Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has hundreds of programs available to Iowans. Use this resource to find programs you are interested in. Most programs include a link to detailed information about that program.

If you’re struggling with Parkinson’s disease or know someone who is, it’s helpful to know where to find support on the journey. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments related to Parkinson’s disease.
Purchasing a home is probably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make. It’s an exciting experience and not a simple task. Lessons focus on preparing for home ownership, shopping for a home, securing a mortgage, closing the loan, and being a homeowner.

Have you ever wondered if you are on the right path when parenting your children?

Children are great imitators. They observe and imitate adults’ nutrition and physical activity practices. Explore ways you can be a positive role model for those in your care. Write an action plan for helping them develop healthy eating habits for life.
Buy. Eat. Live Healthy educators support families in making healthy choices on a tight grocery budget. This eight-lesson series focuses on nutrition education, cooking skills, grocery budget management and active living.
Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging. Learn to recognize how caregiving affects relationships among family members. You will gain skills in talking and listening to address changing needs in later life.
It’s simple math — if you spend less than your income, you’ll have savings. If not, you’ll have debt. In this session, you’ll learn how to get what you want by setting financial goals and then creating a plan for your spending and saving.
Time is money and the sooner you begin saving for retirement, the better. You’ll identify reasons that early planning is important and examine ways you can begin saving for retirement.
Step by step, as you follow your saving and spending plan, you’ll be headed in the right direction for your destination: retirement! You’ll consider how to invest for your retirement years.
You can’t actually “eat the rainbow,” but you can eat foods the colors of the rainbow for better health. You’ll learn the health benefits and fun activities to increase children’s recognition and acceptance of fruit and vegetable color groups.
Whether you are part of a couple preparing for marriage, in a blended family, or expecting a child, this workshop is for you. Together you will learn and practice seven skills essential to maintain a healthy and stable relationship.
A tricky question – “Who is in charge of the threshold when parents leave their children at child care programs?” Learn about the common barriers child care program staff experience as they work to create productive relationships with parents.
Interested in improving the quality of your child care program in a fun and interactive way? Learn how to use Environment Rating Scales to assess and improve the quality of child care programs.
Interested in improving the quality of your child care program in a fun and interactive way? Learn how to use Environment Rating Scales to assess and improve the quality of child care programs.
Interested in improving the quality of your child care program in a fun and interactive way? Learn how to use Environment Rating Scales to assess and improve the quality of child care programs.
Interested in improving the quality of your child care program in a fun and interactive way? Learn how to use Environment Rating Scales to assess and improve the quality of child care programs.
Learn essential practices for creating safe and healthy early childhood education environments. Explore the basics of child development and how to support cultural diversity and children who may be experiencing homelessness.
When you understand possible financial solutions for care of a loved one, you and your family can make the best decisions for their care. We’ll guide you through the steps of finding and collecting information and share tools to help in your decisions.
Learn why connecting with nature is important and how to engage families with outdoor nature-based play experiences. Incorporate nature-based best practices to improve the quality of your child care program.
Are you up for the challenge? Explore topics like potentially hazardous foods, cross contamination, cleaning, and temperature to help your team solve the food safety puzzle.
From popcorn and pretzels to casseroles and cupcakes, the safety of everyone eating at an event relies on workers and volunteers following proper food safety procedures.
Gardening with children promotes a healthy lifestyle, early learning experiences, social development, and environmental stewardship. You’ll engage in learning gardening activities through crafts, literacy, container gardening, and taste testing.
Wiggling worms and giggling children — that’s what you can expect with this wildlife education session! You’ll examine ways to build and nurture children’s sense of wonder about nature, wildlife, and the great outdoors.
It is possible to save time and money and still prepare foods at home that are healthy and tasty. Whether you cook for one or for a few, you will learn and practice strategies for using time, money, and skills wisely when you eat at home.
Adult couple relationships and positive parenting practices are connected to healthy child outcomes. You will be prepared to teach couples and families relationship education skills that support strong and stable couple relationships.

The state of Iowa has specific laws and regulations related to food that is prepared at home and sold direct to consumers. This online course will guide you through regulations and the best food safety practices to ensure safe handling of your product from the kitchen to the point of sale.

Worried about the child who only wants to eat one food? You’ll learn about eating habits that are normal for young children, strategies that promote healthy eating habits, and how to foster pleasant mealtime experiences — all while taste testing.
Whether babies are breast fed or formula fed, their health and wellbeing depends on your support of their families. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn the best practices for food safety and infant feeding regulations.
Review Iowa’s Early Learning Standards and learn how to use the standards and plan developmentally appropriate activities for young children, ages birth to 5.
Learn how to identify whole grain foods and ways to add them to your meals. Discover the three steps to three servings of whole grains and experience tasting whole grain foods.
Just a bite may be all it takes to cause a severe reaction to a food allergen. You’ll learn the common food allergens for children and the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Kids in the Kitchen is a hands-on nutrition and cooking education series for youth in grades K-5. Students learn to make healthy choices, prepare food themselves and be safe in the kitchen.
You are invited to learn how to improve your health and stay fit to reduce diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Discover foods that keep your body healthy, make and taste foods in class, learn to shop smarter, and practice being more physically active.
Early reading and language development help children be “school ready,” which increases their opportunities for academic success. You’ll experience ways to connect with children as you incorporate food-related activities in lessons with children's books.
If only we could wave a wand and nutritious, convenient meals would suddenly appear! Since that won’t happen, instead you’ll learn best practices for planning and serving meals, physical activity, and health and safety for children under your care.
To help someone in need, people must become more informed about mental health and substance use issues. Learn to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders and about tools to help you start the conversation.
Did you know movement activities can help children improve thinking skills? You’ll practice Move for Thought Pre-K kit activities, which describes physical activities integrated with pre-academic concepts, self-regulation skills, books, and music.
With four easy steps you will be on your way to help lay the foundation for lifelong dietary habits in children. We’ll explain four specific MyPlate recommendations you can implement as you plan meals and snacks in your childcare setting.
Turn your child care play spaces into fun, joyful areas to explore nature. You’ll discover how to engage children in nature through music and the arts, how to develop observation skills, and much more.
Enhance your skills for speaking up against stereotypes with useful, easy-to-learn phrases, as you communicate in a diverse world.
Prepare your preschooler to read by reading to them! Learn about a technique called dialogic reading and get ideas on how to make reading FUN for you and your child at home.
Refine your skills as a supervisor, coach, and mentor to early childhood teachers and staff. Discover how to give effective feedback, challenge growth, and nurture ongoing professionalism.
Learn the basic skills and knowledge to teach and care for children in child care center, preschool or school-age care programs. Discover how to support early learning, build positive relationships, and ensure children’s health and safety.
Plan, Shop, Save, and Cook helps adults stretch their food dollar through practical skills and knowledge. Participants learn to understand food labels, use smart shopping strategies and plan healthy meals in this four-lesson series.
Caregiving can be stressful — physically, emotionally, and financially. You will learn ways to take care of yourself, reduce stress, improve your caregiving confidence, and establish balance in your life as you care for others.
Caregiving can be stressful — physically, emotionally, and financially. You will learn ways to take care of yourself, reduce stress, improve your caregiving confidence, and establish balance in your life as you care for others.
Become a certified Class Leader of the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program. Learn ways to help others take care of themselves, reduce stress, improve caregiving confidence, and establish balance in their lives as they care for others.

Caregiving for a family member or friend can be stressful—physically, emotionally, and financially. Join us to learn about taking care of yourself with self-care strategies and techniques to reduce stress.

Children love to pretend they run a grocery store or a restaurant. Build on that interest with activities for preschoolers that practice money skills. You’ll explore ways to introduce and reinforce money-related words and concepts throughout the day.
Love that fresh garden produce but have more than you can eat? Preserve it! It’s not difficult, but you do need to follow safe methods. You’ll learn how to can, freeze, and dry foods safely at home.
Preserving your own foods can be a lot quicker and easier than you might think. It’s a great way to have delicious, local food all year long. A hands-on workshop offers you the opportunity to learn safe food preservation techniques.
Preserving your own foods can be a lot quicker and easier than you might think. It’s a great way to have delicious, local food all year long. A hands-on workshop offers you the opportunity to learn safe food preservation techniques.
Preserving your own foods can be a lot quicker and easier than you might think. It’s a great way to have delicious, local food all year long. A hands-on workshop offers you the opportunity to learn safe food preservation techniques.
Preserving your own foods can be a lot quicker and easier than you might think. It’s a great way to have delicious, local food all year long. A hands-on workshop offers you the opportunity to learn safe food preservation techniques.
Say YES to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. Learn three simple steps to help save a life from suicide. When you take the QPR suicide prevention training, you learn the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond.
Discover easy ways to help your child get ready for school by building their reading and writing skills. You can when you engage in fun literacy play with your 3- to 6-year-old child and turn everyday routines and experiences into learning activities!
Are you interested in a career that allows you to work from home? Equip yourself with the tools and skills needed to transition from on-site work into a virtual career or freelance work.
How do we protect children from foodborne illnesses? Assess your current food safety practices and develop action plans to improve using the FightBac! messages to fight foodborne illness.
¡Salir Adelante! helps Iowa Latinx families with middle school youth explore their futures and prepare for college and/or career goals.
Whether you are a food service manager or an employee, using current best practices in safe food handling is essential to keep your food establishment in compliance and protect the health of both customers and staff.
Be safe, not sorry when you learn and follow the four simple steps to food safety: Clean. Separate. Cook. Chill. You’ll learn best practices to ensure you prepare and serve food safely.

Make informed decisions about financial management and build greater confidence to make small changes that can make a difference.

Intended audience: city and county employees

Format: 15-hour course

Make informed decisions about financial management and build greater confidence to make small changes that can make a difference.

Intended audience: educators and other school personnel

Format: 15-hour course

Options and strategies for selecting a health care plan
Options and strategies for selecting a health care plan
Options and strategies for selecting a health care plan
Good nutrition does not have to be expensive. Children in your care can “eat smart” when you practice strategies to save money while incorporating new ideas into menu planning and food shopping.
It’s never too early — or too late — to set realistic goals for eating well and moving more. Learn the health benefits of eating well and how to strengthen your muscles to stay independent for life. Sample healthy, tasty, and low-cost foods.
Wondering how to help your children resist peer pressure? Parents and youth will practice skills, play learning games, and do family projects to increase family bonding, build positive communication skills, and solve problems together.
Parents often cite guidance and discipline as their number one concern. This workshop will help you see positive discipline as an opportunity to build positive parent-child relationships.
How do parents use research to help inform their unique parenting reality? Learn about how parenting realities are different and discover helpful parenting tools and techniques.
Learn ways to prevent the risk of infection in child care and how to protect yourself and others using Universal Precautions. Discover how to access, develop, and use an Exposure Control Plan, a requirement of OSHA.
Engage in hands-on learning to enhance your wellbeing and quality of life in ways that are personally meaningful to you. Learn strategies for taking time for yourself, building relationships, and improving physical and financial health.
Who leads and who follows? That is the question! You’ll find the answers in this workshop as you identify who is responsible for what, when, where, and whether a child eats and is physically active.
Materials to help you make your own informed decisions about retirement
You’ve worked for your money. Now make your money work for you. You’ll learn how to manage expenses, set goals for the future, access your credit history, and avoid the credit card trap.
Talking about money and goals may be difficult for you while you are helping clients address other complex issues. You’ll discover how to have money conversations with the people you assist to help them achieve their financial goals.
Young adults can experience mental health or addiction challenges. If you are an adult who interacts with adolescents (ages 12-18), this course introduces common mental health challenges for youth and reviews typical adolescent development.