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July 2017

When: July 18, 2017 9:00 AM to July 28, 2017 3:45 PM
Where: Allentown, PA

Commercial & Public Applicator Pesticide Short Course will help build a foundation of knowledge about safe and proper handling and use of pesticides.

When: July 22, 2017, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Manheim, PA

Bring nature home to your garden with the expert knowledge of Doug Tallamy, nationally-recognized author of Bringing Nature Home and The Living Landscape, at Penn State’s Summer Garden Experience on Saturday, July 22.

When: July 24, 2017 8:30 AM to July 26, 2017 12:00 PM
Where: Lancaster, PA

The FSMA regulation creates new current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) requirements for animal food facilities and creates new requirements for certain animal food facilities to establish and implement risk-based preventive controls.

When: July 25, 2017 9:00 AM to July 27, 2017 12:00 PM
Where: Collegeville, PA

New this year! At 4-H Canning Camp, learn how to use the fruits and vegetables from your garden (or the store) to eat throughout the year! During this half-day camp, participants will be canning pickles, salsa, jam/jelly, and more!

When: July 27, 2017, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Manheim, PA

See firsthand the newest annual and perennial flowers offered in the spring to garden center and landscape clients! Flower Trial Field Day features product vignettes of prominent industry leaders Ball Horticulture, Dummen Orange, and Proven Winners.

When: July 27, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Pottsville, PA

Thurs., July 27, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM); Thurs., Aug. 3, 2017 (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM) - Exam begins at 11:00 AM.

When: July 28, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Lebanon, PA

Preparing food in large quantities is different than food preparation in the home. Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer's Guide to Safe Food Handling program helps non-profit organizations and their volunteers understand the risks involved with preparing large volumes of food and the important food safety practices that need to be implemented to ensure a safe event.

When: July 29, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: Bethlehem, PA

August 2017

When: August 1, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Doylestown, PA

Tues., Aug. 1, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM); Tues., Aug. 8, 2017 (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM) - Exam begins at 11:00 AM.

When: August 1, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Leesport, PA

Penn State Master Gardeners in Berks County invite you to join us for Evenings in the Garden in the Demonstration Gardens located at the Berks County Agricultural Center. First Tuesday of May, June, August, September. Rain or shine!

When: August 2, 2017, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Lancaster, PA

Wed., Aug. 2, 2017 (5:00 - 9:00 PM); Wed., Aug. 9, 2017 (5:00 - 9:00 PM); Wed., Aug. 16, 2017 (5:00 - 7:00 PM) - Exam.

When: August 2, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Lititz, PA

Using Best Management Practices (BMPs) on our horse farms is great for the environment, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to integrate them into our operations. Join us to learn more about Best Management Practices and how to apply them.

When: August 2, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The program focus for this twilight event is marketing. Attendees will be able to learn from the outstanding plants, flowers, and produce presentations and displays at this business in its various greenhouses. The Hoyer family will give a history of their business along with a tour, as well as explain the growth to where they are today and what makes their business successful.

When: August 3, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Lancaster, PA

Tomatoes and fruits can be safely processed in a boiling water bath. Join us to learn the basic principles of canning. This workshop is presented as a demonstration and lecture.

When: August 4, 2017, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: New Hope, PA

Meadow Management School is a day-long program that will cover design and plant selection to management for landscape professionals.

When: August 7, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: West Chester, PA

Learn the basics of using a pressure canner, using current USDA canning guidelines, at Overcoming the Fear of Pressure Canning.

When: August 11, 2017, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: Doylestown, PA

The Weed Identification Walk is a hands-on, interactive session where participants will learn to identify and manage a variety of broadleaf and grassy weeds in both turf and landscape situations.

When: August 11, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Where: Doylestown, PA

The Weed Identification Walk is a hands-on, interactive session where participants will learn to identify and manage a variety of broadleaf and grassy weeds in both turf and landscape situations.

When: August 14, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Children and youth are born ready to explore. Many schools and out-of-school time (OST) programs now emphasize an inquiry-based style of learning. What does it take to support OST active STEM experiences?

When: August 15, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Allentown, PA

Join the Master Gardener Program and give back to the community.

When: August 15, 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Leesport, PA

Penn State Extension in Berks County is accepting applications from individuals interested in training to become certified Master Gardeners. Applications are being accepted from now through March 31.

When: August 16, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: West Chester, PA

The Penn State Chester County Master Gardeners are currently accepting applications for the class of 2017.

When: August 19, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn more about the interesting bugs in your garden.

When: August 21, 2017, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Collegeville, PA

Improper canning methods can cause serious illness. Whether canning for years or new to canning, the workshop will cover how to safely can using procedures that have been scientifically tested to ensure safe and high-quality canned products.

When: August 22, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Lebanon, PA

Many types of melons can be grown or purchased during the summer months. Participants of this Cooking Institute will learn about the varieties of melons available and explore new ways to prepare them. This class will also cover herbs that pair well with melons to highlight the best flavors.

When: August 22, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Pottstown, PA

Using Best Management Practices (BMPs) on our horse farms is great for the environment, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to integrate them into our operations. Join us to learn more about Best Management Practices and how to apply them.

When: August 22, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Lebanon, PA

Many types of melons can be grown or purchased during the summer months. Participants of this Cooking Institute will learn about the varieties of melons available and explore new ways to prepare them. This class will also cover herbs that pair well with melons to highlight the best flavors.

When: August 23, 2017, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The field day is designed to focus on viewing On Farm Network Field Plots in two different environments. On Farm Network growers will discuss soybean management on their farms.

When: August 23, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Lebanon, PA

Learn the basics of using a pressure canner, using current USDA canning guidelines, at Overcoming the Fear of Pressure Canning.

When: August 26, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Emmaus, PA

Learn about native garden design, how to clean up your garden in the fall and sample over 60 tomato varieties!

When: August 28, 2017, 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: West Chester, PA

The Food for Profit workshop takes you step by step through the information necessary to start and run a small food product business, especially directed to individuals who will be making and packing their products for resale through grocery stores, farm markets or restaurants.

When: August 29, 2017, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Collegeville, PA

Learn the basics of using a pressure canner, using current USDA canning guidelines, at Overcoming the Fear of Pressure Canning.

When: August 30, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Kennett Square, PA

Wed., Aug. 30, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) | Fri., Sept. 1, 2017 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM) | Wed., Sept., 6, 2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM) - Exam. *This event will be instructed in Spanish.*

September 2017

When: September 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Leesport, PA

Penn State Master Gardeners in Berks County invite you to join us for Evenings in the Garden in the Demonstration Gardens located at the Berks County Agricultural Center. First Tuesday of May, June, August, September. Rain or shine!

When: September 7, 2017, 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Where: Lancaster, PA

Informational Meeting: Thur., Sept. 7, 2017 (9:30 AM) | Class Meeting Dates: Tues. & Thurs., Sept. 21 - Dec. 14, 2017 (7:30 - 8:45 AM)

When: September 7, 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Where: Quarryville, PA

Informational Meeting: Thur., Sept. 7, 2017 (9:30 AM) | Class Meeting Dates: Tues. & Thurs., Sept. 26 - Dec. 19, 2017 (9:00 - 10:15 AM)

When: September 7, 2017, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Where: Lancaster, PA

Informational Meeting: Thur., Sept. 7, 2017 (9:30 AM) | Class Meeting Dates: Tues. & Thurs., Sept. 21 - Dec. 14, 2017 (9:30 - 10:45 AM)

When: September 7, 2017, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Quarryville, PA

Informational Meeting: Thur., Sept. 7, 2017 (9:30 AM) | Class Meeting Dates: Tues. & Thurs., Sept. 26 - Dec. 19, 2017 (10:45 AM - 12:00 PM)

When: September 7, 2017, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Lancaster, PA

Informational Meeting: Thur., Sept. 7, 2017 (9:30 AM) | Class Meeting Dates: Tues. & Thurs., Sept. 21 - Dec. 14, 2017 (11:15 AM - 12:30 PM)

When: September 8, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Lancaster, PA

Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM); Fri., Sept. 15, 2017 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM) - Exam to be held from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

When: September 11, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Collegeville, PA

Mon., Sept. 11, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM); Mon., Sept. 18, 2017 (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM) - Exam to immediately follow class.

When: September 11, 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where: Lansdale, PA

Mon. & Wed., Sept. 11 - Oct. 18, 2017 (9:00 - 10:00 AM)

When: September 14, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Lancaster, PA

Learn safe and proper canning procedures to make two fall favorites, sauerkraut and salsa!

When: September 16, 2017, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Early Intervention (EI) consists of services and supports designed to help children who have developmental delays/special needs, and their families. Because early educators work so closely with children, they play an important role in identifying and supporting children’s developmental strengths and challenges.

When: September 16, 2017, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Learn ways to bring out nurturing, caring behaviors in children to create a classroom community where children support each other. Learn how to use non-competitive games to foster acceptance of all children.

When: September 16, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Executive function skills are a broad set of skills that support the process of thinking and learning. Growing research shares the importance of executive function skills as critical building blocks in learning and as predictors of school achievement. Early childhood teachers play a central role in promoting executive function skills. How? Think play. Complex and intentional play, such as dramatic play and partner play, can be the springboard to inviting many executive function skills to be practiced and mastered.

When: September 19, 2017, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Where: Allentown, PA

Join us for our 21st Annual Are You Crazy? Retail Farm Market Bus Tour to explore some of the premier farm markets in New York.

When: September 20, 2017 9:00 AM to September 21, 2017 12:30 PM
Where: Leesport, PA

All commercial and public nutrient management specialists must fully complete this mandatory training course in order to obtain provisional certification.

When: September 22, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: New Hope, PA

Mums and asters brighten up the fall landscape but there are so many native options, why not include some of these in your landscaping as well? As we walk through the preserve we will discuss the many fall blooming perennials that not only enliven the home garden, but also provide essential late-season nectar for migrating pollinators.

October 2017

When: October 4, 2017 6:00 PM to November 1, 2017 9:00 PM
Where: Kennett Square, PA

The Equine Environmental Stewardship Short Course is an exciting four evening workshop that provides in-depth instruction on pasture and farm management. This workshop will be offered in two locations at once; there will be one live presentation and one webinar presentation at each location each night.

When: October 4, 2017 6:00 PM to November 1, 2017 9:00 PM
Where: Allentown, PA

The Equine Environmental Stewardship Short Course is an exciting four evening workshop that provides in-depth instruction on pasture and farm management. This workshop will be offered in two locations at once; there will be one live presentation and one webinar presentation at each location each night.

When: October 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Lancaster, PA

Drying food doesn't require special equipment. Join us to learn basic methods of drying food using an oven, microwave, dehydrator, or simply by air drying.

When: October 5, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Are you fascinated by gardening? Do you enjoy sharing your gardening knowledge with others? You may be interested in the Penn State Master Gardener volunteer program!

When: October 6, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Leesport, PA

Oct. 6, 13, 20 & 27; Nov., 3, 2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM) | Follow-Up: Jan. 5, 2018 (10:00 AM)

When: October 6, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: Allentown, PA

Oct. 6, 13, 20 & 27; Nov., 3, 2017 (3:00 - 5:00 PM) | Follow-Up: Jan. 5, 2018 (3:00 PM)

When: October 13, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Lancaster, PA

Fri., Oct. 13, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) & Fri., Oct. 20, 2017 (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM) | Exam will start at 11:00 AM

When: October 16, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The emotional and social skills learned as infants and toddlers have lifelong influences on a person’s ability to make friends, control emotions, work through challenges, succeed in school, and nurture healthy family relationships.

When: October 19, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Specialists from Penn State University and USDA-ARS will present a variety of important topics related to establishment and grazing of brassicas to extend the fall grazing season. The program will include a grazing demo and farm tour of Blue Mountain View Farm.

Event Canceled
When: October 20, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: New Hope, PA

Shade trees and flowering trees will be covered during this workshop; participants will learn about native trees for a variety of landscape situations. Enjoy walking the preserve as the colors change and examine the details of trees up close to help with identification in the field.

When: October 23, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: West Chester, PA

Mon., Oct. 23, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) & Mon., Oct. 30, 2017 (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM) | Exam will start at 11:00 AM

When: October 25, 2017, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Lancaster, PA

Wed., Oct. 25, 2017 (5:00 - 9:00 PM) & Wed., Nov. 1, 2017 (5:00 - 9:00 PM) | Exam on Wed., Nov. 8, 2017 (5:00 - 7:00 PM)

When: October 31, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Lancaster, PA

Oct. 31; Nov., 7, 21 & 28, 2017 (2:00 - 4:30 PM) | Follow-Up: Jan. 23, 2018 (2:00 – 4:30 PM)

November 2017

When: November 6, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Collegeville, PA

Mon., Nov. 6, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM); Mon., Nov. 13, 2017 (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM) - Exam to immediately follow class.

December 2017

When: December 5, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Early stages of exploration and interactions among infants and toddlers can include behaviors such as a child grabs toys, pulls hair, hits, pushes, pokes, or bites.

When: December 6, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Lancaster, PA

Wed., Dec. 6, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM) & Wed., Dec. 13, 2017 (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM) | Exam will start at 11:00 AM

January 2018

When: January 13, 2018, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Research documents the benefits of playing, learning, and simply being outdoors. National and international movements encourage more time in nature. However, this can be challenging for early care professionals.

When: January 13, 2018, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

To young children, transitions are often difficult times. It’s hard to say goodbye in the morning and even harder to stop playing to eat or go take a nap.

July 2018

When: July 13, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Implement appropriate strategies to meet individual learning outcomes based on a child’s needs (biology, age, temperament, physical needs), which promote positive learning outcomes.