Lauren Richardson has joined the St. Charles County Extension team as a 4-H Educator focused on providing STEM opportunities in the community. Lauren will be complementing our existing 4-H program by developing new youth-adult partnerships in the county for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). According to a 2012 survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM jobs will increase by 1 million by 2020. This effort is in alignment with the long-term goal of Missouri 4-H to provide workforce-ready youth. Further information on Lauren’s efforts and youth opportunities will be detailed in upcoming editions of the Youth News.
Caring for ash trees
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found in St. Charles County in 2014. Due to the potential spread and destruction from this pest, you should take steps to protect ash trees while they are relatively healthy. Once canopy dieback or thinning begins, the tree's vascular system is considerably damaged. Treatment at that point may stop additional damage, but it cannot reverse the existing damage. Resources to learn more about this pest and how to manage it: Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer (PDF) | Tree pests
Been helped by extension?
If you have received help from Extension programming and/or services in St. Charles County, please consider letting the County Executive or your county council member know about your experience. Our operation is dependent on an annual county council appropriation. Your comments will verify the benefit residents receive from extension. Find your county council member
Support our funding — brick by brick
Brick by brick we continue to extend the pathway that meanders through the on-site demonstration gardens. It has become a place for all to enjoy the peacefulness and awe-inspiring beauty of nature. A brick with your name or the name of someone to remember extends the path one brick at a time. Your generosity will support the funding of all programs at MU Extension in St. Charles County. Together we can make a difference. Brick order form (PDF) | Online ordering.
“Friends of mine and I visited this wonderful place today. We had a picnic lunch on the property. Surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants. Will definitely return for a leisure, peaceful visit.” – Facebook post by garden visitor
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