Home and Family

Local Highlights

Photo of fingers typing on keyboard
May 3, 2016

This workshop is designed for representatives of non-profits, local government, and school districts. Participants are asked to bring a laptop, iPad or tablet device, if possible. Training is from 1-4 PM at the Extension Office in Spirit Lake. Cost is $25 per person and registrations are due May 31. See the Grant Writing Flyer for complete details or give the office at call at 712-336-3488.

Children gardening photo
May 2, 2016

Attention Area Childcare Providers (and interested families)... Our spring educational programs are focused on nutrition and wellness. The final program topic is "Gardening with Children".  Check out our Childcare Provider Brochure for details and registration information or give us a call at 712-336-3488.

Photo of girl and animals
May 2, 2016

Reminder... All animals that you are considering bringing to the fair must be identified in 4honline by Sunday, May 15th. This includes: pets, dogs, horses, rabbits, poultry, breeding animals, market animals, etc. The statewide database will close at 11:59PM on the 15th, so no late ID's are accepted. Don't wait til the last minute. Get 'em ID'd in 4honline now. If you need help, please call or stop by the office or go online to http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/page/4honline-information-families-and-leaders

Dickinson County Fair Book Cover
April 15, 2016

The 2016 Dickinson County Fair Book is available online, in the office, or from 4-H club leaders. We are accepting Fair Entries from now until July 1st. Mark your calendars for Static Judging on July 13th followed by Animal Check-in on July 16th and the Dickinson County Fair July 16th - 21st. A REVISED Fair Schedule is available here. Entry forms are linked here or available in the Extension Office. Static Entry Form; Pet, Dog, Poultry, Rabbit, and Horse Entry Form; Beef, Sheep, Goat, and Swine Entry Form

Summer Camp Brochure
April 15, 2016

Woo Hoo! We have an exciting summer program schedule for youth of all ages. Come Explore With us!  Topics include: Outdoor Adventures, Bike Safety, A Day at the Hospital, A Mechanic Tour, Babysitter Training, and Much, Much, More... Check out our Summer Camp Brochure and Registration Form for details, give us a call at 712-336-3488 or stop by the Extension Office at 1600 15th Street, Spirit Lake, IA.

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

  • 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.
     

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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