4-H clubs celebrated National 4-H Week by thanking supporters, creating displays and wearing 4-H T-shirts. Story County 4-H was also celebrated and shared with others at a variety of events last week, including a fruit jeopardy game at the Healthiest Ames event held Oct. 1.

A new Clover Kid club was started Oct. 3 in Ames for youth in kindergarten through third grade. Participants learned about wind through a story and related activities. This club will meet monthly in Ames. DeAnn Malone is the volunteer club leader and may be reached at deannmalone17@gmail.com or 703-725-6829.

National 4-H Science Day was Oct. 4 and participants had the opportunity to design a wearable health monitor. 4-H information was shared Thursday evening, Oct. 5, at Design on Main. The week finished with 4-H shooting sports on Oct. 6 at the Story County ISU Extension office in Nevada, where participants learned and practiced archery safely with 4-H trained instructors.

The 4-H youth development program comes from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with a mission is to empower youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences. There are currently over 600 Story County 4-H program members that participate in monthly club meetings in their communities to explore project areas like science or art and develop life skills like leadership.

4-H is a great family opportunity and joining now will offer a full year experience. Annual 4-H youth development club membership fees are $40 for youth in grades four-12 and $10 for youth in grades K-three. 4-H staff are happy to help volunteers start clubs in their neighborhoods or communities too!

For Story County 4-H and Clover Kid questions, contact staff at the Story County ISU Extension and Outreach office at 515-382-6551 or visit http://www.extension.iastate.edu/story/page/join-4-h.