This just in from our friends at Penn State Cooperative Extension. Each county in Pennsylvania has an extension office, and many services are provided from 4 H to Master Gardeners and much more! Sounds like a good opportunity to enhance your skills during these “Stay at Home” times! Here is what the release states:
Even in these uncertain times, you can always count on Penn State Extension. We are here for you. That’s why we’re offering more than 50 courses from our online library for free through the month of April.
With our online learning, you get the practical, usable, science-based knowledge you need to weather the current storm and make progress with your health, your family, your community, and your business.
Our online courses are accessible anywhere, anytime, online, at your own pace.
Get on-demand access from Penn State subject matter experts in areas like:
- Food safety, nutrition, and preparation
- Best agricultural practices
- Environmental stewardship
- Community involvement
- Successful business
- Healthy families
Some of our courses offer the certificates and/or continuing education credits you need to stay professionally current and credentialed.
A sampling of the free courses includes: Grantwriting, Beekeeping 101, Dining with Diabetes, Pond Management, Growing Raspberries and Blackberries, and Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. A nice selection for sure!
Click on this link to get their online course catalog and register today!
NATURE NUGGET: Google “History of Penn State” to find out why the university hosts outreach via its cooperative extensions.
As Pennsylvania’s only land-grant university, Penn State has a broad mission of teaching, research, and public service. But that mission was not so grandly conceived in 1855, when the Commonwealth chartered it as one of the nation’s first colleges of agricultural science, with a goal to apply scientific principles to farming.
Centre County became the site of the new college in response to a gift of 200 acres from gentleman farmer and ironmaster James Irvin of Bellefonte. Founding President Evan Pugh drew on the scientific education he had received in Europe to plan a curriculum that combined theoretical studies with practical applications.
That scientific info is shared via county extension offices. Here is the link to find out more about Penn State Extension: https://extension.psu.edu/
“Porcupine Pat” McKinney is environmental education coordinator for the Schuylkill Conservation District and provides programming for people of all ages with an emphasis on schools, public programming and nature center development. “Porcupine Pat” hails from Marion, Ohio and has a BS with Distinction in Natural Resources – Environmental Interpretation from Ohio State. He is a recipient of the prestigious Sandy Cochran Award for Excellence in Natural Resources Education from the PA Forestry Association, the Schuylkill Pride Award, and the PAEE “Outstanding Environmental Educator Award.”