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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Polk County

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Resources

ISU Extension and Outreach aims to help all Iowans, from the home hobbyist to the ag professional, make informed decisions through research-based education. Our work supports clean water and healthy habitats, profitable farms, and a more secure food system.

Horticulture and Home Pest News

View articles and information about all things gardening! From yard and garden news, to timely topics - the Hort and Home Pest news site is your one-stop resource.

Online Education 

Check out on-demand education through our YouTube channels:

Other ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County Programs

Polk County Extension serves Iowans through four program areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Human Sciences, 4-H Youth Development and Community Economic Development.

The Polk County Extension Council, county staff and ISU Extension and Outreach staff work together to provide research-based learning opportunities for our citizens. Through this partnership, we carry Iowa State University's land-grant mission across Polk County.

4-H & Youth

Iowa 4-H Youth Development is the premier youth development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Providing research-based education to K-12 youth, Iowa 4-H focuses on Healthy Living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Leadership and Civic Engagement, and Communication and the Arts. Polk County 4-H builds upon more than a century of experience in positive youth development partnering with youth to help them find their passion. 

Agriculture & Environment

Polk County Extension Ag and Natural Resources signature programs include the Polk County Master Gardener volunteer program and the Master Conservationist Program. Other focus areas including farm management education, and technical expertise for crops, livestock and pests to help you make informed decisions.

Family & Food

Our relationship education programs help you become closer to family, raise healthy children, talk with your teens, and enjoy a lifetime full of memories. ISU Extension programs can also help you save more money, live a healthy life, have access to trusted resources, and care for yourself and others.

Community & Economic Development

ISU Extension plays an important role in providing research-based information and resources to sustain communities into the future.  Our people and programs work with communities--aligning all efforts with the goals of maximizing diversity and inclusivity. 

Contact Us
Office: 515-957-5768

ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County:
1625 Adventureland Dr.
Suite A | Altoona, IA 50009

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