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Johnson County
11811 S. Sunset Drive
Suite 1500
Olathe, KS 66061

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday,
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(913) 715-7000
(913) 715-7005 fax

Map to our office

K-State Research and Extension is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Johnson County Extension at (913)715-7000. Notify staff of accommodation needs as early as possible.

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Silver Clovers

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Silver Clovers at the Fair!

Friday, August 2  |  9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: 4-H Building, Johnson County Fairgrounds, Gardner

From 9 am to 10 am, all fair buildings will be open exclusively to senior citizens. Enjoy a light breakfast, tour the fairgrounds with the Johnson County 4-H Ambassadors, meet 4-H youth and learn about their projects, and enjoy a morning of summer fun with your community. Learn more

Welcome to Silver Clovers, a special learning series for adults ages 50 and older. 

Our goal is to provide online, in-person, and on-demand educational and enrichment activities so that older adults can build skills, increase knowledge, practice healthy behaviors, and connect with others. Sign up for monthly Silver Clovers emails to stay in touch!

Upcoming Classes

Cooking Basics for One

Tuesday, June 18, 2024  |  10:00 AM
Matt Ross Community Center

Cooking great tasting and healthy food does not have to be intimidating and complicated. Learn the basics of how to plan, prepare, read a recipe, and make modifications when cooking for just one. Register Here

Nutrition Made Simple

Monday, July 1, 2024  |  1:00 PM
Location: Roeland Park Community Center

Does healthy eating confuse you? This presentation breaks down myths and provides strategies to help you understand real nutrition so you can start eating healthy today. Learn how to read food labels, identify diet traps, and make small lifelong changes. Register Here

WITS Workout: Happy Birthday, USA! (LIVE)

Monday, July 8, 2024  | 12:30 PM
Location: Gardner Senior Center; 128 E Park; Gardner

Activities in this session have a patriotic or historical base. The training component covers memory and recall. Register Here

WITS Workout: Happy Birthday, USA! (VIRTUAL)

Monday, July 8, 2024  | 3:00 PM
Location: Online via Zoom

Activities in this session have a patriotic or historical base. The training component covers memory and recall. Register Here

Creative Houseplants with the Extension Master Gardeners

Tuesday, July 9, 2024  |  2:00 PM
Location: Virtual

During this virtual class, Extension Master Gardeners will talk about how to care for houseplants and answer your questions. Register Here

WITS Workout (LIVE)

Friday, July 12, July 19, and July 26  |  10:00 AM

Did you know that social connectedness and intellectual engagement are two lifestyle factors that contribute to your brain’s health? Simply put, coming together and learning new things is good for your noggin! This program has two main goals—to provide purposeful opportunities to engage intellectually and to increase socialization through ongoing group participation. Register Here

Twilling Hand Embroidery

Tuesday, July 23, 2024  |  6 PM
Location: Johnson County Extension Office

Twilling is a type of embroidery stitch, also known as the double knot stitch, that creates a row of raised knots to add unique dimension to your stitching. It is commonly used as a way to enhance quilts, clothing, or any sewing, and is most often used for borders and outlines.  It is easy to learn and can add more interest to your embroidery or other projects. Join Waitlist

Good Gut Health

Friday, July 26, 2024  |  1 PM
Location: Matt Ross Community Center

The health of the bacteria in your gut is often overlooked. The health of your gut can affect your mental health, weight, and many other functions. Learn how to get better gut health to help you feel your best. Register Here

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Tuesday, July 30, 2024  |  10:00 AM
Location: Matt Ross Community Center

Eating nutritious foods good for your health does not have to be expensive. These days it seems harder to stay within our budget. Learn tips and tricks to stretch your food dollars while maximizing nutrition. Register Here

Curb Appeal with the Extension Master Gardeners

Tuesday, August 6, 2024  |  2:00 PM
Location: Virtual

Extension Master Gardeners will talk about gardening to add curb appeal to your home, with time to answer your questions. Register Here

WITS Workout: School Days

Monday, August 12, 2024  | 3:00 PM
Location: Online via Zoom

Actvities in this session focus on school life and activities. The training component covers intellectual challenge. Register Here

Not So Sweet Facts About Sugar

Wednesay, August 14, 2024  | 1:00 PM
Location: Roeland Park Community Center

Sugar seems to be in everything these days. Learn how to identify this sneaky ingredient in foods, why manufactures add it to food, and how we can work to reduce sugar intake. Register Here

Community Events

Live Well Age Well Expo 2024

Thursday, August 29  |  10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center; 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park

Johnson County Park and Recreaction 50+ Program presents this free day full of educational sessions, exploring vendor booths, and more. Silver Clovers will be present. Learn more

Video Classes

Watch our previous classes on YouTube! Click here for a list of all videos or watch the programs below.

Horticulture - Small Farms agent Anthony Reardon shows you how to design a lovely potted flower container. Watch the video or read the article here.

5 Reasons to Volunteer

Extension director Tara Markley highlights five reasons why volunteering in your community is great.

Walking for Good Health and Wellness

Nutrition, Food Safety, and Health Extension Agent Chelsea Reinberg goes over the basics of Walking as a program for good health and mental wellness. 

Past Classes (click to watch video):

About Silver Clovers

According to the CDC, loneliness and social isolation in older adults are serious public health risks due to living alone, the loss of family or friends, chronic illness and hearing loss. Studies show social isolation can significantly increase a person’s risk of premature death from all causes, along with many other adverse health effects. The pandemic intensified this condition for Johnson County’s fastest growing population--older adults.

Johnson County Extension responded by offering a series of events, both online and in-person, to connect residents while offering opportunities to improve skills and increase knowledge in a variety of program areas.


Call the Johnson County Extension office at 913-715-7000.

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