New guidelines for active lifestyle

Females on treadmills in a gymNew federal guidelines were recently announced for adults to aim for 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week. Previous guidelines called for an activity to last at least 10 minutes before counting towards the weekly goal. Now it is recognized that any amount of time spent in physical activity counts. It could be as simple as parking farther away or taking the stairs instead of the elevator--just move towards that 150 minutes weekly goal. These guidelines are used by government officials, schools and policy makers to guide health programming nationwide. Read more for tips to stay on track with fitness goals. Article | Video

Training to become a Master Gardener

trowel in garden soil with radishes and carrots on soil surfaceLove to garden? Want to share that love with others? Training is the first step, and the 2019 training to become a Master Gardener begins February 27, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Master Gardeners bring horticultural information based on University of Missouri research to the St. Charles gardening public. Trainees receive 45 hours of intense training on plant growth, soils, pest management, native plants and other topics. See details for all the information you need to make a decision on whether the training would be of interest to you.

New Extension Council members

Congratulations to the following individuals who were elected to serve a two-year term on our extension council beginning March 1, 2019: Fay Aubuchon (re-elected), Kurt Johnson, Tom Nagle, Kristen Sherry, Julie turner and Roy Zirges (re-elected).

Caring for ash trees

Emeraled ash borer insect resting on a penny to show sizeThe Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was initially 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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