USU Extension
Iron County Office


Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

What is USU Extension?

With offices covering Utah's 29 counties, Utah State University Extension provides research-based community education, resources and programs in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business and community; food, health, and wellness; home, finance, and relationships; and 4-H and youth.

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USU Extension offers expertise and pertinent information specific to the needs of our county

Iron County 4-H and Youth

4-H is a national youth development program focused on hands-on learning, youth empowerment, ensuring access and equity for all, and creating safe, diverse, and inclusive environments to help young people reach their potential.  For more information about the national 4-H organization, visit

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4-H Newsletter

Iron County 4-H offers activities open to the public. To learn more about what is available, read our recent newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Our email newsletter goes out weekly, and can be subscribed to by clicking on the button below.

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4-H Important Information

  • All 4-H activities require registration before youth can attend.
  • 4-H members are at least 8 years old.
  • 4-H Cloverbud members are at least 5 years old, and can attend select activities accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • For the safety of your children please do not leave them at our office without checking them in with an adult in charge of the activity; after the activity make sure to check them out with the adult in charge of the activity.


Please contact us with any questions you may have. We are happy to help!


Phone: 435-586-8132

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Iron County Horticulture and Gardening

USU Extension Iron County strives to help local gardeners by offering a Master Gardener Program, providing updated opportunities for active Master Gardeners, and give resources to help anyone have a water-wise yard in our dry climate.

Find more information below about the Master Gardener Program and UDAF Conservation District tree sale. 

Gardening in Iron County

Active Master Gardeners

Water-Wise Landscaping

Monthly Webinar - Water Well with CWEL

Every 2nd Tuesday @2pm MST. 

Register here

Conservation Tree & Shrub Sale - 2024 - NOW CLOSED

 Tree Seedlings

Choose from several types of bare-root tree seedlings at this years UDAF Conservation District Tree Sale. To preview a few of this years options check out our Tree List   *CERTAIN VARIETIES MAY BE OUT OF STOCK*

Orders must be placed by April 1, 2024 at the Iron County Extension Office located at 585 North Main Street Suite 4, Cedar City, UT 84721.  We are unable to accept credit/debit cards for payment - cash or check only please!
After April 1st only orders mailed to Panguitch will be accepted. 
All orders must be placed by April 19, 2024.
Address and payment information can be found on the order form.

Iron County Home, Family and Food

The Iron County USU Extension Home and Community Department is here to provide individuals and families in the community with information, education and other tools to improve the quality of life in Iron County. Our resources can enrich family life with money management skills, parenting and child development education, food and nutrition, and life skills. Questions? Contact us at 435-586-8132.



The USDA recommends that pressure canner gauges be tested every year for accuracy. 
Pressure canner gauges can be tested at our Iron County USU Extension Office at 585 N. Main St. #4, Cedar City. Please call 435-586-8132 to schedule an appointment.



Create Better Health

Create Better Health is Utah's SNAP-Ed Program. SNAP-Ed is the nutrition education component of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly knows as food stamps. The Create Better Health program is offered through Utah State University Extension offices. Create Better Health teaches people with limited time and money how to eat well and be active. Our classes focus on teaching participants how to make delicious and nutritious meals from foods they already have on hand.  All the information you will receive in Create Better Health classes is based on USDA's nutrition and physical activity guidelines. 

The classes are free.

Find some yummy recipes and tips here

Interested in having classes taught at your location? Contact the Iron County Extension Office: 435-586-8132

What can I learn?

  • How to make food dollars last all month
  • How to plan a menu and shop from a list
  • How to prepare easy, quick and tasty meals
  • How to save money on food and still eat well
  • How to feed infants and children
  • How to eat when you are pregnant
  • How to eat a heart healthy diet
  • How to keep food safe to eat
  • How to use MyPlate . . . And lots, lots more

To receive further information or to enroll, call the Iron County Extension office: 435-586-8132


4-H volunteers are the key to a successful 4-H program. They have the unique ability to provide life changing opportunities for youth. 4-H offers an endless amount of opportunities for volunteers. Discover below how you can become involved and make a difference for the youth in your community, and work with your local 4-H staff to find a volunteer position that is right for you!


What Role is Right for You?

Work with local 4-H staff to find a volunteer position that is right for you!

General 4-H Club Leader/Organizational Leader

General leaders serve as a club or community club leader by organizing, enrolling, and leading youth involved in the 4-H program. Organizational leaders take the lead in making sure the youth have a positive experience coordinating with other volunteers.

Activity Leader

Activity leaders volunteer to organize a 4-H activity or event for young people within the club. Activities and events may include club talks, a fashion revue, a community service project, a hiking trip, a showmanship clinic, a talent show, a shooting sports shoot, or even a fundraising activity. Activity leaders serve within a club and organize short-term activities.

Ambassador or Teen Council Advisor

Advisors serve in much the same capacity as club leaders, only working with youth in an ambassador or teen council program. 


Chaperones are adult volunteers who commit themselves to the safety and well-being of the youth participants during a 4-H event or trip. Chaperones are required to participate actively in the program and are trained to practice positive youth-adult partnerships with youth.

Camp or Event Activity Volunteer

Camp or event volunteers are adults who assist with the planning and delivery of USU Extensionhosted camps or events.

Project Leader

Volunteers may choose to lead a club that focuses on one specific project or one that is organized around a specific activity or need. Project leaders use their expertise—whether it is woodworking, computers, cooking, sewing, service, the environment, etc.—to teach young people. If they work with a general/organizational Leader, a project leader’s time commitment is for preparation and time spent teaching the project.

SPIN Club or Discover 4-H Club Leader

Volunteers may choose to lead a club that focuses on a special interest ("spin") or a Discover 4-H Curriculum that will only last for a short period of time (approximately 6 hours). Like a project leader, they use their expertise to teach young people within a short-term club setting.

Short-Term/Episodic Volunteers

This group of volunteers includes individuals who volunteer for a short period of time or periodically stepin and assist with specific programs and/or activities.

Leader’s Council/Board Member

Those that participate as a board member or volunteer on the Leader’s Council serve to oversee certain aspects of 4-H programs, for example: fair boards, advisory boards, fundraising boards, scholarship boards, etc.

USU Extension Iron County Contact Information

Iron County
Laurice Ellsworth
agriculture agent
local irrigation
Iron County
agriculture and natural resources
Rebekah Esplin

Rebekah Esplin

Professional Practice Extension Assistant Professor | Agriculture and Natural Resources | Iron County


Marla Hoyt
Iron County
Marla Hoyt

Marla Hoyt

4H STEM Youth Coordinator | Iron County


Meagan Johnston
Iron County
home and community
Meagan Johnston

Meagan Johnston

Extension Assistant Professor | Iron County


Jamee Joseph
Iron County
Jamee Joseph

Jamee Joseph

Staff Assistant | Iron County


agriculture agent
horticulture agent
Iron County
Josh  Martin

Josh Martin

Professional Practice Extension Assistant Professor | Horticulture | Iron County


Iron County
emma stevulak
create better health
Emma Stevulak

Emma Stevulak

Create Better Health Ambassador


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