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2021 Education Opportunities

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Healthy Yards for Clear Streams

New Webinar Series Joins Others by MU Extension

A New Webinar Series by MU Extension Is now ready for your registration. Seven classes.

May 18 – June 11
Mondays and Thursdays (except Memorial Day)
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

The course is designed to help you be environmentally responsible with lawn and landscape practices. By implementing the practices learned in this program, you will be able to reduce your annual use of fertilizers and pesticides needed to maintain your landscape, and prevent what chemicals you do apply from entering your local waterways. The end result is a beautiful yard that also helps protect water quality. You receive all of this; the fee is only $25.

• Monday, May 18 – Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants, Jim Quinn

• Thursday, May 21 – Right Plant, Right Place, David Trinklein

• Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day, no class

• Thursday, May 28 – Basic Lawn Care, Lee Miller

• Monday, June 1 – Gardens & Groundcovers, Katie Kammler

• Thursday, June 4 – Basic Tree Care, Hank Stelzer

• Monday, June 8 – Integrated Pest Management, Lee Miller

• Thursday, June 11 – Sustainable Landscaping, Tim Moloney

The participant manual, PowerPoint handouts, and discussion group will all be done via Canvas (software program the University of Missouri uses) with the classes meeting live via Zoom. Registration is online using this link.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Cathy Bylinowski can earn 10 hours of advanced training if they take this course.

Master Pollinator Steward Training
July 29, 2019,10:00 am – 3:00 pm
As pollinators continue to decline, gardeners can learn how they can help sustain them through a Master Pollinator Steward Training Program hosted by the MU Extension- Jackson County.

Pollinators such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats and insects play a crucial role in the production of most fruits and vegetables. They also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils and support wildlife. Studies show that pollinator populations are in decline because of a loss of feeding and nesting habitats, pollution and the misuse of pesticides.

The class will cover insects, plant/pollinator relationships, honey bees, native pollinators and pollinators in nature and agriculture.

The class will be held Monday, July 29 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Jackson County Extension, Blue Springs Office, 1600 NE Coronado Drive, Blue Springs, MO. The class is $30. Registration by July 19 includes lunch and handouts. Walk-ins are welcome. To register, call MU Extension, Jackson County, at 816-252-5051.  For more information, visit MU Extension-Jackson County or contact

Saturday, February 9th, 2019
Viburnum— A genus of great diversity and functionality whose sum of the seasons are greater than the parts.
09:30-12:30 Southeast Community Center, 420l E 63 Street, KCMO 64132
Get hooked on Viburnums: a diverse genus with four seasons of interest. Gary Ladman of “Classic Viburnums” ( will present where and how to grow Viburnums, about hybrids and cultivars, flowers, colors, wildlife food and habitat. REGISTRATION FORM

Advanced Education at Powell Gardens
Saturday, November 3, 9:00-noon, Composting Workshop

This workshop explores best practice for setting up your own composting area for your home garden, the science behind decomposition, and what matter provides the best organic results for you. A portion of the workshop delves into vermi-composting in space inside and outside your home. It includes instruction for setting up an Earth Machine composter (each participant will receive one to take home, a $150 retail value). This workshop is available for Advanced Education (a certificate will be provided upon completion) for Master Gardeners. Stan Slaughter is one of the top compost educators in the Nation. He was invited by HRH Prince Charles to lecture on Composting in England in 2016. He teaches how and why to compost, how to use it and what to expect. Come and ask your questions to a real expert.

COST: $80. Register at the Powell Gardens website or phone 816.697.2600. MGs should get the Member price.
INSTRUCTOR: Stan Slaughter, Education and Garden Specialist, Missouri Organic
LOCATION: Multipurpose Room

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