MSU Extension-Oakland offers a variety of programs about gardening, personal finance, nutrition, and natural resources. We also offer programming specifically for youth.
Some of our upcoming programs are listed below.
2018 Master Gardener Training Course
Oakland County - Location, Date & Time: TBD
Flint (Genesee County) Jan 15, 2018 – Apr 23, 2018
Ann Arbor (Washtenaw) Jan 24, 2018 – May 2, 2018
Clinton Township (Macomb County) Mar 1, 2018 – Jun 7, 2018
The Michigan Master Gardener Program webpage has a listing of statewide training opportunities
Learn about Michigan's lakes online from MSU Extension
The Michigan State University Extension Introduction to Lakes course is being offered online January 2018 and registration is now open! This popular six-week course is offered in a convenient self-paced online format and is designed for anyone interested in lakes, including lakefront property owners, lake users, local government officials, lake managers and educators. Over the last two years, 235 lake enthusiasts across Michigan and surrounding states participated in the class.
The online format allows you, from the comfort of your home or office, to have week-by-week, 24/7 access to six online units -- complete with video lectures, activities, resources, discussion forums, quizzes, and Ask-an-Expert webinar sessions with Michigan State University Extension. Through this convenient format you can increase your knowledge and understanding of lake ecology, lake and their watersheds, shorelines, Michigan water law, aquatic plant management, and citizen involvement. The course schedule allows for regular online communication with classmates and course instructors.
The 2018 course runs January 23 - March 9. Ask-an-Expert webinars are scheduled from 12 to 1 p.m. February 7, February 21, and March 7, 2018. The cost of the course is $115 per person. Register by December 22, 2017 for an early bird discounted price of $95 per person. Registration ends January 16, 2018.
For more details about Introduction to Lakes and to register visit the MSU Extension Introduction to Lakes webpage.
Fourteen Michigan Department of Rural Development Pesticide Applicator Recertification credits, 14 Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH), and 6 Master Citizen Planner Education Credits are available for this course.
March 7 - May 23, 2018
Conservation Stewards are volunteers who help protect and restore our state's natural areas and ecosystems. They help remove invasive species, build trails, collect data, and work with naturalists, biologists and land managers to preserve public land.
Michigan State University Conservation Stewards Program will help you gain the skills to lead or contribute to land stewardship efforts in your area.Classroom and online sessions provide education in ecology, and multiple field trips guide students throughforest, grassland, wetland, lake, and stream environments. Professional-level instruction is provided by MSU Extension, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, University of Michigan, and other local experts.
Washtenaw County: Winter/Spring: March 7- May 23, 2018.
Oakland County: Fall 2018 (September-October).
To find out about other locations and dates the program is being offered, and contact and registration information visit: https://events.anr.msu.edu/cspwinterwash18
Fee: $250 (partial financial aid may be available.)
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Evenings in the Garden @Tollgate Farm
MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center is revving up for another great season of classes and workshops for gardeners of all levels. Evenings in the Garden is a series of classes for beginner and experienced gardeners, homeowners, landscapers, and outdoor enthusiasts, that brings experts in to share their expertise on a variety of topics. Advance registration is required. The cost of most classes is just $20, and supports further adult education programming at MSU Tollgate.
Evening in the Garden for 2017 is complete and will return in 2018
To find more information visit:
http://tollgate.msu.edu/events/evenings-in-the-garden or Register
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!
"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.Eat Healthy, Be Active
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.
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
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.
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 and Webinars
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
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
for over 20 years. By completing the online
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.