Cooperative Extension Service
The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the largest informal education system in the world, connecting Extension programs and land-grant colleges and universities in every U.S. territory and state.
Whether teaching people how to grow food in Alaska’s diverse climates, helping them safely preserve their harvest or building stronger communities through youth development, Extension Service staff have provided research-based, practical education to Alaskans since 1930. Extension now offers community outreach and engagement programs in all areas of the state through in-person and remote opportunities.
UAF’s outreach role is filled in part by Extension faculty and staff in Anchorage, Bethel, Delta Junction, Dillingham, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak, Nome, Palmer, Sitka and Soldotna.
As the state’s gateway to the university system, Extension serves some 50,000 Alaskans annually, providing a link between Alaska’s diverse people and communities by interpreting relevant knowledge of interest to Alaska residents. Major issue areas include food safety and security; health; climate change; energy; youth, families and communities; and economic development.
Extension has produced hundreds of publications and videos on a variety of topics with practical information that Alaskans can use. These are available at district offices or online at the Extension website.