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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:
December 19 - Young adult food safety presentation (West Bloomfield)
The Thumb region MSU Extension Educators for field crops would like to invite you to a presentation summary of the 2014 research and demonstration trials. Presenters for this event include Bob Battel, Phil Kaatz, Martin Nagelkirk, Jim Vincent and Dennis Stein. Pre-registration is required. This presentation will be available at five locations. Please select link for locations, dates, times, presentation details and registration.
For those interested in becoming mentors or interested in learning more about 4-H Tech Wizards, there will be a Mentor Mingle Jingle Thursday, December 18 at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Bring your spouses or a friend! If you have any questions, contact Lisa Kelley at 248- 858-1524. 2015: Lake and Stream Leaders Institute
Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 80 major watersheds, all of which are under constant pressure from a variety of complex human uses. Faced with a monumental task, local communities may struggle to protect and manage these resources effectively.
Managers, decision makers, homeowners and other interested residents can learn about lake management issues and their implications by attending the Lake and Stream Leaders Institute. Applications are now being accepted, and deadline to submit is March 30, 2015.
The Institute consists of three in-depth sessions held across Michigan, involving a combination of classroom learning and field-based training sessions. The 2015 Institute schedule is as follows:
2015: Great Lakes Leadership Academy (GLLA)
The Great Lakes Leadership Academy (GLLA) is accepting applications for the 2015 Emerging Leader Program. There is a tremendous need for empowered and facilitative leaders that will propel Michigan toward economic and environmental sustainability. GLLA was designed to bring together leaders from diverse audiences to address critical issues associated with the sustainability of Great Lakes communities along with innovative, equitable and inclusive approaches for addressing those issues.
The Emerging Leader Program is delivered over a seven month period, with three four-day sessions. The program provides participants an opportunity to develop personal leadership competencies, skills for relationship building, and tools for working collectively. Participants also develop advanced communication and change management skills to help them become more effective leaders.
The application period is open now through February 1, 2015 and is done online at www.glla.msu.edu
. Tuition for the Emerging Leader Program is $3,500 which includes all training, materials, lodging, meals, and other expenses.
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!
Join us for the tenth annual celebration of MSU
Extension 4-H Youth Development at the Spartan Women’s basketball game. Lady Spartans will host Iowa Hawkeyes at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 18, 2015. The event will be held at the Breslin Center on MSU‘s campus
. Tickets are free to 4-H youth and their families, 4-H volunteers and MSU
Extension staff and their families. Contact Jason Scott
, 248-858-0892, Oakland County MSU Extension 4-H office to obtain your free tickets. If your ticket is ordered by Friday, December 19th, your tickets will be mailed to you. Tickets ordered after December 19 will be available at the 4-H Registration Table (Gate D) on game day. (Do NOT go to the Breslin Center "will call" entrance.)
There will no no transportation coordinated through the Oakland County 4-H office. Parking at Breslin Center is $5 per car.
Notes from the Breslin Center: No noise makers or items that obstruct the view of others (i.e., foam hands, foam fingers, foam noodles, pennants, flags, banners, or beach balls). Signs are restricted to no larger than a 1/2 sheet of poster board.
The Breslin Center does not allow food or beverages to be brought into the facility. The list below shows the cost of some of the food items available, to give you an idea on how to plan.
§ Popcorn $4; $5 Tub
§ Soda $4 (22 oz.); $5 (32 oz./souvenir cup); $7.00 (souvenir mug)
§ Pizza $5 (slice)
§ Pretzel $4
§ Hot dog $4
§ Carmel Corn $4
§ Ice Cream $4.50
§ Bottled beverages $5 (20 oz.)
Join us at MSU Tollgate for a day focusing on positive community change through food. For ages 6-11, this day-long program will include hands-on activities that range from farm to fork. Engage with the farm animals, hike through the wild winter forest, warm up in the Garden Kitchen, and reflect on how ideas can create positive impact. Registration
deadline is Thursday, January 15, 2015. Financial aid is available for all camps. Location: MSU Tollgate, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi. Contact: Mandy Jacobs
, 248-347-0269 x 238.
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.
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).
Staying warm this winter doesn't mean sacrificing fun! The ecology of the farm is ever-changing and it doesn't stop in the winter. During this winter school break, join us for hands-on fun on the farm as we feed goats, collect chicken eggs, warm up in the Garden Kitchen learning about local and seasonal food, and explore the wild winter animals of the forest. We have a theme to make each day full of adventure! Does your school have only a few days off this week? Check out our 2-day and 3-day options. Registration
deadline: Thursday, February 5, 2015. Financial aid is available for all camps. If you need to register after the deadline, please contact us. Location: MSU Tollgate, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi. Contact: Mandy Jacobs
, 248-347-0269 x 238.
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.
February 28, 2015: 4-H Fair Association Fiesta Fundraiser & Silent Auction
February 28-March 1, 2015: 4-H Beef, Sheep and Swine Teen and Adult Leaders WorkshopLocation: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
An Oakland County 4-H Fair Association fundraising event including dinner, dessert and a silent auction. Proceeds will support Fair premiums for youth exhibitors at the 2015 Oakland County Fair. Read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Webinars: Young Invincibles and the ACA
Are you interested in a crash course on how to help your Young Invincible evaluate and purchase health insurance? Michigan State University Extension has your back!
In case you are wondering, Wikipedia says that a Young Invincible is a person between the ages of 18 and 29 who decides that it’s best for their financial health to decline purchasing health insurance. The term is used particularly in the insurance industry.
The Affordable Care Act provides access to health insurance via the health insurance marketplace and many Michigan residents have expanded access to the Healthy Michigan insurance program. Healthcare.gov says that if you’re under 26, you have several options for getting health insurance coverage:
Learn how to make a smart choice about health insurance. Join MSU Extension live online to gain tips and tools that will help you choose the best health insurance plan for you and your family.
For Michigan State University Extension’s most current ACA news and information, visit aca.msue.msu.edu
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 email@example.com
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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