Vote now for 2018 extension council

The University of Missouri Extension Council of St. Charles County annual council election runs January 16 through January 31, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. The extension council provides guidance and leadership to the entire extension effort in St. Charles County. Members of the council devote time and effort in determining the educational needs of the county and developing programs to meet those needs.

Brief bios submitted by the candidates can help familiarize you with the candidates. To vote, click the link on the left hand side of this page: Council election – voting open. 2018 candidate bios (PDF)

An additional option is to print and vote a paper ballot (PDF). Paper ballots may be mailed or delivered to the Extension Center within business hours, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Paper ballots that are mailed must be postmarked or hand delivered by Wednesday, January 31, 4:00 p.m. You must sign your paper ballot and include your address and telephone number in order for it to be valid. This information may be needed by Extension Council to authenticate ballot information. Paper ballots that are not completed or signed, and those not postmarked or delivered by Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 4:00 p.m. will not be counted.

If you have questions, please call the Extension Center at 636-970-3000.

Financial education series

Dollar bills with Scrabble tiles that spell MONEYThe Women's Financial Education Series is a five-week, educational program to help you learn to take control of your financial life by learning more about financial management, credit and debt management, estate planning, insurance, investing and retirement planning. The series is targeted to women but is open to men. Begins February 24. More info 

Now hiring

The position of Receptionist/Administrative Assistant is being hired for 32 hours per week. The St. Charles County Extension Council is seeking a friendly, professional and organized individual to provide office support. Essential duties include: primary office reception, maintaining records and other administrative duties in support of the council and MU Extension faculty. Position description and application

Master Gardener training begins soon

gardening trowel in soilA 15-week training to become a Master Gardener begins January 31, 2018 and continues each Wednesday, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. to May 9. Master Gardeners volunteer to bring horticultural information that is based on University of Missouri research to the St. Charles gardening public. The gardening backgrounds of Master Gardeners range from hobbyist to professional, from beginner to experienced, from young adult to senior citizen. The common bond is a love of gardening, learning and sharing. More info

Caring for ash trees

Emeraled ash borer insect resting on a penny to show sizeThe 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

You are important to Extension's future

If you have received help from  MU Extension of St. Charles County, please consider letting the County Executive or your county council member know about your experience. Our operation is funded by the county council. Your comments will verify the unique benefits from extension. Find your county council member

Support our funding — brick by brick

brick path through demonstration gardensBrick 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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