Parents Corner — May 21, 2022

The MSU Midland County Extension and Cooperating Parent Educators sponsor Parent’s Corner. Send your submissions to MSU Midland County Extension Educator, Lisa Treiber, 220 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, MI 48640.

Food safety questions and answers. MSU Extension offers a weekly 30-minute information program on food preservation. A short presentation will be shared focusing on the topic presented, leaving plenty of time for questions and answers. The next session is: Summer Grilling. Join this quick and free presentation at 1 p.m. on May 23. To register, visit events.anr.msu.edu/Foodsafetyspring2022/


Investigate food with science. Every week at 4 p.m., young people will explore aspects of cooking as an experience and baking as a science. A child-friendly recipe or experiment demonstration will be presented for youngsters to try at home with the help of an adult. The following week, young people can share their experiences or photos. All sessions will be presented via Zoom. The topic for May 23 will be Edible Fizz! To register, visit events.anr.msu.edu/IFWSwinter2022/ Any questions should be directed to Kellie Jordan [email protected]

Nature game! It’s time to play outside, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on May 24 at the Chippewa Nature Center. Whether we’re baking pies in the mud kitchen, pretending to be animals, lounging in hammocks, or creating nature art, this hour of playtime is sure to interest everyone. the world. Caregivers should stay with the children during this program and are encouraged to actively play alongside the children in their care. This program will be facilitated by a CNC staff member. Meet at The Woods natural playground near Arbury Trail. This program is designed for children from 2 to 10 years old accompanied by an adult. To visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org to learn more.

Spring wildflower walk. Spring wildflowers bloom quickly on the forest floor before the leaves of the trees open at the Chippewa Nature Center. Take a walk through the woods with a CNC naturalist to find and identify these colorful beauties, 6-7:30 p.m. May 25. Learn to recognize the diversity of unique pollination shapes, patterns and strategies. This program is designed for ages 9 and up (under 18 with an adult). To visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org to learn more.

Bird walk. Spring migration is underway and new birds are arriving at the Chippewa Nature Center every day. The NCC’s variety of habitats are home to over 200 species of birds, making it an excellent wildlife hotspot. Learn to identify birds by using field markings, listening to songs and calls, observing flight patterns, and using habitat clues, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 28. Birdwatchers of all skill levels are welcome. Loaner binoculars are available or bring your own. This program is designed for ages 9 and up (under 18 with an adult). To visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org to learn more.

A Historical Mystery. What do a Robin, a Petoskey Stone and an Apple Blossom have in common? Enjoy a relaxed hike and hands-on exploration at the Chippewa Nature Center to discover why these and related items are important to Michigan’s history, 2-3 p.m. May 28. This program is designed for all ages (under 18 with an adult). To visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org to learn more.

Survive and thrive on a fixed income. Michigan State University Extension will offer a webinar, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., June 1, to share financial resource management tools. The webinar will cover contingency planning, tips for increasing income and spending less, setting goals and moving forward. Prior registration is required; to register, go to www.canr.msu.edu/mimoneyhealth/ click on the “online course” link to view this course and other options that may be of interest to you. Registration for this course closes May 31.

Student loan repayment webinar. Michigan State University Extension will offer a webinar, 4-5 p.m., June 2, to help navigate student loan repayment, including repayment options and how to avoid default. Topics covered include types of student loans, repayment options, working with loan servicers, student loan consolidation options, public service loan forgiveness programs, and options for avoiding default. repayment of student loans. Spend an hour of your time to help increase your financial awareness. Prior registration is required; to register, go to www.canr.msu.edu/mimoneyhealth/ click on the “online course” link to view this course and other options that may be of interest to you. Registration for this course closes June 1.

Preserving the MI Harvest series. Michigan State University Extension will offer a series of online food preservation courses. These free classes will be offered at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursdays. The topic for June 2 will be Editing Recipes for Home Food Storage. These sessions will not be recorded, they will only be offered live. Support material will be emailed to all participants after each broadcast. Join the fun, register for one, several or all of these educational sessions. There is time at the end of each program to ask questions. To register, visit events.anr.msu.edu/PreservingMIHarvestSpring/

Healthy food = healthy children. MSU Extension is offering a three-hour online training for child care providers with the Safe Food = Healthy Kids (SFHK) program, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on June 20 and 22 (participants will need to attend both days of this two-part course). Learn food safety best practices to keep the children in your care safe. Food safety education topics covered in the classroom include proper cleaning and sanitizing, cooking, food storage, as well as personal hygiene and more. SFHK is approved training for Great Start to Quality, so this class will count towards annual training hours. The class is facilitated by MSU Extension Food Safety Educators. To register, visit events.anr.msu.edu/SFHKWinterSpring22/ This is a free program, participants must attend the entire session to benefit from their training hours.

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