Want to serve your community?

word graphic: your source for practical education on almost anythingNominations are being accepted for the January 2017 election to the University of Missouri Extension Council of St. Charles County. The extension council is the local link between county residents and the University of Missouri four-campus system. Council members assist in planning and carrying out extension educational efforts to improve people’s lives. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and reside in St. Charles County. The nomination deadline is December 2.  Individuals interested in serving on the council should contact Emily Barbee, County Program Director at the St. Charles County Extension Center (636-970-3000).

How extension came to be

A five-minute history to understand University of Missouri as a land-grant university and the establishment of extension. Video

Stay out of the red this holiday season

gift package held behind woman's backPlanned holiday spending is a great way to prevent financial stress in the new year. Ask yourself the question, does giving to others really have to mean spending yourself into debt? 'Tis the Season not to Overspend (PDF) offers a strategy for holiday spending, tips and gift suggestions.

Become a Master Gardener

Training is the first step to becoming a Master Gardener. Learn about gardening AND meet fun-loving gardeners! You will learn by doing and by sharing the love of gardening. Training begins January 24, 2017. More details

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 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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