4-H & Youth

Iowa 4-H Youth Development is the premier youth development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Providing research-based education to K-12 youth, Iowa 4-H focuses on Healthy Living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Leadership and Civic Engagement, and Communication and the Arts. Iowa 4-H builds upon more than a century of experience in positive youth development partnering with youth to help them find their passion. For more information, please visit the Iowa 4-H website.

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SOFA

Celebrating 27 Years in 2022

This year's trip takes us to South Dakota as we celebrate 27 years of providing southwest Iowa youth with opportunities to explore agricultural careers! We will depart the morning of June 14th and return the evening of June 15th. Registration is due May 24th; cost is $50.

Trip Highlights Include:

  • The Andersons Plant Nutrient Fertilizer Production Facility
  • Morningside University Agriculture Program and Greenhouse
  • Broken Kettle Grassland Preserve and Bison Herd
  • Perry Creek Dairy
  • Mitchell Corn Palace
  • Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Dam
  • Wilson Trailer Manufacturing
  • Wells Blue Bunny Visitors' Center
Trip Information

Youth from Adair, Cass, East Pottawattamie, and West Pottawattime counties are invited. Youth must have completed 8th-12th grade in Spring of 2022. The number of participants is limited by the bus capacity. Adair and Cass counties have an allotment of 15 per county, including planning committee members. East and West Pottawattamie counties each have an allotment of 5. Once these spots are filled, names of interested participants will go on a wait list that will be used if other counties don't fill their seats. Youth on the wait list will know by the end of May if they have a seat on the trip.

Youth must follow a Code of Conduct, as outlined in the registration form. Any youth who fail to follow the Code of Conduct will have their parents/guardians notified. The parents/guardians will need to make arrangements to pick their youth up and take them home if conduct violations occur.

Both days of the trip include a tour of a heavy manufacturing plant. Youth must wear pants (no shorts!) and closed-toed shoes (no sandals!). A 2022 SOFA trip t-shirt is included with registration and should be worn on the second day. Please plan and pack accordingly - youth not wearing pants and closed-toed shoes will not be able to take part in the tour!

While the cost of most meals is included in the trip, youth are expected to bring enough money to purchase their own evening meal, ice cream at our Blue Bunny stop, and any other snacks, souvenirs or incidentals.

Questions? Please contact the Adair County Extension Office at (641) 743-8412.

Registration Information

To register, please fill out the registration link online. All participants must also submit a signed 4-H Water Activity Permission slip (youth may swim at the hotel pool) and $50 registration fee. All non-4-H participants must also submit a Health Form. Registration is not complete until all forms and the fee are in the possession of the Adair, Cass, East Pottawattamie, or West Pottawattmie County Extension Office.

4-H Water Activity Permission Slip, Health Form, and $50 payment may be submitted in person to your County Extension Office. Please make all checks payable to Adair County Extension. Forms and payment may also be mailed to Adair County Extension, 154 Public Square Suite C, Greenfield, IA 50849. 

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