4/28/15 – Technology Tuesdays: Milk Quality & Robotic Milking Systems free online workshop, 8:30 -10:00 AM (EDT/EST). This is part of a series that includes presentations on dairy farm facilities design, dairy cattle behavior, nutrition, financing and labor. Even with their ability to some robotic milking systems provide conductivity, fat, protein, and other information on milk quality from each quarter of the udder each time a cow is milked obtaining consistent, good milk quality can be a challenge on some farms. We will discuss recent research on milk quality from robotic milking dairy farms and management strategies to achieve high quality milk. The presenter is Mathew Haan, Dairy Educator, Penn State Extension Dairy Team. For more information about the series visit http://extension.psu.edu/animals/dairy/events. Register for free online no later than noon the day before at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TechnologyTuesdays1314
4/28/15 - Do you have a garden or lawn question you can't find answers to or a bug you can't identify? A Penn State Master Gardener will be at the Penn State Extension office, 529 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, to assist you with your questions, and best of all it’s free! If you are unable to stop by during this time, you may call 570-325-2788 to leave a message or email CarbonExt@psu.edu
4/28/15 – One in a series of free Penn State Extension Green Infrastructure webinars, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (EDT/EST). The topic is The Ecology of Streams and Forested Buffers. The presenter is Bernard W. Sweeney, Ph.D., President and Director, Stroud Water Research Center. As we continue to change our landscapes, converting fields and forests to buildings, parking lots and lawns, we fragment forests and other productive landscapes and impact our streams, lakes and rivers with polluted stormwater runoff. Learn how Green Infrastructure is helping to conserve viable natural resources and capture, infiltrate and evapotranspire rain where it falls. Green Infrastructure improves both the quality of life and environment in our communities.
For more information and registration visit http://extension.psu.edu/green-infrastructure or contact Vincent Cotrone, Penn State Extension Urban Forester at firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the webinar visit https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry
4/28/15 – 4-H Cloverbuds Orientation Meeting, 5:30 – 6:30 PM, Penn State Extension, 724 Phillips Street, Suite 201, Stroudsburg PA 18360. New Cloverbuds Club forming for ages 5-8 years old. Attend this informational meeting to find out more. Cloverbuds is an exciting 4-H program for 5- to 8-year old children in Pennsylvania. Like the 4-H program for older youth, Cloverbuds can help youngsters grow into competent, caring and contributing members of their families and communities. The program offers noncompetitive, age-appropriate activities designed to help children learn about life. Through hands on activities, children will learn about topics like the weather, recycling, caring for pets, plants and feathered friends to name only a few. More than 50 different activity sessions are available to Cloverbud clubs. There is a $20 per child, per year Educational Resources Fee. There is no fee to attend this event. However, pre-registration is required by April 28. For more information call 570-421-6430, email MonroeExt@psu.edu or visit http://extension.psu.edu/4-h/counties/monroe/events/4-h-cloverbuds-orientation-meeting to register.
4/28/15 – Childcare Provider Workshop: Is This Behavior Normal?, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Penn State Extension Conference Room, 648 Park Street – Suite E, Honesdale, PA 18431. Fee: $7. Participants will learn about the many factors that can affect a child’s behavior. They will learn to observe and problem solve to modify the behavior. Participants will also learn strategies to redirect children to more appropriate behaviors. Registration, including payment, is required by 5:00 PM, April 26. Call 570-296-3400 for more information; visit the PA Keys website at https://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx to register. This educational program for early education professionals and parents is offered as part of a statewide Penn State Extension program to support quality early learning.
4/29/15 – Water Resources webinar, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (EDT/EST). The topic is Harmful Algae Blooms in Pennsylvania Ponds and Lakes. The presenter is Bryan Swistock, Penn State University. To view the webinar visit https://meeting.psu.edu/water1
4/29/15 – Managing Volunteers to Build Community Capacity: Tools for Effective Volunteer Programs, 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Tunkhannock Public Library, 220 West Tioga Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657. Fee: $25. Volunteers are the lifeblood of many communities. The more people who volunteer in their communities, the more engaged residents become and community goals can be attained more easily. Learn how to: write complete task descriptions and how they can help with recruitment, training and evaluation; develop orientation and training programs that fit the needs of both the volunteers and your organization; identify risks to volunteers as well as your clientele and implement policies through training; and plan recognition that meets the needs of different volunteers within your organization’s budget. Pre-registration, including payment, is required by April 27. To register online, visit http://extension.psu.edu/community/ecd/courses/managing-volunteers-to-build-community-capacity. To register by phone or for registration questions, contact Extension Registration Support at 570-421-6430 or ExtensionRegistration@ag.psu.edu. For more information or questions about the event content, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-618-2491 or email@example.com.
4/30/15 – Equine Quality Animal Management (formerly Good Production Practices), 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Penn State Extension, 724 Phillips Street, Suite 201, Stroudsburg PA 18360. All animal science (horse, beef, dog, cat, etc) youth are to participate in training each year. This program replaces the old "ethics" training that all large animal members had to participate in and has been expanded to include all animal species. All 4H animal science youth are required to participate in training regarding three specific “Good Production Practices” annually. The statewide Youth Quality Animal Management curriculum is taught by trained Extension Educators and 4-H Volunteers. Each session includes background information reinforced by hands-on activities and follow up discussion. Failure to participate in a certified training opportunity annually (by July 1 of current year) will result in the members’ inability to show animal at county roundup, state, regional or national sanctioned show and sales. There is no fee to attend this event. However, pre-registration is required by April 24 and must be done by visiting http://extension.psu.edu/4-h/counties/monroe/events/good-production-practices-20150430. For more information call 570-421-6430 or by email at MonroeExt@psu.edu.
5/2/15 – GardenFest 2015, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Pike County Training Center, 135 Pike County Blvd., Lords Valley, PA 18428. Fee: $30, including lunch. Dreaming of Spring? Join the Penn State Master Gardeners of Pike County for GardenFest 2015 to get inspired and learn how to grow your greatest garden yet! This one-day event will arm you with everything you need to get your garden into shape. The keynote topic is Adapting to a Changing Environment and Landscape. Participants will attend 3 of 6 workshops. Registration, including payment, is required by April 28. Call 570-296-3400 for more information; visit the PA Keys website at http://www.cvent.com/events/gardenfest-2015/event-summary-df2c7983b2c647f3b7d15ca938e0b22f.aspx to register.
5/2/15 – Horse & Pony 4-H club meeting, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center, 514 Foster Hill Road, Milford PA 18337. 4-H is open to youth ages 5 - 18. Call 570-296-3400 for more information or visit http://tinyurl.com/ncagxy4