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

Fall Harvest Festival. Join one of Chippewa Nature Center’s largest events of the year, the fall Harvest Festival! CNC comes alive with demonstrations and programs that focus on autumn traditions of the 19th century, such as crop harvesting, blacksmithing, cider making, woodworking, traditional music and much more on Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be games and crafts for children of all ages, please make sure youth under 18 are accompanied by an adult. Food concessions will also be available. Entry fee is $5/free for all children and CNC members. To learn more, visit

Food Safety Q & A. MSU Extension offers a week 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 title is: Food Safety & Power Outages. Join in on this quick free presentation at 1 p.m. Oct. 4. To register, visit

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 at Chippewa Nature Center. 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 CNC staff member from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 5. It is designed for ages 2-10, under 10 w/adult. Please meet in The Woods Nature Play Area near Arbury Trail. For more information, visit

Mindful Educators Part 1. Mindful Educators is a virtual workshop offered by MSU Extension, that dives deeper into the fundamentals of mindfulness, builds a foundation to develop the educator’s own personal practice, discusses the benefits for children in the classroom, and introduces techniques and literature to help integrate mindfulness activities into classroom for elementary, middle, and teenage students. This online session takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5. To register for this free session, visit:

Make a Spending Plan Work for You! MSU Extension is offering an online webinar to discuss the benefits of a spending plan. This budgeting class provides tools on how to manage financial resources and important documents, achieve financial goals and increase financial stability. This free program will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7. 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.

Natures Camo. If wildlife had a superpower, it would be the ability to go undetected. Join an Interpretive Naturalist at Chippewa Nature Center to learn how animals blend into their surroundings with a hike and fun games from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 7. His program is designed for ages 5+, (under 18w/adult).

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 on Thursdays, at 1 and 6 p.m. The topic on Oct. 7 will be The Art of Making Sauerkraut. 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:

Families in Nature: Changing Colors. Join the Chippewa Nature Center staff for one of the most colorful times of the year. On Oct. 9, between 2 to 3 p.m., spend the afternoon exploring and experimenting with the falling leaves and fruiting fungi learning about the colors in nature. This program is designed for all ages (under 18w/adult).

Building Early Emotional Skills (BEES) for Parents Webinar Series. Struggling with parenting stress? Tantrums? Biting? Learn how to help your young child manage their strong emotions. Join MSU Extension’s Building Early Emotional Skills for Parents webinar series starting October 6th. This free online parenting series for parents of children 0-3 learn about and support their young child’s social emotional development including managing biting, tantrums and supporting your child’s emotions. Registration is open now. Class will run once a week for four weeks (Oct. 6 – Oct. 27) from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Certificates are available for up to 6 parenting education hours. For more information or to register, visit Registration ends September 30. Space is limited – register today!