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Local Highlights

October 1, 2015

Connecting young children with nature will inspire and support budding scientists, techies, engineers, artists and mathematicians, says Cheryl Clark, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

September 28, 2015

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be facilitating Marriage and Relationship Education: Choose and Share on Thursday, November 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Outreach Center located at 10861 Douglas Ave.

September 25, 2015

The Acreage Living Newsletter focuses on topics of small farm sustainability. 

September 25, 2015

Pumpkins are one of the fun crops in the vegetable garden.  Pumpkins make delicious pies and other desserts.  The fruit can also be painted, carved into jack-o'-lanterns, and used in fall decorations. 

September 25, 2015

Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll examines farm succession plans

Statewide Resources

  • Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.

  • Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • Learn about connecting family and the environment, get ideas on “living lighter”, and share your experiences and thoughts on how to positively impact economic and environmental health through sustainable living.

  • A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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