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.
 
 
POLK COUNTY EXTENSION UPDATES
These links will provide the latest, local Polk County Extension specific information.

 
SUMMER 2020 PROGRAMS!
Be sure to visit our site regularly for updates and additions all summer long!

  • Virtual 4-H Camps: Polk County 4-H staff has prepared a summer packed with lots of fun for all! Check out the various lessons that will be held weekly!
  • Vaping: What You Need to Know: If you care for or work with youth, join us for a conversation about vaping and its effects.
  • Splash Into Reading: Recieve a book and learn how to engage children ages 3-6 in literacy techniques and activities!

 
KIDS & YOUTH

  • 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.

 
HEALTH & WELLBEING

  • 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. 

 
AG & NATURAL RESOURCES

  • 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.
  • 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.

 
COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • 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.

 
HOTLINES
 
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.

 
Hortline 
The Hortline provides assistance to home gardeners on lawn, garden, and ornamental questions, hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1-4:30 p.m.

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