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Master Food Preserver Michele Pryse teaches food preservation techniques in the Medford, Oregon area. Photo by Lynn Ketchum.
The Oregon State University Extension Service is the largest grassroots educational organization in Oregon. In 2010, OSU Extension trained 18,000 volunteers. Volunteers help us educate every community and neighborhood in Oregon.
Where can I volunteer?
Master level volunteers are trained by university experts and in turn dedicate their time to teaching and enriching their communities. Master-level volunteer opportunities include:
- Master Gardeners: Provide expert gardening advice to the public and lead the development of sustainable community landscapes.
- 4-H Youth Development Program: Help youth pursue service learning projects while they develop skills in science, technology, business, communication, citizenship, and other areas.
- Master Woodland Managers: Teach Oregonians to manage woodlands and create sustainable forests for the future.
- Master Food Preservers: Demonstrate safe methods of harvesting, canning, and preserving food from fresh local ingredients.
- Climate Masters: Help Oregonians reduce their personal energy costs and carbon footprints.
- Master Composters or Recyclers: Lead service projects that promote waste reduction in your community.
- Master Watershed Steward: Lead service projects to maintain green streets, watersheds, and parks and coordinate wetland restoration projects.
- 4-H Wildlife Stewards: Promote science and environmental stewardship in Oregon's schools.
- Master Naturalist: This opportunity will be available in 2012; it will give an overview of all of Oregon's flora, fauna, ecosystems, and geology.
- Family and Community Health: Promote healthy communities, families and individuals by providing education about aging well, healthy eating, and food preservation.
In addition, there are many opportunities to volunteer at educational events and workshops and on advisory boards in your area.