Knowledge for Life

June 2024

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Nutrition, Food Safety, and Health

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How to Pack the Perfect Picnic

Everything tastes better outside under a shade tree with the summer breeze. Many of us love a good picnic and outdoor barbeque.

As you plan your summer picnics here are a few things to remember to pack the perfect picnic. Learn more

Dig Your Dinner goes LIVE on June 15

Agents Anthony (Horticulture - Small Farms) and Chelsea (Nutrition and Food Safety) are taking their monthly webinar series, Dig Your Dinner, out into real life this month! On Saturday, June 15, you're invited to a tour of the Sunset Community Garden followed by demo and samples at the test kitchen. Learn more

Become an Extension Master Food Volunteer

Extension Master Food Volunteers are passionate about good food, nutrition, food safety, promoting good health, and giving back to the community.

We are seeking applications for the next class of volunteers. Training will begin later this summer on Tuesday evenings at the Extension office in Olathe. Applications are due by July 17. Learn more

Have nutrition, food safety, or health questions?


Contact us for answers. Call (913) 715-7000 or email

4-H Youth Development

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Johnson County 4-H teams up with Extension Master Naturalists for summer outdoor experiences

“Kansas Wild Kids," our local Junior Extension Master Naturalist Program, provides youth ages 7-14 opportunities to learn more about natural resources in Johnson County.

With a variety of topics and locations explored, youth can become everyday explorers within our community. Learn more

Job Opportunity: 4-H Event and Communications Coordinator

Johnson County 4-H serves more than 480 youth, providing hands-on experiences and leadership development. We are looking for a part-time event and communications coordinator to join our team. Learn more

Youth Sewing Camps return for Summer 2024

We have classes for youth with beginner, intermediate, and advanced sewing skills on June 25 and 26, at the Johnson County Extension Office. Learn more

Family and Community Wellness

Don't Let Mold Win

The average person spends 90% of their time indoors, and the air we breathe inside is 2 to 5 times more concentrated than outdoors. 

Our homes' air quality is affected by a variety of factors, including mold. If you have a mold issue, it is essential to prevent and detect problems early. Learn more

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Invitation for high school students to explore careers in finance

This one-day program at the K-State Olathe campus enables high school students to deepen their understanding of personal finance and the profession of financial planning. Cost is $25 and includes lunch.

Learn more

Natural Resources

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Aquatic Vegetation Spotlight: Algae

Algae play an important role in aquatic ecosystems such as food chain support and shelter. In general, freshwater algae comes in three forms: planktonic, filamentous, and chara.

Learn more

Celebrate pollinators at Wonders of Discovery

Friday, June 21, 9 am to 2 pm

Pollinator Prairie in Olathe

Join the Extension Master Naturalists and learn about the wonders of pollination at this family-friendly event in conjunction with National Pollinator Week. Learn more

Lawn and Garden

Timely Topics:

Rain Gardens: Your personal contribution to cleaner water

Rain gardens naturally protect our water sources and look great doing it! By planting a rain garden, you can help reduce water pollution.

Rain gardens play a significant role slowly filtering water that previously soaked into prairie soils before roofs, driveways and sidewalks were built in neighborhoods. Learn more

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We're looking for the next class of Extension Master Gardeners

Are you passionate about gardening, learning, and giving back to your community? Consider becoming a Johnson County Extension Master Gardener. Applications are due June 28. Learn more

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Pop-Up Farmers Market returns to the Sunset Community Garden

Tuesday, June 11

11 am to 1 pm (or while supplies last)

Enjoy freshly harvested produce from the Sunset Community Garden, available to the public. Take what you can use, and leave a donation if you can. All proceeds will be re-invested back into the garden to grow more food. Learn more

You have questions. The Gardening Hotline has answers.

Our Extension Master Gardeners staff the Gardening Hotline, ready to take your questions. Contact us for answers about your yard, garden, trees, shrubs, pests, and lots of other topics. Call (913) 715-7050 (9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday) or email your questions to:

Silver Clovers (ages 50+)

WITS Workout: Forget Me, Not!

Monday, June 10 at 3 pm (virtual)

WITS Workout is an online, small group "workout," -- an opportunity to let your brain try new things. In this session the activity themes focus loosely on flowers in some way. Register here

More upcoming events for Silver Clovers:

We have classes on a variety of topics, including Shade Gardening with the Extension Master Gardeners (June 4), Understanding Social Security (June 6), Kitchen Gadgets 101 (June 12), and more!

Silver Clovers from Johnson County Extension offers special opportunities for adults ages 50 and older.

Johnson County Extension Education Foundation

Attend Spotlight on Extension, the Annual Signature Event!

Saturday, August 24, 2024

5 to 8 pm

Lodge at Ironwoods (Leawood)

Please join us for this annual fundraiser, which includes live music, a live and silent auction, dinner, desserts, drinks, and fun! All proceeds fund adult and youth educational programs as a part of K-State Research and Extension in Johnson County.

Get your tickets here

We need your help!

We are looking for support for the Johnson County Extension Education Foundation Signature Event. JCEEF is a 501c3 organization that provides funding for adult and youth educational programs as a part of K-State Research and Extension in Johnson County. 

There are two ways in which you can make a tax-deductible gift: sponsorships and donations.

  • Sponsorships will help fund the event itself. As a sponsor, you will choose which level and will receive different publicity for your business based on the level you choose. Click here to learn more about sponsorships.
  • Donations: We are seeking items for our live and silent auction. If you are interested in donating items click here.

We hope you will consider a donation or sponsorship. If you have any questions, please contact Tara Markley at or 913-715-7012. 

Sincerely yours,

Cheryl Hunt

President, Johnson County Extension Education Foundation

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Upcoming Events | view complete list here

June 19: Juneteenth / Extension office closed

Lawn & Garden Events

June 4, 11, 18, 25: Sunset Community Garden Tuesday morning volunteer workdays

June 5: K-State Garden Hour Webinar Series: Growing Cut Flowers for the Home and Farmers Market (virtual)

June 8: Kids' Gardening Workshop

June 11: Pop-Up Farmers Market at the Sunset Community Garden

June 15: Dig Your Dinner: Live!

Family and Community Wellness Events

June 3: Your Valuable Records

June 6: Understanding Social Security

July 2: Financial Planning Academy

July 23: Twilling Hand Embroidery

Agriculture / Natural Resources Events

June 8: Wild Kids! Summer Program: How to Read Nature

June 21: Wonders of Discovery

June 22: Wild Kids! Wildlife and Habitats

June 24-27: Nature Camp [Full; waitlist only]

Nutrition, Food Safety, and Health Events

June 1: Kitchen Restore Drive

June 7: Virtual Lunch and Learn: Intro to Food Preservation

June 10-13: Food, Fitness, Fun Camp (ages 7-12) [Full; waitlist only]

June 15: Dig Your Dinner: Live!

June 17: Food Preservation 101

June 20: Kitchen Restore Drive

June 20: Picnic and Camping Food Class

June 25-27: Kids in the Kitchen: Cooking Up Something: Session 1 (ages 7-10)

July 9-11: Kids in the Kitchen: Cooking Up Something: Session 2 (ages 11-15)

July 27: ServSafe Food Handler Course

4-H Youth Development Events

June 25-26: Sew Easy Youth Summer Programs

July 8: 4-H Leadership Day Camp

July 24: Public Fashion Revue

July 28 - August 3: Johnson County Fair

Silver Clovers (Ages 50+)

June 3: Your Valuable Records

June 4: Shade Gardening with Extension Master Gardeners

June 6: Understanding Social Security

June 10: WITS Workout: Forget Me, Not!

June 12: Kitchen Gadgets 101

June 18: Cooking Basics for One

July 1: Nutrition Made Simple

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