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OBX Living Series

The OBX Living Series, a program of Dare County NC Cooperative Extension, is designed for youth and adults who desire to engage in leadership development, gardening, and food preparation. From composting to canning, the OBX Living Series connects families with nature, builds healthy individuals, and teaches life skills in a practical and fun way.

NC Cooperative Extension Program Areas

  Topics include:

Master Gardener Workshops

4-H Summer Fun Programs

Nutrition and Food Preservation Classes

and more!

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OBX Living Series Schedule | OBX Living Series Workshop Descriptions


Garden Tool Sharpening                                                  

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 1 p.m.-2 p.m. at the Fessenden Center in Buxton. Cost: Free 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Kill Devil Hills Library. Cost: Free                           

Gardening tools can be expensive. Learn to care for your garden tools and keep them in good working condition. All are welcome, no registration required. 


Garden Pests: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly                                  

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Corolla Library. Cost: Free                

Identify beneficial as well as harmful pests in your home garden. All are welcome, no registration required. 


Container Gardening Irrigation                                                  

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Kill Devil Hills Library. Cost: Free                 

DIY Presentation on  Container Garden Irrigation. Learn how to assemble an efficient drip system for less than $100 (NEW). All are welcome, no registration required. 


Eastern 4-H Center Open House                                                 

Saturday, April 12, 2019 10 a.m.-3 p.m.   Cost: Free     

4-H Tie-Dye T-Shirt Design                                                 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019  4 p.m.-5 p.m. Cost: Free                         

We have everything you need to create a cool new tie-dye for the summer! Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy! Registration required.


Extension & Community Association – Cooking for 1 or 2

Thursday, April 18, 2019 10 a.m.-12 p.m.   Cost: Free                   

Learn techniques to help you Cook Smart/Eat Smart and enjoy a delicious lunch you prepare! During lunch, talk with Dare County ECA Members and learn how you can join this club and make your community an even better place! Registration is required by April 12th, please call 252.473.4290.         


Master Gardener Volunteer Open Meetings with Guest Speakers                        

April 18, June 20, Oct. 17, 2019  3 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Thomas A. Baum Senior Center. Cost: Free

The Dare Master Gardener Volunteer Association hosts open meetings and all are welcome. Each meeting features a guest speaker with an interesting horticultural topic such as native plants, hydrangeas, fascinating insects, and more! All are welcome, no registration required. 


Pesticide Safety Education School                                           

April 24-25, 2019 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Dare County Administration Building. Cost: $75 +            

This two-day school is for anyone seeking initial licensing that is required for applicators applying any type of pesticide for compensation, public operators working for a state or local government who apply pesticides in their course of work, dealers selling restricted use pesticides, or pest control consultants making recommendations for pesticide treatment of pest problems. This workshop ends with the licensing examination on the second day. Must be 18 years of age as of January 1st of the licensing year. Registration is required. For more details, complete fee information, and registration click HERE


Strawberry Jam Class                                                   

Thursday, May 2, 2019 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at 517 Budleigh Street in Manteo. Cost: $10                       

Yum, strawberries! Make delicious strawberry jam two ways – through the hot water bath canning and using the freezer method. Take home a jar of each. Registration required, please call 252.473.4290.


Stormwater SCM Inspection & Maintenance                                

Thursday-Friday, May 9-10, 2019 at the Dare County Administration Building in Manteo. Fees vary.              

Stormwater SCM Inspection and Maintenance Certification and Recertification. This two-day workshop is for anyone seeking certification to inspect and maintain stormwater control measures through best management practices. This workshop ends with the certification examination on the second day. Registration is required. For more details, fee information, and registration click HERE


4-H Perfect your Presentation                                        

Thursday, May 16, 2019 4 p.m.-5 p.m.   Cost: Free             

Opportunity for youth to develop public speaking skills. Registration required HERE.


17th Annual Coastal Gardening Festival                                      

Saturday, May 18, 2019 9 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Thomas A. Baum Senior Center. Cost: Free                    

Let’s Grow Native! Dare Master Gardeners host the annual outdoor festival featuring over 75 vendors offering a variety of plants, garden art, handcrafted goods, refreshments and children’s activities. There will be something for everyone! Open to the public, all are welcome.


Turtle Succulent Project for Youth                                      

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4 p.m.-6 p.m.   Cost: Free                        

Learn how to make a succulent turtle topiary using chicken wire and clay pots. Registration required HERE.


Bread & Butter Zucchini Pickles                                     

Thursday, May 23, 2019 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at 517 Budleigh Street in Manteo. Cost: $10                   

Make delicious pickles from zucchini using the hot water bath canner and take home a jar or two to enjoy! Registration is required by May 16th. Please call 252.473.4290 to register.


Cook Smart/Eat Smart Series (4 sessions)                                     

Wednesday, June 5,12,19,26, 2019 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at 517 Budleigh Street in Manteo. Cost: $25                

During this 4-week series is packed with learning! Learn how to read food labels, healthy portion sizes, food safety, how to use a variety of kitchen tools, and more. Each session will cover a different topic and include an educational powerpoint, handouts, recipes, question and answer time, cooking, and sampling recipes. Registration is required by May 24th. Please call 252.473.4290 to register.


4-H Albemarle Sound Exploration                                                  

Thursday, June 13, 2019 9 a.m.-2 p.m.   Cost: Free                         

Take part in a nature hike, kayak, and learn about plant protection and oyster restoration. Ages 8-18. Registration required HERE.


4-H Culinary Academy                                                          

June 17-19, 2019 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Cost: Free                             

Culinary workshop that spans over 3 days. Learn basic cooking techniques! Ages 10-14. Registration required HERE.


4-H County Activity Day                                                  

Thursday, June 20, 2019 1 p.m.-4 p.m.   Cost: Free                            

For this public speaking contest, youth ages 8-18, research, write, practice, and deliver a 5-12 minute presentation on a topic of their choice. Registration required HERE.


4-H Deep Dive into Day Camp                                                

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.   Cost: Free                       

Are you interested in trying out the Eastern 4-H Center but not sure  about registering for 4-H State Camp yet? Take a day-trip and try canoeing, archery, swimming, and more! Ages 8-18. Registration required HERE.


Gardening in the Arboretum Summer School Program

June 26, July 17, August 14  2019 11 a.m.-12 p.m. adjacent to the Thomas A. Baum Senior Center. Cost: Free          

Join the Master Gardeners outdoors at their OBX Arboretum and Teaching Garden for a workshops, talks and tours. Learn more about pruning, planting, fall bulbs, turf care and more. All are welcome, no registration required. 


4-H Farm-to-Fork                                                                  

Thursday, June 27, 2019 10 a.m.-3 p.m.   Cost: Free                     

Learn how to plant an herb garden, make an herb-inspired lunch, and take a road trip to the Roanoke Island Community Garden. Ages 8-18. Registration required HERE.


4-H Dunes to Marshes Discovery

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 9 a.m.-2 p.m.   Cost: Free                            

Dare County 4-H and the NC Coastal Federation co-host this hands-on, service-oriented, and ecology-focused workshop. Ages 8-18. Registration required HERE.


Peach Butter                                                                   

Thursday, July 11, 2019 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at 517 Budleigh Street in Manteo.  Cost: $10                       

Peach Butter! Delicious on toast, ice cream, grilled fruit or straight from the jar! Participants will take home a jar, and sampling is encouraged. Registration is required by July 5th. Please call 252.473.4290 to register.


4-H Cloverbud Day Camp                                                             

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.   Cost: Free                      

Take a day trip to the Eastern 4-H Center and enjoy all the fun activities camp has to offer. Ages 5-7. Registration required HERE.               


4-H Get Electrified for Electric!                                                              

Thursday, July 25, 2019 10 a.m.-3 p.m.   Cost: Free                            

A fun filled day of electric adventure that includes a trip to OBX Laser Tag! Ages 12-18. Registration required HERE.


Canning Green Beans                                                              

Friday, July 26, 2019 10 a.m.-12 p.m.   Cost: $10                        

Learn how to properly preserve green beans using a pressure canner. Registration is required by July 19th. Please call 252.473.4290 to register.


4-H Let’s Get Artsy!                                                                

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 10 a.m.-3 p.m.   Cost: Free                         

Join us for a day of messy and creative fun! Includes a variety of beach-themed art projects. Ages 8-18. Registration required HERE.


4-H Service & Citizenship                                                            

Thursday, August 1, 2019 10 a.m.-3 p.m.   Cost: Free                      

Work together to organize and run a community service campaign. Meet with the Dare County Commissioners to understand the dynamics of local politics. Registration required HERE.


Dare County 4-H State Camp                                                             

August 4-9, 2019    Cost: Varies                                                  

The 4-H Summer Camp experience enables a child to explore outdoor activities, develop teamwork skills, create memories, and build lifelong friendships. Ages 8-14. Registration required by calling 252.473.4290.


A Taste of the Season                                                             

Tuesday,  August 20, 2019 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at 517 Budleigh Street in Manteo. Cost: $10                                

Make delicious and healthy recipes using the last of summer’s bounty. Mediterranean recipes are featured. Registration and $10 fee due by August 12th. Please call 252.473.4290 to register.


Dehydrating Apples                                                             

Thursday, September 10, 2019 10 a.m.-12 p.m.   Cost: $10

Participants make dried apples and fruit roll ups using a dehydrator. Registration and $10 fee is due by September 5th. Please call 252.473.4290 to register.


Yogurt Making                                                                 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10 a.m.-12 p.m.   Cost: $10                            

Learn to make delicious and healthy yogurt at home – both with and without a yogurt maker. Registration and $10 fee is due by September 10th. Please call  252.473.4290 to register.


Gardening Symposium                                                       

Friday, September 27, 2019 Time 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Coastal Studies Building in Wanchese. Cost: TBD                  

A premiere horticultural event with nationally and regionally acclaimed speakers! Open to the public, seating will be limited. Registration will be required. Please check back soon for fee and registration details about this exciting event!


For questions, visit dare.ces.ncsu.edu or call 252.473.4290.

Dare County NC Cooperative Extension
517 Budleigh Street, PO Box 968
Manteo, NC 27954

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