Palo Alto County 4H & Youth

Local Highlights

January 10, 2019

All Palo Alto 4-Hers/Clover Kids, families, & friends are invited to a 4-H Ice Skating Party to be held at the Grotto Pond in West Bend on Sunday, Feb. 3rd from 2:00-4:00 PM.  Cost will be $3.00 + $2.00 for skate rental/person to be paid upon arrival and directly to the rink.  Transportation will not be provided – carpooling in encouraged.  A waiver will be required for all skaters (youth and adults).  If you question whether the event is going to be held just call 515-887-rink on the 3rd and listen to the message on the answering machine or check their Facebook page – Grotto Ice Rink.

December 18, 2018

The annual 4-H Lock-In for all Palo Alto County 4-Hers will be held Saturday, January 26th from 7:00-midnight at the Arthur & Audrey Smith Wellness Center in Emmetsburg.  Chaperones will be needed.  Everyone will be responsible for his/her own transportation to and from the center.  This event is only for 4-H members.  Cost is $12/person.  Pre-registration is required.  Deadlline to register will be January 23rd.  All registered participants will receive a letter/email with more details.  Mark your calendar now and plan to attend this fun event!

December 17, 2018

Palo Alto County Extension with the help of the Palo Alto County Hospital will again be sponsoring a Babysitting Clinic for all youth ages 10 and up.  The program will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16th from 9:00-4:00 at the VFW in Emmetsburg.  Cost to participate is $25 to cover materials, lunch, and snacks.  Sessions will include Basic First Aid/CPR, Babysitting Responsibilities, Basic Care, and Safe Play.  Session will include hands-on activities and take home materials.  Pre-registration is required and is due Feb. 8th.  This will be the only one offered in 2019.

December 14, 2018

Mark your calendars! – Saturday, Feb. 2nd from 9:45AM-3:00PM @ ILCC – see attached flyer.  Cost is $5 per participant.  ALL 4-H/FFA members and accompanying adults are welcome to participate for the $5 fee.  Deadline to register is January 24th.  Sessions will include Beefing Up! with Tammy Chapman, RD; Calving Simulator – ISU College of Vet Medicine & Dr. Dan Berkland, Sibley Vet Clinic; How do You Score? with Dr. Beth Doran, ISUEO Beef Specialist & Mark Jensen, ILCC Beef Instructor; andYou Be the Judge with Mike Anderson, 4-H Livestock Specialist & Lisa Berkland, 4-H Specialist.  Please note – we are not able to grant YQCA credit for attending this event.

December 14, 2018

4-H 202 Iowa Livestock Show Requirements has been updated for 2019.  Please use this version to answer any livestock eligibility questions.

4-H Newsletters                  
2018 Palo Alto County Fair Schedule


Event Registrations & Flyers       
 Re-Enrolling in 4-H Online or on Paper  
Other Helpful Pieces
4-H Youth County Council
4-H Leaders
Design Elements & Art Principles - Help Sheets
4-H Record Keeping Forms
Area Recognition


4-H Scholarships


2018 Palo Alto County Fair Book


Palo Alto County Fair Website
Fair Entry Forms
Fair Help Sheets
Drug Affidavits
4-H Animal ID Forms

Identifying Animals in 4HOnline Help Sheet (preferred method) 


Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Conference Logo

    Every June, almost 900 teenagers converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities. 

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

  • 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!

  • 4-H Equation

    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.

  • Provides financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs and opportunities throughout the state of Iowa.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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