UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County
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Many of our classes are free to the public, but some may include a small registration fee to cover costs.
20 Easy To Grow Wildflowers
Join Master Gardener and native plant expert Rita Grant to learn about how to grow wildflowers here in Central Florida! Live right here on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/HernandoExt/posts/3562098527175672 or on YouTube Live at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDP0DWrb6ow
Virtual Horseshoe Crab Citizen Science Training
Linked with Limulus! Did you know that horseshoe crabs are important ecologically and economically? Their blood is used to ensure sterility of medical equipment and their eggs serve as an important food source for migrating birds.
Since 2015, The University of Florida has partnered with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to better understand horseshoe crab populations in Florida. This effort has expanded throughout many locations along Florida's coast and we need your help!
Want to help us located tagged horseshoe crabs in the Big Bend Region? We are looking for volunteers to help us scout during their peak spawning times in September, October and November. All volunteers must attend a training session to understand procedures and protocols.
FREE EVENT! We will not ask you for your credit card information.
When: September 21, 2020
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Where: Zoom platform
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Photo Credit: Alice Mary Herden
On-line via Zoom
Tuesday, September 22 at 1:00 pm – “Bedbugs” –Join Jim Davis and Dr. Faith Oi (Director of Pest Management University and UF Associate Professor) to discuss bedbugs. Summer can be a big month for bedbugs. We will go over the history, biology, and control. Link: ufl.zoom.us/j/99624130447
OM Grown Garden: Proper Scouting and Decision Making
Join us in the OM Grown Community Garden on Wednesday, September 23rd at 9:00 am for a free garden education workshop with Dr. Lester from the Hernando County UF/IFAS Extension to learn about:
Proper Scouting and Decision Making
About our Garden:
Our purpose is to provide sustainable gardening education & to bring nutritious, high quality, naturally grown food to our community. The garden is a living, breathing entity that uses dedicated hearts & helping hands to grow and flourish. The Garden offers raised garden bed membership opportunities.
Learn more about membership opportunities: www.wellcomeomcenter.com
Visit us: WellCome OM Integral Healing & Education Center
4242 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34607
About our Educator:
Dr. William Lester holds a graduate degree in Plant Medicine from the University of Florida and currently serves as the Urban & Commercial Horticulture Agent II for UF/IFAS Extension in Hernando County, FL. Combining a mix of horticultural knowledge and management skills, his current responsibilities include teaching the public and working closely with county and professional clients. As a frequent guest presenter to community groups and writing for local newspapers, his goal is to put complex scientific findings into language that can be understood by school-age children and the adult public alike. He has been involved in the creation of multimedia educational materials to support the Hernando County Fertilizer Ordinance, the local Noxious Weed Ordinance and most recently a program of virtual teaching. Protecting Hernando County’s fragile Nature Coast ecosystem and reducing the amounts of harmful toxins being placed in the environment are the central goals of his frequent teaching programs. As the coordinator for almost 100 Extension volunteers, Bill believes that education and providing an opportunity to serve residents are the keys to attracting and maintaining a highly motivated group of individuals to work to achieve those goals.
So You're At the Nursery - How to Shop for Florida-Friendly Plants
Join us as we discuss what to look for and what to avoid in a retail nursery. We'll talk about ways to save money and make wise choices shopping for your Central Florida yard.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 931 3069 1496
The Virtual Plant Clinic With Dr. Bill
Join us on our new platform! Tune in to our weekly plant clinic, ask questions live online and get research based answers and advice- now weekly on Facebook Live and YouTube Live! Join on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/HernandoExt/posts/3568493036536221 or on YouTube Live at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1WFQ67N7GA
On-line via Zoom
Friday, September 25 at 1:00 pm – “Nuisance Wildlife” – Maxine Hunter, UF/IFAS Extension Marion County. Residential Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator. Maxine will go over some great tips for preventing unwanted critters in your home or landscape. Link: ufl.zoom.us/j/92369361489
Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Workshop Information
Rain Barrel Workshop - September 25th at 6:00pm via Zoom. Compost Workshop at 7:00pm via Zoom. Pick up of the barrels and bins will be Saturday, September 26th at the Hernando County Master Gardener Nursery on Oliver St in Brooksville between 9:00 and 10:00am. The rain barrels are $50. If you are a customer of Hernando County Utilities, you will receive a one-time credit of $25 on your water bill for taking home a rain barrel and installing it. The compost bins are free and available to Hernando County residents only. One bin per household. You must attend the workshop to receive a barrel or bin. For more information and to sign up for the class, you must email LillyB@hernandocounty.us. Class size is limited.
Grow New Plants From Cuttings
Join our Master Gardener Angela Reid on Facebook Live to learn simple propagation methods by taking a cutting from your garden or a friends garden. Watch how you can prepare it so it can grow into a new plant. This class is free and will be shown Live on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HernandoExt
Virtual UFIFAS Drone Exam Prep Course
When: October 12 - 14, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Where: Microsoft Teams platform (live classroom)
Did you know you need a certificate (license) through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) when a drone is operated professionally?
This virtual course is designed to help prepare those who want to incorporate drones into their professional career and need to pass the FAA Part 107 knowledge test.
Course will cover regulations, airspace, sectionals, weather and performance, restricted areas, airport operations, and communication. Practice tests will be provided.
Books and class activity kit will be mailed directly to the address of the individual registered for the course prior to the start of the course. Cost of these items are covered in the course registration fee. Registration will close October 5, 2020, to give time for course materials to arrive via postal service.
This course is taught by Brittany Scharf, Stacy Strickland, Kalan Taylor, and Matt Smith.
Note: This course does not teach participants how to fly a drone and does not cover the cost of the FAA Part 107 knowledge test.
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UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County is a partnership between the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, United States Department of Agriculture, and Hernando County Board of County Commissioners and our mission is to provide science based knowledge and expertise to the public.