Welcome to MSU Extension-Oakland County

Welcome to MSU Extension-Oakland County

Welcome to MSU Extension - Oakland

MSU Extension is a statewide network that serves all Michigan counties.  Extension is charged with understanding the issues and opportunities of each county and its unique communities.  We work in partnership with other local organizations and agencies to plan and implement research-based educational programming that addresses the issues and challenges and takes advantage of the opportunities.  Please explore our web site and let us know your suggestions and how we can assist you!


News for Oakland County Residents

Oakland County offers free email subscription notifications so you'll be the first to hear about new MSU Extension workshops, services and newsletters.  Learn more.

Michigan Fresh comes to a farmers market near you
MSU Extension will be present in farmers markets around the state to give advice on selecting, storing, preserving, cooking and growing Michigan foods.  More

Four common lawn and garden myths
It’s easy for gardeners to receive incorrect information. Here are common myths regarding evergreens, lawns, blossom end rot in tomatoes and deer-resistant plants.  More

July tip:  Slime mold on mulch
While walking in your garden after a rain you notice an unslightly, colorful spoltch that looks like the dog threw up all over your mulch.  The appearance of slime mold, commonly referred to as "dog vomit fungus", prompts many calls to the MSU Extension garden hotline.  These slime molds (Fuligo septicai) usually appear in the spring and early summer after periods of wet weather.  They are harmless and should just be scooped up and discarded.


Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.

Spotlight On ...

Lake Ecology Workshop

participant at lakes workshop

Oakland County has more inland lakes than any other county in Michigan.  On Saturday, July 18th we are offering an "Investigating Lake Ecology" workshop at the Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the park's Crooked Lake via rowboats and a pontoon boat while investigating lakes, common aquatic vegetation and their role in keeping lakes healthy, aquatic invasive species that threaten lakes, the effects of seasonal changes on lakes, as well as the properties of the water. 

Pre-registration is required and reserved spots in this class will fill quickly.  Registration is $25 per person by July 10th. You will still be able to register late (until July 15) if space is still available for $35 per person.  Click here for further details and to register online.