Who we are

Oregon State University Extension is the go-to resource for the expertise and knowledge every Oregonian needs to live healthy lives, nurture our great state’s ecosystems, and play a vital role in Oregon’s vibrant communities.

We’re partnering with people in every county and helping them thrive every day — just as we have done for more than 100 years.

Learn more about our impact across Oregon.

Our mission

The Oregon State University Extension Service engages the people of Oregon with research-based knowledge and education that strengthen communities and economies, sustain natural resources, and promote healthy families and individuals.

Our values

  • Community-based: We value community relationships and connect OSU to local people and issues to enhance the present and the future of the people and communities of Oregon.
  • Accountability: We focus on achieving measurable outcomes, and document and communicate the impact and value of our work.
  • Credibility: We deliver relevant, research-based knowledge through our educational programs.
  • Diversity: We exhibit respect, value differing perceptions and world views, and encourage diversity.
  • Partnerships: We collaborate with academic, public, and private partners to achieve greater results and build community capacity. We value the public good that comes from collaborating with volunteers.
  • Responsiveness: We engage with community partners and learners to identify priority issues and needs, to design timely responses, and to build future capability.