Welcome to Nebraska Extension in Polk County!

The Polk County Extension brings you reliable, research-based information in agriculture and natural resources, consumer and family economics, community and economic development and 4-H / youth development. Our goal is simple... to help you put knowledge to work!

Please check our site often for updates. We offer a wide variety of classes, workshops and trainings throughout the year.

Our team consists of:

  • Maria Cantu-Hines - Rural Prosperity Nebraska Educator
  • Tanya Crawford - 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator
  • Colleen Pallas - 4-H Youth Development Extension Associate
  • Stephanie Sunday - Office Manager

Link to information on Regional Educators - https://epd.unl.edu/office/41

A six member Extension Board and a twelve member youth and adult 4-H Council, representing all areas of Polk County, are also a part of our team. It gives us great pleasure to serve you in your lifelong learning quest. Our office is located in the lower level of the Polk County Courthouse in Osceola at 400 Hawkeye Street. Please stop in for a visit and to see what the University of Nebraska can offer you. Our 4-H Youth Development Program, for example, reaches more than 300 youth in Polk County through traditional 4-H clubs and many more through the Polk County School Enrichment Program. Statewide, 4-H touches the lives of more than 90,000 youth each year through traditional and School Enrichment programming.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension is built to provide practical education that focuses on issues which influence daily life that helps to keep Nebraska competitive in a global society. Extension Specialists and Extension Educators are committed to a theme of excellence with educational programs customized to meet the needs of Nebraskans.