Polk County Extension Online Resources

You can count on Polk County Extension and ISU Extension and Outreach to provide reliable, research-based resources to guide and support all Iowans of any age during this challenging time. Check out the information and virtual programs offered locally and through our campus partners. And remember, our staff are just a call or email away.
These links will provide the latest, local Polk County Extension specific information.


  • 4-H at Home: Iowa 4-H has pulled together its best "learn from home" resources from not only Iowa 4-H, but from 4-H programs across the country.
  • Virtual Polk County 4-H Recordings: A collection of Polk County 4-H virutal recordings. Virtual office hours, meetings, award announcements and more all in one spot!


  • Finding Answers Now: Great resource to discover education and information regarding all areas of health and wellbeing during these challenging times. Information ranges from general nutrition to finance to parenting and caregiving and much more!
  • The Science of Parenting: Find tips and strategies for handling everyday and challenging parenting moments, along with their weekly podcast.
  • Spend Smart. Eat Smart.: Being judicious with time and resources is what many are looking for, visit the Spend Smart. Eat Smart. website to learn how to plan, shop, and cook healthy food all within budget. If you or someone you know needs food assistance, please visit the Feeding Iowa website for additional resources. 
  • COVID Ag Updates: Focus on Resilience: Geared specifically for farmers, this weekly program held throughout August and September, will addressCOVID related stress.


  • Home Horticulture and Home Pest News: With the extra hours at home, check out the latest home gardening and pest information to make your lawn lush, garden grow, trees thrive, and much more! You can also follow our Polk County Master Gardener pages on Facebook or Instagram.
  • Get help with your lawn and garden questions, submit questions to our staff and Master Gardeners via this online form.
  • Center for Ag Law and Taxation (CALT): The CALT site provides the latest information and links as it relates to COVID-19 legislation and other governmental updates.


  • Business, Nonprofits & Local Government: The ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED) team will keep Iowa’s businesses, local governments, nonprofits, and other community groups thriving and resilient by compiling up-to-date resources and virtual programs to keep Iowa’s economy moving.

Iowa Concern 1-800-447-1985
A confidential, free resource answered 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, aimed to support Iowans with legal, finance, stress, and crisis/disaster concerns. Language interpretation available. Dial 711 for TTY/TDD.

  • 24/7 Phone Support: Trained staff take your calls via the toll-free hotline.
  • Email an Expert: Send your questions related to legal issues, finances, stress and crisis or disaster to our staff.
  • Live Chat: One-on-one, secure communication through typed text with a stress counselor.

AnswerLine 1-800-262-3804
Information and resources for consumers with home and family questions. Toll-free Monday through Friday, 9 am-12 noon and 1-4 pm.

  • 1-800-735-2942 (Relay Iowa phone linkage for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals)
  • Email an Expert: Send your home and family questions to our trained staff.
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