About Clover Woods

Our Mission

Clover Woods Camp & Retreat Center, formerly the Iowa 4-H Center, promotes life skill development by providing opportunities for outdoor learning experiences for people of all ages that strengthen their sense of belonging, independence, generosity, and mastery.

Our History

The Iowa 4–H Center, now Clover Woods, was founded in 1949 by the Iowa 4–H Foundation through the vision of a number of civic-minded individuals. By 1952, the first campers stayed overnight in Elm Village.

The Center consists of over 1,100 acres of woodlands, meadows, wetlands and fields in the heart of the scenic Des Moines River Valley. The area is home to deer, wild turkey, raccoons, migratory waterfowl, and birds, making it a haven to many wild species. Richardson’s creek borders the Clover Woods property to the east and flows into the Des Moines River bordering the property on the west and south.

In 2017, the Iowa 4-H Foundation partnered with United Camps, Conferences and Retreats to manage the camp facility. While 4-H’ers will continue to be the primary users of the property, Clover Woods is now available for use by other not-for-profit organizations.

Partnership with the 4-H Program

Iowa 4–H is a youth development program with a century of experience fostering positive life skills in Iowa youth. At the Iowa 4–H Center every camper has the opportunity to participate in experiences that strengthen their sense of belonging, independence, generosity, and mastery. Iowa 4–H follows the principals of experiential learning, and draws on the knowledge base of Iowa State University and other institutions of higher education in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture.