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April 9, 2019

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Hamilton, Humboldt, Webster and Wright County Extension offices are partnering together to offer the Iowa Master Conservationist program beginning May 21, 2019.  The program consists of approximately 12 hours of online curriculum and 7 face-to-face meetings held at different locations within the four counties.   Register now.

March 28, 2019

Junior 4-H Camp, June 12-14, 2019, 3pm checkin on June 12 & 1:30pm pick up on June 14, for 4th - 6th gradersWebster County 4-H'ers in grades 4th-6th can join other 4-H'ers from Hamilton, Humboldt & Wright counties for Junior 4-H Camp held June 12th - 14th at the Clover Woods Camp & Retreat Center.  You will be able to conquer a climbing wall, cook over an open fire, go on a hiking adventure, & make life-long friends.  Register by May 15, 2019.

March 25, 2019

One of the goals many parents have for their children is to watch them grow into independent young people. However, independence brings its own set of challenges, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


March 14, 2019

Military Family

Iowa’s Veterans, active-duty military and the professionals who serve them are invited to learn about educational opportunities from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and its partners on May 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Sun Room at Iowa State’s Memorial Union on campus. The symposium is a statewide event and open to anyone interested, including the military community at Iowa State University, local Veterans groups, agencies and individuals who support the military community, county Veterans service officers, and ISU Extension and Outreach faculty, specialists and county staff.

January 7, 2019

2019 Money GoalsIf the dawn of a new year is leading you to set some financial goals, Barb Wollan has some tools that you may find helpful. According to Wollan, a Human Sciences Specialist in Family Finance with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, “when you are looking for financial information, non-commercial sources, including the Extension Service at ISU and nationwide, should be part of your search.”

Local Help for Tough Times Updated 04/10/19 (PDF file)




Dare to Excel

Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Dare to Excel newsletters focus on different themes that promote student learning such as developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition.  Click here for more information and to register for monthly newsletters.



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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

  • 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.

  • 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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    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.

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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.

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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.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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