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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.

 

 

Upcoming 2015 programs being presented by Robin Danto, Food Safety & Nutrition Extension Educator:

May 26 - Senior nutrition presentation (Southfield)

May 27 - Senior nutrition presentation (Madison Heights)

May 29  - Cognitive impaired nutrition presentation (West Bloomfield)

May 30 - Farmers market program, asparagus (Oakland County Farmers Market, Waterford)


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 at 248-858-0894.
June - August 2015: Summer Camp at Tollgate Education Center
Throughout the summer multiple camps and themes are offered at Tollgate Education Center in Novi.  Activities such as harvesting fruits and vegetables, preparing healthy snacks, caring for farm animals, exploring the acres of woodland, archery, canoeing, horseback riding, challenge course activities, building, and more are offered at various times during camp.  The camp registration fee is $280.00 for a week-long camp.  Discounts are offered to those who register with siblings and/or for multiple weeks of camp.  Aftercare is offered until 6:00 pm.  For more information and to register for camp, visit the Tollgate Education Center web site or contact tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu
June 1 - September 1, 2015:  Book Your Organization’s Summer Outreach Program Today!
Every year Oakland County MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development offers special introductory educational programs to bring a sense of adventure and fun to help enrich summer youth activities.  Three new summer outreach programs will be offered for area libraries, community centers, and youth groups to book. Sessions are available Mondays and Tuesdays starting June 1st through September 1st. Programs to choose from:
Super Hero Science (ages 5-11)
Super Animal Adaptation (ages 5-11)
Animation Unmasked (ages 12-19)
Programs are interactive and include hands-on activities.  See brochure for costs and details.  To book your session, contact Margi Stockert at 248-858-0889. For questions about program content, contact Mary Blumka at 248-858-0890.
June 9 and 17, 2015:  4-H Advanced Leadership Training
Save these dates for our next two-part series of volunteer training: June 9, 6:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. and June 17, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. both at the Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford.   RSVP IS REQUIRED TO: Margi Stockert at stockertm@oakgov.com or call (248) 858-0889.

The Oakland County 4-H volunteer training provides essential information to help volunteers successfully work with young people using the 4-H method and philosophy.  Adult volunteers attending these trainings will build leadership skills,learn how to facilitate positive learning experiences for youth and discover the endless opportunities in 4-H!

Topics include: Positive Youth Development, Experiential Learning and Club Structure,Management and Development. These interactive sessions will help you become a super 4-H club leader or volunteer!


June 13 - September 19, 2015:  2015 Summer Discovery Cruises
Summer Discovery Cruises offer anyone interested in exploring Lake Erie, the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair the opportunity to get out on the water for an educational experience. Cruisers can learn about many aspects of the lakes, from lighthouses, shipwrecks, bootleggers and history and culture of the region to fish, ecology, restoration and wind, waves and water — and much more, depending on the cruise theme.

There are more than 20 cruise themes to choose from. Most cruises range from 2.5 hours to 4 hours on the water and range in price from $15-$30 per person. Ages six and older are welcome on the cruises.


June 21-25, 2015:  4-H Horse Camp
Do you want to improve your horsemanship skills ... be better prepared for horse shows ... meet other horse kids ... and have fun?  If your answer is yes, youl should attend the Oakland County 4-H Horse Camp, a four-day instructional camp at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg, offered to 4-H youth ages 9-19.  Campers and their horses attend three classes a day with instruction by local horse professionals.

UPDATE:  The registration deadline of May 15th is fast approaching.  Space is limited and to guarantee a 25 year anniversary t-shirt, your registration should be received by the deadline.  Please contact Debbie Morgan at 248-858-0894 if you have any questions.

June 24-26, 2015:  4-H Exploration Days
Every year, approximately 2,500 youth and chaperones from nearly every Michigan county come stay at MSU for 4-H Exploration Days. This fun and interactive MSU pre-college program's registration has passed for 2015.  Be sure to mark your calendar for next year! View video

UPDATE:  For youth attending 4-H Exploration Days don’t forget to mark your calendar for one of these important MANDATORY orientation dates:
We will be discussing checklists of what to bring, check-in procedures, rooming situations, dorm operating policies, introducing CCA’s and chaperones, and biking to MSU.  Contact 4-H staff at 248-858-0889 for more information or if you have questions about 4-H Exploration Days. 

July 2015:  Family Market Days
MSU Extension is a partner in the Healthy Oakland Partnership and will be at the Family Market Days with a child-friendly healthy snack , information on healthy eating and a children’s activity. Join us on:
  • Wednesday, July 22 - Lathrup Village Farmers Market
  • Saturday, July 29 - Oakland County Farmers Market (Waterford)
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. 
July 27-31, 2015: 4-H Eco-Challenge 2015

4-H Eco-Challenge is a mixture of outdoor education and hands-on science. Participants will engage in science experiments, nature hikes, engineering, and presentations from professionals. The event will take place on July 27–31 and activities include:

  • using Lego robots (EV3)
  • using underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV)
  • engineering and nature
  • pond dipping and discovery
  • prairie hikes
  • EDC microlab and more

Youth interested in hands-on interactive and experiential learning activities,engineering, science, discovery, biology, nature and FUN should all attend!

It will take place at Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center on White Lake Road, 5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386. It will be from 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.for ages 12–18.

Early registrationis May 1– July 4 and will cost $100. Normal registration is July 5 - 18 and will cost $120, Onsite registration $140.. Registration includes a t-shirt, lab fees and material fees. Registration does not include the following:  $10 4-H member registration (If not a 4-H member in 2014), lunch, $7 daily park entry pass for Indian Springs Metropark.   A $30 annual pass can be purchased that is valid at all Huron-Clinton Metroparks.  Cancellations received after July 11 will incur a $20 cancellation fee.

Click here to register

For more information, contact Jason M. Scott at 248-858-0892.


August 15-16, 2015:  4-H Family Fun Weekend
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
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! 
August 19-21, 2015:  Cloverbud Camp
Now offering a camp experience specifically designed for your 5-8 year olds.  Oakland County 4-H Cloverbud Camp offers hands-on learning activities, crafts and active play throughout the day.  This camp will be held at Lookout Lodge (Waterford Oaks County Park in Waterford) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day. 


Our camp provides a positive and collaborative atmosphere where Cloverbuds can thrive.  Fun activities include: trips to Paradise Peninsula Playscape, crafts, nature hikes, chemistry activities, and more!   A snack and t-shirt are provided. 

Please pack a sack lunch! (No peanuts please!)

Check-in is  9:00 to 9:30 am and check-out is 2:30-3:00 pm.

Daily themes:

  • Wednesday, August 19 - Mad Scientist
  • Thursday, August 20 -  Make It Count
  • Friday, August 21 - Barnyard Bonanza

Price: $35/Day

Register now; space in this camp is limited to maintain low staff- to-camper ratios.  Your spot cannot be held for more than 10 days without payment.  Once payment is received there are no refunds.  Registration for this camp closes August 5th.

Contact person:  Mary Blumka, 248-858-0890.

August 20-November 19, 2015:  2015 Fall Master Gardener Class
The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer leader training program for people who are enthusiastic about gardening, who wish to use what they learn to improve communities.

We’re pleased you are interested in the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program (MGP) and trust it will be a rich and rewarding experience for you. This class will be held on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MSU Tollgate Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi, Michigan 48317 running from August 20 to November 19, 2015. The cost of the 14-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. There are no other out-of-pocket costs. The registration deadline for this training class is August 4, 2015 for payment by check and August 18, 2015 for payment by credit card. Contact:  Cathy Morris at 248-858-0887. Click here to register


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.

Upcoming Webinars

2015 Rest Time Refresher Online Training for Early Childhood Providers
Join MSU Extension’s MI Strong Family Early Childhood Education staff for a 1-hour online training opportunity held during nap time. Connect through your computer and learn about a variety of topics! Sessions will last 45 minutes with 15 minutes for questions and answers. Participants that attend and actively participate will receive a certificate of completion for 1 training hour emailed directly to them. Sessions are $5 per person.   Click individual links to register for training. 
 
May 19, 2015: RELAX Alternatives to Anger Parent Caregiver – Anger affects everyone and can be hard to know how to handle. Learn the developmental stages of self-control in children, understand what cortisol is and does, be able to identify books that can assist children with self-control, learn and be able to implement activities to assist with self-control and use RELAX concepts in daily interactions with children.
 
June 16, 2015: Setting the Stage – Social emotional skills can be nurtured by parents and caregivers through daily routine, children’s literature and language, and, playing to learn. The workshop will discuss social emotional skills that are fundamental to healthy development and school success and explore children's literature that can assist in teaching the skills.
 

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.
  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.
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.

For further information about any classes or activities, please contact MSU Extension-Oakland County, 248-858-0880. 
 

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