USU Extension Offers Online Courses to Assist Utahns

Utah State University Extension provides an array of research-backed online courses, many of which are free or offered at a discount, as a way to assist Utahns as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19. 

Current concerns for many Utahns include keeping relationships strong – especially in times of stress, activities to engage youth while they’re not in school, and gardening for beginners and professionals for both enjoyment and self-sufficiency. Extension’s online resources address these and associated topics and are included below.

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Healthy Relationships Utah offers free online relationship education courses for people of all relationship and family statuses. Each course is research based and has been created as a way to help develop and improve important relationship skills. Course topics include smart dating, couples, fatherhood and parenting. For more information or to enroll in a course, visit healthyrelationshipsutah.org.

Utah 4-H offers a variety resources for hand-on, at-home activities to help keep youth occupied and engaged. The free Discover 4-H curriculum provides 82 topic areas to help keep kids busy – from 3D derby cars, astronomy, food science and animal care to surviving a zombie apocalypse, cake decorating and coding. Many of the activities can be done with items most likely already in the home. Visit Utah4-H.org to download the activities. 

For both beginning and professional gardeners, garden.usu.edu offers an extensive library of information and fact sheets, podcasts, how-to videos, monthly tips and checklists and the chance to opt in for automated gardening updates. Also available are online courses that include: container vegetable gardening, controlling and managing pests, creating perfect soil, growing a healthy lawn, growing annuals and perennials, growing fruits and nuts, cultivating vegetables, planting and maintaining trees and shrubs, and the basic botany of plants. Gardening courses are $25 each, but are currently offered at a reduced rate of $15 with code SPRING20.
 

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