What we do

Extension faculty, staff, and trained volunteers work alongside local partners to provide educational workshops, activities, and services tailored to the unique industries, natural resources, and people in our communities.

Oregon State University's land grant mission drives us to conduct research and share research-based education to improve economic vitality and promote personal and environmental health.

Highlights

High Speed Hand Washing

High Speed Hand Washing helps save time, water, energy and prevents the spread of disease. Groups of 25 can get their hands washed properly in 5 minutes or less. Works well indoors or outdoors. Lesson plans, posters and more!

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Online resources and activities

Our OSU Extension faculty are quickly creating new ways to bring learning to meet your needs. We work to engage the curiosity of kids and adults, to support the well-being of people, communities, and local economies, and to give you the information you need to pull through the COVID-19 crisis.

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Activities for Youth

The 4-H Program in Deschutes County involves approximately 300 volunteer leaders working with about 1200 youth in the 4th through 12th grades. Additionally, the Oregon State University Extension Service reaches over 400 youth through non-traditional youth programs on a continuing basis.

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Home Garden and Landscape

We provide education to the residents and commercial green industry in our community. We provide this education through seminars, workshops, publications and several other ways. We also serve as an outlet for all of your ...

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Food Safety and Preservation in Central Oregon

Preserve food safely

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Nutrition Education / SNAP-Ed Program

Deschutes County SNAP-Ed Program engages with our community to provide nutrition education to limited income youth, families, and adults.

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Nutrition Education Volunteer Program

Nutrition education and outreach volunteer opportunity.

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Small Farms

The Small Farms/Small Acreage program in Central Oregon provides research-based educational programming and resources to help commercial and non-commercial small farm entrepreneurs and small acreage landowners achieve their goals.

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Forestry and Natural Resources

Our agents and specialists share knowledge about the latest techniques in natural resource management through educational programs and materials. We work with forest owners, foresters and other natural resource managers, educators ...

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Livestock and Forages

With the dry, sunny weather that prevails through-out the harvest season, Deschutes County is well suited for the production of livestock and forages.

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Commercial Agriculture

Information for both Commercial Small Farms and high value specialty crops. Resources, research and educational programming serving Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties.

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Enjoying our Healthy Harvest

Nutrition Education Curriculum for 4th graders, from garden or market to the table. Participants learn how to select, clean and store produce, and make a simple preparation for sampling. Lessons can be adapted for all age ...

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The OSU Extension Master Food Preserver Volunteer Program in Central Oregon

Master Food Preservers of Central Oregon

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Preserve @ Home-Oregon

Preserve @ Home-Oregon welcomes new and experienced food preservers.

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Programs offered

  • Central Oregon Master Gardeners: A program that educates Oregonians about the art and science of growing and caring for plants. This program also facilitates the training of a highly educated group of volunteers. These volunteers extend sustainable gardening information to their communities through education and outreach programs.
  • Central Oregon Small Farms: The Small Farms/Small Acreage program in Central Oregon provides research-based educational programming and resources to help commercial and non-commercial small farm entrepreneurs and small acreage landowners achieve their goals.
  • Deschutes County 4-H: 4-H empowers young people with hands-on learning experiences to help them grow and thrive. By creating a safe and welcoming environment, young people develop the skills needed to make a positive impact on the world around them.
  • Home Food Safety and Preservation Program: Food safety and preservation resources and classes, provided through the Oregon State University Extension Family and Community Health, ensures Oregonians have access to the most reliable information available. It is critical that ...
  • Master Woodland Manager: The Master Woodland Manager (MWM) training is offered by Oregon State University Forestry Extension as a master's level course for landowners who are interested in an intensive forest management training and sharing the knowledge ...
  • Nutrition Education and Outreach Programs: The OSU Extension Service Nutrition Education and Outreach Programs are a part of the Family and Community Health Program and the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ...
  • Open Campus: 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...
  • Oregon Environmental Literacy Program: The goal of the Oregon Environmental Literacy Program is to support teachers in collaboration with non-formal educators to foster Environmental Literacy of Kindergarten through 12th grade students by engaging students in activities and...
  • Oregon Forest Pest Detector: Oregon Forest Pest Detectors (OFPDs) are volunteers that help prevent the damaging impacts of invasive forest pests by monitoring for and reporting potential infestations. They usually already have some baseline knowledge of ...
  • Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (PreK-12): The Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP) has been a leader in providing professional development programs for K - 16 educators since its inception in the mid-1980s. ONREP programming has contributed to building ...