County News

May 7, 2021

AMES, Iowa – May is Mental Health Awareness Month. If a friend, neighbor or community member were experiencing mental health issues, would you be able to intervene so they could get help? If you needed help, would you know where to turn?

May 7, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Annual forages can provide flexibility when managing forage supply, whether filling forage production gaps or serving as a primary forage source.

April 1, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Story County invites the public to celebrate with them at an Open House for their new location on April 13th from 5:30 PM-7:00 PM which is being held during Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week. 

January 8, 2021

Nevada, Iowa – Story County ISU Extension and Outreach program catalog is now available at Extension provides research based programs and information for all ages and supports life-long learning. 

Agriculture topics include continuing education opportunities for applicators, recognizing the value of your forest, beginning an ag business, and even learning how to raise bees or chickens.  There are opportunities to become master gardeners and master conservationists. 

Youth engage in STEM based programs as well as programs that support development of life skills.  

December 28, 2020

Story County Extension and Outreach has programs scheduled for youth from preschool to students in their teens.  Programs focus on STEM, health, family, and more!  January programs include:

  • A brand new virtual 4-H Maker Club is starting January 4 for any youth in grades 4-12.  The club membership program fee of $30 for the current 4-H program year.  Participants will meet the first Monday of the month from 6-7:30 pm.  Registration is due by January 4. 
  • On Their Own & Okay will be offered virtually for any youth in grades 4-6 to explore ways they may begin to stay home on their own safely for a short time.  The program series will be held on Tuesdays from 5-6:30 pm January 5, 12, 19, and 26.  The program fee is $25 per family due by December 28. 
  • A winter themed virtual preschool program is scheduled from 10 – 10:30 am on January 11 for preschoolers with their adult.  There is no program fee, but registration required.
November 20, 2020

Custodial grandparents and grandchildren are invited to participate in a free interACTive workshop made available through a National Institute of Food and Agriculture Grant.  Custodial grandparents and grandchildren will be given resources, support, and practical tipsfor life skills needed to create and discover rewarding relationships.  The online workshop includes short videos and group discussions. 

November 20, 2020

Story County Extension and Outreach has programs scheduled for youth from preschool to students in their teens.  Programs focus on STEM, health, gardens, and more! 

Programs include:

  • Weekly STEM packets are available for pick-up from many local library partners. With the packet is now an opportunity to join staff virtually on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm to explore the activity together.  Visit see the STEM in Your Day event.
November 17, 2020

Nevada, IA| On November 8, 2020, Story County 4-H Youth and their families gathered virtually to celebrate their achievements for the 2019-2020 4-H Year. 4-H Youth have the opportunity to complete project award applications in over fifty project areas in the 4-H Program. Story County 4-H awarded 29 project awards to 23 different youth, 11 Outstanding/Overall Awards to 4 youth, and 11 Officer Awards.

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.

February 6, 2020

A Babysitting Basics class for students in fifth grade and up is being offered by ISU Extension and Outreach on Friday, February 21 from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm and will be held at the Roland Public Library. 

January 30, 2020

Story County ISU Extension and Outreach is offering a program for students in 6th-9th grade titled Healthy Body Healthy Mind.  It is being held Monday, February 10 at the Elks Lodge in Ames. 

January 28, 2020

Check out the numerous volunteer opportunities available to you in Story County! Contact Tanner Messerli for more information and to get involved. 

January 21, 2020

Are you interested in leading a 4-H camping adventure? Apply to be a Tri-County 4-H Camp Counselor! Applicants must be at least 16 years of age (by August 1, 2020) and attend a training session on August 11, 2020. Complete the counselor application form at  the application is under Counselors on the right side. Application deadline is February 7. Leadership and communication skills, lots of enthusiasm, a desire to work with 4th-6th grade youth in a camping setting and willingness to put in long days are qualities needed for this role. Camp is August 12-14 at the YMCA Camp north of Boone, IA.

January 13, 2020

Are you looking for some volunteering opportunities with Story County Extension? 

Look no further. Here are the needed volunteer positions for January 2020.

January 10, 2020

Youth in grades K-6 can start their own collection of recipes provided during the program. Questions can be directed to Mary at 515-382-6551 or email

January 10, 2020

Youth in grades K-3 will explore Augmented Reality. Questions can be directed to Mary at 515-3892-6551 or email

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