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calendarMSU 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.  

 

 


The following programming is be presented by Robin Danto, Extension Educator:

February 5 - Fuel Up to Play 60 Training (Detroit Zoo)
February 9 - Senior nutrition presentation (Hazel Park)
February 10 - Senior nutrition presentation (Royal Oak)
February 16 - Senior nutrition presentation (Auburn Hills)
February 22 - Senior nutrition presentation (South Lyon)
February 23 - Nutrition presentation (Clawson)
February 24 - Food safety presentation (Pontiac)


January 19 - February 23, 2016:  Smart Vegetable Gardening 101 Webinar Series
Have you been dreaming of having a vegetable garden but don't know where to begin?  This online series is an introductory course geared for beginners.  You'll learn the fundamentals of growing great vegetables and be able to ask questions, all in the comfort of your own home.  It’s a great way to while away a bit of our long Michigan winter!  You'll be well equipped to spend the rest of winter looking through garden catalogs, deciding on the best vegetables for you to grow, and laying out the plan for your garden.  Educating yourself will  help to ensure many years of successful vegetable gardening!   Click here for details

January 21 - April 28, 2016: Winter Master Gardener Class
The Master Gardener Programis a volunteer leader training program for people who are enthusiastic about gardening, who wish to use what they learn to improve communities. If you are interested in the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program (MGP), the last day to register online is Friday, January 8, 2016. This class will be held on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford 48328 running from January 21 to April 28, 2016. The cost of the 14-week program is $300, which includes the 1,000-page training manual. Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 14-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. There are no other out-of-pocket costs. Contact:  Lynne Shull at 248-858-0887.

February - March: MSU Maple Tapping and Pancake Feast

Don't have a woodlot and sugar shack, but love maple syrup? No worries! Join us for a fun and delicious experience: pop into the 19th century barn for a robust pancake meal and then bundle up and join our maple sugaring program. Identify and tap a maple tree, tour the working sugar shack, take a wagon ride, tackle historical tools, and of course, taste maple syrup. Program includes the hands-on maple sugaring with wagon ride and pancake celebration with coffee, cocoa, pancakes, real maple syrup, and other goodies! Programs run 9:00am-12:00pm and 12:00pm-3:00pm with the pancake bonanza in the barn beginning an hour before each program with along with activities, music, and friends! For more detail view the flyer or contact tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu


February 13, 2016:  Seasonal Interest in Your Garden
Many of our gardens have a definite time of year when they are spectacular and then the rest of the growing season not much is happening.  In this workshop, we will showcase plants with multiple seasons of interests or are so glorious they deserve a spot in your garden even with a short period of interest.  Start planning now to make your garden beds interesting the whole growing season and beyond!

February 15 - 16, 2016:  MSU Tollgate Wild Winter Farm Camp
Staying warm this winter doesn't mean sacrificing fun! The ecology of the farm is ever-changing and it doesn't stop in winter. Join us for one or two days of 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. More detail available in flyer or you can register here.


February 20, 2016: Dog Showmanship Clinic and Competition

Join the Canine All-Star crew on February 20th, 2016 for a Dog Showmanship Clinic and Competition at Competitive Dog Sports in Grand Blanc. 4-Her’s ages   9-19 are welcome to choose the morning (10-11:45) or afternoon (12:45-2:30) timeslots as available. Pre-registraion for this event is required. Space in the sessions is limited, so register early. The cost is $15 for a working team or $6 for an auditing position. Prices are reduced with the donation of a NEW pillow for the Grace Center of Hope Shelter. For questions about registration, contact Terry Harrison at (248) 860-1396.


February 23 - March 29, 2016: Oakland County 4-H Archery SPIN Club

Looking for something new to do indoors this winter? Youth ages 12-19 can learn basic archery skills and range safety during this 6 week club meeting at the Springfield Oaks Activity center on Tuesdays from February 23 – March 29, 2016 from 7-8 pm. The cost is $15/4-H Members & $25/Non-Members. All materials and equipment will be included. Club size will be very limited. For youth wanting to register and Adults wishing to volunteer contact Mary Blumka at (248) 858.0890 or blumkama@anr.msu.edu


February 27, 2016: Oakland County Fair Fiesta Fundraiser
The 10th Annual Fiesta Fundraiser is just around the corner on February 27th. The Fair Board is looking for donations from clubs and 4-Hers for the silent and live auctions that night. Gift certificates, gift cards and baskets containing "theme" items (animal items, movie night, baking, crafting etc) are appreciated. The profits go to the premium account to pay our Fair Exhibitors. We hope everyone will come and enjoy tacos, deserts, the auctions, raffles and much more. The youth of Oakland County Fair say thanks in advance. For info please contact Fair Office at 248-634-8830 or view the flyer.   


February 27, 2016:  Captivating Combinations
In all of our flower beds there are plant combinations that really pop and others…not so much.  Often the addition of just a plant or two can change the look of a drab bed  to one that is very pleasing to the eye.  Come to this class to explore the world of captivating combinations to help you achieve the gorgeous flower beds you’ve been dreaming about.


March 7, 2016:  Septic System Use and Maintenance Workshop
This workshop will be held at the Orion Township Library.  A faulty well or septic system can harm a family's health as well as threaten pets and wildlife, contaminate surface and groundwater and lower property values.  This workshop will cover well construction and maintenance, water conservation, how a septic system functions, septic system maintenance, how to detect septic failure.  Participants will receive handouts on these topics.  Workshop is free but pre-registration is recommended to insure enough handouts.  Register

March 14, 2016:  Pesticide Certification Exam
Oakland County is hosting the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's pesticide certification exams at the Oakland County Executive Office Building's Conference Center in Waterford.  To schedule a session, please call 1-800-292-3939 or visit www.michigan.gov/pestexam.

1) Only money orders OR checks are accepted, made payable to the State of Michigan.

2) Applicants must bring a picture ID, pen, pencil, and if renewing, their certification card and renewal paperwork.

3) Walk-ins are not taken; all applicants must schedule an appointment.

4) Processing applicant paperwork begins at 8:30 am for morning sessions and 12:45 pm for afternoon sessions.  Please arrive at those times and no later.  If you have a unique work situation and cannot arrive at the required time, please call 248-521-0501 (for this situation only), and they will work with you.

5) If a morning and afternoon session are scheduled on the same day, the online reservation system will only show the afternoon session once the morning session is full.

6) Online scheduling for this region closes 3pm the day prior to the session.


March 19, 2016:  Protecting Your Shoreline: a workshop for inland lakefront property owners
Michigan has over 11,000 inland lakes which are essential habitat for fish and wildlife.  This workshop is designed to educate interested lakefront property owners on natural erosion control methods and will discuss techniques for using natural materials and native vegetation along the shoreline to provide erosion control and habitat value while maintaining the aesthetic and recreational benefits and economic value of the lakefront.  Workshop will be held at the Lookout Lodge at Waterford Oaks.  For more information, contact Cathy Morris, 248-858-1639. Registration available now.
March 19, 2016: Oakland County Tack Sale
Oakland County 4-H Horse Council is hosting a tack sale on 3/19 at the Springfield Oaks Activity Center, 10am-2pm offering new/used, affordable tack and unique items for equestrians.  If interested in joining the tack sale as a vendor, please register as soon as possible. If you have any questions please contact Debbie Morgan at morga194@anr.msu.edu or 248.858.0894
March 23, 2016: Oakland County 4-H Horse Camp Informational Meeting
All campers (including parents and leaders) who would like to participate in the 2016 4-H Horse Camp, June 19-23 must attend this meeting.  Parents and/or guardians will be required to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours at camp this year in order for their youth to attend.  Volunteers are needed in order to keep the low cost of camp registration and are essential to the success of horse camp!  Volunteers must attend the informational meeting to learn about orientation for volunteers.  Camp application and all required forms for registration will be available at the meeting. View flyer for more information.

April 11, 2016:  Pesticide Certification Exam
Oakland County is hosting the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's pesticide certification exams at the Oakland County Executive Office Building's Conference Center in Waterford.  To schedule a session, please call 1-800-292-3939 or visit www.michigan.gov/pestexam.

1) Only money orders OR checks are accepted, made payable to the State of Michigan.

2) Applicants must bring a picture ID, pen, pencil, and if renewing, their certification card and renewal paperwork.

3) Walk-ins are not taken; all applicants must schedule an appointment.

4) Processing applicant paperwork begins at 8:30 am for morning sessions and 12:45 pm for afternoon sessions.  Please arrive at those times and no later.  If you have a unique work situation and cannot arrive at the required time, please call 248-521-0501 (for this situation only), and they will work with you.

5) If a morning and afternoon session are scheduled on the same day, the online reservation system will only show the afternoon session once the morning session is full.

6) Online scheduling for this region closes 3pm the day prior to the session.


September-October 2016: Conservation Stewards Program
The Michigan Conservation Stewards Program is a volunteer training and leadership program whose mission is to deliver high quality, locally-based training opportunities to create an informed Michigan citizenry who will practice community-based volunteer conservation management activities.  MSU Extension is working with a diverse cast of conservation partners to offer this program in Oakland County.  Oakland County's program is scheduled for seven (7) Tuesday evenings (6:00-9:00 pm) and two (2) Saturday field sessions (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) on September 6-13-20-27, October 4-8-11-15-18, 2016.  Contact Cathy Morris at 248-858-1639 for more information about the Oakland County program.  There is a cost for this program.  Registration will be available in the spring.

Ongoing

The following nutrition program series are available to community groups, organizations, and schools (age appropriate).  All classes are taught by nutrition instructors from MSU Extension.  Programs are offered at no cost to participants that qualify and can be taught in English, Spanish, Arabic or American Sign Language.  Call  248-858-0897 for further information or to schedule these programs.

With the help of a nutrition instructor and an experienced chef, Cooking Matters participants gain the skills and confidence to shop for and prepare healthy, delicious budget-friendly meals.  The program consists of 6 to 7  lessons, lasting two hours each. Each week participants will receive groceries which they can use at home to practice the recipe they learned in class!

The class series includes:
  • Participatory food preparation that provides cooking and food safety instruction
  • Engaging nutrition activities and discussions
  • Practice with food budgeting
  • Interactive grocery store visit where participants will receive a $10 budget to shop for groceries
  • Recipe book for use at home
  • Certificate of completion

"Cooking Matters for Adults" and "Cooking Matters for Parents" are for adults only.  "Cooking Matters for Families" is designed for parents or caretakers with children aged 8 and above; children attend all classes and actively participate.

This series is designed to help participants make healthy eating part of their total lifestyle and to increase physical activity.  Lessons include tips on reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy on a budget, and preparing quick, healthy meals and snacks.  Food demonstrations will give participants the opportunity to try new foods.  Participants will also receive take-home nutrition information and physical activity materials. 
 
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. 

Healthy Foods, Healthy Families
This series is designed for families with children.  Participants will learn how to model healthy food habits and physical activity to their children.  Lessons include a nutrition overview, strategies for planning meals and how to get the most nutrition for your dollar.  Each week participants will set a food and physical activity goal that they can reach using what they have learned in class.  Food demonstrations and take-home nutrition information are also included in this series.
 
Healthy Harvest
Growing your own vegetables has many benefits, including healthier eating and reduced stress. The Healthy Harvest program is designed to help participants learn basic gardening skills and use what they grow to prepare healthy and tasty meals. The program is a partnership of MSU Extension’s health and nutrition and Master Gardener programs.
 
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. 
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.

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.

Online Learning

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. For further information about land use classes and activities, please contact MSU Extension-Oakland County, 248-858-0885.


 
 eHome Money 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.
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.
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.

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