Caribou on the tundra

>The Mat-Su/Copper River District office has partnered with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska to host classes on big game hunting, field dressing, game meat processing and preserving wild game meat. The classes start on March 23 and continue through March 31. For more information, view the flier or call 907-745-3360. Registration is available online.

>Extension will host the annual Alaska Certified Pesticide Applicators  Workshop on March 15 at the UAA Gorsuch Commons in Anchorage. The workshop will host presentations on topics including pest management, new products and research development for industry professionals. This annual workshop will offer Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation CEUs. Lunch is included in the registration fee. Registration is available online. For more information, contact Janice Chumley at jichumley@alaska.edu or 907-262-5824.

>Canning and food preservation classes begin in the Mat-Su/Copper River District office on March 6. Topics include canning fruits, canning fish in jars, pickles and sauerkraut, canning meat and vegetables in jars and preserving fish in cans. Each class costs $25. For more information, view the flier or call 907-745-3360. Registration is available online.

Alaska 4-H and JOANN Fabric Stores are partnering for the month of February

>During the month of February, JOANN Fabrics stores and Alaska 4-H are partnering to see more kids learning by doing, creating and making. Paper clovers will be available for purchase at JOANN Fabrics stores across Alaska. Each Paper Clover will include instructions for a special Valentine’s Day craft idea that customers can create to share with someone special. With the $4 Paper Clover, customers will also receive a coupon for $4 off their next purchase. Proceeds from paper clover sales directly support Alaska 4-H programs. Other events include card-making classes and an online fashion show. Visit the 4-H site for more information.

>The Tanana District Extension office in Fairbanks will close Feb. 12-16 due to temporary scheduling challenges. The office will be open reduced hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Feb. 7-9 and Feb. 19-21. Regular office hours will resume Feb. 22, when the office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office closes from 1 to 2 p.m. for lunch.

>The 2018 Delta Farm Forum is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Delta High School Small Gymnasium. View the agenda here or call the Delta District Office at 895-4215 or the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District at 895-6279 with questions.

>The Juneau District Office is hosting a series of food and home skills classes this spring. Canning Pantry Staples is scheduled for March 3. See the full schedule here. More information and registration is available through Juneau Community Schools.

>Extension will host a certified food protection manager workshop via videoconference Feb. 22 in Fairbanks, Palmer, Sitka, Delta Junction and Juneau. If you are in another location but would like to attend, that can be arranged. The deadline to register is Feb. 8 so participants may receive class materials and locations for the food safety class beforehand. State regulations require that all food establishments have at least one certified food protection manager on staff. See details here and register online.

> For past announcements please visit our home page news archive.

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