Welcome to Iowa County 4-H!

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization. In Wisconsin, more than 69,000 youth are involved with 4-H and other UW-Madison Division of Extension youth programs. 4-H programming aims to engage youth in activities to increase their leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills. Our programs center on the 4 H’s: head, heart, hands, and health. This is the foundation for everything we do.

Wisconsin 4-H has over 8,500 volunteers who serve as mentors for 4-H youth. They help provide a safe, engaging place for youth to take risks, practice their independence, and master new skills. Research shows there are many benefits to being involved in 4-H. 4-H youth are four times more likely to make contributions to their communities, two times more likely to be civically active, two times more likely to participate in out-of-school science programs, and two times more likely to make healthier choices.

4-H provides opportunities for youth to learn the life skills they need to be responsible adults, such as making good choices, leadership, public speaking, goal setting, planning and organizing, working as a team, written communication, and managing change.  In 4-H, volunteers help youth plan and conduct meetings, projects, and activities and guide youth as they learn new skills.

Membership in 4-H is open to youth in kindergarten through age 19.


Iowa County 4-H News & Announcements:

Upcoming Events:

4 – Iowa County Dairy Breakfast, Model Dairy Farm
13 – 4-H Camp, 3rd-5th Grade at Bethel Horizons
14 – 4-H Camp, 6th-7th Grades at Bethel Horizons
17 – Area Animal Science Judging Day, Chippewa Falls
27 – YQCA, 5pm at HHS Building, Dodgeville
27 – Leaders Association Meeting, 7pm

10 – Farmers Appreciation Day, Dodgeville
17 – YQCA, 6pm at HHS Building, Dodgeville
18 – 4-H Ambassador Banquet, 6:30pm at HHS Building
25 – Wisconsin State Fair Non-Animal Entries Due by 5pm
28 – Cloverbud Day, Iowa County Fairgrounds
31 – Air Rifle/BB Practice, 5:30pm at Fairgrounds

Iowa County 4-H Ambassador Applications

All youth who have completed 8th grade to 12th grade and who completed their 2021 4-H Record Book are eligible to apply for an official role as an Iowa County 4-H Ambassador. Ambassadors get a jump start on career development by interviewing, speaking in public, planning events, and promoting 4-H.  The deadline to apply is July 8th.

Click here to download the application: PDF Version   Word Version

Cake Decorating Project Kits

This summer, Iowa County 4-H is participating in the state-wide Cake Decoration Kits with support from the WI 4-H Foundation. This Project Kit is for youth of ALL AGES.  Each youth participant will receive a box containing a cake decorating kit, Discover 4-H Cake Decorating Curriculum, piping practice sheets, a buttercream frosting recipe, and a frosting troubleshooting guide. Families will need to purchase the ingredients to make a cake and buttercream frosting.

Sign-up begins June 10th in 4H Online. Kits will be ready for pick-up at the Iowa County Extension office around July 1st. In mid-July (dates to be determined) there will be state-wide ZOOM lessons. For more information, contact Sarah Weier at sarah.weier@wisc.edu.

Cloverbud Day Camp and Summer Pen Pal Program

The 2022 Cloverbud Day Camp will be held on Thursday, July 28th from 9am to 1pm at the Iowa County Fairgrounds in Mineral Point.  The cost is $10.00 per camper, and registration is open to all 4-H Cloverbuds in grades KG through 2.  Lunch and a morning snack will be provided; parents are responsible for transporting youth to and from the fairgrounds.  Deadline to register is Monday, July 18th and registration will be limited to 20 participants so be sure to register early!  See the June/July Clover Connection newsletter for more information and the registration form.

Will you be my 4-H Pen Pal? Announcing an Iowa County 4-H Cloverbud summer at-home activity for youth in grades KG through 2.  Cloverbuds will receive a packet of idea sheets, envelopes, and stamps. Participants are expected to mail three letters to their pen pal before mid-August. Then the pen pals will meet at the Iowa County Fair during Cloverbud judging! Through this program, each child will learn how to write and address a letter, receive mail addressed to them from their pen pal, and find a friend in 4-H!

To enroll, please send the name of the child to Dana Hanson at uw.intern@iowacounty.org by June 15th, or call (608) 930-9850. Parents – please understand that due to the nature of this activity, your child’s name and address will be shared (with their pen pal).

Recent Clover Connection Newsletters

2021 Clover Connection Newsletters


If you have any questions regarding 4-H in Iowa County, please contact:

Sarah Weier
Iowa County 4-H Youth Educator
303 W Chapel Street, Ste 1200
Dodgeville, WI  53533
(608) 930-9850 – Phone
(608) 935-0328 – Fax