Parent’s Corner — April 23, 2022

MSU Extension of Midland County and cooperating parent educators sponsor the Parent’s Corner. Send submissions to Midland County MSU Extension Educator, Lisa Treiber, 220 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, MI 48640

Food Safety Q&A. MSU Extension offers a weekly 30-minute informational program about food preservation. A short presentation will be shared focusing on the featured topic, leaving plenty of time for Q & A. The next session will be Shopping at the Farmers Market. Join in on this quick free presentation at 1 pm April 25. To register, visit

Investigating Food with Science. Each week at 4 pm, youth will explore the aspects of cooking as an experiment and baking as a science. A kid-friendly recipe or experiment demonstration will be presented for youth to try at home with an adult’s assistance. The following week, youth can share their experiences or pictures. All sessions will be presented via Zoom. The April 25 topic will be It’s Seed Time! To register, visit Any questions should be directed to Kellie Jordan at

Safe Food = Healthy Kids. MSU Extension is offering a three-hour online training for childcare providers with the Safe Food = Healthy Kids (SFHK) program, 6-9 pm April 25. Learn the best practices for food safety to keep the children in your care safe. Food safety education topics discussed in the class include proper cleaning and sanitizing, cooking, storing food, as well as personal hygiene and more. SFHK is an approved training for Great Start to Quality, so this class will count toward annual training hours. Class is facilitated by MSU Extension Food Safety Educators. To register, visit This is a free program and participants must attend the whole session to receive their training hours.

Nature Play. It’s time to play outdoors, 10-11 am April 26 at Chippewa Nature Center. Whether we’re making pies in the mud kitchen, pretending to be animals, lounging in hammocks or creating nature art, this hour of play is sure to engage everyone. Caregivers must remain with children during this program and are encouraged to actively play alongside the children in their care. This program will be facilitated by a CNC staff member. Meet in The Woods Nature Play Area near Arbury Trail. This program is designed for ages 2-10 with an adult. Visit to learn more.

Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie ​​Plate? – Passing on Personal Possessions. Planning for the transfer of both titled and non-titled property is an important issue that can significantly impact family relations. This program, offered by MSU Extension, will address six key decision-making factors for non-titled property transfer and provide strategies to help you jump-start conversations about this issue. This program will be offered virtually 12-1 pm April 26. Pre-registration is required; to register, visit click on the link “online classes” which will show this course as well as other options. Connection for the class and materials will be sent be sent once registration is completed. Registration for this class closes on April 25.

Cooking for Crowds. Cooking for Crowds provides food safety education to volunteers and groups who offer food fundraisers and events such as dinners and bake sales. Join MSU Extension for this online Zoom class, 3-6 pm April 26, to learn how to keep the community safe and prevent foodborne illness. There are a variety of food safety risks that develop when cooking large volumes of food. Learn to reduce these risks and help prevent the conditions that may lead to a foodborne illness. Educational topics include defining a foodborne illness, safe purchasing, storage, preparation and safe service of food items. The class will include information based on the Michigan food code and regulations for the state of Michigan. The cost for this three-hour class is $15 with each participant receiving a food safety manual in the mail after registering for the class.

This program is also available as an in-person program with organizations. If interested, email

Grow with Early Head Start. Families are invited to welcome spring at this garden-themed event, 2-4 pm April 27. Come to the Sanford Food Center, 11 W. Saginaw Road, Sanford to participate in garden-themed arts and crafts and a raffle for children’s gardening tools . This event is open to all Midland County families. For more information, contact Kelly at

Spring Wildflower Walk. Spring wildflowers bloom quickly on the forest floor before tree leaves open at Chippewa Nature Center. Take a woodland walk with a CNC naturalist to find and identify these colorful beauties, 6-7:30 pm April 27. Learn to recognize the diversity of shapes, patterns and unique pollination strategies. This program is designed for ages 9 and up (under 18 with an adult). Visit to learn more.

Preserving MI Harvest Series. Michigan State University Extension will be offering a series of food preservation classes online. These free classes will be offered at 1 pm and 6 pm on Thursdays. The topic on April 28 will be Preserving Spring Produce. These sessions will not be recorded, they will only be offered live. Supporting materials will be emailed to all participants after each broadcast. Join in the fun, sign up for one, some or all these educational sessions. There is time at the end of each program to ask questions. To register, visit

Mastodons, Mammoths and Opossums, Oh My! An Ice Age Exploration. Through hands-on activities, children will discover living and extinct Ice Age mammals that have called Michigan home. Visit Chippewa Nature Center to explore the trails for clues to help learn how mastodons, mammoths and opossums adapted to the harsh Ice Age, 1-2:30 pm April 30. This program is designed for ages 5 and up (under 18 with an adult ). Visit to learn more.

Midland County Prescription for Health in American Sign Language. This course is being offered in American Sign Language, delivered by MSU Extension. Attend a free six-lesson workshop focused on nutrition and shopping at the farmers market. For every lesson you complete, participants will receive $10 in vouchers to be used at the Midland Area Farmers Market. Learn about the farmers, food and food assistance available at the Midland Area Farmers Market and build confidence in shopping there. This group will meet at 10-11 am every other Wednesday, May 11–July 20. Participants will meet at the Midland Area Farmers Market, 825 E. Main St., Midland. There is no fee to attend this class. For more information or to register for this program, contact Sandy Graham at or by Videophone at 248-381-3101.

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