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linn county master gardener garden classes ely hiawatha library
January 23, 2014

Free Garden Classes, on a variety of topics, will be held during February by the Linn County Master Gardeners at 2 of our local libraries. Check out the latest schedule...

Parent Education Consortium
January 9, 2014

Our Parent Education Consortium is only the thirty-fourth Iowa program to earn this honored distinction! We invite you to celebrate with us and learn more about this program on January 28th.

houseplant care questions answers
January 9, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  This week Linn County Master Gardener Judy Stevens answers some common questions about houseplant care. 

December 26, 2013

Would your family like to learn how to be more ‘green’ for the new year? Do you want your children to be involved in making decisions that honor the earth, your financial resources and keep you healthy at the same time?  ISU Extension & Outreach Family Life Specialist, Kristi Cooper, has a great way that your family can do all of these things!

winter gardening garden fair cedar rapids kirkwood 2014
November 13, 2013

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The Winter Gardening Fair offers something for every gardener, with a wide variety of classes and workshops.  Registration opens January 2, 2014. Classes always fill fast, so complete your registration for best class selection!

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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