Parents Corner – October 8, 2022 – Midland Daily News | Directory Mayhem

The MSU Extension of Midland County and partner parenting educators sponsor the Parents’ Corner. Submit your submissions to Midland County MSU Extension Educator, Lisa Driver 220 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, MI 48640.

full moon walk. Join an interpreting naturalist at Chippewa Nature for a hike to enjoy this month’s full moon on October 9 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Learn how the moon-naming tradition began and what makes each month special. Wear dark colors and bring a flashlight. Meet at the visitor center. This hike is suitable for children aged 9 and over (under 18 accompanied by an adult).

Sprouts & STEMs: Natural Dyes & Colors. The Sprouts & STEMs program is a collaboration between Creative 360, the Midland Section of the American Chemical Society, and the Midland County Youth Action Council. Creative 360’s accessible and inclusive educational garden is the perfect place to learn about art, environmental stewardship, and science on October 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 827-1885.

Creative children: landscape painting in the moonlight. Creative 360 ​​is hosting a unique creative arts experience for kids ages 5-10 on October 13 from 4:15-5:30 p.m. Denver Wilson will chair the session. Students will make art, move their bodies, get dirty, make new friends, and explore all aspects of creativity. Attendees are asked to register by calling 989-827-1885 at least two days prior to each session (another session will be held on October 20, Creative Kids: Printmaking). The cost is $15 per session, $100 for a 10 session pass.

Today’s mother. This four-week, interactive online course aims to improve the diet and exercise habits of expectant mothers before, during and after pregnancy. There is no cost to participants and topics such as relieving common pregnancy discomforts, developing a baby, healthy nutrition for both mother and baby, reading food labels, menu planning and exercise during and after pregnancy will be covered. Come Thursday mornings October 13, 20, 27, 9-10am. To register, call 989-835-6648 or visit for more information.

Little walk. The Chippewa Nature Center offers a program designed for parents to take their child on a guided walk, learn about nature, and find ways to introduce children to the natural world around them. The walk is scheduled for October 14 from 9:30am to 10:30am. This program is designed for children aged 6 months to 2 years accompanied by an adult.

Use of natural resources by indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples lived near the Pine River for hundreds of years and used the plants and animals around them to thrive. Autumn was an important time of year to make final preparations for the coming winter. Join the Chippewa Nature Center’s history interpreter on October 16 at 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to learn about these necessary resources. Meet outside of the visitor center. This program is designed for all ages (under 18 with an adult).

Food safety questions and answers. MSU Extension offers a weekly 30-minute food safety education program. A short presentation is shared, focusing on the topic presented, with plenty of time for questions and answers. The next session is “Private Residential Wells”. Join this quick free presentation on October 17 at 1:00 p.m. To register, visit

Storage of the MI Harvest series. Michigan State University Extension offers a variety of online food preservation courses. These free courses are offered on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The theme on October 20th is “Apples, apples, apples”. These sessions are not recorded, only offered live. Supporting materials will be emailed to all participants after each broadcast. Join the fun by signing up for any, some or all of these training sessions. At the end of each program there is time to ask questions. To register, visit

Safe food = healthy children. MSU Extension offers a free three-hour online training course for childcare professionals titled Safe Food = Healthy Kids (SFHK). The next program will take place on October 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Learn food safety best practices to ensure the safety of the children in your care. Food safety education topics discussed in class include proper cleaning and sanitizing, cooking, food storage, personal hygiene, and more. SFHK is an accredited training course for Great Start to Quality and offers annual training hours. Classes are conducted by MSU Extension Food Safety Educators. To register, visit

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