each family who does decide to have a printed copy must submit a yearly 4-H Newsletter Fee of $10 to help cover printing and postage costs. Please contact the Extension Office if you have any questions regarding this change.

Thank you for helping us become even more green!

The date for Event Day has been set! This year, it will be held on Saturday, June 13th at the Grinnell Methodist Church.  Event Day activities are open to all 4-H’ers. There are four communication challenges (educational presentations, working exhibits, extemporaneous speaking and share the fun). Additionally, there are three clothing challenges (fashion revue, $15 challenge, and clothing selection). Lastly, there are two food challenges (table setting challenge and food challenge).

Each of these challenges, except the food ones, are eligible to advance to the State Fair. These are great opportunities for 4- H’ers! Please consider participating.

Polk County 4-H is joining forces with American Patchwork & Quilting to host a One Million Pillowcase Challenge. 4-H members and their families are invited to come to this event and sew pillowcases for Des Moines charities. All supplies will be provided free and staff members will be on hand to help walk participants through the process.

When: Saturday, January 31 1-4 pm
Where: Polk County Extension Office
1625 Adventureland Drive
Altoona, IA

For more information contact Katie Beary at

This year’s fair theme is...    It’s All About That Ag

The Poweshiek County Council is going to be hosting a tip night at the Grinnell Pizza Ranch on March 9th. Come out and enjoy a meal with your family anywhere from 5-8 pm and help support Poweshiek County 4-H along the way! All tips will be given to the County Council as well as a portion of the proceeds. Thank you in advance for being a part of this event! Youth Highlight

The Grinnell 4-H Robotics Club had twelve 5th-7th grade students from Grinnell Middle School and Central Iowa Christian School participate in the 2014 First Lego League Robotics Challenge. First Lego League (FLL) shows young people the fun and exciting sides of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. FLL teams consist of two to ten students in 4th-8th grades so the Grinnell Robotics Club was split into two different teams, the Grinnell Smarties and Grinnell Smarties Squared.

In competition, teams are judged on four areas: the team’s project, their robot design, the performance of their robot on the competition table, and FLL Core Values which include teamwork, learning together, having fun and Gracious Professionalism.

The Grinnell Smarties Squared team competed at the Maxwell regional competition on December 6 and performed in the top 20% which earned them a trip to the state FLL competition. 72 teams competed at the State First Lego League competition held January 17th at Iowa State University. The Grinnell Smarties Squared won First Place for Project Research at this competition for their project “Mitosis Divide and Conquer, A Cell Division Game.”

The Grinnell Smarties team competed December 13 at the regional competition in Marshalltown. They won second place in the Robot Competition Table point total and the first place overall Champion’s Award, allowing them to advance to state.

At the State First Lego League competition, this team also performed well. They won an Honorable Mention (3rd place) for Project Research for their project “Flip-O-Element, A Periodic Table Game” and 11th place in the point total for the Robotic Competition Table.

Although competition has ended, these teams continue to work on their projects. The Grinnell Smarties team has been awarded a grant from Grinnell College to distribute their bi- lingual periodic game to more area school districts. They also created a team website ( h tt p : //h an an d m/ grin n ell  ) where people can download the game they created and print it for classroom or personal use.

The mentors of these two teams were Santi Perez, Valorie Larsson, Troy Kingery, Carmen Valentin, and Renny Crawford.

The Grinnell Robotics Club is very excited they were able to have the opportunity to compete in the First Lego League Challenge. If you are interested in learning more about robotics and becoming involved with STEM activities by joining this club, please contact the Extension Office and we will point you in the right direction.

In January the Clover Kids groups had the opportunity to learn about farm animals including sheep, beef, and swine. This learning included discovering the different breeds of animals, the food they eat and lots of other fun facts. In February our theme is “Farm Safety.” Monsanto will be presenting a farm safety puppet show and a skit on electrical safety.

These are the dates set for each group:
*     Grinnell– Feb 10 at Bailey Park School
*     Brooklyn– Feb 18 at BGM School
*     Montezuma-Feb 19 at Montezuma School

College-bound Iowa youth active in 4-H and/or FFA livestock and agricultural projects and current undergraduate students may apply for scholarships available from the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement. These scholarships are available to any freshmen entering an Iowa two or four year post secondary institution this fall or current undergraduates attending Iowa State University.

Applicants must major in animal science or a curriculum in agriculture or human sciences related to the ag industry. Winners will be announced during the 2015 Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions. Visit sale-of-champions/winners-circle-scholarships

If you have questions contact Harold Hodson at 515.290.8875.

Would your 4-H club be interested in helping at the Iowa State Fair’s Little Hands on the Farm display? As a participant, you will be committed to providing volunteers for an entire shift.

This display is for children ages 2-10 and provides them the opportunity to get involved with agriculture by acting as mock farmers. They will plant and harvest, ear money at the market for their produce, and then buy food at a grocery store with their income. They will also get the change to feed and milk a cow and drive a pedal tractor. This would be a great opportunity to work on team building. This years fair is set for August 13-23. The Little Hands on the Farm display would need to be staffed from 8:30 am to 8 pm each day, with the day being divided into three shifts. There must be at least 30 people working at one time. If you are interested in signing up, do so soon by contacting Emily Wynn at 515.401.1544 or by emailing

The Heart of Belonging! is an interactive, hands on training that will help volunteers create a fun, safe, inclusive environment for all youth. During this training 4-H leaders will learn how to guide youth in developing a list of club expectations that welcomes and accommodates all youth, how to support youth with special needs and discover resources to help them in their roles as caring adults. In addition, volunteers will learn new activities to take back to their clubs to foster positive behavior and belonging. This training will be done at the Extension Office on March 31 in the evening.

This training is required every year of all club, project, shooting sports, and Clover Kids volunteers who have on going contact with youth. It must be done by July 1, 2015. If you are not able to attend the training done at the Extension Office you may complete this online.

The Safety and Education in Shooting Sports Instructor Training will be held at the Iowa 4-H Center on May 1-3, 2015. Training will be offered in archery, rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, wildlife skills and County 4-H SESS Coordinator. It will be an 18 hour training course. Participants must be at least 21 years of age.

The registration cost is $250 if done before March 31. It is
$275 from April 1-10. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Extension Office as we need to be sure you have gone through the background screening process and have a volunteer application completed.

The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame recognizes volunteers or staff who have made a significant contribution to the Iowa 4-H program or were pioneers of a certain 4-H program. There is an induction ceremony to honor inductees during the Iowa State Fair each year.  Nominations are now being accepted of possible 4-H
volunteers who should receive this distinction. They are looking for nominations of people who
*     exemplify citizenship by participating in civic, community, dis- trict or state public service activities
*     have exemplary character which is displayed in the interactions they have with 4-H’ers and other volunteers
*     are leaders who are valued mentors and role models

If you would like to nominate someone, please contact the
Extension Office by April 1st.

Summer staff positions to support educational programs at the Iowa 4-H Center this coming summer are now open. Positions include lifeguards, health aides, and programming specialists working with adventure/challenge programs, creativity and the arts programs, nature and science programs, outdoor skills and shooting sports. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age (at least one year of college or other relevant post-high school experience is preferred. Peo- ple interested in applying should contact the Extension Office to gain access to position descriptions and the application.

This will be a rolling application process meaning positions will be filled as applications are received. For more information contact Bill Beckley at

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