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Iowa State University Extension & Outreach: Story County

There’s a reason we do what we do in Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: We want a strong Iowa. That’s why we partner with Iowans and harness the resources of our university for communities and farmers to thrive, for families and children to be healthy, and eventually to turn the world over to the next generation better than we found it. Because a strong Iowa is what we all want.

THANK YOU for helping us celebrate ISU Extension and Outreach Week!


What a great day Cy and the Story County Extension and Outreach staff had yesterday sharing smiles and treats with some of our partners and community members!



The 4-H Food Stand Manager will manage the 4-H Food Stand during the Story County Fair July 22-26. This position will provide guidance and team support to volunteers working in the food stand, as well as help with set-up and clean-up.

  1. Read full job description.
  2. Complete job application.
  3. Submit completed application to Alison Boelman aboelman@iastate.eduor Story County Extension, PO Box 118, Nevada, IA 50201
  4. Position open until filled

Story  County Extension is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



This summer gets involved with preventing food insecurity and summer learning loss for K-8 students in Story County.
Students participate in enrichment activities and feeding programs free of charge in three Story County communities.


Story County ISU Extension and Outreach will be providing programming at the Little Cyclone Camp in Ames and Food for Thought in Nevada this summer.  Ames participants will explore STEM while Nevada participants will explore Gardens. To learn more, visit



These programs need the help of many volunteers!


Volunteers can help as classroom or activity assistants, working directly with children or as food
servers and check-in assistants. Opportunities are available on either a weekly or occasional basis.


To sign-up to help, visit

For more information on the 2017 Summer Enrichment Programs, please contact the Volunteer Center at 515-268-5323  



     The 2017 Fair is July 21-26!!    

County News

David Brown, Rich Wrage, Dr. Cathann Kress
April 19, 2017

Epsilon Sigma Phi Alpha Mu Chapter at Iowa State University recognized extension professionals for meritorious service and distinguished partners for their extension promotion across the state at their awards banquet on March 26. Epsilon Sigma Phi Alpha Mu Chapter is an honor society representing extension professionals. The honor society annually recognizes meritorious service members and distinguished partners that have helped promote extension work in their community and across the state.

StrongIowa logo
April 17, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week celebrates education, partnerships for a strong Iowa

April 10, 2017

Spreading rumors, telling mean jokes and shoving are bullying behaviors that might be seen and heard on any school playground. Although bullying is a common part of childhood, it isn’t “normal.” It’s a serious problem that can limit the ability of children, both those who bully and their victims, to progress academically, socially and emotionally, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

March 30, 2017

The 4-H History Committee is accepting Story County nominations for the 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. The individual or couple selected from Story County will be honored at the Iowa State Fair.

Award winner Jackie Runyan
March 30, 2017

Graduation was held on Monday, March 20, 2017 for individuals who met the Master Gardener class requirements offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The Story County Master Gardener Association along with Story County Extension and Outreach hosted the evening program and dinner at Reiman Gardens in Ames.

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