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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 mission drives us to conduct research and share research-based education to improve economic vitality and promote personal and environmental health.

Highlights

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 (PreK-12), Christmas tree growers, loggers and forest workers, and others.

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Programs offered

  • 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.
  • Citizen Fire Academy: The Citizen Fire Academy program equips participants with the knowledge they need to improve fire preparedness and resiliency on their own properties and in their communities.
  • 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 those who prepare food and practice preserving and processing foods at home have access to research-based information on safe food handling. Many of the county offices offer food preservation programs and workshops, including our Master Food Preserver program.
  • 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 gained through this training with people in their local communities. Graduates of the program have been serving Oregon for 20 years.
  • 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 Program Education (SNAP-Ed), in partnership with the Oregon Department of Human Services, and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). These...
  • 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 experiences that increase their awareness, understanding, and knowledge of the environment and their relationship to it.
  • 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 tree/insect identification and are likely to encounter an infestation as part of their work. OFPDs are very important in early detection and rapid response of control efforts.
  • Oregon Master Naturalist: The Oregon Master Naturalist Program is for people interested in Oregon’s natural history and natural resources management who want to dedicate their time as volunteers. The Program provides an opportunity to learn about natural resources through the study of scientifically sound information: the natural history of plants, animals, habitats, and geology, the history and processes 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 thousands of educators’ understanding of Oregon’s forest, wildlife, and ecosystems. Oregon’s rich and diverse natural resources are integral to our citizen’s social interactions, health and well-being, and the foundation of Oregon’s economy.
  • Oregon Season Tracker: Oregon Season Tracker (OST) is a project of Oregon State University that aims to link natural resource managers, educators, researchers and others in the community to the science they use through collaborative citizen science. We hope that together the OST partnership can improve understanding of weather patterns and how plants and other living things in our ecosystem respond and adapt to regional variations in climate conditions by gathering data across diverse Oregon landscapes.