Program Areas

OSU Extension’s educational programming and activities center around seven major focus areas. Within each area, our network of diverse educators and researchers provide practical, research-based information, engage learners, and collaborate with partners and volunteers in communities across Oregon to support and sustain healthier individuals and families, thriving ecosystems, and growing economies.

4-H Youth Development

Program Leader: Pamela Rose

4-H provides young people with intentional, high quality learning experiences that promote positive interactions with adults and peers, sustained and active participation across time, and opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the world around them.

4-H is the largest out-of-school youth program in the United States. There are more than 6 million 4-H members nationwide, and thousands of young people participate in Oregon 4-H each year. Because 4-H uses an active, learn-by-doing approach, young people see how their actions make a difference in the lives of others and the world around them.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Program Leader: Sam Angima

Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension helps grow Oregon’s economy, keep family farms vibrant, strengthen ecosystems, and support safe and sustainable food and water systems.

Our programs and expertise include Small Farms Program, Master Gardener, ag technology, crops, environmental quality, food processing, livestock, pollinator health, wildlife, and more.

Family and Community Health

Program Leader: Roberta Riportella

Extension Family and Community Health partners with families and communities to enhance health and wellness. We promote statewide and local changes that impact school lunchrooms and physical activity policies, child and elder care issues, and community vitality. We provide science-based programs at every stage of life.

Our health-enhancing programs include physical activity, nutrition, parenting education, and food preservation and safety.

Forestry and Natural Resources

Program Leader: Jim Johnson

Forestry and Natural Resources Extension brings scientific knowledge and expertise to our communities, ensuring our forests are resilient and continue to provide the wide array of benefits that Oregonians treasure—now and always.

Our programs and expertise include Tree Schools, Citizen Fire Academy, Master Woodland Manager, Master Naturalist, Women Owning Woodlands, Ties to the Land, forest health, forest management, logging and selling timber, non-timber forest products, and more.

OSU Open Campus

Program Leader: Jeff Sherman

OSU Open Campus, a community-based education partnership convened by Oregon State University, provides local access to learning in order to address the unique educational needs of Oregon’s communities.

Through a statewide network of Open Campus education coordinators, working in partnership with community colleges, regional economic development groups, the K-12 education systems, business community and local government, the university is delivering education to underserved and place-bound Oregonians.

Our focus areas include college and career readiness, degree completion, economic and community development, and the Juntos program.

Outdoor School

Director: Kris Elliott

Outdoor School is a transformative, immersive experience that instills environmental literacy and positive learning behaviors in students. It also encourages a belief that Oregon is a special place, with ecosystems they can enjoy and protect. The OSU Extension Service is a trusted partner with the state and with local school districts for administering Outdoor School.

As entrusted by voters, directed by Oregon law, and with input from an advisory committee, we provide fiscal, programmatic, and administrative responsibility for the program, which currently serves Oregon 5th and 6th grade students. We work in collaboration with school districts, partners, and communities to support and grow the statewide Outdoor School program, building on a legacy that began in 1966.

Sea Grant

Program Leader: Dave Hansen

Oregon Sea Grant serves the state, region and nation through an integrated program of research, outreach, and education that helps people understand, rationally use and conserve marine and coastal resources. Based at Oregon State University and working with scientists, scholars and communities statewide, we're part of the national network of NOAA Sea Grant College Programs.

Outreach and public engagement are integrated into everything Sea Grant does. They are the tools we use to ensure that our work is not only relevant to society, but directly connected with it.

Our programs and expertise include earthquake and tsunami preparedness, sustainable fisheries, seafood product innovation, aquatic invasive species, environmental literacy, and more.