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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.  

March-August: Healthy Living Teen Ambassador Program
Looking for a summer volunteer opportunity? Teens ages 15-19 can learn to facilitate healthy living workshops for youth in Oakland County. Participating teens will develop leadership and public speaking skills and will also receive a partial scholarship to Exploration Days. Contact Mary Blumka at blumkama@anr.msu.edu or at 248.858.0890 to apply!


April 30, 2016:  Spartan Dollars and Cents
Have fun while learning about managing your money! Games and activities involve creating a budget so you know how to best save, spend and share! This class will be held at New Mount Moriah Church located at 313 East Walton Boulevard in Pontiac from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. There is no cost for attending this class but participants must register by contacting Kathy Jamieson at jamies13@anr.msu.edu or (586) 469-6093. 

May 3, 2016:  Mad City Money
Teens get a full taste of the adult world with this hands-on simulation, complete with jobs, income, family and debt! During this two hour challenge, youth visit merchants to select housing, transportation, food, household necessities, clothing, daycare and other wants and needs while building a budget for their simulated family. Mad City Money allows participants to make mistakes and suffer the consequences of their decisions in a realistic, but safe, environment. This class will be held at Farmington Hills Library located at 32737 West Twelve Mile Road in Farmington Hills from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. There is no cost for attending this class but participants must register by contacting Kathy Jamieson at jamies13@anr.msu.edu or (586) 469-6093.

May 4, 2016:  Money Games
Have fun while learning about managing your money! Games and activities involve creating a budget so you know how to best save, spend and share! This class will be held at New Mount Moriah Church located at 313 East Walton Boulevard in Pontiac from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. There is no cost for attending this class but participants must register by contacting Kathy Jamieson at jamies13@anr.msu.edu or (586) 469-6093.

May 7, 2016: 4-H Discovery Day
Will be held from 10 AM to 3 PM at Springfield Oaks County Park,12451 Andersonville Rd, Davisburg.
What is 4-H Discovery Day? A FREE* family event open to the public providing educational hands-on experiences in a friendly atmosphere. 4-H Discovery day is a partnership between Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development and the Oakland County Fair. Information will be available about joining 4-H and exhibiting at the Oakland County Fair! *A majority of the events and activities are free . However a few of the events charge a nominal fee to cover costs including lunch vendors. Questions contact Jason Scott at 248.858.0892

May 14, 2016:  Spice Up Your Garden With Herbs
Janet Downey will show you how fresh herbs are easy to grow, beautiful, versatile, and add so much more than flavor to our meals. If you’ve been wanting to incorporate them into your garden but not sure how to go about it, then this is the class for you! Class will be at the Executive Office Building at 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, MI, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Register now by clicking the link!

May 21, 2016: Canine All-stars Fun Match
Join Canine All-stars for Rally, Obedience, Agility, and Showmanship all in one place. Ages 5 – Adult welcome. Handler must provide certificate of DHPP & Rabies vaccines for each dog. Concessions will be available for purchase on the show grounds. Don't forget to take a look at the Silent Auction in between classes! See Registration form for more details.
Cost:
Youth - $7 / first class, $5 / each additional with the same dog - Adult – $5 / Each Class
Day-Of Registration Youth - $8 / first class, $6 / each additional with same dog - Adult - $6 / Each Class
No Refunds! Contact: Terry Harrison at k9allstars@yahoo.com
Mail Preregistrations to: Terry Harrison, 4819 Forest Ave, Waterford, MI 48328

June - August 2016: 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 19 - 23, 2016:  4-H Horse Camp 
Do you want to improve your horsemanship skills? Be more competative in the ring? Meet other horse kids? Have FUN?! Attend the 4-H Horse Camp, an instructional camp at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg, offered to youth ages 9 -19. Select four of the specialty classes: Bareback, Dressage, English Equitation, Fitting and Showing, Gymkhana, Jumping, Pattern, Saddle Seat, Trail and Western Horsemanship!  Registration is only open until May 20th. For more information, contact Debbie Morgan at (248) 347-3860 EXT 279.

June 22 – 24, 2016: Exploration Days
Exploration Days will be June 22 – 24, 2016 at the fabulous Michigan State University Campus. In case you didn't know, Exploration Days is a 3 day pre-college readiness camp on campus where youth live in the dorms, eat in the cafeterias, and navigate campus and the 4-H bus system to get to their mini classes (that they selected!) on time. There are also extracurricular activities like ice skating, swimming, playing sports at the rec centers, and the Exploration Days Dance! Last year, the Oakland County Delegation included 99 people! We were the second largest delegation in the state behind Monroe County, and we would like to be the largest!

The cost this year in Oakland County will remain the same at $185 / participant. The registration book is available now at at http://tiny.cc/OC2016YED. Please make sure you use the Oakland County forms as it has a few extra options. If you would like a hard copy of the book, instead of viewing it online, you'll have to wait until March 8th as we have to pick them up from Campus on the March 7th. We take registration on a first come –first serve basis, so you should bring or mail your COMPLETED forms and deposit of $90 to the office ASAP! The remaining balance will be due when you attend the mandatory meeting in May.

Our office will no longer be accepting forms missing signatures. We will help check over forms when you come to the office. If you are not already enrolled in 4hOnline, you will need to do so. You will also need to pay the $10 annual 4-H Participation fee if you haven't done so already. The last day to turn in your registration is April 28th. Participants and their parents will need to attend one of our Pre-Exploration Days Participant Meetings. These meetings are MANDATORY, even if you've been to Exploration Days before. You can choose from the dates below.

  • Wednesday, May 25 - 6:30 – 8:30 – Oakland County Fair Grounds (Springfield Oaks)
  • Thursday, May 26 3:00 – 5:00 – Executive Office Building – Pontiac
  • Thursday May 26 6:30 – 8:30 – Executive Office Building – Pontiac

Want to Chaperone? We need one same-gendered Chaperone per 10 youth participants. If you are interested in Chaperoning, please contact Mary Blumka at blumkama@anr.msu.edu as soon as possible so I know how many folks we need to recruit. We have a CCA for the boys (head chaperone) we are looking for a CCA for the girls. Chaperones will be asked to attend two additional meetings before the event on Wednesday, May 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 & Tuesday, June 14th from 6:30-8:30.

Options for getting to Exploration Days
Most participants find their own transportation, but we do have other options. Oakland County 4-H offers a bike trip that starts here in Pontiac and rides to campus over 2 days ($25). This year we'll be adding a new option. An Oakland County Parks & Recreation will be picking up participants in Pontiac and Southfield. Price per participant has yet to be determined. There will be limited space on the bus and participants can select that option on a first come / first serve basis.


June 29, 2016: Container Gardening Workshop
Create a container garden, and get expert advice from Prielipp Farms and Greenhouse staff. Bring your own container, or purchase one for $5 on site. For questions about the program or to register, contact Mary Blumka at blumkama@anr.msu.edu or at 248.858.0890. June 29, 2016 from 4pm or 6pm at the Oakland County Market. Cost: $5/Participant OR bring your own container. For ages: 5-19 Parents must accompany youth.      

Consider entering your container garden in the Oakland County Fair. Projects created at this workshop will fall within Fair Entry Guidelines. Please note that entry for the Oakland County Fair Exhibit Hall ends June 1st. More information can be found on the Oakland County Fair website at http://www.oakfair.org/.

June 30, 2016: Sewing & Craft Workshop
Want to learn basic sewing skills? This program will teach simple machine sewing techniques on a beginner project. All Materials will be provided. For questions about the program or to register, contact Mary Blumka at blumkama@anr.msu.edu or at 248.858.0890. Thursday, June 30, 2016 from Noon-2 pm or 2-4pm at Lookout Lodge, Waterford Oaks County Park. Cost: $25 4-H youth / $35 Non 4-H participants Ages 9-19

Consider entering your container garden in the Oakland County Fair. Projects created at this workshop will fall within Fair Entry Guidelines. Please note that entry for the Oakland County Fair Exhibit Hall ends June 1st. More information can be found on the Oakland County Fair website at http://www.oakfair.org/.

July 8-17, 2016: Oakland County Fair
Come visit the Oakland County 4-H staff at the fair for daily hands on activities and to catch up on 4-H news and programs. Our booth will be staffed Monday – Friday 9-5. Activities will happen 10-noon and 2-4. To find out how to exhibit at the fair, visit their web page.

August 3-5 2016 or August 17-19: 
Cloverbud Camp - Registration Opens in June!!!
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 3 & 17 - Mad Scientist
  • Thursday, August 4 & 18 -  Make It Count
  • Friday, August 5 & 19 - Barnyard Bonanza

Price: $35/Day

Registration for this event will open in May. 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 July 20. Contact person:  Mary Blumka, 248-858-0890.

June 27-July 1 – 4-H Renewable Energy Camp (13-19)
Explore how Michigan's abundant natural resources and growing agriculture industry are changing the face of energy and what it means to your family, Michigan and the world! Highlights include Tours of on-campus Labs, the Kellogg Biological Station, MSU Power Plant, and a Wind Farm. Plus learn about Carbon Green Bioenergy and more! For more information, check out the 4-H Renewable Energy Camp Page. The cost to attend this 5-day camp is just $190!


June 27-July 1 – 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp (13-16)

Interested in veterinary medicine? Then the 4-H Animal & Vet Science Camp is the place for you! Learn about and work with many different species of animals large and small. The cost of this 5-day camp is $350 and includes all meals and transportation during the camp. The deadline for applications to attend this camp is April 1, 2016.


July 31-August 6 – Great Lakes Natural Resources Camp (13-15)
Campers explore dunes, hike forest trails, wade through wetlands, fish, snorkel and sail on Lake Huron while educators and scientists teach them about the Great Lakes ecosystem. This camp is held at Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle, Michigan. The cost of $375 covers lodging and all meals, transportation to field trips and materials. Apply to attend this camp today!


August 16 - November 15, 2016:
 Fall Master Gardner 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.
If you are interested in the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program (MGP), the last day to register online is Friday, July 29, 2016. This class will be held on Tuesday from 9:00 am. to 1:00 p.m. at the MSUE Tollgate Education Conference Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi 48377, on August 16 to November 15, 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 grounded 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.

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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