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2019 Master Gardener Training

Please join us for 2019 Master Gardener Training. Learn more about gardening, volunteer in your community, and help others learn to grow.

 For more information call Cathy Bylinowski, Horticulture Educator, 816-252-5051 or for the application please click on the picture below


2019 Missouri Master Naturalist Program

Love Nature? It’s time to take it to the next level! Become a Missouri Master Naturalist-your key to discovering the natural Missouri. Develop your skills as a naturalist, resource scientist, botanist, educator, or recreation specialist. Become part of a team of extraordinary individuals who are making a difference for Missouri’s natural resources.

When: July 23rd-Oct 29th (Tuesday evenings with Saturday fieldtrips)

Where: MDC Regional Conservation Office (12405 SE Ranson Rd, Lee's Summit, MO 64082)

Application due: July 2, 2019

Cost: $100, all materials included

More information: Click HERE or visit

Backyard Butterflies, Beetles, and Bumblebees: Enticing Pollinators to Come to You

June 19th at Colonial Gardens from 5-6pm

Reserve your spot HERE

Growing Blackberry Production and Sales in Missouri

Blackberries offer huge potential for Missouri farmers. Though a challenging crop to produce, blackberries are in high demand for many markets. The “Growing Blackberry Production and Sales in Missouri” project will offer educational sessions and tours of innovative blackberry farms. Join local and nationally known blackberry specialists and farmers to gain expertise on a wide range of blackberry topics.

For More Information CLICK HERE

Nutrition and Health Workshops

MU Extension in Jackson County offers a variety of free nutrition and health programs to benefit you and your organization. CLICK HERE to review an informational flyer and CLICK HERE for the registration form. For more information contact Lydia Kaume, PhD.,RDN. LD or Denise Sullivan, MS, CWP at 816-482-5850 or email at or 

Flood-related resources from MU Extension

CLICK HERE to view the main resource page from MU Extension.  This link includes a variety of key resources that deal with flooding and water-damage.

A special Facebook page has been created to provide informative information for those affected by the flooding. Missouri Flood Info,, is a collaboration of state, federal and local agencies and organizations involved addressing flooding in Missouri, including the Partnership for Disaster Recovery. Managed by MU Extension.

Moisture, Mold, and Your Home

With all the rain affecting so many Missourians, water damage is, unfortunately, a reality from leaking roofs to flooding basements. If there are water issues, there may be mold in your home. Now with increased temperatures, humidity levels may also foster mold growth. Please consider these resources if you are affected by water or mold. For questions contact Dan Cash, Community Development Specialist at or 816-482-5850.

Resources for Your Flooded Home:

EPA information on Mold and Moisture:

Family Nutrition Education Programs

The Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP) bring the latest nutrition information to low-income Missourians. FNEP helps clients achieve lifelong health and fitness. Paraprofessional nutrition educators work with clients in schools and at agencies. Clients gain skills that pave the way for nutritional well-being and health. Programs include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Family Nutrition Program (FNP). For more information on how to receive these FREE programs for youth, teens, adults, and seniors see our staff directory for contact information.