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.

Many publications and resources related to 4-H are available in the Extension Store 

What is 4-H?

4-H is the youth development outreach of the land grant universities, the Cooperative Extension System and USDA.  It is made up of a community of young people across America who are learning life skills and are supported in this development process by caring adult leaders.  4-H'ers are actively involved in educational projects that are fun and that use quality curriculum incorporating the most current research and knowledge available through the land grant university system.

4-H youth:

  • Have fun
  • Meet new people
  • Learn and do new things
  • Gain life skills
  • Build self-confidence
  • Practice responsibility
  • Set and achieve goals
  • Receive recognition for their efforts and accomplishments

Clover Kids (K-3rd grades):

  • Focus on doing
  • Is non-competitive
  • Teaches life skills for grades K-3rd
  • Small groups

Traditional 4-H Clubs (4th-12th grades):

  • Focus on goal setting and working toward goals
  • Participants keep records of their progress toward goals
  • Teaches life skills for grades 4th-12th
  • Larger on-going groups

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Upcoming Deadlines & Events

May 22 - Fair Entry opens

May 27 - Holiday - Extension Office closed

May 29 - YQCA Training, 7-8 pm, Extension Office

May 29 - Dog Obedience, 7 pm, Extension Office

May 30 - Broiler Pickup, 11 am - 5:30 pm, Extension Office

May 30 - Horse Workout, 6-8 pm, Hoofbeat Arena

June 3 - Fair Entry Help Night, 5:30-7:30 pm, Extension Office

June 4 - County 4-H Council, 8 am, Extension Office

June 4 - Communications Workshop, 4:30-7 pm, Extension Office

June 6 - Fair Entry Help Night, 5:30-7:30 pm, Extension Office

June 17 - Prepare Static Exhibits for County Fair Workshop, 6:30-8:30 pm, Extension Office