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garden hands-on workshops lowe park marion
July 8, 2014

The Linn County Master Gardeners will be hosting several hands-on workshops at Lowe Park this fall.  From "Food Preservation 101" and "Tomato Tasting" and "Seed Saving" to "Holiday Arrangements" - there is something for everyone! Space is limited, register early to guarantee your spot!

class to help children be ok when home alone cedar rapids iowa
June 4, 2014

This class is designed for children (9-13 years of age) to prepare them to be home alone when their parent is at work. Topics covered in this class include communication, safety, ways to deal with boredom, preparing snacks and how to handle small emergencies.

Portable produce patch diy container garden
May 12, 2014

Would you like to grow your own food, but don't feel you have the room to do so?  Put this DIY to the test and grow your own food no matter how limited your space. 

Play and Learn cedar rapids kids activities iowa
April 24, 2014

Play and Learn of East Central Iowa is an organized play group for young children (5 and under) and the people who take care of them. It's FREE to attend and pre-registration is not required! Bring your little one and leave the stress of mess, set-up and clean-up of activities to us!

April 24, 2014

Together with Grant Wood Elementary, the Parent Education Consortium is offering a free workshop to help parents prepare their young child for a successful K-12 experience. Workshop starts May1!

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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