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

Activities for Youth

4-H members explore a world of amazing experiences and opportunities. The possibilities for positive development and learning are endless. Multnomah and Washington County 4-H faculty and staff are committed to working with our volunteers and partners to provide programs that are diverse, relevant, engaging and contribute to the health of young people, their families, communities and our world.

Washington County

Food Preservation and Safety

Our Master Food Preserver Volunteers will be educating the public about safe food handling and preservation over the phone, at workshops, at exhibits and demonstrations at sites such as farmers' markets and county fairs.

Washington County

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.

Washington County

Healthy Living

We provide Nutrition Education to limited-resource individuals, children, and adults through our team of Educators in Washington County, and our Metro Hispanic Nutrition Office in SE Portland. Workshops and support are available in English, Spanish, Russian, and more.

Washington County

Home Garden and Landscape

We provide research-based information for backyard gardeners and green industry professionals, including regional specific information.

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Small Farms

The term "food system" includes all processes involved in keeping us fed: growing, harvesting, processing (or transforming/changing), packaging, transporting, marketing, consuming and disposing of food and food packages. Sustainable gardening/farming is the production of food, plants, or animals using environmentally friendly techniques.

Washington County

Watersheds and Aquatic Health

Oregon Sea Grant is part of a national network that supports research and education programs that contribute to the wise use of coastal resources. Extension Sea Grant brings university expertise to bear on real-world issues faced by Oregon residents, businesses, and communities.

Washington County

Programs offered

  • Better Bones and Balance®: Classes and exercises designed to gradually improve balance and strength to avoid falls and maintain independence.
  • Family and Community Educators: Each year OSU Extension Family and Community Health faculty develop lessons for Oregon Association for Family and Community Education groups and others who deliver community education through a "train-the-trainer" model.
  • 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.
  • Metro Area Master Gardener: 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • OSU Small Farms: The goal of the Small Farms program is to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of small farms by employing appropriate scale production and marketing techniques. The program works toward improving small farm horticultural production and small-scale livestock, poultry & forage production.
  • Outdoor School: This is an exciting time for Oregon and for Oregon’s 5th and 6th grade students as OSU Extension works in collaboration with schools, partners, and communities to support and grow the statewide Outdoor School program, building on a legacy that began in 1966.