Stretching 1,011 acres along the Des Moines River Valley, the former central Iowa 4-H Camp, formerly known as the Iowa 4-H Center and most recently as Clover Woods Camp and Retreat Center, offers a sense of wildness in the heart of central Iowa unlike any other.
In addition to the cabins and facilities used by the campers, the camp contains woodland cloaked hills and valleys, more than a dozen miles of hiking trails, an impressive assortment of native plants and wildlife, stunning views of the Des Moines River Valley, and ancient Native American burial mounds.
The Iowa 4-H Foundation, which had run the camp since the 1940s, listed the camp for sale in 2019 citing declining attendance and a desire to support other 4-H programming around the state. Protecting the camp's natural resources was INHF's first priority. The camp was split into 12 parcels for the sale, and INHF made an offer on and ultimately purchased the entire property. Most of the former Central Iowa 4-H camp has now transferred to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. It will officially open to the public later this year in 2022. INHF will retain ownership of, manage and steward part of the original property long-term.