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June 5, 2020

Be a part of the 4-H Summer STEM Virtual Library Programs we have at the the Waterloo Public Library, Hudson Public Library, Hawkins Memorial Library and Dunkerton Library!  

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and if you live in the world today, then you most likely want to explore science in our everyday lives - as it is everywhere! Science is a way for us to look at and try to understand the world around us. Being scientific involves being curious, observing, asking questions how things happen and learning about how to find answers. There’s science behind what we eat, how we clean, what we do, and how we live. Discover the science, do your own research, and form your own conclusions. 

June 5, 2020

Join other Black Hawk County 4-H members in playing 4-H BINGO!

Looking for different things to do over the next two weeks?! Play 4-H Bingo! This is a little different than regular Bingo, as it is virtual and everyone will have the same 4-H Bingo card (unlike traditional bingo). The 4-H Bingo scorecards have 25 activity squares on them. Your goal is to cover (at least) 5 of the squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row in the 2 weeks to get your 4-H Bingo! To cover a square, you must complete the activity on that square.

 Download the 4-H Bingo Sheet here.    Read more!

June 2, 2020

Nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provide quickinar videos for ‘Healthy and Homemade’ meals while saving money and time in the kitchen. 

Many of us are preparing and eating more meals at home. Spending more time in the kitchen than you prefer? Spending more money at the grocery store too?

Learn strategies to manage your time and budget in the kitchen. These tried and true strategies are not only useful during a pandemic, but all the time! Who does not want to serve great-tasting, nutritious meals that do not require a lot of time or money?

Learn more about the 10 - 15 minute Quickinars!
 

May 12, 2020

Gardening to Give
All Iowans Growing a #StrongIowa

FOR ALL IOWANS! Master Gardeners too!


Feed your club, community, country, and world with weekly, hands-on, and research-based challenges and learning opportunities focused on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and abilities. By working together across the state to grow gardens, we can not only provide food for our loved ones, but we can donate our harvest to food pantries while engaging in the gardening experience. We are working across Extension to share information and learning opportunities for all of Iowa, and Gardening to Give is the youth-focused program for this opportunity.

The Gardening to Give program will run from May 15th-October 30th, 2020. Register for gardening and growing research-based weekly challenges and learning information.

Gardening to Give in a Snapshot.   Register HERE!

Pledge your hands to larger service by growing a garden with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa 4-H Youth Development. Weekly challenges and learning information will come to your inbox after registering. Use #4HGrowNShow on social media to show off your work and tell us about your gardening experience with photos, numbers, and progress here: www.bit.ly/GardenHarvest2020

December 18, 2019


Seventy-four military care packages have been mailed to Iowa soldiers deployed oversees. Each care package was packed full of snacks, food, hygiene, reading and other materials soldiers often miss from home as a result of a 4-H service project. 
Two Black Hawk County 4-H clubs solicited donations, raised funds to cover the cost of mailing the packages. Youth and community volunteers organized, inventoried and packed the donations while learning about customs and ways to support United States soldiers. The Lincoln Links and Black Hawk Stars 4-H Clubs worked together along with friends and community members to serve a need they identified for care items soldiers miss most. These care packages will benefit men and women deployed from Waterloo, Hudson, Boone and surrounding communities with extras sent to share with everyone in the unit. Read more...

Statewide Resources

  • Answer Line

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

  • 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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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