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


Important Information about the 2020 Story County Fair

2020 Story County Fair Press Release

2020 Story County Fair Schedule

Static Exhibits will be non-conferenced judged in 2020. Exhibitors will need to bring their completed exhibits with a write up attached to Christy Hall on July 20th. Entry times will follow the Club Entry Schedule. Exhibits will be judged on July 22nd, with only judges present. Exhibitors are asked to pick up their exhibits, write ups, ribbons, and written evaluations on July 30th, following the above schedule. 

Logistics Map for 2020 County Fair

Beef Exhibitor Letter

Bottle Calf Exhibitor Letter

Dairy Goat Exhibitor Letter

Dog Exhibitor Letter

Horse Exhibitor Letter

Meat Goat Exhibitor Letter

Poultry Exhibitor Letter

Poultry Barn Layout

Poultry Barn Map Key

Poultry Exhibitor Check In

Rabbit & Rabbit Hopping Exhibitor Letter

Sheep Exhibitor Letter

Small Pet and Cat Exhibitior Letter

Swine Exhibitor Letter


Horse Show Patterns

2020 Story County Fair Show Orders

2020 Story County Fair Results


Summer 2020 Camp in a Box Registration is now available!

Register for one or more Camp in a Box experiences this summer!  The weekly camp boxes are themed and will include approximately four fun activities.  Cost per box is $20 due with registration to Story County Extension.  Camp boxes will be available until supplies are diminished.


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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