Program Highlights

Monarch Migration Program

The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks will present a program on Monarch Migration on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the demonstration garden of the Taney County MU Extension Center, 122 Felkins Avenue, Forsyth, MO.  This program will discuss the annual migration of monarch butterflies and ways that you can assist them as the travel through Missouri.  Tagging kits will be available for the first 50 attendees/families.  Participating in the tag and release program developed by "Monarch Watch" will be the focus of the program.  For more information see the attached flyer or call the Taney County MU Extension Center at 417-546-4431.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Looking for Volunteers

Ever thought about volunteering to help people with their tax returns?  The VITA program offers free tax help to people with low-to-moderate incomes, persons with disabilities, those who have limited English proficiency and others who need assistance in preparing their tax returns.  Volunteers are needed in Stone and Taney counties during the tax filing season.  You will get specialized training and you can choose a volunteer role that doesn't require tax law certification.  Hours are flexible, training is free and the time commitment is just 6 hours per week at our sites.  

Below are some of the volunteer roles needed at our free tax preparation sites:

  • Interpreter - to provide free language interpreter services to customers who are not fluent in English.  Basic tax knowledge is helpful, but not required for this position
  • Tax Preparer - you complete and successfully certify in tax law training, including the use of electronic filing software, to provide free tax return preparation for eligible taxpayers.  (We do not do the long itemized deduction forms, business or farm taxes.)
  • Quality Reviewer - you review tax returns completed by volunteer tax preparers, ensuring that every taxpayer receives top quality service and that tax returns are error-free. 

If you are comfortable with technology, enjoy helping in your community, need experience for your resume, or just like to have fun and have time to volunteer, complete and summit the Volunteer Application form according to instructions on the form.  For more information please contact Nellie Lamers, at or phone 417-546-4431.

Making Money Count Club

Do you find it challenging to make ends meet or reach your financial goals? Making Money Count can help you take a look at your current financial situation and sharpen skills to make the most of the money you have available. Making Money Count program will focus on strategies and techniques for using your money and other resources more effectively. Topics discussed include such things as making decisions, communicating about money, developing and using a spending plan, credit, consumer skills, contracts, record keeping, taxes, banking services, insurance, and saving and investing.

The club will meet monthly and meetings will include group discussions, activities and games based on the financial topics. Members will decide on the monthly topics. The next meeting will be on Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Taney County MU Extension Center, 122 Felkins Ave., Forsyth. Call 417-546-4431 to register. 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Taney County University of Missouri Extension will offer a series of four monthly workshops this fall to address the training requirements for childcare and foster care providers.  The workshops will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the community room at White River Valley Electric Cooperative at 2449 State Highway 76 East in Branson.  These classes are geared toward childcare providers, day care owners, Head Start and foster parents as well as parents, and .  Registration is $15.00 per session.  To register either complete the registration form on the attached brochure and mail to the Taney County Extension Center or call 417-546-4431 for more information.

  • Thurs., Aug. 27, 2015 - Caregiver Tools 1 - Care of Self and Identifying Stress
  • Thurs., Sept. 17, 2015 - Caregiver Tools 2 - Reducing Stress; Basic Communication Techniques
  • Thurs., Oct. 15, 2015 - Caregiver Tools 3 - Difficult Communications; Dealing with Anger and Guilt
  • Thurs., Nov. 19, 2015 - Caregiver Tools 4 - Dealing with Depression and Emotions; Mastering Caregiving Decisions

Science Saturdays

An integral part of the 4-H mission is the emphasis on experimental learning or "learning by doing."  this will be the focus of the Science Saturday programs at the Taneyhills Community Library in Branson on the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. from September 2015 through May 2016.  The free science programs are developed for youth ages 8 to 18 and open to the community.  Rocketry will be one of the topics of Science Saturdays along with GPS, sports fishing, food science, photography and more.  Each of the programs will be hands-on and the participants are encouraged to check out a book on the program's subject afterwards.  For more information contact Willa Williams, 4-H youth development specialist, at or by phone at 417-546-4431.  See attached flyer for program schedule.

Master Gardener Training Classes

This year's Master Gardener Training classes will be held in Stone and Christian counties beginning October 5th through November 16th.  The Stone county classes will be from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Simmons Bank, 16407 MO-13, Branson West and the Christian county classes will be from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. in the Ozark Technical College, Richwood Valley campus (room 118) in Ozark.

Orientation will be held on Monday, September 28th, in Stone county from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Simmons Bank, Branson West and in Christian county from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at OTC, Ozark.  Attendance at the orientation is strongly recommended to understand the Master Gardener commitment and program.

Cost for classes  will be $150.00 per person for the full course including all materials; or $240 per coupl.e from the same household (one set of materials shared). Attached are the program/registration brochure and class schedule.  Registration deadline is September 30th, so you can attend the orientation first.  For more information contact the Stone County Extension Center at 417-357-6812 or the Christian County Extension Center at 417-581-3558.

Agents and Brokers - Join Us for FREE CEUs!

University of Missouri Extension, in partnership with Missouri Foundation for Health, Cover Missouri, and The Mission Center L3C, will be hosting a series of Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Missouri Marketplace Trainings for agents and brokers around the state in September and October.  The workshop curriculum has been approved by the Missouri Department of Insurance.

All agents and brokers who attend will receive three (3) CEU credits at no charge.

Workshop topics include:

  • Basics of the Affordable Care Act Law
  • How to help individual and family consumers navigate the Marketplace
  • Employer-sponsored health insurance under the ACA
  • Accessing and using the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP)
  • Next steps for agents and brokers - A Guide to the Marketplace Certification and Training

All trainings will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and include lunch at no cost.  Space is limited.  Please RSVP one week in advance of the training you choose to Stacy Colley at  See attached flyer for more sites available around the state.  

In the southwest region of the state these trainings will take place in the following locations:

  • Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 South Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Granny Shaffer's Restaurant, 2728 North Range Line Rd., Joplin, MO
  • Friday, October 23, 2015 at the Howell County MU Extension Center, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd., West Plains, MO 


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