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Yurt Not Alone, Survivor (Hosted by Osceola County)

Can you survive in the wilderness? Explore the basics of survival in the Northern Woods of Minnesota as we camp in yurts, construct survival tools, and s’more!

Cost: $50
Age: Completed 4th through 12th grade
Dates: June 23-24
Time: TBD Location: Cuyuna Country State Recreation (Location to meet TBD.)

Next Step Vet Science (Hosted by Sioux County)

If you like animals and science, you might want to be a veterinarian! Let’s explore the basics of animal behavior and health. We will also visit with a local veterinarian.

Cost: $10
Age: Completed 4th grade and up
Date: June 24
Time: 9:00-3:30 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Building, Sioux County Fairgrounds, Sioux Center

Shooting Sports Camp (Hosted by Sioux County)

Want to hit the target EVERY time? Come sharpen your skills, while experiencing a variety of shooting activities, such as air rifle and archery, and learn about wildlife. Hosted in partnership with the Sioux County Conservation Board.

Cost: $10
Age: Completed 4th grade and up
Date: July 7
Time: 9:00-3:30 p.m. Location: Sandy Hollow Recreation Area, Sioux Center

Garden Farm (Hosted by O’Brien County)

Check out the Shoots ‘n Sprouts Garden, discover the magic in growing your own food and enjoy a delicious garden-made snack!
Cost: FREE!
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Dates: July 21
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Shoots ‘n Sprouts Garden, O’Brien County Fairgrounds, Primghar

Explore Medicine Camp (Hosted by O’Brien County)

Explore the medical field with staff at MercyOne Primghar Medical Center! Discover areas of emergency medical services, surgery, laboratory, physical training, biomedical engineering, health/nutrition/wellness, and forensics and imaging. T-shirt included.

Cost: $20
Age: Completed 4th grade and up
Dates: July 27-30
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m. (daily) Location: MercyOne Primghar Medical Center, Primghar

Dinos & Dugouts (Hosted by Osceola County)

Explore the science of baseball and discover creatures and artifacts of the past as we trek to the Science Museum of Minnesota and Target Field! Watch the Twins take on the Los Angeles Dodgers and help cheer them on to a win! Registration Deadline: July 7.
Cost: $65
Age: Completed 4th through 12th grade
Dates: July 28-29
Time: TBD Location: Science Museum of MN and Target Field (Location to meet TBD.)

Growing in the Garden (Hosted by Lyon County)

Zucchini, cucumbers and carrots, oh my! Join us for weekly hands-on activities in the garden. Bring home fresh produce and learn about growing food. Adult volunteers needed.

Cost: $30
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Dates: Wednesdays, June 10, 17, 24, July 8, 15, 29, August 5 and 12
Times: 9:00-10:00 a.m. OR 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: ISU Home Demonstration Garden, Lyon County Fairgrounds, Rock Rapids
Other Important Dates:
May 27 (3:30-5:00 p.m.) – Garden Planting Day
July 21 (5:15-6:00 p.m.) – Lyon County Fair Youth Garden Tour
September 30 (3:30-5:00 p.m.) – Garden Clean Up Day

Shoots ‘n Sprouts Garden (Hosted by O’Brien County)

Let’s do more than just “taco-bout” gardening! Join us for weekly hands-on activities and exploration in our taco-themed garden. Take home vegetables, too!
Cost: $35 (includes a T-shirt & snacks)

Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade

Dates: Thursdays, June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 30, August 6 and 13
Times: 9:00-10:00 a.m. Location: O’Brien County Fairgrounds, Primghar
Other Important Dates:
May 28 (3:45-5:00 p.m.) – Garden Planting Day
September 24 (3:45-5:00 p.m.) – Garden Clean Up Day

Garden Fun for Youth (Hosted by Cherokee County)

Did you know that a pumpkin is a fruit? Where does our food actually come from? Learn about gardening basics, plant raised-bed gardens and grow fresh produce!

Cost: $10
Age: Completed 1st through 6th grade
Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Dates: June 15, 29, July 13, 27, August 10
Location: Cherokee County Fairgrounds, Cherokee

Camping Under the Stars (Hosted by O’Brien County)

This overnight camp will focus on constellations, star gazing, and a night hike while we camp at Scout’s Island to celebrate the Summer Solstice.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 6th through 8th grade
Dates: June 19-20
Time: 7:00 p.m. (June 19)-11:00 a.m. (June 20) Location: Mill Creek, Paullina

First Steps Vet Science (Hosted by Sioux County)

Just like people, pets need to be loved and cared for. We will discuss pet safety, as well as proper care, food, exercise, grooming and first aid.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed Kindergarten through 3rd grade
Date: June 22
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m. OR 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Location: Multi-Purpose Building, Sioux County Fairgrounds, Sioux Center

MakerSpace Mondays (Hosted by Osceola County)

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Cost: FREE!
Age: Completed Kindergarten through 12th grade
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 27, August 17
Location: ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Sibley

Babysitting Basics (Hosted by Cherokee County)

Discover the responsibilities of babysitting, what employers expect, ideas to entertain children, how to handle emergencies, first aid tips and how to care for different ages.

Cost: $10
Age: Completed 5th grade and older
Date: June 3
Time: 8:30-4:30 p.m. Location: ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee

Outdoor Fun (Hosted by O’Brien County)

Two days of fun in the sun! Learn the basics of casting, knot tying, and fishing. Day two will include water safety, canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding.

Cost: $20
Age: Completed 4th grade and older
Dates: June 3-4
Time: 9:00-3:30 p.m. (daily) Location: Mill Creek, Paullina

Lettuce be Gardeners (Hosted by Osceola County)

Join us at the ISU Donation Garden! We will plant and tend vegetables to donate to local food programs. Learn about healthy eating, physical fitness, STEM and more!

Cost: FREE!
Age: Completed Kindergarten through 12th grade
Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 10, 24
Location: ISU Donation Garden (in the Open Lot near Heartwood Heights), Sibley

Garden Gnomes (Hosted by O’Brien County)

Dig into gardening as we graft and grow! Learn the science behind gardening through hands-on activities leading up to our Farm to Table Dinner on August 11th.

Cost: $35
Age: Completed 6th through 8th grade
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Dates: Tuesdays, June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 28, August 4 and 11
Location: Community Garden, Sanborn
Other Important Date: May 26 (4:00-5:15 p.m.) – Garden Planting Day

Outdoor Skills Day (Hosted by Sioux County)

Join us for adventures – canoeing, Dutch oven cooking, archery and more! Register at www.mycountyparks.com/county/sioux. Hosted in partnership with the Sioux County Conservation Board.

Cost: FREE!
Age: All ages (Youth 8 and under need an adult)
Date: June 11
Time: 8:30-4:00 p.m. Location: TBD, Oak Grove Park or Sandy Hollow Recreation Area

Extreme Science

The biggest, coolest and best science experiments around! We’ll experience science at a new level… so get ready for an explosion of new knowledge.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Date/Location
June 1
Open Class Building, O’Brien County Fairgrounds, Primghar
June 2
Community Center, Lester
June 3
American Legion, Sibley
June 4
Westside Park Shelter House, Hull
June 8
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee

Mad Kitchen Science

Science that you can eat? Absolutely! Explore edible science while learning basic chemistry, physics and biology using everyday items found in the kitchen.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
June 1
Open Class Building, O’Brien County Fairgrounds, Primghar
June 2
Community Center, Lester
June 3
American Legion, Sibley
June 4
Westside Park Shelter House, Hull
June 8
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee

Standing Ovation

Bravo! Encore! Actors and musicians must be great communicators. Join us in discovering creative ways to communicate using our own body and voice, as well as puppets.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Date/Location
June 9
Frontier Bank Basement, Rock Rapids
June 10
Public Library, Hawarden
June 11
American Legion, Sibley
June 15
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee
June 16
Public Library, Sanborn

Mars Rover

You just earned your credentials as a NASA engineer. Your mission? Design and drive a Mars Rover to explore Martian surfaces and complete out-of-this-world challenges.

Cost: $10
Age: Completed 4th grade and older
Time: 9:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
July 22
Public Library, Hawarden
July 23
ORHC Multipurpose Room, Sibley
July 27
Community Center, Lester
July 28
Public Library, Sheldon
July 29
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee

Lights, Camera, Cooking!

Ingredients: 2 Cups Food Prep + 1 Tablespoon Food Safety + ¾ Cup Presentation Skills + 2 Teaspoons Script Writing + 1 Cup Video Filming & Editing + A Pinch of Fun

Cost: $10
Age: Completed 4th grade and older
Time: 9:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
July 30
Forster Community Center, Rock Rapids
August 3
Community Building Basement, Hull
August 4
Community Center, Aurelia
August 5
City Hall, Paullina
August 6
American Legion, Sibley

Zzzooo Trip

Let’s get WILD at the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium! Enjoy games and a night tour of the zoo. Camp in the wild kingdom, journey through Madagascar, trek around the arctic, and check out the world’s largest desert dome!
New this year – Explore careers at the zoo or design your own animal exhibit!
Registration Deadline: July 21.

Cost: $65
Age: Completed 4th through 12th grade
Dates: August 11-12
Time: Talk with your county for departure and return times.
Location: Omaha Zoo (Talk with your county for departure and return locations.)
Limit: 36 youth

Broadway Road to

Action! Enter stage right, it’s time to bring Broadway to Northwest Iowa! We’ll use our voice, body language, imagination and more as we role-play, improv and build our performance skills.

Cost: $10
Age: Completed 4th grade and older
Time: 9:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
July 7
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee
July 8
Osceola County Fairgrounds, Sibley
July 9
Public Library, Hull
July 13
Frontier Bank Basement, Rock Rapids
July 15
Wayne Maass Stage, O’Brien County Fairgrounds, Primghar

Gamer Creations

Create and design 3D games and scenarios. Develop your ideas and bring them to life on the screen. Test, improve and PLAY THEM in your own virtual domain.

Cost: $10
Age: Completed 4th grade and older
Time: 9:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
July 8
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee
July 9
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School, Hartley
July 21
Southside Shelter House, Hospers
July 22
ORHC Multipurpose Room, Sibley
July 29
Central Lyon Activity Center Classroom, Rock Rapids

Drones: Ready, Set, Code!

Take to the skies and master computer science skills and drone programming!
We’ll use mini drones and web-based programming to compete in challenges that test our coding and collaboration skills.

Cost: $10
Age: Completed 4th grade and older
Time: 9:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
July 13
Bomgaar’s Center, Cherokee County Fairgrounds, Cherokee
July 15
Community Center, Lester
July 16
City Hall, Paullina
July 20
Multi-Purpose Building, Sioux County Fairgrounds, Sioux Center
July 21
ORHC Multipurpose Room, Sibley

Wrap ‘n’ Roll Music

Channel your inner musician as we create instruments out of everyday materials! We’ll make music come alive using engineering and design.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
June 9
Frontier Bank Basement, Rock Rapids
June 10
Public Library, Hawarden
June 11
American Legion, Sibley
June 15
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee
June 16
Public Library, Sanborn

Cookie Decorating and Design

Cookies, frosting, sprinkles, oh my! Decorate sugar cookies using pastry bags and edible decorations. Learn about baking, kitchen safety, dessert decorating and more.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Date/Location
June 17
Community Building Basement, Hull
June 18
American Legion, Sibley
June 22
Central Lyon Activity Center Classroom, Rock Rapids
June 23
Community Center, Aurelia
June 24
Community Center, Hartley

Snack Pack Make ‘n’ Take

Hungry? Want to make your own snack? Not sure what to make or how to make it? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll make easy, delicious and healthy snacks and take the leftovers home to share!

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
June 17
Community Building Basement, Hull
June 18
American Legion, Sibley
June 22
Central Lyon Activity Center Classroom, Rock Rapids
June 23
Community Center, Aurelia
June 24
Community Center, Hartley

Dash’s Amazing Robot Race

Dash is in an amazing race around the world and needs your help! Help Dash complete challenges at every global pitstop and make it to the finish line first.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Date/Location
June 17
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee
June 18
Multi-Purpose Building, Sioux County Fairgrounds, Sioux Center
June 22
Public Library, Sutherland
June 23
Frontier Bank Basement, Rock Rapids
June 24
ORHC Multipurpose Room, Sibley

A-Mazing Bee-Bots

Take a right, then a left… Our Bee-Bots are travelling through mazes and need your help to find their way out. We’ll create mazes and navigate our Bee-Bots through them.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
June 17
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee
June 18
Multi-Purpose Building, Sioux County Fairgrounds, Sioux Center
June 22
Public Library, Sutherland
June 23
Frontier Bank Basement, Rock Rapids
June 24
ORHC Multipurpose Room, Sibley

WeDo Lego®: Drop & Rescue

We need your help! Weather-related disasters devastate communities around the world. Help us design devices to save people, animals and the environment as we face tornados, floods and wildfires.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Date/Location
June 29
Frontier Bank Basement, Rock Rapids
June 30
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Orange City
July 1
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee
July 6
ORHC Multipurpose Room, Sibley
July 7
Public Library, Sanborn

Flare Up Your Flavor

Fire up the grill and bring your appetite! We’ll explore the many flavors of food science and barbeque. Marinade, cut, rub, season and grill your own meat!

Cost: $10
Age: Completed 4th grade and older
Time: 9:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
June 17
City Park, Primghar
June 22
Osceola County Fairgrounds, Sibley
June 23
Multi-Purpose Building, Sioux County Fairgrounds, Sioux Center
June 24
Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Marcus Fairgrounds, Marcus
June 25
4-H Food Stand, Lyon County Fairgrounds, Rock Rapids

Click It Up a Notch

Ready? Focus. Click! We’ll use our imaginations – and some key photography guidelines – to capture the perfect photo. If you have a camera, please bring it along as we’ll hone our skills after learning about the art of photography.

Cost: $10
Age: Completed 4th grade and older
Time: 9:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
June 25
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Orange City
June 29
ORHC Multipurpose Room, Sibley
June 30
Island Park Enclosed Shelter, Rock Rapids
July 1
Dog Creek Park North Shelter, Sutherland
July 6
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee

Kid vs. Wild

Can you survive in the wild? This ordinary adventure requires survival skills. Signal for help, navigate back to safety and keep your spirits high without the use of modern technology.

Cost: $10
Age: Completed 4th grade and older
Time: 9:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
June 29
Mill Creek, Paullina
June 30
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee
July 1
Eastside Shelter House at Main City Park, Rock Valley
July 6
Lake Pahoja West Shelter House, Inwood
July 7
Willow Creek Recreation Area, Ocheyedan

Passport to Pastries

Crepes, Churros, Mooncakes and more! Let’s travel the world from our kitchen. Leave your passport at home but pack your appetite, because sweet adventures are ahead.

Cost: $10
Age: Completed 4th grade and older
Time: 9:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
June 1
Community Center, Lester
June 2
City Hall, Paullina
June 3
Cherokee High School, Cherokee
June 4
American Legion, Sibley
June 8
City Hall Community Room, Orange City

SCORE!

Build, test and score points or race across the finish line using LEGO® EV3 robots. We’ll strive for high points in robotic bowling and zoom across the finish line in our drag racing car. Just remember, speed and accuracy are the keys to SCORING!

Cost: $20
Age: Completed 4th grade and older
Time: 9:00-3:30 p.m. (daily)
Dates/Location
June 1-2
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee
June 3-4
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Basement Classroom, Orange City
June 8-9
ORHC Multipurpose Room, Sibley
June 10-11
O’Brien County Fairgrounds, Primghar
June 15-16
Central Lyon Activity Center Classroom, Rock Rapids

Creator Academy

Creating a video takes more than meets the eye. We’ll explore filming, video editing, producing and more as we make our own videos and upload them for the world to see.

Cost: $10
Age: Completed 4th grade and older
Time: 9:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
June 9
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School, Hartley
June 10
ORHC Multipurpose Room, Sibley
June 11
Central Lyon Activity Center Classroom, Rock Rapids
June 15
Public Library, Alton
June 16
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee

WeDo Lego®: Speed Across the Finish Line

How fast can your robot go? We’ll investigate the best ways to increase speed and make your ‘car’ go faster… Buckle up. Let’s zoom across the finish line!

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
June 29
Frontier Bank Basement, Rock Rapids
June 30
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Orange City
July 1
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee
July 6
ORHC Multipurpose Room, Sibley
July 7
Public Library, Sanborn

Cluck, Oink, Moo!

How is milk made? Why do we need dirt? How do plants grow? Let’s explore agriculture and how it supports our everyday life.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Date/Location
July 14
Show Arena, Lyon County Fairgrounds, Rock Rapids
July 15
Osceola County Fair, Sibley
July 16
Sioux County Fair, Sioux Center
July 17
4-H Building, Cherokee County Fair, Cherokee
July 20
Administration Building, O’Brien County Fair, Primghar

Super Villains

Your Task: World Domination. We’ll explore the challenges villains face in the battle of good versus evil.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
July 14
Show Arena, Lyon County Fairgrounds, Rock Rapids
July 15
Osceola County Fair, Sibley
July 16
Sioux County Fair, Sioux Center
July 17
4-H Building, Cherokee County Fair, Cherokee
July 20
Administration Building, O’Brien County Fair, Primghar

Art Around the World: Northern Hemisphere

Travel the Northern Hemisphere through creating, learning about and exploring art and cultures around the globe.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Date/Location
July 22
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee
July 23
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Basement Classroom, Orange City
July 27
Osceola County Fairgrounds, Sibley
July 28
US Bank Basement, Rock Rapids
July 29
Public Library, Sheldon

Art Around the World: Southern Hemisphere

Travel the Southern Hemisphere through creating, learning about and exploring art and cultures around the globe.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
July 22
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee
July 23
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Basement Classroom, Orange City
July 27
Osceola County Fairgrounds, Sibley
July 28
US Bank Basement, Rock Rapids
July 29
Public Library, Sheldon

Small Survival

Ready for an adventure? No technology needed. We’ll signal for help, navigate to safety and keep our spirits high without the use of modern technology.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Date/Location
July 30
Ashton Park, Ashton
August 3
Spring Lake Park, Cherokee
August 4
Mill Creek, Paullina
August 5
Sandy Hollow Recreation Area, Sioux Center
August 6
Lake Pahoja East Shelter House, Inwood

Lake Life

Bugs, sunscreen and nets… It’s time for fun in the sun! We’ll navigate animal tracks, build with nature and explore the great outdoors.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
July 30
Ashton Park, Ashton
August 3
Spring Lake Park, Cherokee
August 4
Mill Creek, Paullina
August 5
Sandy Hollow Recreation Area, Sioux Center
August 6
Lake Pahoja East Shelter House, Inwood

Dash Visits the County Fair

Dash the robot is headed to the county fair. Get ready to corral the cattle, groove on the grandstand, maneuver through Midway mania and have fun at the fair!

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Date/Location
July 30
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee
August 3
Public Library, Sheldon
August 4
Frontier Bank Basement, Rock Rapids
August 5
ORHC Multipurpose Room, Sibley
August 6
Public Library, Rock Valley

Bot Builders

From the Waddle-Bot that runs in circles to the Rodeo-Bot that bucks like a bull, we’ll explore how to harness the power of STEM to make robots move, sense and adapt to their surroundings.

Cost: $5
Age: Completed 1st through 3rd grade
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Date/Location
July 30
ISU Extension and Outreach Office, Cherokee
August 3
Public Library, Sheldon
August 4
Frontier Bank Basement, Rock Rapids
August 5
ORHC Multipurpose Room, Sibley
August 6
Public Library, Rock Valley

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