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ECOL:700 Backyard Chickens for the Beginner04/11-04/11  

Have you thought about keeping chickens in your city or suburban backyard? There's a lot to find out about before you get started. Learn about local ordinances and where to find more information for the area where you live. You'll also hear about the benefits of keeping chickens, appropriate housing and feeding, and different ways of keeping your chickens healthy and happy. Instructor has years of personal and professional experience and is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable, healthy chicken-farmer! Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist Certificate. Cost for adults 60 and over $19.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50425
  • Meeting Dates= 04/11-04/11
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Science West Bldg 105
  • Instructor= Guy Niere
  • Fees= $ 35.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Beyond the Coop: Advanced Topics for Experienced Backyard Chicken-Keepers04/18-04/18  

This class is for individuals who have been keeping chickens for a while and are looking for more in-depth information on the following topics: diseases, parasites and treatments; chicken anatomy and egg development; incubation and broody hatching; culling and processing; breed characteristics, showing, and judging for standards of perfection, supporting heritage breeds; and changing ordinances. Bring your questions to class! This is an intermediate level class and will not include introductory information covered in previous class: Backyard Chickens for the Beginner. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist Certificate. Cost for adults 60 and over $14.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50423
  • Meeting Dates= 04/18-04/18
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Science West Bldg 105
  • Instructor= Guy Niere
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Climate Change 10102/28-02/28  

What is climate change? How are rising temperatures impacting the ecosystems, forests, oceans and even the St. Louis area? What is the biggest concern from scientists? What are the best solutions? Why do Americans disagree so strongly about this issue? Join park ranger Brian Ettling as he shares the basic science, shows the 'unusual suspects' that accept the science, and debunks many of the myths. Learn how to effectively educate others on the topic using humor and optimism to inspire them to take action. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist Certificate. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50398
  • Meeting Dates= 02/28-02/28
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 108
  • Instructor= Brian Ettling
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Conserve Water with a Rain Barrel04/22-04/22  

Don't let your money go down the drain! You can save some cash by capturing rain water off your roof using a Rain Barrel. Capturing rain water not only saves you money, it's good for the environment, great for your landscape and helps your garden stay healthy and hydrated. Join Christina Ritter of Respect Earth's Resources to explore water scarcity, water conservation, and assessing the best rain barrel design for your water needs. In this introductory class, you'll learn about proper maintenance and how to avoid potential problems like pesky mosquitoes. Lots of handouts included. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist Certificate. Cost for adults 60 and over $15.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50434
  • Meeting Dates= 04/22-04/22
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 124
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  DIY: Making Bran for a Bokashi Bucket Composting System05/07-05/07  

Bokashi is a great space-saving way to compost at home that uses a bran mixture of carbon-rich materials and effective microorganisms to transform kitchen waste into a great fertilizer for your garden. The bokashi bucket system can be used year round, it's quick, convenient and produces no household smells with the help of this bran mixture! Designed for individuals who currently have a bokashi bucket, you'll make a one pound mixture of the bran in class and take home the recipe and know how to make more with just a few easy steps. Don't have a bokashi bucket yet? Register for the Make and Take Home a Bokashi Bucket class or get an instruction sheet in the DYI Bran class to build your own at home. Class offered in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden Earthways Center. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist Certificate. Registration deadline 4/23. Cost for adults 60 and over $38.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50354
  • Meeting Dates= 05/07-05/07
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Science West Bldg 105
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Indoor Composting: Make and Take Home a Bokashi Bucket04/09-04/09  

Don't throw away those scraps - up to 20% of household trash can be composted! The bokashi bucket system can be used in the winter months, it's quick, convenient and no household smells. In this hands-on session, you will construct and learn to maintain an indoor composting system capable of decomposing food and house plant trimmings for a family of four. In a space-saving bokashi system, effective microorganisms transform all types of kitchen waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. All equipment, materials and handouts provided and included in fee. You'll leave class with a working indoor composting system in the form of a bokashi bucket. Class offered in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden Earthways Center. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist Certificate. Registration deadline 3/26. Cost for adults 60 and over $43.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50437
  • Meeting Dates= 04/09-04/09
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Science West Bldg 105
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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314-984-7777
 
  It's OK to Eat the Weeds-Wild Edible Plants of Spring04/18-04/18  

The next time you weed your garden, you might find you have the makings for a unique dish! Join Dr. Catrina Adams, Ph.D. in Paleoethnobotany (how people have used plants in the past) to learn about some of the common edible plants that grow in and around St. Louis in the spring. Discover where to find them, how to identify and collect them, and how to eat them! Then, take a tour of the campus to identify edible and useful plants you probably walk past every day. Some wild edibles are lovely native plants that you may want to cultivate in your own backyard. Others might be growing in your lawn or garden already, for better or for worse! Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist Certificate. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50417
  • Meeting Dates= 04/18-04/18
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 111
  • Instructor= Catrina Adams
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Protect your Chickens from Predators:Making Your Coop Secure 04/25-04/25  

Secure your investment in your chickens and ward off potential predators before they attack! There's nothing worse than having your chickens attacked by a predator. If you're new to raising chickens, you might not be aware of what predators are around. Or, you may think that since you live in the suburbs or within city limits, you don't have to worry about predators. Take the offensive and learn how to protect your flock from birds of prey, foxes, coyotes and the occasional raccoon, possum, mink and weasel. Examine coop security: trapping through box traps, snares, leg and body traps; netting; and simple tactics to scare off predators. You'll also learn about the laws surrounding protection of your flock and the associated safety precautions of your actions. Course meets the curriculum requirements for the Master Naturalist Certificate. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50566
  • Meeting Dates= 04/25-04/25
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 111
  • Instructor= Guy Niere
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777