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MSU Extension-Oakland offers a variety of programs about gardening, personal finance, nutrition, and natural resources. We also offer programming specifically for youth. Below is a chronological list of all our upcoming programs.
Upcoming 2014 programs being presented by Robin Danto, Food Safety & Nutrition Extension Educator:
November 2 - Indoor Market (Southfield)
November 3 - Preschool Food Safety (West Bloomfield)
November 10 - Preschool Food Safety (West Bloomfield)
November 13 - Healthy Holiday Eating (Troy)
November 14 - Healthy Eating for Learning Impaired Adults
November 15 - Health Fair (South Lyon)
November 17 - Preschool Food Safety (West Bloomfield)
November 18 - Senior Nutrition Presentation (Royal Oak)
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
4-H adult leaders and teen leaders (13 years as of Jan. 1, 2015 and older) interested in the poultry project and who are willing to share the information and experiences gained at the conference with others in their counties. Staff is welcome. We encourage individuals to car pool. Contact your county office for names of other persons attending the workshop.
• Gain fun, hands-on 4-H poultry science experiences; learn new ideas for goat projects and other fun activities.
• Explore science based information in poultry management.
• Enhance youth and volunteers knowledge and skill in the poultry project.
• Share ideas with others from around the state in the poultry project area.
1:00-4:00 pm at Tollgate Education Conference Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377. The workshop will cover the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it affects farms, small businesses and individuals. The Affordable Care Act is far-reaching legislation that covers every business, industry and individual. There are no loop-holes that provide any type of exemption. There are many layers to the Affordable Care Act, this will be a broad overview of the basics within the three hour presentation. This presentation will provide the necessary information to help participants determine whether they are classified as a “Large” or “Small” Employer and determine what they need to do to be in compliance with the ACA. Contact: 517-355-5191, ext 1341
November 7, 2014: Webinar - All Bugs Good & Bad Series, Where Have All the Honey Bees Gone?
Why do we have fewer honeybees these days? What caused the decline? What can we do to help? These questions and more will be answered in this 45 minute webinar at 2:00 pm. More information
November 7, 2014: Trends in Agriculture
Michigan State University (MSU
) and Macomb Community College are working together to present the Trends in Agriculture workshop Friday, Nov. 7 at the Macomb Community College Center Campus, University Center. The workshop is designed to educate members of the community on emerging local, national and international trends in agricultural practices. The workshop features morning and afternoon sessions with a variety of keynote lectures and smaller breakout sessions for individualized interests. Cost of attendance is $40. Click here
to register or for more information.
November 14-16, 2014: Multi-State 4-H Horse Judges, Superintendents and Volunteer Conference
2:00-4:00 pm at Pontiac Faith Deaf Assembly Church, 897 East Walton, Pontiac, MI 48340. All sessions will be interpreted by Michigan qualified sign language interpreters.
This event is scheduled for November 14-16, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West and is hosted by MSU Extension and the Department of Animal Science. This is an excellent opportunity for current 4-H Horse Judges, people who have an interest is obtaining their 4-H judges card, as well as for volunteers who host horse shows. Registration fee is $90 (prior to Nov 1).
New this year at the 20th Annual Novi Equestrian Expo
, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, is a 4-H used tack sale from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. All proceeds collected for table sales at the tack sale will benefit Oakland County 4-H Horse Council. Please spread the word to anyone interested in selling their clean used tack. Please contact Debbie Morgan
at 248-858-08894 for additional information.
This workshop is designed for both youth and adult leaders who are involved with county 4-H Horse Programs. Topics include updates on current subject matter in the horse area and information to assist leaders in youth development, leadership skills for youth, youth activities, and opportunities beyond a county program. Interaction with leaders from different counties is encouraged, for exchanging of ideas and programs and meeting other volunteers in the same interest area. Participants are expected to share the information and experiences gained at this conference with fellow 4-Hers in their counties. Please visit the registration page for more information.
Refocus, Reorganize, Re-energize your local 4-H advisory group (council or project committee) at this informative retreat-style conference. Learn best practices from other advisory groups and state experts in order to improve your groups’ effectiveness, teamwork, and empowerment of youth. Retreat is open to all 4-H youth and adult volunteers serving on 4-H advisory groups. Individual registrations are accepted, but groups will gain the most by sending a team to the retreat. Groups of registering 5 or more members will receive one free registration. Registration coming soon!
The Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular is a lively celebration of the power of young people as leaders! In the spirit of “thinking globally and acting locally” participants in this exciting, energetic, hands-on workshop will participate in small and large group sessions to share and develop valuable knowledge and skills related to youth leadership, civic engagement, global citizenship, and international cultures. This workshop is open to current and aspiring leaders and volunteers, ages 12 to 112 (by Jan. 1, 2015), who seek to develop skills to serve (or assist youth serving) in leadership roles in clubs, schools, communities, the state and the world. Attending the 2015 Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular will help you become an outstanding leader who approaches life with your head, heart and hands open to new ideas, interesting people, and diverse cultures…it will change your world! Registration coming soon!
This class series will be held on Thursday evenings, 6:00-10:00 pm at the Oakland County Executive Office Building
in Waterford. Cost of the 13-week program is $300, which includes the 1,000 page training manual. Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 13-session practical curriculum ground in university research. This training consists of approximately 45 hours of training with classes on plant science, soil science, integrated pest management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, household and nuisance pests and gardening practices to protect water quality. After completing the training, Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of horticulture-related service within one year to earn their Master Gardener certification. Click for further information and to register
Contact: Cathy Morris
This one-day event, begins at 9:00 am, is held at the MSU Pavilion (4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48910), and is open to participants aged 9 to 19 by January 1 of the current year. Exhibitors must be Michigan 4-H members and must own the rabbits or cavies (guinea pigs) they enter. Exhibitors may enter as many breeds as they wish; however, if breed show times conflict, another 4-H member must help show the entries. Exhibitors will be responsible for transporting their rabbits and cavies to and from the judging tables. Click here for show catalog.
Spectators are welcome! Contact: Katie Ockert
January 31-February 1, 2015: 4-H WinterfestLocation: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
4-H Winterfest is a hands-on educational program that is open to youth ages 8 to 12 years old. Youth spend two days learning about many different project areas while meeting youth from around the state. 4-H Winterfest offers participants an opportunity to experience Kettunen Center in an overnight camp setting. Youth participate in hands-on sessions that range from crafts to shooting sports. This event offers an opportunity to spend time outdoors enjoying all the Michigan winters have to offer! Youth have the opportunity to go learn new skills, make new friends, while enjoying Michigan winter. Registration coming soon!
1) Only money orders or checks made payable to the State of Michigan are accepted.
2) Applicants must bring a picture ID, pen, pencil, and if renewing, their certification card and renewal paperwork.
3) We do not take walk-ins; all applicants must schedule an appointment.
4) We generally begin processing applicant paperwork at 8:30 am. Please arrive at that time and no later. If you have a unique work situation and cannot arrive at the required time, please contact Molly Mott at 248-521-0501 (for this situation only).
Explore animal systems and learn about animal health for a broad array of animals species. Come prepared to learn from others, share information and experiences, ask questions and quiz veterinarians about their careers. You will also participate in hands-on demonstrations that will teach attendees how to help members recognize healthy, sick, and/or injured animals. Meet other youth and leaders who have developed outstanding veterinary science projects and gain ideas to help others start their own vet science projects. New resources will be provided to all attendees. Open to adult and teen volunteers ages 13 (as of Jan. 1, 2015) and older. Registration coming soon!
This workshop is designed for both teen and adult leaders who are involved with beef cattle, sheep and swine projects. Topics include animal health, management, care and nutrition. In addition, breakout sessions will include livestock and meat evaluation, animal management and more. Interaction with leaders from different counties is encouraged for exchanging of ideas and programs and connecting with other volunteers in the same project areas. The workshop will also offer ways to enhance communication and teaching skills as well as learn about the many opportunities available for those interested in the beef, sheep and swine industries. Resources will be available for all attendees. Open to adult and teen volunteers ages 13 (as of Jan. 1, 2015) and older. Registration coming soon!
Do you have an interest in learning more about the dairy industry in Michigan? Whether you’ve just started learning about dairy cows or grew up on a dairy farm, this is the conference for you! You’ll learn about real-world dairy management topics, like nutrition, reproduction, welfare, health, and dairy cattle evaluation. You will also have a chance to practice for the state dairy skill-a-thon and quiz bowl contests and tour a nearby farm. Experts from the dairy industry and Michigan State University will lead educational, hands-on sessions about dairy management to bring the learning to life! This conference is open to youth ages 11-18 as of Jan. 1, 2015. Registration coming soon!
This Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification workshop is for 4-H staff, adult 4-H volunteers who have completed the 4-H Volunteer Selection Process with their county, and teens enrolled in a 4-H shooting sports club who are at least 16 years old as of Jan. 1, 2015. Participants must be approved by their county MSU Extension 4-H Staff person to work with 4-H Shooting Sports Programs and have at least a basic working knowledge of, and experience in the discipline in which they wish to participate. Disciplines offered will include shotgun, rifle (BB, .22, air/pellet), archery, muzzleloading, and hunting and wildlife.
Participants will learn about the Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports mission, policies, risk management, safety, discipline specific equipment use and care, how to teach shooting fundamentals to youth, range set-up, and more. Participants will also develop and improve skills in teaching shooting sports activities to youth; learn how to develop, expand, and maintain local 4-H Shooting Sports clubs/programs; have the opportunity to exchange ideas for local and State 4-H Shooting Sports programs with volunteers from many counties; and develop renewed respect and concern for safety in the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Adults who successfully complete the workshop and all other requirements will receive certification as a Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor for the discipline in which they participated. Only 4-H certified instructors can lead live-fire, on-range shooting and archery experiences for youth and/or in 4-H Shooting Sports programs. Registration coming soon!
CWF has been a part of the Michigan 4-H
leadership and civic engagement programming for almost 50 years. CWF is a learning lab about our national government in Washington, D.C. for young people between the ages of 14 and 19. Held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center
in Chevy Chase, Maryland (one mile outside of Washington, D.C.) these week-long sessions run with the help of college-aged program assistants. Program assistants go through intensive training about the national government and the Washington, D.C. sites. At the end of training they actually become licensed tour guide for the D.C. area. They work with each of the delegation coordinators to provide the most meaningful experience for CWF delegates. For more information, contact Deb Morgan
July 17-19, 2015: 4-H Mentoring Weekend
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 48688
4-H Mentoring Weekend is a 3-day workshop for adults and youth who are in a mentoring program through 4-H and other youth mentoring organizations. Mentoring program staff are also welcome to attend. The weekend offers activities to mentoring matches with a focus on science, outdoor education, healthy living, and meaningful service in order to strengthen the mentoring relationship. This year’s theme is Building Life Skills. Mentors are also provided with structured training that aims to build the mentoring relationship. Registration coming soon!
Explore all that 4-H has to offer! This weekend will be action-packed and full of new experiences for the entire family. Youth, ages 5-8, and their parent/guardian/caregiver are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn about 4-H! Sessions will provide youth with opportunities to learn about 4-H projects and life skills, the Four-H’s of 4-H, and other Michigan activities and events for 5-8 year old youth involved in 4-H. Parents/guardians/caregivers who attend will learn about 4-H programming specifically designed for the 5-8 year old audience, how to make the most of 4-H experiences, and Michigan 4-H facilities, workshops, and programs. Families will learn and grow together while exploring Kettunen Center and 4-H! Registration coming soon!
Ongoing: The following nutrition program series are presented to community groups, organizations, and schools (age appropriate) by MSU Extension staff. Programs are offered in English or Spanish. Call 248-858-0897 for further information or to schedule these programs.
Cooking Matters for Adults is a nutrition program where participants will learn how to eat healthy, cook and grocery shop on a limited budget. The program consists of six lessons, lasting approximately two hours each. With the help of an experienced chef and nutrition educator, participants will gain the skills and confidence to make healthy, budget friendly meals for their family.
Each week, participants will receive take-home food, which they can use at home to practice a recipe they learned in class. The class series also includes:
- Participatory food preparation that provides cooking and food safety instruction
- Engaging nutrition activities and discussions
- Practice with food budgeting
- Interactive grocery store visit and $10 challenge
- Recipe book for use at home
- Certificate of completion
- Short physical activity component lasting 5 minutes or less
Class series are taught throughout the community, including but not limited to community centers, churches, schools and local MSU
Extension offices. Group series are available if there are six to 15 people, and at least half of the group is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligible.
This series is aimed at helping parents/caregivers make simple and tasty meals for their families that won't break their bank. MSU Extension-Oakland nutrition instructors will provide nutrition education, food demonstrations and take-home materials. The class series also includes a short physical activity component lastng 5 minutes or less.
This nutrition series consists of fun, interactive activities for 55-74 year olds designed to encourage older adults to increase fruit and vegetable consumption as well as physical activity.
Learn to stretch your food dollars to fit your meal plan, learn about food preservation and maintain a healthy weight with Eating Right is Basic from Michigan State University Extension. This eight to 10 week session can be offered in a variety of community settings. Participants will learn about goal setting, custom nutrition and physical activity to suite each person, eating more fruits and vegetables, portion sizes, becoming familiar with Dietary Guideline numbers, Food labels 101, healthy habits and fat facts. High school students and adults can participate in this series.
Show Me Nutrition
This 6-week program is aimed at an audience of pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. These lessons are interactive and appeal to a wide variety of learning styles. Many of the activities are hands-on and each lesson has a book that accompanies it to reinforce literacy. Each grade level is age-appropriate. Topics covered: food safety, positive body image, world hunger, physical activity and general nutrition.
Ongoing: Food Preservation Correspondence Course
A correspondence course for anyone wishing to learn canning, freezing, or drying techniques using up-to-date information and methods so the food preserved is safe to eat. Contact: Robin Danto at 248-858-0904.
Ongoing: Michigan Cottage Food Law Food Safety Training
The Michigan Cottage Food Law allows Michigan residents to manufacture and store particular foods in an unlicensed kitchen, such as a residential home. Through this program participants will learn about the Cottage food law and other principles you can use to provide safe products. Cottage Food Law and Safety training educates on preparing and selling foods under the Cottage Food Law, producing a safe food products, production, packaging and labeling, storing and transporting. Cost: $10.00.
The Tollgate Farm Center offers year-round educational field trips for school or youth groups. Hands-on, interactive and engaging lessons are intertwined with real-life applications. They create experiences that complement school curriculum and customize programs to be relevant and enriching.
2014 Master Citizen Planner Webinar Series
Date: December 18, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Contact: Janean Danca: 269-657-8213 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2014 Master Citizen Planner (MCP) Webinar Series is designed to offer participants the latest updates and information on current topics. Using Adobe Connect, MSU
Extension educators will provide an overview of topics of interest to planning and zoning officials. Classes are the third Thursday of April, June, August, October and December from 7 - 8 p.m. Class descriptions are available on the attached flyer. Each session is available individually or participants can register for all five at once. MCPs will earn one credit per session. Visit the 2014 Master Citizen Planner Webinar Series registration page
for more information.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy Online
Looking to learn more about integrated pest management (IPM)? Then check out the Integrated Pest Management Academy Online. These series of on-demand webinars, created by Michigan State University Extension, are designed to help Michigan growers identify pest management resources and understand IPM basics. Registration is not required and they are available for free. Simply visit http://bit.ly/ipmwebinars
at your convenience and view one or all of the prerecorded webinars. Viewers can earn up to four pesticide recertification credits. A computer with Internet connectivity, a web browser and speakers are required.
Get the Facts: The Affordable Care Act in Michigan Webinars
(Mondays at 3:00 pm)
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as PPACA, ACA, health reform law, ObamaCare) affects residents’ access to and use of the country’s healthcare system and insurance policies. Individuals and families who have insurance through their employers, the private market, or through public programs, as well as those without insurance, are all affected in various ways. How much can I afford? Why is it important? What do I need and want? Lean how to make the Smart Choice . Join us live online to learn how you can get the most out of your health insurance. Webinars will be held Mondays at 3:00 pm for the foreseeable future. To participate, log on to: connect.msu.edu/healthinsurance
. Click “Guest” and type in any name. Your participation is anonymous. No personal information will be collected. If you don’t have a computer with a high-speed connection and speakers, visit your local library for access.
is a personal guide to financial health. It's a fun, informative, low-cost course that you take online at your own pace, on your own schedule, at any computer. With eHome Money you learn the steps you can take to reduce debt, raise your credit score and improve your whole financial picture.
As a HUD and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) certified agency, MSU Extension has been providing housing education for over 20 years.
By completing the online eHome America
course and learning about available local, state and federal housing financing programs, participants can take positive steps to reach their goal of home ownership.
In order to receive a certificate of completion participants will need to complete a discussion (in-person or via phone) with a Michigan State University Extension Certified Housing Counselor.
Whether you already have a financial services provider, or are trying to select one, this course will give you the confidence to effectively evaluate your options and make the choice that's right for you. What's the difference between a broker, an adviser and a financial planner? What do all the titles and designations mean? How can their background and credentials be checked out? What services should you insist on having provided? When interviewing a prospective financial services provider, how do you differentiate between a straight-talking professional and a flimflam salesman? (This webinar was recorded on September 25, 2012.)
Legally Secure Your Financial Future
Organize, Communicate, Prepare is a comprehensive series to help you get organized, communicate with others and begin preparing your estate plan.
Investing For Your Future is an 11-unit home study course that was developed by the Cooperative Extension system for beginning investors with small dollar amounts to invest at any one time. It was assumed that many readers will be investing for the first time or selecting investment products, such as a stock index fund or unit investment trust, that they have not purchased previously. The course units were developed in a logical order. "Basic" topics such as setting goals, investment terms (e.g., diversification, dollar-cost averaging, asset allocation), and finding money to invest lay a foundation to help readers understand how and why they’re investing. After exploring "the basics," the course describes specific types of investments (e.g., stocks and bonds) in detail. Finally, Investing For Your Future concludes with additional topics of use to investors: available resources, how to select professional financial advisors, and information to help you avoid becoming a victim of investment fraud. You can choose to read the entire course, in any order that makes sense to you, or select only those topics that are of most interest.
Michigan Citizen Planner Online
Michigan Citizen Planner Online is designed to equip volunteer community leaders with the technical knowledge and leadership skills needed to perform their duties more effectively. Contact: 517-432-7600.
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