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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Wapello County

Wapello County Extension, in partnership with Iowa State University, provides education and information to help the people of Wapello County become the best they can be. We believe in quality, access, diversity, and accountability. We are dedicated to engagement, entrepreneurship, and local presence. We welcome you to explore our website or stop by our office and see the many ways Extension can serve you.

The Nest Program is a free incentive based group parent education program. People are eligible for the program if they are prenatal until their children turn 5 years of age. Once you are enrolled in the program you receive points for attending weekly classes, medical appointments for your child, prenatal and postpartum visits, and participating in other community resources; such as WIC, Parent's As Teachers, MIECHV, and Early Access. We are grant funded through Early Childhood Iowa and Prevent Child Abuse. There is no cost to participants. We cover a variety of topics like prenatal care, child development, safety, parenting skills, nutrition and cooking, budgeting techniques and managing stress. We have onsite childcare available too!!! 

Class days & times:
Tuesday 5:00-6:00 PM (English)
Wednesday 5:00-6:00 PM (English)
Thursday 5:00-6:00 PM (Spanish) Location: 1026 W. Williams St. 
Friday 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (English)
Contact one of our NEST program assistants to sign up!
Cicely Lawrence or Toni Valdez 
Find us on Facebook @isuwapellonest 


Days for 2019 Wapello County Office is Closed:
September 2, 2019
November 28 & 29, 2019
December 24 & 25, 2019
Expo Forms

County News

August 20, 2019

Life expectancy for Americans continues to increase, so it is more and more likely that most adults will need to rely on others for care with everyday living activities. Family members are often the main source of care. “Care does not have to mean the person lives in your home,” explains Joyce Lash, ISU Extension Family Finance Field Specialist.  “It may mean that you provide transportation or other services for a person who still lives in their own home.” For most working Americans, caregiving requires flexible work schedules or using personal leave days, sometimes without pay.

August 7, 2019

In this age of technology, we are constantly bombarded with information and videos of the recent mass shootings.  We each have our own way of responding to these traumatic situations.  You may be looking for ways to manage the stress to better care for self, your family and your community. 

May 3, 2019

Now is the perfect time to prepare for canning season. 

backyard chicken.

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