Students are encouraged to participate in additional extra-curricular activities and clubs and many students are active in leadership opportunities. Horticulture students practice leadership skills in Horticulture Club, Turf Club, Ag Council and in the many extra-curricular clubs and organizations on campus.

Through the departmental clubs, Horticulture Club and Turf Club, students gain knowledge about internships, job skills, the professional network of colleagues, and socially get connected. Both clubs provide community-service learning opportunities. The students attend state and national commodity group conferences and participate in seminars and trade shows at each of the events. Both clubs have representation on the Agriculture Student Council of the College of Agriculture and are valid organizations within the Government of the Student Body of Iowa State University.