Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April 26 - May 2, 2015

4/27/15Childcare Provider Workshop: Assessing Your Classroom for Deeper Literacy, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Penn State Extension, 724 Phillips Street, Suite 201, Stroudsburg PA 18360. Fee: $7. What does it mean to have a "literacy rich" classroom? Would you like to build a better literacy environment? Is having sufficient books and materials enough to support a child’s developing literacy skills? This class takes assessment of the classroom environment and practices to the next level, introducing the learner to the interactions that are necessary to support emergent literacy skills. Participants will conduct a self-assessment of their classroom environment, literacy practices, and interactions that support literacy development and learn ways to engage children in deeper conversations and interactions that support literacy development. Registration, including payment, is required by, April 27.  Call 570-421-6430 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.

4/28/15Technology 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 vjc1@psu.edu. To view the webinar visit https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry

4/28/154-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.

4/28/15Childcare 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.

4/29/15Water 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

4/29/15Managing 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 ptw3@psu.edu.

4/30/15Equine 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.

5/2/15GardenFest 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.

5/2/15Horse & 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

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April 19 - 25, 2015

4/20/15 – Got a gardening question?  A Penn State Master Gardener will be at the Penn State Extension office, 724 Phillips St Suite 201, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, 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 570-421-6430 or email monroemg@psu.edu


4/20/15Childcare Provider Workshop: STEM Rules! Making STEM Come Alive for School-age Children, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Pike County Administration Building, 506 Broad Street, Milford, PA 18337. Fee: $7. Does your school-age program curriculum excite and challenge children to grow and learn in the STEM (science/technology/ engineering/math) areas?  This hands-on course provides enrichment ideas for integrating STEM activities into school-age programs, challenging children to think more critically about real world situations and allowing children to explore STEM subjects in more depth…all while having fun! Registration, including payment, is required by 5:00 PM, April 18.  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.

4/21/15 - Do you have a garden or lawn question you can't find answers to or a bug you can't 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


4/21/15Wild Acres 4-H Club meeting, 1:30 – 3:00 PM, Wild Acres Club House, near 101 Clubhouse Drive, Dingmans Ferry PA 18328. 4-H is open to youth ages 5 - 18. The leaders are Brianne Phillips and Melissa DeJoseph. Call 570-296-3400 for more information or visit http://tinyurl.com/ncagxy4

4/23/15Childcare Provider Workshop: Defining Your Destiny – The Basics, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Pike County Administration Building, 506 Broad Street, Milford, PA 18337. Fee: $7. Participants will learn methods for becoming more productive, engaged, and fulfilled at work and life. This is a motivational class that will challenge participants to complete activity steps toward self-discovery, lasting change, and attaining the work and personal life desired. Registration, including payment, is required by 5:00 PM, April 21. 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.

4/24/15 - Bows on Fire 4-H Archery Club meeting, 5:00 – 7:30 PM, Matamoras Rod & Gun Club, 120 Rod and Gun Club Rd, Milford PA 18337. For more information, call 570-296-3400 or visit http://tinyurl.com/ncagxy4

4/24/15 - Rock Ridge Ranchers 4-H Club meeting, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Rock Ridge Ranch, 1734 Route 739, Dingmans Ferry PA 18328. Join the leaders for hands-on learning. Horse ownership is not required. 4-H is open to youth ages 5 - 18. For more information on this club and other 4-H opportunities, call 570-296-3400 or visit http://tinyurl.com/ncagxy4.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April 12 - 18, 2015

4/13/15 – One in a series of free Penn State Extension Green Infrastructure webinars, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (EDT/EST). The topic is Penn State Center’s Stormwater Mitigation Initiatives in Pittsburgh. The presenter is Lisa Kunst Vavro, RLA, ASLA, Sustainable Environments Manager, The Penn State Center in Pittsburgh.

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 vjc1@psu.edu

To view the webinar visit https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry

4/14/15Technology Tuesdays: Restraint & Handling of Dairy Cattle 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. Dairy cattle need to be isolated and restrained regularly for a number of reasons including observation, health care and breeding. These procedures must be done easily, safely, and without excitement. Presentation topics include access and restraint requirements, sorting and isolation options, and proven restraint methods used for dairy cows and heifers. The presenter is Dan McFarland, Ag Engineer, 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.

4/14/15 - 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 garden, lawn, insect and/or disease control 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

4/14/15PA Forest Stewardship webinar, 12:00 - 1:00 PM and 7:00 – 8:00 PM (EDT/EST). The topic is Forest Soils. This webinar will present some fundamentals of forest soils and how they impact tree growth and forest health. Topics include: site index, soil texture, soil moisture, erosion, and harvesting impacts on soils. In addition, the use of on-line soil surveys will be explored. The presenter is Rick Stehouwer, Professor of Environmental Soil Science, Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Approved for 1 credit hour Pennsylvania SFI® CE. Approved for 1.0 Society of American Foresters CFE credit, Category 1-CF. To view the webinar visit https://meeting.psu.edu/paforestweb/

4/14/15Northeast Woody/Warm-Season Biomass Consortium webinar, 1:00 - 2:00 PM (EDT/EST). The topic is Potential Economic Impact of Renewable Fuels and Sustainable Biomass Feedstock in Pennsylvania. There has been much interest in using renewable fuels and sustainable biomass feedstock for ethanol production. This webinar will highlight a recent analysis of the potential economic impacts if sustainable biomass-based ethanol producing plants were built in Pennsylvania. The study examined four potential locations (Berks, Bradford, Crawford, and Washington counties) and three potential cellulosic feedstocks, including miscanthus, switchgrass, and willow. The analysis suggests that such a plant directly and indirectly could support between 235 and 364 jobs and generate between $87.8 million to $120.7 million in new output, depending upon its location and feedstock. Join us live to find out much more! The presenter is Timothy W. Kelsey, Penn State University. To view the webinar visit https://meeting.psu.edu/bioenergy
 


4/14/15Childcare Provider Workshop: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Early Childhood Settings, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Penn State Extension, 724 Phillips Street, Suite 201, Stroudsburg PA 18360. Fee: $7. IPM is an alternative method of insect control that incorporates common sense practices. Timely inspection, identification and treatment of infestations can eliminate pests while protecting the health of children and staff. Pre-registration, including payment, is required.  Call 570-421-6430 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.

4/14/15Childcare Provider Workshop: Assessing Your Classroom for Deeper Literacy Learning, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Emergency Management Bldg, 1264 Emergency Lane, Nesquehoning, PA 18240. Fee: $7. This workshop will focus on building a better literacy environment. Would you like to build a better literacy environment? What does it mean to have a "literacy rich" classroom? Is having sufficient books and materials enough to support a child's developing literacy skills? This class takes assessment of the classroom environment and practices to the next level, introducing the learner to the interactions that are necessary to support emergent literacy skills. Participants will conduct a self-assessment of their classroom environment, literacy practices, and interactions that support literacy development and learn ways to engage children in deeper conversations and interactions that support literacy development. Pre-registration, including payment, is required by April 10.  Call 570-325-2788 Ext. 3803 for more information or 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.

4/15/15Land Use Decision-making webinar, 12:00 -1:15 PM (EDT/EST). The topic is All about Open Space – Owning and Managing Natural Lands. Municipal officials, developers and planners often find themselves faced with opportunities and requests to own open space, and are then faced with the question -- “how will it be cared for and maintained?” This webinar describes practical methods for managing natural areas, whether public parkland, residual parcels left undeveloped during the municipality's build-out process, or planned open space and naturalized areas for stormwater management and conservation subdivisions. Learn how Act 115 of 2013 has improved Pennsylvania’s open space law, allowing some revenue acquired with a dedicated open space tax to be used for the maintenance and best utilization of open spaces. This webinar will also cover how land use codes can ensure permanent protection and best management for these undeveloped places.

This is the fourth in a series of 5 webinars for Winter/Spring 2015. They are designed to help planners, elected officials and citizens better engage in land use decision-making processes. Fee for the series: $30/person for non-credit registration; $60/person for CM credit registration. Register online by May 20 at http://extension.psu.edu/land-use-webinar. Upon receipt of payment links to the previous recorded webinars will be provided.

4/16/15Knitting Kids 4-H Club meeting, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, Penn State Extension office, 514 Broad St, Milford PA 18337. 4-H is open to youth ages 5 - 18. For more information on this club and other 4-H opportunities, call 570-296-3400 or visit http://tinyurl.com/ncagxy4

4/16/15Childcare Provider Workshop: Does My Program Say Welcome? Strategies for Welcoming All Families webinar, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Fee: $7. Do you ever wonder why parent involvement is not strong? Perhaps you are sending an incorrect message without even knowing it. This course focuses on the need for every family and child to feel that they belong in your program. Participants will self-assess their own program to identify welcoming/unwelcoming messages in their environment and written policies. Using strategies acquired throughout the course, participants will develop an action plan to increase welcoming messages in their programs. Pre-registration, including payment, is required by April 13.  Call 570-325-2788 Ext. 3803 for more information or 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.

4/18/15Northeast 4-H Regional Leaders Forum, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Penn State Scranton-Worthington Campus, 120 Ridge View Drive, Dunmore, PA 18512. Fee: $35; discounted fee of $30 if registered by April 1. Registration fee includes materials, t-shirt (Adult 2XL t-shirts are an additional non-refundable $1.50), breakfast refreshments and lunch. A selection of workshops, informal activities, and fellowship for all 4-H volunteers to enjoy. Bring your club exhibit. A team of judges will select the best display to win a prize. Final registration, including payment, is required by April 10.  Visit http://www.cvent.com/events/northeast-regional-leaders-forum/event-summary-9f85923f8d8744e0ae98f70685b05423.aspx to register.

4/18/15Registration deadline for the Childcare Provider Workshop: STEM Rules! Making STEM Come Alive for School-age Children on April 20, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Pike County Administration Building, 514 Broad Street, Milford, PA 18337. 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.  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.