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UF/IFAS Extension
Polk County

UF/IFAS Extension Polk County is a partnership between the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners.

(863) 519-1041
1702 Highway 17 South
Bartow, FL 33830


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm
COVID: Masks are encouraged for all guests.

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Beginner Backpacking Class
This October, join us for a two-day beginner backpacking class! This two-day workshop (Tuesday and Thursday evening) will teach participants all about the basic skills required to go backpacking in Florida's backcountry. Participants will learn about: Suggested equipment and skills required to use that equipment Basic cooking considerations Basic safety skills Basic map skills and route planning and Leave No Trace


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Cane Toads: A Toxic Threat to Family Pets
Join UF/IFAS Extension Faculty, Shannon Carnevale, to learn about cane toads in Florida, with a 1-hr webinar. About this cane toad webinar Invasive species, like cane toads, are species that (a) are nonnative to a specified geographic area, (b) were introduced by humans (intentionally or unintentionally), and (c) does or can cause environmental or economic harm or harm to humans


Cool Off with these UF/IFAS Extension Podcasts
I’m not gonna lie--it’s hot outside! Summer heat in Florida is more than a matter of comfort—it's a health and safety issue. If you want to limit your outdoor exposure, but still keep up on topics like gardening, nature watching, farming, beekeeping, or the latest in scientific research, podcasts are a great way to do that


Plagas de las fincas de Florida: Babosas y caracoles terrestres
Cuando la gente piensa en plagas de plantas, lo primero en lo que piensan son los artrópodos, específicamente los insectos. Desafortunadamente, hay más que solo artrópodos que se consideran plagas de plantas


Florida Farm Pests: Terrestrial Slugs and Snails
When people think of plant pests, the first thing that comes to mind are arthropods, specifically insects. Unfortunately, there are more than just arthropods that are considered plant pests


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    Build Your Own Rain Barrel
    A rain barrel is an easy way to save water from a rainfall event to water your garden later.  You may choose to buy one ready made, or you can make it yourself


    Naturally Florida Receives National Award
    Naturally Florida has been publishing monthly podcast episodes about Florida and the wild things that live here for just over a year. Launching in June 2021, there are currently 18+ episodes available for public consumption