MSU Science Festival is a sponsor of Claire's Science Class! Join her every Tuesday and Thursday for some fun science experiments you can do at home! On WILX News 10 Facebook at 10 am!
Celestial Storytime March 31st, April 2nd, 7th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th, May 5th, 7th, 12th, 19th, 21st, 26th, June 11th, 18th, 25th, July 2nd, 9th, 23rd, 30th, August 6th
Sky Above Your Yard April 2nd, July 17th
Experiment Along April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, May 11th, 18th, June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, July 6th, 16th, 20th, 27th
They Came From Outer Space April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, May 6th, 20th, 27th, June 3rd, 24th, July 1st
The Science Of Star Wars May 4th
Paint a Supernova Spectrum May 14th
Chilean Skies May 21st
Virtual Q & A June 19th
Planetarium at Home June 30th, July 28th
How to view comet Neowise July 14th
Scrapscapes Collection July 14th-25th
April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, June 10th
While the MSU Museum is closed, learn about cool science and culture data sets in 15-20 minute mini-versions of our regular Science On a Sphere programs. Join us on Facebook on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM (EDT). View the trailer here.
Link to view all past presentations here.
Are bumble bees in decline? Or doing just fine in the Great Lakes region? This webinar will describe bumble bee characteristics, how to identify bumble bees in Michigan, and discuss issues that affect bumble bee populations. Previous familiarity with pollinators would be beneficial, as this presentation will cover intermediate to advanced level material on bumble bees. Recording here: https://mediaspace.msu.edu/media/Bumble+bees+of+the+Great+Lakes+Region+Webinar/1_k9arfwvt
April 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th
Longing to take the family to the Great Lakes, but not able to get to the shore? Then this series is for you! Join us at 10:30-11am (EST) for a series of fun-filled, family-friendly videos jam-packed full of Great Lakes fun facts, activity suggestions for your family, and daily challenges. Each video provides a high-energy experience that engages people of all ages in learning about the Great Lakes and activities you can do right at home!
More resources here.
April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, June 3rd, 10th, 17th
Join Impression 5 Science Center as we embark on a weekly offering of Facebook live broadcasts (Wednesdays at 1 p.m. EST) to explore hands-on science together!
April 10th, 17th, 24th, May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, June 5th, June 12th
“Cabin Fever Conversations” is focused on lighthearted, but educational conversations about gardening. There will be one featured guest per session (every Friday 10:00 - 10:30 AM EST) who has some exciting specialty like seeds, houseplants, pollinator health, etc. Bring some questions of your own because there will be time for them at the end. Tune in to their Facebook page and learn more about the event here. Recordings can be found here: https://www.canr.msu.edu/home_gardening/resources/learning-online
April 10th, 17th, 24th, May 1st, 8th, 15th
Join Alger County 4-H at 11 to 12 PM EST (part of Michigan 4-H) for a Virtual Parks tour. We will visit 6 National Parks--like Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and more--and meet with a ranger who works there. We will talk about law enforcement, interpretation, being a fire ranger, being a biologist, and more. Each session will include a photographic tour of the park by the ranger, an explanation of what their job is, and what they needed to do to get that job.
Join your 4-H friends and guest Madison Dix at 11:30 am EST via Zoom as we explore a day in the life of a Giant Pacific Octopus. We’ll learn where they live, what they eat, how they defend themselves, and more! After the presentation, there will be a 30 minute Q&A: all questions welcome! Recommended for ages 4+. Presenter Bio: Marine Educator Madison Dix works at an aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts. Talking to kids about ocean animals is her favorite thing to do! Join Madison as she brings marine life to Michigan 4-H!
Learn how to reduce waste by freezing fresh fruits and vegetables before they go bad in your refrigerator. Identify which produce items need blanching before freezing and the proper method for blanching and freezing certain foods. This workshop will be taught by an experienced MSU Extension food safety educator.
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM EST via Zoom
April 23rd, 30th, May 7th, 14th
Join your 4-H friends and marine educator Madison Dix as we explore sea life! Learn about amazing creatures, their habitats and stewardship issues surrounding ocean life.
After each presentation, there will be a 30 minute Q&A: all questions welcome! Recommended for ages 4+. Join Madison as she brings marine life to Michigan 4-H! Participants will also be provided with follow-up activities after each program. A zoom link and password will be emailed to all participants prior to the start of each session.
Time: 11:30 am EST via Zoom
Recommendations for selecting, storing, and washing fruits and vegetables, along with a comparison of fresh, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables. Participants are encouraged to ask their questions during the Q & A portion of the event. Food Safety Educators will be available for this session and will provide the most up-to-date research-based information.
Time: 10:00 - 10:30 AM EST via Zoom
April 20th, 21st, 22nd, May 28th
Let's talk tomatoes! Each day at noon members of the MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture team will discuss vegetable gardening basics. In these 15-minute talks, we will introduce beginning gardeners to fundamental concepts in vegetable gardening. You can register through Zoom or watch Live on Facebook on the Gardening in Michigan page. If you register through Zoom you will receive a daily reminder in your email and a follow-up message with resources referenced in the talks. Recordings can be found here: https://www.canr.msu.edu/home_gardening/resources/learning-online
Join us on Zoom for a sneak peek of the documentary “Generation Green New Deal,” a film about the historic youth-led movement to stop the climate crisis and transform America. The screening features a shortened version of the film, which will be released later this year. The documentary will be followed by a discussion about taking action on climate change and maintaining solidarity during the current pandemic, moderated by Ava Garrison and Lindsey Kemmerling of Kellogg Biological Station and Fahimeh Baziari of Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Heronwood Field Station. The program, one of many virtual events planned as part of the Kalamazoo Earth Week Celebration, is designed for teenagers and young adults interested in climate activism, but is open to all! Advance registration is appreciated: https://msu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsf-qgrDopGNVokpkBqAHIt_2baxXfIxCs
Discover the science behind how toilet paper is made in this virtual learning experience via Zoom at 6 PM EST. Nia Becker, Clare Conservation District Forester, will be joining us to teach about the timeline of toilet paper from starting as a tree, going through the manufacturing process, to it becoming a household commodity. We'll also discover ways to conserve toilet paper during this unique nationwide toilet paper shortage. This is sure to be an interactive experience for youth to learn where about natural resources and their connection to every day life.
This program is gear toward youth age 8 to 14 but open to all youth age 5 to 19. Each individual youth that is participating must register. A Zoom link and password will be sent via email to all participants the morning of April 30.
Beginning on April 4/20, this club will meet virtually every Monday and Wednesday from 3-4 PM. Over the course of three weeks, youth will get a chance to explore the different zoos across the country and learn about a variety of animals.
Meeting Dates: 4/20, 4/22, 4/27, 4/29, 5/04, & 5/06 @ 3-4 PM EDT
If you have any questions regarding the program simply email Lance Fowler (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will assist you with any concerns.
The Trash Warriors 4-H SPIN Club is 6-week digital youth community focused on tackling marine debris and plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. This club will explore the issue of marine debris through film, community and research partner presentations, and stewardship activities you can lead from home. Potential topics include microplastics research in the Great Lakes, ways to refuse to single use, reuse challenges including a Trart (Trash Art!) Contest, recycling in your community, trash cleanups, and waste audits. Targeted towards ages 9-14; younger may participate if partnered with someone older.
Meeting Dates: April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, and May 27 @ 4 - 5 PM EST. This club will meet virtually via Zoom once a week. There will also be opportunities to share experiences and explore content on FlipGrid.
Spend 30 minutes connecting to nature each Thursday at 1:00pm EST. Link above has links to each zoom meeting.
May 21: Reading the River
May 28: Protecting Wild Places
All past lessons can be found on the Huron Pines YouTube Channel.
Food Safety Q&A: Food Safety Educators present food safety topics with Q&A via Zoom at 1 pm EDT (***Except May 18th which is at 10 am EDT).
May 18th Grilling Safely
June 1st Keeping Food Safe in the Kitchen
June 8th Pet Food Safety
June 15th Freezer Jam
June 22nd Food Safety in the Garden
June 29th Emergency Preparedness with Food
Are you thinking about preserving food at home this summer? Please join MSU Extension to learn safe home food preserving methods and valuable resources to ensure the safety of your home preserved food. Join us online via Zoom using your laptop, tablet, smartphone or any device with internet access. No matter what your home food preservation experience is, beginner or seasoned, these classes will allow you to learn the most current recommendations for safe home preserving and ask questions. All sessions are 1-2:30 pm OR 6-7:30 pm EST.
June 4 - Introduction to Home Food Preservation
June 11 - Blanching and Freezing
June 18 - Jam and Jelly
June 25 - Water Bath and Steam Canning
July 9 - Pressure Canning
July 16 - Pickling
July 23 - Dehydrating
July 30 - Preserving Meat
Michigan State University Extension Food Safety Educators will give weekly workshops every Wednesday at 1 pm EST via Zoom on how to handle and prepare food safely during the summer. There will be a fun kid friendly recipe demonstrated each week!
May 20th Summer Fun / Ice Cream
May 27th Open House / Fruit Kabobs
June 3rd Picnic / Pizzia on the Grill
June 10th Boating & Fishing / Infused Water
June 17th Camping / Campfire Banana Boats
June 24th Farmers Markets & U-pick Farms / Fruit Parfaits
July 1st Fireworks / Fruit Pops
July 8th Beach / Cowboy Pretzels
July 15th Hiking / Trail Mix
July 22nd Hot Summer Days / Lemonade
July 29th Amusement Parks / No-Bake Energy Bites
August 5th Pool Side / Watermelon
August 12th Power Outage / Ice Cream Sandwich
August 19th Road Trip / Fruit & Vegetables
MSU Extension Smart Gardening Events Preregistration Required
June 12: Bee Hotels 101 - Bee hotels, bee houses, and bee chalets are all the rage this year! In this webinar, Dr. Nate Walton will walk you through a year in the life of a bee hotel, with all the Do's and Don'ts for maintaining them.
June 9—First Year Colonies: Getting Ready for Bees with Dr. Adam Ingrao, Veteran’s Liason & Agriculture Entomologist, Beekeeping is a fun and rewarding endeavor but is not something to just jump into. In this session we discuss the nature of modern beekeeping and how to prepare to become a beekeeper. We will discuss educational resources, basic equipment, hive styles, supplies, site selection, and give you an overview of a season for a first year beekeeper.
June 16—7—7:45 p.m. Creating Pollinator Friendly Landscapes, Jackie Manchester-Kempke, Advanced Extension Master Gardener - How Smart Gardening taught me to enhance my yard and to value goldenrod. What I kept and what I have added to provide full-season pollinator nourishment.
June 16—7:45—8:30 p.m. Wildlife Damage Management in the Home Garden with James Dedecker, Director of Upper Peninsula Research & Extension Center - Wildlife can reduce the beauty and productivity of home gardens through feeding, digging and rubbing. Attend our session to learn how to manage wildlife damage in ways that are effective and economical
June 23—8—8:30 p.m. UP Hotline Responder Team introduction & garden questions coordinated by Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator, with specially trained Extension Master Gardeners
The exploration of natural history can happen just about anywhere, at in your home and online! Join the Bird Sanctuary and Richland Public Library staff as they walk your family through science skill-building activities and ways to explore the natural world through stories, imagination and crafts.
Topics: Science & Nature
• Red Fox - June 17
• Marvelous Moths - July 1
• Spectacular Snakes - July 15
• Dazzling Dragonflies - July 29
Exploring with Scientists
Exploring with Scientists video webcasts! Connect with biologists and other experts. These are free interactive live webcast that take questions from you and your students while introducing them to science concept and practices through the lens of the Kellogg Biological Stations & Grad students and Scientists. Programs are designed for elementary school students
July 21st: How do dung beetles create healthy soil?
August 4th: How Have Some Frogs Avoided Extinction