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Programs starting in February and March 2024

See MSU Extension's upcoming events and activities in and around Macomb County.

In-person programs meeting in Macomb County

MACOMB COUNTY CITIZEN PLANNER 2024

February 28, 2024 – April 10, 2024, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Robert A. VerKuilen Building, Entrance E

21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036

This program is delivered locally to provide a convenient way for local officials and zoning administrators to obtain the latest technical knowledge and the proficiency they need to perform their duties more effectively and responsibly. This course is also open to the public. Cost: $250.  

2024 CROP AND PEST MANAGEMENT UPDATE MEETINGS

February 8, 2024, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center

3775 S. Reese Road, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Participants of the Crop and Pest Management Update Meetings will hear MSU Extension specialists present the latest recommendations for managing weeds, diseases, insects, and nematodes.


MSU TOLLGATE FARM - WINTER CAMP

February 19, 2024 – February 20, 2024

28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377

Be a farmer-in-training. Engage in daily animal chores. Explore how plants and animals cope with the cold on a winter farm. Cook over an open fire, design animal insulators and so much more! Cost:  $175


SERVSAFE® MANAGER TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION EXAM - LAPEER COUNTY

February 27, 2024, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

1800 Imlay City Road, Suite 1, Lapeer, MI 48446

Earn ServSafe® certification with help from MSU Extension. This class is designed for anyone working in the food service industry, including non-profit organizations. Cost $75 plus materials.

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2024 MICHIGAN 4-H ANIMAL SCIENCE SKILLATHON

March 6, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. or March 9, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.

The Michigan 4-H Animal Science Skillathon is the most comprehensive test of livestock and traditional farm animals in the nation. This is the fourth annual competition testing both youth and adult competitors’ broad knowledge of Animal Science.


Join 4-H staff for the "Wild Spartans" monthly series for a look into life working with fisheries and wildlife! Follow along as we climb through bogs, peer into bear dens, snorkel for fish, or perhaps even tag deer. Each session will feature 1-2 guest researchers. Youth will be encouraged to ask questions to learn more through a live Q&A with scientists. Monthly sessions will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

WILD SPARTANS: MARCH 2024

March 12, 2024, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Volunteer with Michigan 4-H and help grow true leaders in your community by empowering young people with skills to lead for a lifetime.

 

GROUP MANAGEMENT FOR 4-H CLUBS AND GROUPS

March 18, 2024, Noon–1 p.m.

A webinar series that will provide Michigan 4-H volunteers with a variety of learning opportunities to help them grow as a volunteer and support the Michigan 4-Hers. This session is Engaging 4-H Youth in Animal SCIENCE Education.

SHOW YOUR MONEY SMARTS” CONTEST

Give youth a jump start by equipping them with the power of knowledge to make sound financial choices and develop good banking habits! Youth compete with other youth across the state of Michigan. Open to both

4-H and non 4-H members, ages 13-19 living in Michigan. See flyer for more details.


ADULTING 101 SERIES

Are you ready to leave for college or be out on your own? Join us monthly on Zoom to learn real life skills to help you successfully transition to living independently.  Click here for a complete listing of our 2024 topics.

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KEEPING YOUR MONEY SAFE — AN ADULTING 101 SESSION

March 19, 2024, 6 p.m.–7 p.m.

How are you keeping your money safe? Gain insights on researching and evaluating financial institutions (banks and credit unions) to make the best choice for your financial future.

MSU Extension works to increase people's success while protecting the environment, ensuring food safety, reaching new markets and advancing agriculture through applied research.

 

BEYOND THE FARMERS MARKET: EVALUATING DIRECT MARKET CHANNEL OPPORTUNITIES

February 23, 2024, Noon – 1 p.m.

Where are you selling, or planning to sell your products?  How do you make these decisions?  We’ll talk about perceptions, realities, pros and cons of farmers markets, farm markets, SCAs, restaurant sales, institutional markets and more!


FARM BUDGETS: GROWING YOUR FARM INTO A BUSINESS

February 28, 2024, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

How important is a business mindset and farm profits to your opportunities for growth and success? Join us as we discuss how attention to details and effective planning can help your farm continue its growth into a successful business.


THE WORLD UNDER OUR FEET: BIOLOGICAL SOIL HEALTH IN VEGETABLE PRODUCTION

February 29, 2024, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Organic matter plays a critical role in soil health.  Learn about how the interactions between organic and plant matter influences soil biological health and in turn successful crop production.


COMMERCIAL HYDROPONIC PRODUCTION: ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR EQUIPMENT PURCHASES

March 1, 2024, Noon–1 p.m.

Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) can be a profitable and fulfilling business pursuit for farmers looking to diversify their income streams. Learn the fundamentals of CEA equipment and how to reach profitability faster.


WHAT TO EXPECT AS A “MAKING IT IN MICHIGAN” TRADE SHOW VENDOR

March 7, 2024, Noon–1 p.m. or 7 p.m.–8 p.m.

Learn about the benefits of becoming a vendor at Making It In Michigan, how to set up your display, how to sample your products, what to bring, and how to talk with buyers.


CO-OPS 101: HOW COOPERATIVES WORK AND THE BASIC STEPS OF DEVELOPMENT

March 13, 2024, 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

During this webinar, we will look at the basics of how cooperatives work. What are the benefits, and how are they managed? We will also discuss the steps needed to develop a successful cooperative business. Save the date- more details coming soon.


MI CSA NETWORK VIRTUAL MEETING: MANAGING LABOR FOR CSA’s

March 19, 2024, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Labor is an ongoing challenge in agriculture and CSAs face unique complexities.


SAVVY TIPS FOR STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS 

March 27, 2024, 6 p.m.–7 p.m.

The class provides financial tools to entrepreneurs and potential small business owners who are considering starting a new business.

MSU Extension offers a variety of online educational resources and programs in food preservation and food safety.

FOOD SAFETY HOTLINE

877-643-9882

 

PRESERVING MI HARVEST-SYRUPS AND SAUCES

February 22, 2024, 1 p.m. – 2p.m. or 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Syrups and sauces taste delicious from fresh berries.  Learn tips and recipes to use your frozen berries for tasty syrups and sauces in the winter.


MICHIGAN COTTAGE FOOD LAW

March 6, 2024, 2 p.m.–4 p.m.

How to start a cottage food business.


PRESERVING MI HARVEST-SWEET, SWEET MAPLE SYRUP

March 7, 2024, 1 p.m.–2 p.m. or 6 p.m.–7 p.m.

Making and preserving maple syrup at home.


PRESERVING MI HARVEST-USING WHAT I PRESERVED

March 14, 2024, 1 p.m.–2 p.m. or 6 p.m.–7 p.m.

Join us for ideas to use the foods you preserved last summer to create something tasty. 


SAFE FOOD = HEALTHY KIDS ONLINE CLASS

March 18, 2024, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

An interactive food safety workshop for childcare providers.


PANTRY FOOD SAFETY-IT'S YOUR JOB

March 19, 2024, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Training for staff and volunteers who work at food banks, food pantries, and other charitable food distribution sites.


PRESERVING MI HARVEST-CANNING HIGH-ACID FOODS

March 21, 2024, 1 p.m.–2 p.m. or 6 p.m.–7 p.m.

Learn how to properly use your water bath canner.

WHAT DO PLANTS CRAVE?

February 27, 2024, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

In this talk we will discuss fertility and moisture management for high quality and high quantity vegetables across this spectrum, including high organic matter soils like muck and pot/bag culture using greenhouse media.


WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY VEGETABLES

February 28, 2024, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

This presentation will cover abiotic and biotic abnormalities in vegetables. The goal of this presentation is to give specific examples of vegetable abnormalities that will help identify what is wrong with your vegetable.


BECOMING AN INSECT INVESTIGATOR

March 1, 2024, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. 

You can sleuth out what’s eating your vegetables by gathering evidence at the “scene of the crime,” using the same evidence-based approach. It’s not only fun, it also will help you protect your vegetables from future issues.

Research has shown that mindfulness, good mental health and healthy relationships are effective in reducing stress-related symptoms such as worry, depression and physical tension, and may be helpful in managing chronic conditions.

 

CHANGING NEGATIVE SELF TALK TO POSITIVE SELF TALK

February 26, 2024, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Self-Care Series is for anyone who wants to learn skills to reduce stress and to increase enjoyment in their live, no matter the season.  There is no better month to celebrate self-love than February!


SELF-CARE SERIES: FORGIVING AND LETTING GO

February 29, 2024, Noon – 1 p.m.

Self-Care Series is for anyone who wants to learn skills to reduce stress and to increase enjoyment in their life, no matter the season. There’s no better month to celebrate self-love than February!


MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

Mental Health First Aid certification course is for adults 18 years and older who hope to learn how to assist other adults experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. Choose one of the four options below to register. Cost: $45

  • Option 1 - March 5, 2024, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Option 2 - March 19, 2024 and March 21, 2024, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Option 3 - March 27, 2024 and March 28, 2024, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

BEGIN WITH A BREATH MINDFUL MONDAY

March 4, 2024, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Begin with a breath introduces participants to the experience and practice of mindfulness, with a goal of reducing stress.


BUILDING RESILIENCE TO AVOID BURNOUT MINDFUL WEDNESDAY LUNCH AND LEARN

March 6, 2024, Noon–1 p.m.

Learn to recognize symptoms of burnout and find ways to cope.


MINDFUL EATING MINDFUL MONDAY LUNCH AND LEARN

March 11, 2024, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Mindful eating can change our relationship with food and eating.


WITS WORKOUT - FORGET ME, NOT! 

March 11, 2024, 1 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

The training component covers procedural memory and forgetfulness. Activities are based loosely on flowers in some way.


LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE

March 12, 2024, 1 p.m.–2 p.m.

Adding more laughter to your life can improve your physical and mental health. Come laugh with us!


MINDFUL WALKING MINDFUL MONDAY LUNCH AND LEARN 

March 18, 2024, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Mindful Walking introduces the benefits of slowing down with moment-to-moment awareness walking. 


ONLINE: STRESS LESS WITH MINDFULNESS (DAILY) 

March 18-22, 2024, 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Stress Less with Mindfulness teaches and encourages the use of mindfulness self-care skills to help one feel better and enjoy life more. 


BEGIN WITH A BREATH MINDFUL WEDNESDAY LUNCH AND LEARN 

March 20, 2024, Noon–1 p.m.

Stress Less with Mindfulness: Begin with Breath introduces participants to the experience and practice of mindfulness, with a goal of reducing stress. 


BE KIND TO YOUR MIND MINDFUL MONDAY LUNCH AND LEARN 

March 25, 2024, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Be Kind to Your Mind explores techniques to learn to be a detached observer of your thoughts using the power of acceptance and gratitude. 


MINDFUL EATING MINDFUL WEDNESDAY LUNCH AND LEARN 

March 27, 2024, Noon–1 p.m.

Mindful eating can change our relationship with food and eating. 

 

Best practices to help people at any stage in their financial lives. 

 

WHO GETS GRANDMA'S YELLOW PIE PLATE? ~ PASSING ON PERSONAL POSSESSIONS

February 28, 2024, Noon – 1 p.m.

Family feuds are more likely to erupt over treasured possessions than over money.  Learn strategies that will help you jump start conversations over inheritance issues.


YOUR MONEY YOUR GOALS

February 28, 2024, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Michigan State University Extension is offering free financial empowerment training for social workers, case managers, and other front line staff volunteers. 


HOMEOWNERSHIP EDUCATION WEBINAR (MSHDA)

March 4, 2024, 1 p.m.–5 p.m. or March 15, 2024, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

This homeownership seminar from MSU Extension will provide you with valuable information about the home buying process. 


PROPERTY TAX FORECLOSURE BASICS

March 5, 2024, Noon–1 p.m.

This webinar will describe the property tax timeline in Michigan and possible assistance options.


TIPS TO BUILD AND PROTECT YOUR CREDIT

March 7, 2024, Noon–1 p.m.

Do you have questions about credit? Are you trying to improve your credit score?


MAKE A SPENDING PLAN WORK FOR YOU!

March 13, 2024, Noon–1 p.m.

Trying to stretch your money? Learn how to create and manage a spending plan.


HOW MUCH HOME CAN YOU AFFORD?

March 13, 2024, Noon–1 p.m.

Looking to buy a home? Learn how to calculate how much home you can afford based on your current income during this 30-minute lunch and learn event.


STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT

March 13, 2024, 4 p.m.–5 p.m.

This one-hour webinar will provide you with tips and tools to successfully navigate repaying your student loans including repayment options and how to avoid default. We will review the new rules and programs regarding your student loans.


PROTECTING YOUR IDENTITY

March 20, 2024, Noon–1 p.m.

This one-hour webinar will discuss how to protect yourself from identity theft & what to do if someone has stolen your identity.


RETIREMENT MYTHS AND FACTS 

March 26, 2024, Noon–1 p.m.

Thinking about what your future will look like? To reduce confusion about retirement it is important to separate fact from fiction.


WEALTH BUILDING

March 26, 2024, 3 p.m.–4 p.m.

This webinar will provide resources to help increase financial awareness.


MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE BASICS

March 28, 2024, Noon–1 p.m.

This webinar will describe the options to keep, sell or let foreclosure happen.

2024 GREAT LAKES DAY: CELEBRATING SCIENCE AND WATER

February 27, 2024, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Please join us for the 34th annual Great Lakes Day conference – a free virtual event!  

This conference will feature presentations on emerging issues such as PFAS and Coastal Resiliency in the Great Lakes; and share research about the fascinating species we find in our Great Lakes -- and the challenges marine debris brings. This event is free, but pre-registration is required. 


MICHIGAN BIRDING 101

March 5-14, 2024, 7 p.m.–8 p.m.

Join Michigan Sea Grant as we explore the wonderful hobby of birding in four free and fun classes which cover everything a new birdwatcher should know.


MICHIGAN CERTIFIED NATURAL SHORELINE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

March 12–13, 2024

This program is for professional landscape, natural resource, and marine contractors who want to design, implement, and maintain natural shoreline landscaping on inland lakes. Cost:  $395


SUSTAINABILITY SPEAKERS SERIES: FOODPRINT

March 12, 2024, Noon–1 p.m.

Join our Sustainability Series for a diverse lineup of sessions addressing critical sustainability and environmental topics.


LEARNING EXCHANGE SERIES: TRANSLATING SCIENCE INTO PRACTICE THROUGH FOREST CERTIFICATION TO ADDRESS THE CO-OCCURRING CLIMATE AND BIODIVERSITY CRISES

March 13, 2024, 3 p.m.–4 p.m.

Speakers Lauren Cooper and Healy Hamilton present, "Translating science into practice through forest certification to address the co-occurring climate and biodiversity crises".

MSU Extension offers numerous online workshops for parents, caregivers and those who work with children and youth.

 

EXTRAS PARENTING HOUR TOGETHER WE CAN - CO-PARENTING

February 27, 2024, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Extension Extras Parenting Hour is a free online series of parenting workshops that provides guidance for parents of young children as they navigate the challenges, joys, and concerns of parenting.


ONLINE EXTENSION EXTRAS PARENTING HOUR REDUCING CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS IN TODDLERS

March 5, 2024, 8 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

From tantrums to biting, learn to decode what’s going on in a toddler’s world to help transform the “terrible twos” into the “terrific twos”.


ONLINE EXTENSION EXTRAS PARENTING HOUR TALKING WITH KIDS ABOUT RACE

March 12, 2024, 8 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Talking about race and racism can be intimidating and uncomfortable but is critical to raising antiracist children and transforming systems of oppression.


ONLINE EXTENSION EXTRAS PARENTING HOUR SCREEN TIME FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

March 19, 2024, 8 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

This workshop will help participants learn about how screen time and other media exposure impacts children


ONLINE EXTENSION EXTRAS PARENTING HOUR SUPPORTING CHILDREN THROUGH GRIEF AND LOSS

March 26, 2024, 8 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Kate Longenbarger from Gabby’s Grief Center will share what is grief, how children of different ages may experience grief and how parents can support children.

GOVERNING ESSENTIALS 3-PART SERIES

March 7-21, 2024, Noon – 1 p.m.

The Governing Essentials Series is designed for local elected and appointed officials looking to sharpen their skills and promote good governance practices. The webinars can be taken individually or as a 3-part series. 

The series includes: 

  1. March 7 - Open Meetings Act - The Michigan Open Meetings Act (OMA) furthers government transparency by requiring elected and appointed boards to provide notice and make decisions in an open public meeting. Participants will learn the requirements of the Act as well as answers to frequently asked questions.
  2. March 14 - Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure - Parliamentary Procedure based on Roberts’ Rules of Order, is the most widely used parliamentary authority. This session will focus on parliamentary principles, motions, and debate and decorum during meetings. Participants will explore scenarios and practice skills.
  3. March 21 - Components of Extraordinary Governance - The Components of Extraordinary Governance draws the best ideas together for a thorough overview of board governance. This session will help your board apply the components to positively impact your community. Better board governance, leading to more effective organizations, that improve our communities. That’s a goal we can all share! 

Cost: $20 per session, $50 for the 3-course series. Webinars can be taken individually or as a 3-part series.


FISCALLY READY COMMUNITIES: BUDGETING FOR FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY

March 14, 2024, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

This training will provide best practices for local governments' fiscal health including budgeting, long-term planning, dealing with uncertainty, and financial policies and procedures.


SHORT-TERM RENTAL (STR) POLICY OPTIONS FOR MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES

March 28, 2024, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

Explore trends and policy tools for communities to consider related to short-term rentals. Cost: $30

Good sleep, good balance along with movement and exercise — what it means to be healthy is different for us all.  MSU Extension is here to support all the ways we can all live healthier lives and build healthier communities, by bringing the vast knowledge and resources of MSU directly to your community.

CHRONIC PAIN PATH WORKSHOP

February 28, 2024 – April 10, 2024, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Chronic Pain Personal Action Towards Health (PATH) is a series of 7 sessions designed to help participants manage their chronic pain.


CHRONIC PAIN PATH TOOLKIT 

March 4, 2024-April 8, 2024, 9 a.m.–10 a.m.

The Chronic Pain PATH Toolkit Telephone Course is a series of 6 weekly telephone calls with a leader and 3-5 other people living with chronic pain. 


RELAX: ALTERNATIVES TO ANGER 

March 4-5, 2024, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Alternatives to Anger is a series designed to help adults, parents and caregivers increase their knowledge about anger issues and put anger management and healthy relationship skills into practice


WALK WITH EASE 2024 

March 7, 2024, 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Join us in an adventure to regain our ability to walk safely, using tips to increase our strength, flexibility, and endurance from the American Arthritis Foundation.


MSU EXTENSION TAI CHI FOR DIABETES 

March 11, 2024-April 10, 2024, 9 a.m.–10 a.m.

Join us for an opportunity to develop tai chi skills from the comfort of your home. 


WITS WORKOUT - ROAM IN ROME 

March 11, 2024-April 29, 2024, 1 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

The training component covers exercise. Activities are based loosely on travel. 


DIABETES PERSONAL ACTION TOWARDS HEALTH (PATH) ONLINE 

March 13, 2024-April 17, 2024, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.

The Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Diabetes PATH in Michigan) was developed and tested by Stanford University to help people learn techniques and strategies for the day-to-day management of diabetes. 


MINDFUL WALKING MINDFUL MONDAY LUNCH AND LEARN

March 18, 2024, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Mindful Walking introduces the benefits of slowing down with moment-to-moment awareness walking.