Marion County Extension

1320 Capitol St NE, Suite 110
Salem, OR 97301
United States

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Marion County Extension

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Food. Farm. Families.

Serving Marion County Residents Since 1911.

Who We Are. What We Do.

We offer objective, research-based information to help Marion County youth and adults solve problems, develop life skills and manage resources wisely. As part of OSU and other research-based institutions, our faculty, staff and volunteers provide the following services:

  • Answer questions and give advice by telephone, in person, and by email
  • Coordinate informational tours, conferences, short courses, workshops and demonstrations
  • Provide publications with specific research-based information on a variety of subjects
  • Provide information of local interest and link to hundreds of research based publications on our website

Upcoming Events

Twilight tour: Green Acres Forest


Thu, Jun 21, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mark your calendar for a twilight tour in Escatada for the first week of summer. See how a couple from the city got a head start on learning to manage their woodland.

Preserving the Valley's Fruit


Tue, Jun 26, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Learn tips and strategies in this Marion County class to safely can, freeze, and dry fruits.

Family forest carbon markets in practice: Raincloud Tree Farm Tour


Thu, Jul 12, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Attend this forest tour at the Stewart family’s Raincloud Tree Farm to see an example of how forest carbon markets can work for family forest owners.
Livestock Judging Logo

Judging Palooza

Deschutes County 4-H Event

Sat, Jul 14, 2018 - Sun, Jul 15, 2018 (All Day)
This two day judging event starts off on Saturday, July 14 at 9 am with a livestock judging clinic and rounds out Sunday, July 15 at 7 am with a livestock judging contest.
Bearded iris

Iris Party!!!

Marion County Master Gardeners Event

Sat, Jul 14, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join OSU Master Gardeners for this hands-on workshop digging, cutting up bearded iris clumps, and labeling the fans.
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Youth Enviro Squad - Tuesday in the Trees

Marion County 4-H Event

Tue, Jul 17, 2018 9:00 am - Tue, Aug 28, 2018 3:00 pm
YES (Youth Enviro Squad) is a 4-H club for grades 8-12 which meets at the Marion County OSU Extension Office on Tuesdays, 9:00am to 3:00pm throughout the summer to participate in natural resource education and forest service land restoration, including daily service-learning projects and group hikes! Lunch and snacks are provided.
Berry medley: blackberry, blueberry, strawberry

Berry Tasting, Variety Selection, & Basic Berry Care

Marion County Master Gardeners Event

Sat, Jul 21, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Learn (by taste) what berries you want to grow with the help of OSU Master Gardeners

Polk County Canning Tuna Class


Sat, Jul 21, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Learn tips and strategies to safely home can tuna.

Preserving the Valley's Vegetables


Tue, Jul 24, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us in Salem to learn how to safely and confidently pressure can vegetables.
Grafted apple tree. Image depicts red and yellow apples on same tree.

Bud Grafting Workshop

Marion County Master Gardeners Event

Sat, Jul 28, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Learn the basic techniques of bud grafting including different bud grafting methods and when they should be used.
Mission Earth Photo 2018

Mission Earth 2018 STEM Summer Day-Camp

Marion County 4-H Event

Mon, Jul 30, 2018 9:00 am - Thu, Aug 2, 2018 3:00 pm
Mission Earth - 2018 STEM Summer Day-Camp: July 30th - August 2nd from 9:00am - 3:00pm.

This 4-day-camp series is designed for youth ages 14-17 who are interested in being outdoors and learning about environmental science and remote sensing using technology with OSU Extension faculty & Salem-Keizer educators. This program is in partnership with NASA Science Mission Directorate, Northwest Earth and Space Pipeline (NESSP), Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium and OSU 4-H Youth Development.

CCFFA annual picnic and Clackamas Woodland Farmer of the Year Tour at Rainbow Forest Farm


Sat, Aug 4, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mark your calendar for the annual CCFFA Summer picnic on August 4, featuring a tour of Rainbow Forest Farm in Redland, Clackamas Woodland Farmer of the Year 2017.

Preserving Tomatoes & Salsa


Mon, Aug 13, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Learn safe methods in this Salem class for preserving tomatoes and salsa.
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