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Spring 2016 Plant Identification Walks

Forestry Events - 4 hours 19 min ago
Saturday, May 14, 2016 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Knowing common native plants, as well as some key invasive species, is a critical skill for woodland owners and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Recognizing native plants and understanding some of their characteristics can provide valuable information about the site where you find them; you can also use this knowledge to choose plants that enhance wildlife on your property. Recognizing invasive plants can help you in early detection of new arrivals and avoid spreading them around.

This walk will be led by local botanist Ginny Maffitt. We will identify common trees, shrubs, and wildflowers in a riparian setting (i.e. in wet areas near rivers and streams), and you will receive a list of native plants on the refuge with some background about their uses.  Check out this article for information about the TRNWR mini-wetland that we will visit during the tour. The paths are gravel, level and ADA-friendly for wheelchairs and walkers.

Information for plant walks

Dress for the weather and bring:

·         Plenty of water;

·         A camera or your phone to take pictures of plants;

·         And your favorite plant identification guide.

We will have both Trees to Know and Shrubs to Know available for sale at the walks. If you’d like to purchase a copy, let us know when you register. Space is limited for both of these events. Please register by following this link. If you have any questions, please contact Brandy Saffell (email and phone number below).  

Weed Watcher Trainings

Forestry Events - 4 hours 19 min ago
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Worried about invasive plants and other weeds? Our FREE Weed Watcher workshops will train you to identify the species of most concern now and report them. Meet these plants up close and personal in our Speed Dating round, and take home a free weed id guide. All workshops run from 6-8pm and include a light snack. Please RSVP at www.swcd.net/workshops-education/weed-watchers/ or via Facebook.

Community Forestry Days

Forestry Events - 4 hours 19 min ago
Saturday, May 14, 2016 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Mow what grows. May is usually the best time to capture the spring growth and stop it in its tracks before it over takes our tracks and trails.

Tour to Oak Basin Tree Farm

Forestry Events - 4 hours 19 min ago
Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Save the date!

Weed Watcher Trainings

Forestry Events - 4 hours 19 min ago
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Worried about invasive plants and other weeds? Our FREE Weed Watcher workshops will train you to identify the species of most concern now and report them. Meet these plants up close and personal in our Speed Dating round, and take home a free weed id guide. All workshops run from 6-8pm and include a light snack. Please RSVP at www.swcd.net/workshops-education/weed-watchers/ or via Facebook.

Know your Woodland Plants: Plant Identification Walk

Forestry Events - 4 hours 19 min ago
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Knowing common native plants as well as some key invasive species is a critical skill for woodland owners and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Besides the pleasure you get as an “insider” watching familiar plants develop over the season, being able to recognize plants and knowing something about them can inform you about the site, its value to wildlife and other insights. Recognizing invasive weeds can help you avoid spreading them around, or let you detect new arrivals.

Come join us for a casual evening walk when we will identify common trees, shrubs and other plants we find and talk about their place in the forest. We will also introduce you to several important invasive species to watch out for. Kids welcome. Plant ID books “Trees to Know” and “Shrubs to Know” will be on sale.

If you need directions, call the Benton County Extension office

Registration not required, but RSVP appreciated. Let us know if you want to buy a book too. Come prepared for the weather of the day, remembering the possibility of encountering poison oak.

Know your Woodland Plants: Plant Identification Walk

Forestry Events - 4 hours 19 min ago
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Knowing common native plants as well as some key invasive species is a critical skill for woodland owners and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Besides the pleasure you get as an “insider” watching familiar plants develop over the season, being able to recognize plants and knowing something about them can inform you about the site, its value to wildlife and other insights. Recognizing invasive weeds can help you avoid spreading them around, or let you detect new arrivals.

Come join us for a casual evening walk when we will identify common trees, shrubs and other plants we find and talk about their place in the forest. We will also introduce you to several important invasive species to watch out for. Kids welcome. Plant ID books “Trees to Know” and “Shrubs to Know” will be on sale.

If you need directions, call the Benton County Extension office

Registration not required, but RSVP appreciated. Let us know if you want to buy a book too. Come prepared for the weather of the day, remembering the possibility of encountering poison oak.

Timber Harvest - Start to Finish

Forestry Events - 4 hours 19 min ago
Saturday, May 7, 2016 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

This workshop for woodland owners will cover key aspects of planning and executing a timber sale, both on the business side and in the woods. Topics include:
• Planning your timber sale
• Business and tax aspects to consider prior to timber sale
• Developing your marketing plan
• Selecting the right type of timber sale

Getting it done – hiring the right professionals to harvest and deliver your logs
• Monitoring your timber sale
• Considerations for slash disposal and site preparation
• Accounting and tax options after the logging is done

Instructors: Steve Bowers, Extension Timber Harvesting Specialist and Tammy Cushing, Extension Specialist in Forest Economics, Management and Policy, and Starker Chair in Family and Private Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

Please register by April 29. The $20 fee includes workshop materials and lunch. Register online at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/1006

CPHHS Hooding Ceremony

Health & Wellness Events - 4 hours 20 min ago
Friday, June 10, 2016 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The hooding ceremony honors CPHHS graduate students, from all programs, who completed their master’s level or PhD degrees during academic year 2015-2016, which includes Fall 2015 through Summer 2016.

Dr. Mike Bonetto will be the guest speaker at this year's hooding ceremony. Mike received a Ph.D. in health policy and an MPH from Oregon State University and has a unique portfolio of nearly 20 years of health care strategic planning and policy experience. He is currently the founder and president of Nexus Health Strategies. He was previously the Chief of Staff and Senior Health Policy Advisor in the Oregon Governor's Office – where he helped lead the transformation of the state’s Medicaid program.

RSVP Here by Monday, May 2, 2016

It is optional for students participating in the ceremony to wear the graduation regalia-cap, gown and hood. For those who choose to wear the regalia, the program adviser will "hood" them during the ceremony. Those choosing not to wear the regalia will be honored in the same way as those who wear the regalia, but they will not be hooded.

Hooding regalia is available to purchase (but NOT for rent) at the OSU Bookstore.

A reception hosted by our college will be held in the Women's Building on the same afternoon TBD. You and your family are cordially invited to attend both events.

Open house for Child Development Center

Health & Wellness Events - 4 hours 20 min ago
Monday, June 6, 2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Open house for Child Development Center. The Child Development Center is dedicated to discovering and communicating knowledge that contributes to the optimal development and well-being of young children and their families.

As part of Human Development and Family Sciences, the Child Development Center prepares professionals in early childhood development and family services; generates and transmits knowledge on family-focused early childhood programs through research, program development, and evaluation; and provides a developmental program of the highest quality for young children and their families that serves as a resource for the community-at-large.

Child Development Center Website

Graduate Leadership Workshop

Health & Wellness Events - 4 hours 20 min ago
Friday, May 6, 2016 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Interested in learning skills critical for a successful career from a leading Oregon public health expert? Tom Eversole, Public Health Program Manager in the Department of Health and Human Services for Yamhill County, will be leading a professional development workshop to help you thrive in your career.

Friday, May 6
1–4 p.m.
4–5 p.m. social/networking hour
Hallie Ford Center, 115

RSVP required as space is limited.

National Get Outdoors Day

4-H Events - 4 hours 20 min ago
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (all day event)

The fourth annual National Get Outdoors Day event will be held on Saturday May 21st, 2016 from 10am-3pm at Peavy Arboretum. This free event is hosted by OSU College of Forestry and OSU Benton County Extension, and will feature a variety of hands-on activities to connect youth and families with the great outdoors. Spanish speaking volunteers will provide bilingual assistance. 

Join us and discover the forest in your backyard. For more information visit the website at: http://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/get-outdoors-day

National Get Outdoors Day

Food Events - 4 hours 20 min ago
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (all day event)

The fourth annual National Get Outdoors Day event will be held on Saturday May 21st, 2016 from 10am-3pm at Peavy Arboretum. This free event is hosted by OSU College of Forestry and OSU Benton County Extension, and will feature a variety of hands-on activities to connect youth and families with the great outdoors. Spanish speaking volunteers will provide bilingual assistance. 

Join us and discover the forest in your backyard. For more information visit the website at: http://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/get-outdoors-day

Summer Grape Care

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 20 min ago
Saturday, May 7, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

INSTRUCTOR:  Chris Hubert; Results Partners

Grapes are low maintenance, but need some summer care for health and production – learn what to do and when

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Hay Assessment - Buying Quality Hay

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 20 min ago
Thursday, May 26, 2016 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Know your hay and save some green! Learn to perform a sensory analysis, read a forage (nutritional) analysis and match it to your animal's needs. Don't buy your hay based on color alone - come learn how to buy based on nutritional quality. Instructor: Angie Boudro.

Register on line-Jo County:  https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/1016

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Soil Amendment Workshop

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 20 min ago
Saturday, May 28, 2016 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

instructor: Kyle Krenzer; Elevation Organics

Don’t just add products to your soil, come learn what to add and when to maximize soil tilth and your harvest

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Grass Anatomy/ Field ID

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 20 min ago
Friday, June 3, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

ISTRUCTOR: Rachel Werling; OSU Extension

Part 1: (9:00-11:00am) will cover anatomy and Part 2: (12:00-3:00pm) will cover native grasses for landowners in the field  

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POISONOUS PLANTS-Risks to Grazing Livestock

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 20 min ago
Saturday, June 4, 2016 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  This class is designed to help livestock owners identify poisonous plants and manage the risk of animals consuming toxins.
A) Economic impacts of plant poisoning;
B) Keys to identifying local toxic plants;

C) Assessing potential harm to your animals;
D) How, why and when plant poisoning occurs;
E) Common sense pasture/farm management
Instructor: Author, Shirley Weathers. Field Guide to Plants Poisonous to Livestock, Western U.S., will be available at the class

REGISTER ON LINE:  https://secure.oregonstate.edu/osuext/register/1022

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Rural Living Basics: Living with Your Well & Septic System

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 20 min ago
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
FREE Class & Screening
Bring 1/2 cup of untreated well water for nitrate screen. All results are confidential.

This class is designed for rural residents to learn the basics of groundwater, water wells, and septic systems. Learn steps to protect the health of your family, neighbors, animals, your property investment, and the safety of groundwater resources. 

When: June 7th, 2016 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Aurora Presbyterian Church, 2155s Liberty Street, NE Aurora, Oregon 97002

RSVP’s Appreciated
Chrissy.Lucas@oregonstate.edu
See all of our events at http://wellwater.oregonstate.edu

Questions? Chrissy at 541-766-3556

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Pasture & Grazing Management Class

Small Farms Events - 4 hours 20 min ago
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This class is for the small acreage landowner who is managing pasture for grazing animals.  Pastures under controlled grazing have less wasted forage, especially in the spring, and plants have an opportunity to rest and recover between pasture rotations, leading to increased forage production.  In this class we will cover topics such as how grass plants grow, rotational grazing systems and pasture fertility. 

Register at:  https://secure.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms-events/register/131

Please contact Chrissy Lucas at 541-766-3556 or Chrissy.Lucas@oregonstate.edu with questions.
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