MSU Extension of Midland County and cooperating parent educators sponsor the Parent’s Corner.  Send submissions to Midland County MSU Extension Educator, Lisa Treiber, 220 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, MI 48640

Food Safety Q & A. MSU Extension offers a weekly 30-minute informational program about food preservation.  A short presentation will be shared focusing on a timely topic, leaving plenty of time for Q & A. The next session is Baking & Cooking Ahead. Join in on this quick free presentation at 1 p.m. Nov. 15. To register, visit

Investigating Food with Science. Each week, youth will explore the aspects of cooking as an experiment and baking as a science. A kid-friendly recipe or experiment demonstration will be presented for youth to try at home with parents’ assistance. The following week, youth can share their experiences or pictures. All sessions will be presented via Zoom. The Nov. 15 topic will be My Mold Wins. To register, visit Any questions should be directed to Kellie Jordan [email protected].

Nature Play. It’s time to play outdoors! Whether we’re making pies in the mud kitchen, pretending to be animals, lounging in hammocks or creating nature art, this hour of play is sure to engage everyone. Caregivers must remain with children during this program and are encouraged to actively play alongside the children in their care. This program will be facilitated by a Chippewa Nature Center staff member 10-11 a.m. Nov. 16. The program is designed for ages 2-10, (under 18 w/adult). Please meet in The Woods Nature Play Area near Arbury Trail. For more information visit

Savvy Tips for Starting a Small Business. MSU Extension is hosting an online workshop to equip you with valuable information about turning your ideas into a new business, 3-4 p.m. Nov. 17. The goal of this Zoom session is to help you navigate the technicalities involved in starting a business and how to avoid costly mistakes. Learn about the cost of doing business, risk management and credit and cash flow. There is no charge to attend.  Pre-registration is required, to register visit: click on the link online classes and you will then see this course as well as other options that might be of interest to you.

Story Hour. Spend an hour learning about nature at Chippewa Nature Center, 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Nov. 18. The hour will include a story, crafts, and other age-appropriate activities.  For more information, visit

Preserving MI Harvest Series.  Michigan State University Extension will be offering a series of food preservation classes online, these free online classes will be offered at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursdays. The topic on Nov. 18 will be Preserving Food for Gifts. These sessions will not be recorded, they will only be offered live. Supporting materials will be emailed to all participants after each broadcast. Join in the fun, sign up for one, some or all these educational sessions. There is time at the end of each program to ask questions. To register visit

Mastodons, Mammoths and Opossums Oh My! An Ice Age Exploration. Through hands-on activities, children will discover living and extinct Ice Age mammals that have called Michigan home. Participants will explore the trails for clues to help learn how mastodons, mammoths and opossums adapted to the harsh Ice Age environment. Join the exploration at Chippewa Nature Center, 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 20. This program is designed for ages 5 and up (under 18 with an adult).

Turkey Talk and Walk. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so come to Chippewa Nature Center at 2-3 p.m. Nov. 21 to talk everything turkey. Join the CNC staff to look for wild turkeys, make turkey sounds and learn about these unique birds. This program is designed for all ages (under 18 with an adult).