2015 Workshops and Trainings – Past Events

Food Handler Certification Course

Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate Program – Registration Closed

Two- Day Lead Worker Abatement Class

Cooking Healthy with Your Family

Using Statistics to Understand Your Community

Beginning Beekeeping Certificate Course

Volunteer Invasive Plant Removal Workday

Certified Professional Food Manager Course (Food Sanitation Certification)

Integrating Urban Agriculture & Urban Stormwater Management

Rethinking Swale and Filter Strip Design (UDC & NCSU)

DC Master Gardener Class

Soil Management Workshop

EPA-Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Certification Course

Two Day Lead-Based Paint Abatement Worker Class

4-H Volunteer Leaders Training

Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Training

Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate

EPA-Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Certification Course

EPA-Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Certification Course

Workshops for Targeted Groups

Social Entrepreneurship Training


Beginning Beekeeping Certificate Course

THIS CLASS IS FULL

January 27-March 17, 2015, Washington, DC
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

January 31-March 21, 2015, Washington, DC
University of the District of Columbia Community College (CCDC)
801 N. Capitol St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

Course Description:

This introductory beekeeping course provides the resources and knowledge needed to successfully and responsibly keep bees in the District of Columbia. Taught by active beekeepers, this course will cover beekeeping equipment; colony dynamics; diseases, parasites, and pests; how to get started in your first year; floral sources; and what to expect seasonally. Students attending all eight classes will receive a certificate of completion. There are two sections of this course: the Tuesday evening section meets at the Van Ness Campus of UDC from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. from January 27th through March 17th; the Saturday morning section meets at the University of the District of Columbia Community College (CCDC) location from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. from January 31st through March 21st.

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Volunteer Invasive Plant Removal Workday

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time: 1:00pm3:00pm
Location: Rock Creek Park

Course Description:

Winter is a great time of year to remove the harmful, invasive vines that threaten to topple the trees of Rock Creek Park and Dumbarton Oaks Park. These volunteer events bring together stewardship-minded individuals to protect our city’s tree canopy while teaching basic invasive plant identification and management skills —all while enjoying a day out in our beautiful National Parks!

Partners: Rock Creek Conservancy and Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy

Fee: FREE

Registration: Register Here!

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Certified Professional Food Manager Course (Food Sanitation Certification)

Wednesday Jan 21 – Friday Jan 30, 2015
Days: (W/F/M/W/F)
Time: 5:00 pm-8:30pm
Location:
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Building 47, Room B18

Monday February 2 – Wednesday Feb 11, 2015
Days: (M/W/F/M/W)
Time: 5:00 pm-8:30pm
Location:
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Building 47, Room B18

Monday February 23, Wednesday February 25, and Friday Feb 27, 2015
Days: (M/W/F)
Time: 9:00 am-4:00pm

Location:
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Building 44, P04A

Monday March 9-Wed March 18, 2015
Days: (M/W/F/M/W)
Time: 5:00 pm-8:30pm

Location:
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Building 44, P04A

Monday March 23, Wed March 25, and Friday March 27, 2015
Days: (M/W/F)
Time: 9:00 am-4:00pm

Location:
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Building 44, P04A

Course Description:

The 16 clock hour course prepares food handlers for any of the nationally accredited food managers’ examinations including Prometric, ServSafe, and the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals. Topics include danger associated with foodborne illness, risk factors that contribute to foodborne disease outbreaks, characteristics of potentially hazardous foods, employee health and personal hygiene, safe food handling, equipment, facilities, and Hazard Analysis Critical Control points (HACCP). Individuals successfully completing the course will take a nationally recognized certification exam. Upon passing the national exam, participant will receive a national certificate.

Fee: $147, please bring a check to the class made out to the University of the District of Columbia. In the memo line, please write Certified Professional Food Manager Course.

Transportation: UDC is located at the Van Ness/UDC Metro Stop. If you decide to drive, you can park in the Van Ness Parking Garage located on Van Ness St. NW.  The rate for 4 hours is $12.

Registration: Please contact Paul Brown at pbrown@udc.edu or 202.274.6490 or 202.841.1296.

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Integrating Urban Agriculture & Urban Stormwater Management

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: 9:00 am-1:00pm
Location:
David. A Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Building 52, Room 516

Course Description:

For the first time in recorded history, in 2008, more people began living in urban areas than rural. Simultaneously, many studies show that the millennial generation and other consumers prefer to live in urban environments with access to local foods. This movement has created a dilemma where more people in urban areas rely on a declining farm population. It has also created an increased interest in urban agriculture.

Fee: Fee: $50, please bring a check to the class made out to the University of the District of Columbia. In the memo line, please write Urban Stormwater Management Workshop.

Transportation: UDC is located at the Van Ness/UDC Metro Stop. If you decide to drive, you can park in the Van Ness Parking Garage located on Van Ness St. NW.  The rate for 4 hours is $12.

Registration: Register Here!

Please contact Dwane Jones, Ph.D. at dwane.jones@udc.edu or 202.274.7182 if you have any questions.

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Rethinking Swale and Filter Strip Design (UDC & NCSU)

Monday, March 2, 2015
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Location:
University of the District of Columbia
David A. Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Building 52, Room LL 108

Course Description:

Swales and filter strips are an important, but often overlooked, part of stormwater management and Low Impact Development. Being simple to construct, however, does not translate into minimal benefits. Swales “out-punch their weight” with respect to removal of certain pollutants. Recent research conducted in North Carolina, the USA, and the world has led to new design guidance for swales that allows engineers and other designers to “tailor” swale design to specific water quality goals, while still conveying needed flows. By making relatively simple adjustments to swale cross-section, length and grass height, swales can be very effective. This workshop will review the most innovative designs for swales. Design for urban areas will be emphasized.

Additionally, a new swale concept, the regenerative stormwater conveyance (RSC), which is a step pool conveyance system incorporating specially-designed media focused on nutrient removal, will be discussed. Recent research on these systems has shown potential hydrologic and water quality improvements.

Continuing Education: 6 Professional Development Hours are available for professional engineers and land surveyors. 6 CEUs are approved by the American Society of Landscape Architects. 5.25 credit hours are approved by the American Planning Association for AICP members.

Fee: $175

Transportation: UDC is located at the Van Ness/UDC Metro Stop. If you decide to drive, you can park in the Van Ness Parking Garage located on Van Ness St. NW.  The rate for 4 hours is $12.

Registration: http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/stormwater/training/swales.html

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DC Master Gardener Class

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location:
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008

Course Description:

Pre-enrollment experience in gardening is not necessary; however it is helpful. An interest in plants and a desire to use your special skills and talents is all that you need. The program provides interested individuals with extensive training in topics such as botany, plant pathology, entomology, urban soils, vegetable gardening, pruning and plant propagation. In return, participants are required to dedicate volunteer time to demonstrate horticultural practices; answer questions, provide information, and speak at public events; and participate in community gardening programs.

Fee: $275 (District residents), $375 (Non-District residents)

Transportation: UDC is located at the Van Ness/UDC Metro Stop. If you decide to drive, you can park in the Van Ness Parking Garage located on Van Ness St. NW.  The rate for 4 hours is $12.

Registration: Please contact Sandra Farber at SFarber@udc.edu or 202.274.7166.

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Soil Management Workshop

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location:
Muirkirk Research Farm
12001 Old Baltimore Pike
Beltsville, MD 20705

Course Description:

Attention!!! THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.

If you are still interested in coming to the event, please use the registration link and you will be placed on a wait list. You will know by two weeks before the event whether anyone has dropped out. Sorry for any inconvenience.

This free workshop will be open to the public, focused on gardeners and farmers in the DC region who wish to maximize their soil health for growing nutrient dense crops sustainably and long term. Our featured speaker will be Jon Frank, from International Ag Labs. Jon has pioneered the High Brix Garden method for increasing crop nutritional content through soil management and is active in promoting the concept of nutrient dense foods and their impact on human health. In addition to the keynote sessions with Jon Frank on nutrient dense foods and soil health, we will also be offering sessions on biointensive soil management, composting, tilling, and pest and disease management through soil maintenance. We will also be counting this workshop as a continuing education unit for master gardeners.

Fee: FREE

Registration: Register Here!

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EPA-Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Certification Course

Monday, February 23, 2015
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Location:
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Building 32, Room 200

Course Description:

EPA’s Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule is designed to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards associated with renovation, repair and painting activities.  These activities may create hazardous lead dust when surfaces that contain lead paint are disturbed.  Workers are required to be certified and trained in the use of lead-safe work practices, and renovation, repair, and painting firms are required to be EPA-certified.

All contractors who renovate, repair and/or paint residential buildings, child-care facilities, and preschools built before 1978 must be EPA-certified, and are required to follow lead-safe work practices.

Avoid a $37,000 fine!  Enroll in UDC’s EPA-approved training, and get certified.

*UDC is an EPA and DDOE certified training provider.

**The instructor is a member of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers with over 18 years of experience in the field of Industrial Hygiene.

Instructor: Chris Gunther

Fee: $200 per person. Please bring a check made out to the University of the District of Columbia to class. In the memo line, please write “EPA Renovation”.

Transportation: UDC is located at the Van Ness/UDC Metro Stop. If you decide to drive, you can park in the Van Ness Parking Garage located on Van Ness St. NW.  The rate for all day parking is $20.

Registration: Register Here!

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Two Day Lead-Based Paint Abatement Worker Class

Monday, March 16, 2015 and Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Location:
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Building 32, Room 200

Course Description:

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC)* is offering training for individuals interested in becoming certified lead abatement workers. Attendees of the two-day Lead Abatement Worker course will:

  • Engage in interactive classroom training.
  • Participate in a small classroom setting and one on one training.
  • Receive a comprehensive manual to keep for future reference.
  • Engage in hands on training in a state-of-the-art containment room.
  • Receive a Lead Abatement Worker Certificate of Completion.

Instructor: Chris Gunther

Fee: $275 per person. Please bring a check made out to the University of the District of Columbia to class. In the memo line, please write “Lead Abatement”.

Transportation: UDC is located at the Van Ness/UDC Metro Stop. If you decide to drive, you can park in the Van Ness Parking Garage located on Van Ness St. NW.  The rate for all day parking is $20.

Registration: Register Here!

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4-H Volunteer Leaders Training

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time: 10am – 2:30pm
Location:
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Building 44, Room 101A

Course Description:

The 4-H Volunteer Leaders Training prepares adults to assist youth in managing 4-H clubs and activities. Learn how to support our youth in learning about leadership and opportunities that help them to meet their full potential. Volunteers have been an integral part of the success of 4-H since the 1920s, serving as club and project leaders, camp counselors, and even as trainers and mentors. 4-H adult volunteers have the unique opportunity to make a significant and positive contribution to youth development by sharing learned skills, making a difference in their lives and leaving a legacy.

Instructor: Rebecca Bankhead

Fee: Free

Transportation: UDC is located at the Van Ness/UDC Metro Stop. If you decide to drive, you can park in the Van Ness Parking Garage located on Van Ness St. NW.  The rate for all day parking is $20.

Registration: Early registration is required. Download and email the completed application to Rebecca Bankhead.

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Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Training

Friday, March 13, 2015, Washington, DC
Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Location:
University of the District of Columbia
David A. Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Building 52, Room 507

Course Description:

We, at The University of the District of Columbia are pleased to be working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and the four Regional Rural Development Centers in offering workshops that will help potential grant applicants understand, develop, and submit their Federal grant applications for the $30 million Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. This effort is known as the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) project.

Fee: FREE

Transportation: UDC is located at the Van Ness/UDC Metro Stop. If you decide to drive, you can park in the Van Ness Parking Garage located on Van Ness St. NW.  The rate for 4 hours is $12.

Registration: Register Here!

Please contact Dwane Jones, Ph.D. at dwane.jones@udc.edu or 202.274.7182 if you have any questions.

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Social Entrepreneurship Training

Monday, March 16, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location:
DC Green Corps
2437 15th St., NW
Washington, DC 20003

Course Description:

In partnership with Washington Parks & People (WPP), this workshop course will cover social entrepreneurship, financial literacy and green jobs for the Cohort 10 group for the DC Green Corps, a training program that provides trainees with valuable job skills, self-confidence, contacts/resources for job placement, and mentoring.

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Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate

In 2008, for the first time in recorded history, the world’s population became primarily urban. Some urban areas are growing at twice the rate of rural areas. While DC is not growing as rapidly, its population continues to increase. This trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. CAUSES is uniquely positioned as a world-leader in the Urban Ag movement through our Research, Academic, and Outreach programs. In response, we launched a non-credit bearing certificate program in Sustainable Agriculture in Fall 2014.

Program Length/Structure: Each Certificate Program consists of 4 classes. Classes usually meet 2 times per week in the evenings or once on the weekend. A certificate of completion will be issued at the successful completion of each class.

Fee: To receive a certificate in Sustainable Urban Agriculture, participants will pay a one-time fee of $200.  If a participant wishes to take individual classes, the cost is $60 per class.  Payment will be made at the time of the first class, by check to the University of the District of Columbia.

For more information about class dates, times and locations, please refer to the program page: Click here.

Registration: Registration is closed for Spring 2015


EPA-Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Certification Course

Course Description:

EPA’s Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule is designed to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards associated with renovation, repair and painting activities.  These activities may create hazardous lead dust when surfaces that contain lead paint are disturbed.  Workers are required to be certified and trained in the use of lead-safe work practices, and renovation, repair, and painting firms are required to be EPA-certified.

All contractors who renovate, repair and/or paint residential buildings, child-care facilities, and preschools built before 1978 must be EPA-certified, and are required to follow lead-safe work practices.

Avoid a $37,000 fine!  Enroll in UDC’s EPA-approved training, and get certified.

*UDC is an EPA and DDOE certified training provider.

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015

Location: University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Building 32, Room 200

Time: 8:15am – 5:30pm

Instructor: Chris Gunther
**The instructor is a member of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers with over 18 years of experience in the field of Industrial Hygiene.

Registration: Please Register Here!

Fee: $200, please bring a check or money order to the class made out to the University of the District of Columbia. In the memo line, please write “Renovation Class.”  Also, you can pay by credit card, in person.

Transportation: UDC is located at the Van Ness/UDC Metro Stop. If you decide to drive, you can park in the Van Ness Parking Garage located on Van Ness St. NW.  The rate for 4 hours is $12.

Campus Map: http://www.udc.edu/about_udc/campus_map

For more information, please contact Marshelle Hailstock at mhailstock@udc.edu or 202.274.7135.

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Using Statistics to Understand Your Community

Course Description:

This workshop is for community leaders, developers and residents who have a desire to further their knowledge of their communities. It covers basic concepts in statistics, labor economics and commonly available ways of finding and utilizing useful data from the Census Website.

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015

Location: University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Building 32, Room 200

Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Instructor: Dr. Xiaochu Hu

Registration: Please Register Here!

Fee: FREE

Transportation: UDC is located at the Van Ness/UDC Metro Stop. If you decide to drive, you can park in the Van Ness Parking Garage located on Van Ness St. NW.  The rate for 1-3 hours is $8.

Campus Map: http://www.udc.edu/about_udc/campus_map

For more information, please contact Dr. Xiaochu Hu at xiaochu.hu@udc.edu.

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EPA-Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Certification Course

Monday, September 15, 2015
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Location: University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Building 32, Room 200

Course Description:

EPA’s Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule is designed to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards associated with renovation, repair and painting activities.  These activities may create hazardous lead dust when surfaces that contain lead paint are disturbed.  Workers are required to be certified and trained in the use of lead-safe work practices, and renovation, repair, and painting firms are required to be EPA-certified.

All contractors who renovate, repair and/or paint residential buildings, child-care facilities, and preschools built before 1978 must be EPA-certified, and are required to follow lead-safe work practices.

Avoid a $37,000 fine!  Enroll in UDC’s EPA-approved training, and get certified.

**The instructor is a member of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers with over 18 years of experience in the field of Industrial Hygiene.

Instructor: Chris Gunther

Fee: $200 per person. Please bring a check made out to the University of the District of Columbia to class. In the memo line, please write “EPA Renovation”.

Transportation: UDC is located at the Van Ness/UDC Metro Stop. If you decide to drive, you can park in the Van Ness Parking Garage located on Van Ness St. NW.  The rate for all day parking is $20.

Register Here!

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Food Handler Certification Course

July

Class One: Mon 6th, Wed 8th, Fri 10th (9:00a-4:00pm each class)

Class Two: Mon 20th, Wed 22nd, Fri 24th (9:00a-4:00pm each class)

August

Class One: Mon 3rd, Wed 5th, Fri 7th (9:00a-4:00pm each class)

Class Two: Mon 17th, Wed 19th, Fri 21st (9:00a-4:00pm each class)

September

Class One: Mon 14th, Wed 16th, Fri 18th (9:00a-4:00pm each class)

Class Two: Mon 28th, Wed 30th, Fri Oct 2nd (9:00a-4:00pm each class)

October

Class One: Mon 5th, Wed 7th, Fri 9th (9:00a-4:00pm each class)

Class Two: Mon 26th, Wed 28th, Fri 30th (9:00a-4:00pm each class)

November

Class One: Mon 2nd, Wed 4th, Fri 6th (9:00a-4:00pm each class)

Class Two: Mon 16th, Wed 18th, Fri 20th (9:00a-4:00pm each class)

December

Class One: Mon 7th, Wed 9th, Fri 11th (9:00a-4:00pm each class)

Class Two: Mon 14th, Wed 16th, Fri 18th (9:00a-4:00pm each class)

Course Description:

The 16 clock hour course prepares food handlers for any of the nationally accredited food managers’ examinations including Prometric, ServSafe, and the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals. Topics include danger associated with foodborne illness, risk factors that contribute to foodborne disease outbreaks, characteristics of potentially hazardous foods, employee health and personal hygiene, safe food handling, equipment, facilities, and Hazard Analysis Critical Control points (HACCP). Individuals successfully completing the course will take a nationally recognized certification exam. Upon passing the national exam, participant will receive a national certificate.

Fee: The cost of the class is $147 per person and is payable by CHECK or Money Order (NO CASH PLEASE) made out to: The University of the District of Columbia. You can bring your payment with you on the first day of class. The cost includes all books, materials, and national exam. Please bring a pen and/or #2 pencil (preferably two) and a pad or paper for note-taking.

Registration: Please contact Paul Brown at pbrown@udc.edu or 202.274.6490.

Location: The location for the Food Handler Certification course is the UDC campus, 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, 20008, Room 105. Van Ness/UDC is located on the RED LINE for those that want to use Metro. There is also a parking garage on campus for those who would prefer to drive ($8 for 1-3 hrs, $12 for 4-6 hrs). Limited metered street parking may be available.

Exam: Exam results take approximately two to four weeks and will be mailed to you or be given to the director of your program. Please include your correct mailing address on all paperwork. Once you have passed your exam and received your Professional Food Manager certificate, it is valid in the District of Columbia for three years. To be certified in the District of Columbia, you will have to take your certificate, along with a valid photo id and $35.00 (check or money order), to the Department of Health, 899 North Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20002.

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Two- Day Lead Worker Abatement Class

Monday, November 23, 2015 and Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Location: University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Building 32, Room 200

Course Description:

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC)* is offering training for individuals interested in becoming certified lead abatement workers. Attendees of the two-day Lead Abatement Worker course will:

  • Engage in interactive classroom training.
  • Participate in a small classroom setting and one on one training.
  • Receive a comprehensive manual to keep for future reference.
  • Engage in hands on training in a state-of-the-art containment room.
  • Receive a Lead Abatement Worker Certificate of Completion.

Instructor: Chris Gunther

Fee: $275 per person. Please bring a check made out to the University of the District of Columbia to class. In the memo line, please write “Lead Abatement”.

Transportation: UDC is located at the Van Ness/UDC Metro Stop. If you decide to drive, you can park in the Van Ness Parking Garage located on Van Ness St. NW.  The rate for all day parking is $20.

Registration: Register Here!

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Cooking Healthy with Your Family

The six week course will be offered Saturdays from:

September 5 to October 10, 2015
Late Fall Course: October 17 to November 21, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Location:

University of the District of Columbia
Washington Parks & People’s Riverside Healthy Living Center
601 Division Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20019
(near Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, NE )

Course Description:

Attention Wards 7 and 8 residents— you are invited to attend a FREE six-week workshop and learn how to plan healthy meals for your family! The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) provides education to low-income families, teaching on the topics: nutrition, daily meal planning, food safety, hands-on cooking, and equipment care. This program is sponsored by the Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, the University of the District of Columbia, and brought to you in partnership with Washington Parks & People.

Instructor: Chef T

Fee: FREE

Registration: For more information and to sign up, please contact Chef T at thenson@udc.edu or 202.495.9473.

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