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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Palo Alto County

When you need to make decisions that affect your family, community, business or farm, look to Palo Alto County Extension and Iowa State University Extension for unbiased, researched-based information and education to help you make better decisions.

Office hours: 9:00 to 4:30 Mon - Fri

Dates to Remember:

April 22, 2017 On your Own and Ok from 9am to 2pm
April 29, 2017  Sheep and Meat Goat Weigh In from 9 am to 11am at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds

County News

March 27, 2017

On Your Own and Ok is a  workshop helps to build skills, maturity,
and confidence to safely stay home alone.
Topics discussed with your child include:
• Ideas for rules to have in place when your child is home alone.
• Setting a basic schedule you want your child to follow when home alone.
• Knowing your child’s procedure if someone comes to the door when you’re gone.
• Ideas for managing the ever-present squabbles that occur between siblings.
This workshop does not certify your child is ready to be home alone. You must make that decision as a family. Your child will leave our workday with a family workbook to guide you through discussing rules and expectations together. This will be held at the Palo Alto County Extension Office in the basement meeting room on Sat. April 22 from 9am to 2pm. Cost is $25 to cover supplies and meals. To register call the Palo Alto County Extension Office 712-852-2865 or email This class is open to all 3rd graders and up.

March 27, 2017

Research shows that good literacy skills have a long-term impact on your child's development!! Reading is proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. So bring your family to the Palo Alto County Extension Office for a few eveingins filled with fun activities and learning. Raising School Ready Readers is a 5 week course that has six stations each week to show you how to use literacy in everyday life. Our sessions began on Thursday, April 13, 20 and 27 and May 4th and11th. From 6:00 to 7:30pm at the Palo Alto County Extension Office Meeting room.  The workshop is free and open to everyone!! Our motto is come as much as you can and miss when you must. Please call the Palo Alto County Extension Office to register 712-852-2865 or email Your family will take home Free Books every week, plus a light snack will be provided!!!

March 3, 2017

Palo Alto County Extension and Outreach would like you to let us know how we are doing!!! We have developed a short survey that should only take you 5 minutes or less to complete. Please let us know how we are doing serving residents of Palo Alto County. Let us know what else you might be looking for or feel there is a need for. We appreciate your feedback!!! thank you for taking the time to help make us better!! Here is the link to take the survey:

February 3, 2017

See the flyer for 2017 Ser Safe Classes. If you have questions please call the office 712-852-2865

January 6, 2017

Do you own land in Palo Alto County?  If you do, you  could be a part of the Iowa State University Land Grant Legacy.  Check out the website and see if you are a part of the LEGACY.

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