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Upcoming Regional Events

August 2017

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 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 7, 2017, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Where: Dauphin, PA

Mon. & Wed., Aug. 7 - Sept. 13, 2017 (8:30 - 9:30 AM)

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 9, 2017, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Dauphin, PA

This basic workshop is specifically designed to provide background training for commercial and public nutrient management specialists who may not have experience with equine operations.

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, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Reading, PA

Tues., Aug.15, 2017 (1:00 - 7:00 PM) | Tues., Aug. 29, 2017 (1:00 - 7:00 PM) | Tues., Sept. 5, 2017 (1:00 - 4:00 PM) - Exam *NOTE: This event will be instructed in Spanish.*

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 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: 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, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Harrisburg, PA

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

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 24, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: York, PA

Thurs., Aug. 24, 2017 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM); Thurs., Aug. 31, 2017 (9:00 - 1:00 PM) - Exam to be held from 11:00 - 1:00 PM

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 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 13, 2017, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Brogue, PA

Using Best Management Practices (BMPs) on our horse farms is great for our horses and 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: 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 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 26, 2017, 8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Dauphin, 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: September 27, 2017, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Where: Leesport, PA

This meeting will feature presentations on weed control and weed identification in right-of-ways and industrial areas. Pesticide safety will also be covered.

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 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 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 11, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Honey Brook, PA

The Exploring the Small Farm Dream course is designed to help you decide whether starting a farm business is right for you.

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.

When: October 19, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Harrisburg, PA
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 24, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: York, PA

The Exploring the Small Farm Dream course is designed to help you decide whether starting a farm business is right for you.

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 15, 2017 7:30 AM to November 16, 2017 5:00 PM
Where: Grantville, PA

This workshop provides applied dairy nutrition information and training to feed industry professionals.

December 2017

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

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

When: December 5, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Where: Harrisburg, PA

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

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

When: December 19, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Harrisburg, PA

Examinations for commercial and public nutrient management specialists are administered by the Department of Agriculture.

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.