Educational Outreach

You are never too old to learn new tricks! Join us for one of our many Adult Education classes regularly held every third Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm in the McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center.  Check the website or Facebook for any updates on date or time changes. Currently all classes are FREE.

2019 Schedule
January 17, 2019

Planning Before You Plant: Seed Starting 101


Presented by: Bill Ross & Louise Snodgrass of Good Roots Farm & Gardens

Come and learn from the forces behind Good Roots Farm & Gardens, covering the basics of starting your own seeds and enjoying gardening in your own house before the growing season!

Design Ideas for Your Home Landscape - Managing and Harvesting Storm Water


Presented by: Jeremiah Bergstrom, SDSU Instructor of Landscape Architecture 


February 21, 2019

Insect Migration: More than Monarchs 


Presented by: Dr. Jennifer Krauel, University of Tennessee 


March 21, 2019

Preparing Your Garden and Edible Landscape

Presented by: Brett Owens, SDSU Instructor of Horticulture 

April 18, 2019
May 16, 2019

The Benefits of Bugs

Presented by: Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, Director of Blue Dasher Farms and Ecdysis Foundation


June 20, 2019

Developing Small Patches of Strawberries


Presented by: Perry Johnson, Brookings Area Master Gardener

Ornamental Turf


Presented by: Brett Owens, SDSU Instructor of Horticulture 

July 18, 2019

How Permaculture and Forest Gardening Can Save the World … Or at least Your Part of It!


Presented by: Robin Butterbaugh

August 15, 2019

New Plant Variety Review


Presented by: Chris Schlenker, Head Gardener, and Christina Lind-Thielke, Assistant Gardener/Education Coordinator 


September 19, 2019

Bulbs and Planting a Spring Garden


Presented by: Christina Lind-Thielke, Assistant Gardener/Education Coordinator 

October 17, 2019

Biol-101: An Introduction to Bats!


Presented by: Scott Pederson, SDSU Professor of Biology

In broad strokes, this presentation will cover the biology of bats, their diversity across the globe and in SD, it will redress myths, and we will touch upon emerging diseases. 


November 21, 2019

Garden Glow Tour: How it was Made


Presented by: Christina Lind-Thielke, Assistant Gardener/Education Coordinator

For this very special Third Thursday just before Christmas, we will tour this year's 100,000+ lights for Garden Glow. Attendees will get to stroll the magical lighted wonderland and get a behind the scenes look at how Garden Glow was created!

December 19, 2019

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