Story County

Help shape the leaders of tomorrow. Volunteer today!

Love to garden or volunteer? Interested in teaching? Become a Master Gardener!

Story County Extension and Outreach is now a certified volunteer center! Want to learn how to get involved? Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Tanner Messerli, at 515-382-6551 or email 

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.

Story County Extension Office Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm



Now Hiring Snap-Ed Program Assistant I

Snap-Ed Program Assistant I, conducts Extension education programs at community locations or on virtual platforms by extending information to limited resource families with children. Topics shared include meal planning, food budgeting and ways to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. The position is a full-time, 40 hour/week position.
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Application Deadline is November 12, 2020. To apply send your resume and application to


Commercial Pesticide Applicators! 

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk ins will be accepted. To register or for more information, please contact Michaela Van De Berg via phone at 515-382-6551 or email
Roadside, Forest, Aquatic Pest Management   October 21        9AM or 1PM
Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management       October 28        9AM
Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators             November 4       9AM
Greenhouse Pest Management                       November 11      9AM
Fumigation Applicators                                     November 17     9AM
Commercial Ag                                                 November 18     9AM
Pest Control Operators                                     December 2       9AM


Fall 2020 Programs:

  • Youth & 4-H

    • Just for TEENS! 
    • Water Connects Us All
    • Taking Care of Buzzness
    • This Is Me!
    • Bugs and Blades
    • Farm Preschool Program
    •  Registration Forms
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources

  • Human Sciences


Extension Resource/Kit List


Be sure to check out our Online Resources page!

This page includes: 

- 4-H Updates

- Babysitting Basics Course

- Youth Resources

- Agriculture & Natural Resources Information

- Program Catalog

- Human Sciences Resources

- Hotline Information

- Community & Economic Development Resources


- Summer Camp in a Box Registration



County News

July 13, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist, Meaghan Anderson, will host two Private Pesticide Applicator recertification trainings at the Story County Fairgrounds on August 24 and 27.  Pre-registrations well be required for these trainings at least two days in advance of the meeting. The training was canceled earlier this spring due to COVID-19, at which time the recertification deadline was extended to September 30, 2020.

June 25, 2020

Story County Extension and Outreach has recieved a Service Enterprise certification! Story County Extension will be equipped to engage and manage volunteers more effectively to meet community needs.

March 2, 2020

Expand your gardening knowledge before spring arrives. 

February 6, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Story County office hosted the On Their Own and Okay youth program in January at the Gilbert Intermediate School.  Ten youth met weekly afterschool for threes week and identified ways to stay home on their own safely for a short time.  They recognized how house rules provide safety and identified activities that help avoid boredom or loneliness while home alone.  Students also learned to make simple snacks.


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woodworking for wildlife.

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

How to build homes for wildlife

4 videos: Adam Janke, ISU Extension and Outreach wildlife specialist, shows how you can build an Aldo Leopold bench, a bat box, a bird box and a wood duck box. (Then you can sit on your new bench to watch the bats, birds and ducks at their new homes!)

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