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Events Fall 2018
Classes, Workshops, Events

Unless another address is given, all classes and events will be held
at the CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca
To Register for classes, call: (607) 272-2292.


Bokashi Composting Workshop
Sat. Nov. 17, 10:00 am- 12:00 noon

This Japanese composting technique involves natural fermentation and offers a way for people to manage food scraps. The liquid produced can be used to water houseplants, while the food scraps are pre-digested, and can then be composted or buried in soil to finish. Join local bokashi enthusiasts and go home with your own bokashi starter kit. $10 per household. Pre-registration required.

Getting Started with Nut Trees
Thurs. Nov. 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Nut trees can provide highly nutritious food for centuries. Local nuts can be used for anything from holiday snacks to staples like flour, oil, and butters. This class, taught by experienced nut growers Brian Caldwell and Akiva Silver, will provide information on growing nut trees in a changing climate, the best types of nuts for growing in NY, harvesting and processing nuts, and samples of several types of local nuts. Self-determining sliding scale fee: $7-$10. Pre-registration required.

AARP Smart Driver Courses (a 2 day course)
Thurs. Nov. 29 & Fri. Nov. 30, 8:30 - 12:00 noon

“Smart Driver” classes are held over a two-day period for a total of six hours of classroom instruction. Per New York State regulations, course participants receive a multi-year insurance discount for completing the course . In addition, participants can reduce up to four violation points on their driver’s license. Participants must bring their driver’s license and AARP card (if a member) to class. $20 for AARP members, $25 for non-members. Pre-registration required. Come 15 min. early the first day, for registration and payment. You must register for this class online.


Evergreen Wreath-Making Workshop
Fri. Dec. 7, 5:00- 7:00 pm
These classes will be held at the 4-H Acres

Make a beautiful evergreen wreath to decorate your home for the holidays! Fresh-cut greens, ring, wires, and ribbons supplied. Bring any special decorating materials you like to personalize your wreath. Wear casual clothes and bring pruning shears and gloves. Class size limited to 15. Pre-registration and prepayment required. This session will include how-to instructions by Master Gardener volunteers. Pre-registration required. Fee: $18.

Evergreen Wreath-Making Workshop
Sat. Dec. 8, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
These classes will be held at the 4-H Acres

See description above (same class)
Pre-registration required. Fee: $18

Looking ahead

Master Composter Volunteer Training
Application Deadline: Mon. January 28.

Classes held Thurs. evening: Feb. 7, 14, 28, Mar. 7, 21, 28, Apr. 11, 18, 25 & May 2. 10 in-depth classes train Master Composters, an enthusiastic group of community volunteers committed to promoting responsible composting. Training also involves volunteer activities. $60 training deposit, returned in full when volunteer hours completed. For more info and to apply online visit or call 607-272-2292 to request an application.

Horticulture Happenings

Adirondack Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society
Nov.10: Evelyn Lee, Butternut Gardens LLC "Behind the Scnes at a Flower Farm"
Meetings are normally held the third Saturday of the month (none in Dec. and Jan.) Meetings are free and open to the public and are usually held in the Whetzel Room, 404 Plant Science Building, Cornell U., Ithaca. For more information on the meetings, or to become a member, contact Carol Eichler at 269-7070, or go to the website

Finger Lakes Native Plant Society Meetings take place at the Unitarian Church annex (corner of Buffalo & Aurora, enter side door on Buffalo St. & up the stairs).

Monthly meetings from Sept. - May, 7-8:30 pm, free and open to the public. For information, or to become a member, contact Rosemarie Parker at 257-4853, or go to the website listed below.
Talks so far- very tentative titles:
Tues. Nov 13 – Sam Thayer – Philosophy & ethics of foraging will be posted at the website:

Auraca Herbarists
Meetings are held the second Tues. of each month: lunch 12 noon, program 1 pm. For more information, e-mail: or call Pat Curran at 607-564-7927.

Cornell Botanic Gardens offers free lectures and events. For information on lectures and classes, check their website at

Ithaca Children's Garden

all programs held at the
Ithaca Children's Garden,
southern end of Cass Park, Rt. 89, Ithaca

School's Out Camps at Ithaca Children's Garden
Forts, Dens, and Hideouts: Mon. Nov. 12th 8:30-4:30

For K-5th graders. Registration Required.

Nature Play Corps After School, for 2nd -5th graders
Thurs. Nov. 1, 2:30-5:30pm

Join us after school for some full-on nature play in the Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Zone as well as exploration and adventure throughout Ithaca Children's Garden. Registration Required, space is limited. Choose one or two days. Bussing available from all Ithaca City School District elementary schools.

Nature's Gifts for the Winter Solstice, for ages 7-12
Saturday December 15th, 1:00-5:00pm

at the JustBeCause Center, 1013 W. State St. Ithaca
Spend the afternoon making unique and truly beautiful gifts from nature's bounty for family and friends, just in time for the holiday season. Registration required, space is limited.

Playful Nature Explorers
Mondays-Thursdays, September-June, 9am-12pm

Child-centered, play-based outdoor garden preschool program for ages 2.5-6.
One to four day schedules available. Seasonal and academic year registration options.Registration required. 

All programs take place at Ithaca Children's Garden, 121 Turtle Lane in Ithaca, at the southern end of Cass Park, unless noted otherwise. For more information visit For questions: 607-319-4203 or

Other Upcoming Events, with Dates not set

Feel Good Heat:
Whole-Home Heating with Wood Pellets
The date as not been set for this event, please check our website.
Wood pellets are a local renewable resource that support our local community, can be part of an overall program to improve forest health and biodiversity, reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, lower our carbon footprint, and can save home and business owners money. Wood pellets are made almost entirely of waste wood from other mill operations, making use of sawdust and offcuts and providing a revenue stream for struggling mills. And there's now fully automated, highly efficient equipment that can utilize local wood pellets. Come learn all about the latest equipment, incentives that are available. Contact Guillermo Metz at 607-272-2292 or for more information.

Solar Open Houses - various locations throughout Tompkins County
The dates are not set for these events
, please check our website. During this hour and a half, we will hold office hours with a CCE Energy Educator to answer all your questions about going solar. Many of you may have noticed that solar has grown significantly in the Finger Lakes over the last few years and it is continuing to grow! In addition to the on-site solar we’ve all become used to, there are several local community solar farms that you can participate in if your home is deep in the woods or you rent your home or apartment. Come to Cooperative Extension with your questions about community solar and we will do our best to help you find the right answers—none are too big or too small. Whether you have been exploring solar for years and just have a few questions or you are completely new to the idea and want to know everything about how you can affordably get all your power from the sun, we are here to help. These events are free.
RSVP by calling (607)272-2292 or emailing

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County provides equal program and employment opportunities.


Maria Christian
Administrative Assistant
(607) 272-2292 ext. 130

Last updated November 1, 2018