Educational Opportunities

Michigan Conservation Stewards Program

Become part of the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program, and learn about the history of conservation activities in Michigan, ecological principles, ecoregional classifications, and how to make choices to manage our natural resources. In addition to this foundation, participants learn about terrestrial ecosystems (forestlands and grasslands) and aquatic ecosystems (wetlands, lakes and streams) through classroom and in-field instruction. If you are interested in becoming part of the fall 2016 trainings offered in Oakland, Washtenaw and Kalamazoo counties, visit the Conservation Stewards Program website.

Online Training for Backyard and Community Gardeners

To view the program, you need to have a high speed internet connection.

Online Classes:

  • Fruit Update 1:
    Program evaluation: Fruit Update Evaluation 
    Topics include a review of diseases and insects, update on new pests, Sweet Tango vs. Honeycrisps, pest management strategies for 2012 and using dormant oils.
  • Fruit Update 2:  
    Program evaluation: Fruit Update 2 Fruit Update Evaluation 
    Topics include goals and expectations, spraying equipment, personal protective equipment products, monitoring, mixing and loading, application and timing, most common pests, animal protection and resources.
  • Garden Weed Control:
    Program evaluation: Garden Weed Control Evaluation
    This class discusses how to reduce gardneing time by managing weeds. Topics include: solarization, mulches, cultivation, chemical weed control, weed life cycles, seed sources and longevity, weed growth and cultural practices.
  • Organic Pesticides in the Garden:  
    Program evaluation: Organic Pesticides in the Garden Evaluation
    Why organic pesticides? Review of organic fungicides and insecticides and resources. 
  • The Science of Composting:  
    Program evaluation: The Science of Composting
    Many people have compost piles, but few know how they work, the nutrient value of compost and its effects on the soil and plants. This class covers the factors that affect decomposition, the role of carbon & nitrogen, composting methods, containers, compost pile organism, materials, pile problems, when compost is readly, benefits of compost and using compost. 

Master Gardeners will receive 1 continuing education credit for every one hour of presentation viewed. 
Note: Viewers will have to endure commercials when viewing programs on ustream until we come up with a way to finance the premium service.

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