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.
2017 Master Gardener Training Course
will be offering a Spring evening class in
To enroll in the MSU Extension Master Gardener Master Gardener training course, please complete the online registration and agreement forms. Payment is required at the time of enrollment.
Your class seat is not reserved until payment in full is received and processed by MSU.
|Location:||Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center
2100 Pontiac Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328
When:||Thursdays, 5:30 – 9:30 pm|
March 9 - June 15, 201
|Cost:||$300, including 1,000-page training manual.
There are no other out-of-pocket costs.
|Payments:||Check or credit card.|
|Deadlines:||Registration: Feb. 24, 217.
Payment by check:Feb. 17, 2017.
Payment by credit card: Feb. 24, 2017
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. Contact: 248-858-0880 or email@example.com.
Lake and Stream Leaders Institute 2017 program.
The Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute (LSLI) provides a unique and intensive leadership development opportunity for citizens, local leaders, and water resource professionals who wish to develop technical and people skills needed by leaders who can effectively protect Michigan’s lakes and streams.
Find out more The application period runs through March 30, 2017.(Cost: $400)
2017 Plants of Distinction
Seminar in Novi, features renowned horticulturists to enrich your knowledge of widely sought-after plant material while remembering the foundational message of “right plant, right place” to create beautiful and sustainble Michigan landscapes.
Registration deadline is Feb. 12, 2017 (Cost: $80)
March 11th & 12th Pancake Feast @ Tollgate Farm
Celebrate the maple tapping season with a pancake breakfast or lunch at Tollgate! Identify and tap a maple tree, tour the sugar shack and watch sap turn to syrup, take a wagon ride, taste maple syrup, and tackle historical tools! Prior to the 2-hour program, enjoy a pancake celebration in the historic, 19th-century barn. Pancakes, coffee, cocoa, sausages, hash browns and of course, real maple syrup will be provided! John us this year for Maple Tapping and Pancake Feast on March 11th and 12th!
Spring 2017 :Farm Sprouts Preschool Program
Registration for the spring season of Farm Sprouts, our farm and nature-based preschool program, is now open! We'll have much to do with the birth of lambs and goat kids, the arrival of the calves, and the hatching of many fuzzy chicks. Farm Sprouts will explore plant and animal life cycles, vermicomposting, pollinators, and all the farm has to offer as it comes to life after the chilly winter. Early literacy, mathematics, engineering, and the arts are incorporated into our program, along with Spanish as Foreign Language. Children develop social and emotional skills as they collaborate on meaningful and purposeful projects as a part of our farm community. We look forward to a spring season filled with discovery and learning!
Visit the Tollgate Farm website for more information and to register your child for Farm Sprouts:
Evenings in the Garden - Winter 2017 Series
Evenings in the Garden is a series of classes for beginner and seasoned gardeners, homeowners, and landscapers - taught by favorite regional experts - held at the beautiful, historic Tollgate Farm in Novi.
January 26 – Four-Season Landscapes
Gardens and landscapes don’t have to look like moonscapes during the off season! Perennials have a lot to offer - even from October to April. For example, the character of a tree or shrub may be even better outside of its bloom season. To reap four seasons of interest from your landscape, start right now to choose plants that will fill seasonal gaps. But that’s only part of the answer! How you place and maintain those plants and other garden features is even more important. Here are design techniques, plant suggestions, and maintenance tips from beloved garden designer, author, and educator
March 2 – Rock Gardening: A Look at Plants for Small Spaces
Rock gardening focuses on using plants from mountainous areas of the world - above the tree line or from rocky, open habitats at lower elevations. These plants are small, often have large flowers in proportion to their size, and may need different cultivation than standard perennials. The small size and showiness of these plants makes them a perfect choice for smaller garden spaces, for placement as a striking feature in larger gardens, and even for certain types of container planting. So how to get started? This class with
Dr. Tony Reznicek covers a brief introduction to the plants, a look at soil needs, and how to design, use, and plant rock garden plants in your home landscape.
March 30 – Gardening with Children: Finding Magic in Your Garden
Dr. Norm Lownds a journey into the garden, and discover the magic that will interest and engage kids. We will explore the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens to find the enchantment in plants there, and how the garden excites kids of all ages. Explore ways to create fascination in your garden, and how to engage kids in planning, growing, and enjoying the garden all year long. Join us for a special evening in the magical place that is a garden for kids.
For more information or registration
Cost: $20 per class
For a complete listing of MSUe Oakland County and other statewide MSU Extension classes and activities, visit the MSU Extension website events page.
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: MSU Tollgate Farm & Education Center
Advance registration is required.
Space is limited - please register early.
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.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.