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June 20, 2019
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County has sets of fishing poles available for schools, youth groups and other non-profits working with youth to borrow with Fish Iowa!
Fish Iowa! combines physical education, health, biology, geography, and family and consumer sciences into a program that focuses on fishing. Designed for use in formal settings with middle school through senior high students, it easily adapts to non-formal programs such as camps, scout outings, etc. Fish Iowa! works with students with all levels of abilities.
A $25.00 deposit and fishing pole checkout agreement need to be completed. The deposit will be returned when the poles are returned. To learn more please contact the Black Hawk County Extension office at 319-234-6811.
June 19, 2019


In Estel Hall at the Cattle Congress Grounds! Insect Zoo!, Star Lab! Water Rocks! Flex Learning, Virtual Reality! Lots of Great Fun and Learning.... AND FREE!
Read More! Questions Call 319-234-6811

June 19, 2019

Become a Master Gardener

8 Thurday Night Classes, 6:00pm. First Intro Class is August 22 at 6:00pm at the Black Hawk Count Extension.
For more info contact: Steven Eilers, Urban Agriculture Specialist 
seilers@iastate.edu 319-234-6811 

Master Gardener Website

June 7, 2019

We’re looking for people who want to serve their communities by growing healthier bodies, healthier minds, and a more just world. Service members implement FoodCorps’ evidence-based strategies to help schools become healthier places to grow and learn. The majority of a service member’s time is spent teaching in the classroom and garden of selected the Waterloo schools.

There are eligibility requirements including at least 18 years of age, hold a high school diploma or GED and be a lawful permanent resident of the United States. Having transportation is highly recommended.

Benefits include gaining valuable life skills and becoming a changemaker! Service members are eligible to receive up to $18,250 living stipend, student loan forbearance, health insurance and $6,095 education award upon successful completion of your term of service.

For more information contact Steven Eilers or go to:  https://foodcorps.secure-platform.com/a

May 19, 2019

Runs June thru August.... see Dates and Times for Hawkins Memorial Library in La Porte City, Dunkerton Public Library, Waterloo Public Library, Janesville Library and Hudson Library! Click Here!

Statewide Resources

  • Answer Line

    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

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    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.

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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.

  • 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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