Polk County

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OSU Extension in Polk County

OSU Extension’s network of teachers, experts, mentors and volunteers is at your service, across Oregon and here at home. Learning with you. Sharing knowledge. Putting lessons into practice.

When we work together, we can create positive change in our communities. Helping farmers and gardeners grow healthy foods. Strengthening our economic and ecological future. Helping people of all ages, families and communities thrive. And much more. We’re here to help.

How we serve you

We provide reliable, research-based education and advice to help you make informed decisions. Access is affordable—often free. Learn through one-on-one conversations with experts, workshops, conferences, publications, hotlines, online classes, and youth development clubs and activities.


At home and need of activities for youth?

For an updated list of 4-H activities and resources to use during the COVID-19 quarantine, see our Stay at Home Youth and 4-H Activities! Read more...

Polk County vaccine eligibility and information

All Oregonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine on April 19. Read more...

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Visitor information

COVID-19 Notice - We are still open by appointment and eager to answer your questions! 

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Upcoming events

Feb 1 - Dec 1
Feb 16 - Jun 15
Mar 1 - May 31
Mar 18 - May 20

What we do

Discover ways to learn and get involved. Here are some highlights of our activities and specialties.

Family Health and Nutrition

The Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) program is helping individuals, families and communities achieve healthy outcomes. Our county faculty are located in the communities we serve, allowing us to achieve these outcomes.

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Farm to School and school gardens in Polk County

We connect the cafeteria, classroom and community so kids, farmers, and communities thrive. OSU’s research-backed farm to school activities improve economic opportunities, public health, academic achievement, youth development and ecoliteracy in every county in Oregon.

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Home Garden, Landscape and Master Gardeners

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

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Mid-Willamette Valley Small Farms Program

The Mid-Valley Small Farms Program serves commercial small farm entrepreneurs as well as non-commercial small acreage landowners. Our focus embraces both organic/biological and conventional farming systems.

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Youth Activities

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.

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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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News and impact

Despite pandemic, county fairs and livestock shows go on for 4-H exhibitors

Oregon 4-H faculty, staff and volunteers worked throughout the spring and summer to highlight the hard work of 4-H youth exhibitors and provide a quality educational fair experience in a healthy, safe environment.

Shana Withee, Jan Williams, Elli Korthuis, Traci Reed, Dani Annala, Wendy Hein, Erin Hansell-Heideman, Jon Gandy, Amy Derby, Susan Busler, Marilee Anderson | May 2021 | Impact story

Extension support keeps Oregon Christmas trees on top

Extension helps make sure exported Christmas trees are pest-free

Chal Landgren | Apr 2021 | Impact story

Citizen scientists track climate change, blaze new paths of communication

Oregon Season Tracker aims to broaden discussion and understanding about climate science.

Brad Withrow-Robinson | Apr 2021 | Impact story

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